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  1. World’s Hard Fought Battle Against Climate Change

    Monday, September 23, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 23 (IPS) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres describes the ongoing crisis as a "climate emergency"-- as the world continues its hard fought battle against devastating droughts, floods, hurricanes and rising sea levels that threaten the very existence of small island developing states located in low-lying areas.

  2. Confronting the New Climate Reality in Asia and the Pacific

    Monday, September 23, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Sep 23 (IPS) - In less than ten days world leaders will be gathering at the United Nations in New York for the Climate Action Summit. Their goal is simple; to increase ambition and accelerate action in the face of a mounting climate emergency.

    For many this means ambition and action that enables countries to decarbonize their economies by the middle of the century. But that is only half the equation. Equally ambitious plans are also needed to build the resilience of vulnerable sectors and communities being battered by climate related disasters of increasing frequency, intensity and unpredictability.

  3. Rural Bangladesh Families Spend 2.0 Billion Dollars on Climate Change ― Dwarfing Government & International Finance

    Friday, September 20, 2019

    LONDON, Sep 20 (IPS) - In an alarming imbalance struggling families in rural Bangladesh spend almost US$2 billion a year on preventing climate-related disasters or repairing damage caused by climate change ― far more than either the Bangladesh government or international bodies.

  4. Biogas Makes Pig Farming More Sustainable in Southern Brazil

    Friday, September 20, 2019

    ENTRE RIOS DO OESTE, Brasil, Sep 20 (IPS) - Biogas has the potential to provide 36 percent of the electricity consumed in Brazil or replace 70 percent of diesel if purified as biomethane, according to the Brazilian Association of Biogas and Biomethane (Abiogas).

  5. Key Changes in International Agriculture and Rural Development Issues: Three Priority Areas in the Context of the 2030 Development Agenda

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    ACCRA, Sep 18 (IPS) - Transformations in international agricultural and rural development issues

    Some major changes in international agricultural and rural development over the last 30-40 years need to be taken into account in efforts to promote sustainable development and an inclusive rural transformation (IFAD 2016) as we approach the third decade of the millennium. This opinion piece, drawing on a longer article published in Agriculture for Development Journal (Summer 2019 Issue)seeks to stimulate reflection and debate on how work to support agricultural and rural development can evolve to address key challenges and opportunities related to migration, sustainable urbanization and youth in a changing global policy context.

  6. Developing Economies’ Subordinate Financialization

    Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    KUALA LUMPUR and PENANG, Sep 17 (IPS) - Rapid financial globalization is due not only to financial innovations, but also to choices made by national policymakers, often with naïve expectations, trusting promoters' promises of steady net inflows of financial resources.

  7. African Development Bank Plans for a Self-sufficient, Integrated and Industrialised Continent

    Monday, September 16, 2019

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa/BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Sep 16 (IPS) - Arama Sire Camara, a fruit and vegetable seller in the province of Kindia, some 135 km from the Guinean capital of Conakry, feels safer trading well into the night thanks to the Rural Electrification Project, financed by 21-million-dollar investment by the African Development Bank.

    "With lighting on the road at night and illuminating our goods, it means we are safer, especially with all the cars on the road. You can work for longer after nightfall, and so we can make more of our products," she says.

  8. Time to Put Data at the Heart of UN’s 2030 Agenda

    Monday, September 16, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 16 (IPS) - The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in 2015. At its core are 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, all meant to guide efforts by all countries towards a more sustainable, prosperous and equal future.

  9. A New World? Are the Americas Returning to Old Problems?

    Thursday, September 12, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Sep 12 (IPS) - When I in 1980 first arrived in America it was a new world to me. I went from New York to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and like so many visitors and migrants before me I was overwhelmed by both familiar and strange impressions. Familiar due to books I had read and movies I had seen, strange since I encountered unexpected things and new because both I and several of those I met compared themselves to the "old world", i.e. Euroasia and parts of Africa.

  10. The Push for Peace-From the Global Village to the Global Neighborhood

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 11 (IPS) - From the ashes of a tragedy that wiped out almost 90% of the city of Hiroshima on 5 August 1945, an institute called the Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center (HPC) rose like a phoenix of hope that is pioneering the creation of a global pool of peacebuilders. It is driven by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development declaration that "there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development."

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