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  1. Using Data to Combat Prejudice Against Immigrants

    Saturday, December 16, 2017

    BUENOS AIRES, Dec 16 (IPS) - What are the contributions of migrants to trade, to the economy of their countries of destination and origin? This is an angle that is generally ignored in the international debate on the subject, which usually focuses more on issues such as the incidence of foreigners in crime or unemployment.

  2. Civil Society Activists Speak Out-- Despite Threats

    Friday, December 15, 2017

    SUVA, Fiji, Dec 15 (IPS) - They are young, smart and willing to take the rough road. Victor, Jubilanté and Khaled are independent fighters who speak out with a force that could possibly change the appearances of their countries, and beyond.

  3. Money Talks at One Planet Summit in Paris

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    PARIS, Dec 14 (IPS) - As funding to combat climate change has lagged behind lofty words, the One Planet Summit in France this week invited governments and business leaders to put money on the table.

  4. Shedding Diplomacy, Roberto Savio Speaks about Fear as a Tool to Gain Power

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    ROME, Dec 14 (IPS) - At the outset my thanks to Dr Hanif Hassan Ali Al Kassim, and Ambassador Idriss Jazairy who lead the Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue for organizing this panel discussion at a critical moment in history. The Centre, is one of the few actors for peace and cooperation between the Arab world and Europe. As a representative of global civil society, I think it will be more meaningful if I speak without the constraints of diplomacy, and I make frank and unfettered reflections.

  5. Arming Poor Countries Enriches Rich Countries

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 (IPS) - Although the Cold War came to an end over a quarter century ago, international arms sales only declined temporarily at the end of the last century. Instead, the United States under President Trump is extending its arms superiority over the rest of the world.

  6. Can Korea Power Past Coal? A New World in Which “Solar+Batteries” Becomes the Cheapest Form of Energy

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    SEOUL, Dec 13 (IPS) - Renewable energy became the cheapest form of electricity in 58 emerging economies last year. This year, the 11th Lazard's Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE 11.0) showed that solar and wind energy generation costs (at $46 to $53 per megawatt-hour of generation) easily beat coal and gas (at $60-68).  

  7. Central America Builds Interconnected Clean Energy Corridor

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    SAN SALVADOR, Dec 12 (IPS) - Countries in Central America are working to strengthen their regional electricity infrastructure to boost their exchange of electricity generated from renewable sources, which are cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

  8. The Journey to Oslo

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    OSLO, Dec 12 (IPS) - On December 10 in Oslo, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. ICAN started as a grassroots campaign in 2007. Its aim was to shift the paradigm of discussion about nuclear weapons from security and deterrence to the environmental and humanitarian effects of nuclear explosions. As the prize demonstrates, ICAN has succeeded brilliantly. But, as ICAN acknowledges, this is still only the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons.

  9. Global Initiative to Relieve Pressure on Mountains

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    ROME, Dec 12 (IPS) - International Mountain Day and the Mountain Partnership's 15th anniversary coincided on December 11, kicking off a three-day Mountain Partnership Global Meeting at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome.

  10. Are Value Chains a Pathway to Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa?

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    NEW DELHI, Dec 11 (IPS) - Although difficult to ascertain whether it is a trend reversal, two recent FAO reports (2017a, b) show a rise in hunger globally as well as in Africa. The number of undernourished (NoU) in the world suffering from chronic food deprivation began to rise in 2014 –from 775 million people to 777 million in 2015 – and is now estimated to have increased further, to 815 million in 2016. The stagnation of the global average of the proportion of undernourished (PoU) from 2013 to 2015 is the result of two offsetting changes at the regional level: in Sub-Saharan Africa, the share of undernourished people increased, while there was a continued decline in Asia in the same period. However, in 2016, the PoU increased in most regions except Northern Africa, Southern Asia, Eastern Asia, Central America and the Caribbean. The deterioration was most severe in Sub-Saharan Africa and South-Eastern Asia (FAO 2017a,b).

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