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OECD Paving Way for Costa Rica’s Membership

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

PARIS, Sep 01 (IPS) - The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), once a domain of the rich countries, is keen to extend its global membership and has set out a clear path for Costa Rica's membership, within months of launching accession discussions with Colombia and Latvia.

Strong Words, But Little Action at Arctic Summit

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sep 01 (IPS) - After a one-day summit in the U.S. Arctic's biggest city, leaders from the world's northern countries acknowledged that climate change is seriously disrupting the Arctic ecosystem, yet left without committing themselves to serious action to fight the negative impacts of global warming.

Local Development, the Key to Legitimising Amazon Hydropower Dams

Monday, August 31, 2015

ALTAMIRA, Brazil, Aug 31 (IPS) - In the case of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in Brazil, the projects aimed at mitigating the social impacts have been delayed. But in other cases, infrastructure such as hospitals and water and sewage pipes could improve the image of the hydropower plants on Brazil's Amazon rainforest rivers, turning them into a factor of effective local development.

Stop Food Waste – Cook It and Eat It

Monday, August 31, 2015

LEEDS, England, Aug 31 (IPS) - A new grassroots initiative born in the northern England city of Leeds has set itself the ambitious goal of ending food waste, once and for all.

Faith Leaders Call for Debt Relief to Puerto Rico

Monday, August 31, 2015

WASHINGTON, Aug 31 (IPS) - Puerto Rico's religious leaders have called for debt relief of the Caribbean U.S. territory in the face of the 72 billion dollar liability that represents 20,000 dollars of debt for every man, woman and child.

Activists Criticise Offshore Drilling as Obama Prepares for Arctic Summit

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug 30 (IPS) - A one-day summit taking place here on Aug. 31 hopes to bring Arctic nations together in support of climate action against a backdrop of criticism of offshore oil drilling in the region.

Will New Sri Lankan Government Prioritize Resettlement of War-Displaced?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Aug 30 (IPS) - The new Sri Lankan government that was voted in on Aug. 17 certainly didn't inherit as much baggage as its predecessors did during the nearly 30 years of conflict that gripped this South Asian island nation.

Opinion: A Farewell to Arms that Fuel Atrocities is Within Our Grasp

Thursday, August 27, 2015

CANCUN, Mexico, Aug 27 (IPS) - The recent explosions that apparently destroyed a 2,000-year-old temple in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria were yet another grim example of how the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) uses conventional weapons to further its agenda.

OPEC Fund Supports UNIDO in Latin America

Thursday, August 27, 2015

VIENNA, Aug 27 (IPS) - The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has agreed to give the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) a grant in support of a project aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of the shrimp value chain in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.

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