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Least Developed Countries' Vulnerabilities Make Graduation Difficult

Saturday, June 25, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 (IPS) - Last month, over two thousand high-level participants from across the world met in Antalya, Turkey for the Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action, an action plan used to guide sustainable economic development efforts for Least Developed Countries for the 2011 to 2020 period. The main goal was to understand the lessons learnt by the world's Least Developed Countries (LDCs) over the past five years and apply the knowledge moving forward.

Disagreement Continues Over Global Drug Policy

Friday, June 24, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 (IPS) - A new report has found that global drug use largely remains the same, but perspectives on how to address the issue still vary drastically.

Rethinking Fiscal Policy for Global Recovery

Thursday, June 23, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jun 23 (IPS) - Global economic recovery is being held hostage by the ideological dogma of the last three and a half decades. After long contributing to neo-liberal conventional wisdom, in its October 2015 World Economic Outlook, the IMF identified the vicious circle undermining global recovery and growth. Low aggregate demand is discouraging investment; slower expected potential growth itself dampens aggregate demand, further limiting investment.

Xenophobic Rhetoric, Now Socially and Politically ‘Acceptable’ ?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

ROME, Jun 23 (IPS) - "Xenophobic and racist rhetoric seems not only to be on the rise, but also to be becoming more socially and politically acceptable."

The warning has been heralded by the authoritative voice of Mogens Lykketoft, current president of the United Nations General Assembly, who on World Refugee Day on June 20, reacted to the just announced new record number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution.

African Fisheries Plundered by Foreign Fleets

Thursday, June 23, 2016

WASHINGTON, Jun 23 (IPS) - In 2011, Dyhia Belhabib was a volunteer in the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver when she was asked to participate in the Sea Around Us's project to determine how much fish had been taken out of the world's oceans since 1950 in order to better avoid depleting the remaining populations of fish.

Latin America and the Caribbean: What does it take to prevent people from falling back into poverty

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 22 (IPS) - Latin America and the Caribbean countries have experienced historic economic and social transformation in recent years. This has led to a considerable reduction in poverty and inequality and to advances in closing gender, labor and education gaps. These achievements are the result of a favorable economic environment as well as proactive social inclusion policies.

Aquaculture Meets Agriculture on Bangladesh's Low-Lying Coast

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

BHOLA, Bangladesh, Jun 22 (IPS) - A continuous influx of sea water is threatening agriculture and food security in vast coastal areas of Bangladesh, but farmers are finding ways to adapt, like cultivating fish and crops at the same time.

The Environment: Latin America’s Battleground for Human Rights

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

NEW YORK, Jun 22 (IPS) - 2015 was the deadliest year on record for the killings of environmental activists around the world, according to a new Global Witness report.

What is Missing on the Global Health Front?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

GENEVA, Jun 21 (IPS) - The last World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva (23-28 May) discussed the manifold global health crises that require urgent attention, and adopted resolutions to act on many issues. We are currently facing many global health related challenges, and as such multiple actions must be taken urgently to prevent these crises from boiling over.

Asia’s Rising Prosperity, Climate Change Taking Toll on Food Security

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

MANILA, Jun 21 (IPS) - Asia's economic growth over the last decade has been relentless, bringing with it a rising population and an influx of people from the countryside to the cities in search of prosperity. These trends are not expected to abate.

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