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Regional Solutions Key for Asia-pacific’s Transition to Sustainable Energy

Friday, January 20, 2017

BANGKOK, Jan 20 (IPS) - The Asia-Pacific region is at a turning point in its energy trajectory. The energy solutions that have fuelled growth in the region over the past few decades are no longer compatible with the sustainable development aspirations of our nations and their people. In transitioning to a new era of sustainable energy, policymakers across the region face complex decisions. Supplies must be secure and affordable, and they must fill the energy access gap which leaves half a billion people across the region without access to electricity. At the same time mitigating the local impacts of energy generation and use will be vital in resolving problems such as the air pollution choking our cities and the global consequences of greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. Solutions exist, but only through regional cooperation and integration can Asia and the Pacific transition to sustainable energy in time to meet the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Goals.

A Women’s March on the World

Friday, January 20, 2017

NEW YORK, Jan 20 (IPS) - Just one day after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, hundreds of thousands of women are expected to attend one of the largest demonstrations in history for gender equality.

Were UN Plans to Ban Nukes Pre-empted by Trump?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 19 (IPS) - UN member states wanting to ban nuclear weapons may make little headway in 2017, after US President-elect Donald Trump pre-empted their agreement by proposing to expand the United States nuclear arsenal.

Trump Trade Strategy Unclear

Thursday, January 19, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 19 (IPS) - US President-elect Donald Trump has announced that he will take the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement on the first day of his presidency in January 2017. Now, it is widely expected that Trump's presidency will increase US trade protectionism, and consequently by others in retaliation, possibly triggering serious trade conflicts with difficult to predict consequences.

Inequality (III): Less Employment… and More ‘Junk’ Jobs

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

ROME, Jan 18 (IPS) - While just eight men are enjoying their huge wealth, equivalent to that of half the world, new forecasts project darker shadows by predicting rising unemployment rates, more precarious jobs and worsening social inequality. To start with, there will be more than 1.4 billion people employed in vulnerable working conditions.

Inequality (II): “It Will Take 170 Years for Women to Be Paid as Men Are”

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

ROME, Jan 17 (IPS) - While just eight individuals, all of them men, own the same wealth as 3.6 billion people -- half of world's total population -- it will take 170 years for women to be paid the same as men, warns a new major report on inequality.

Inequality (I): Half of World’s Wealth, in the Pockets of Just Eight Men

Monday, January 16, 2017

ROME, Jan 16 (IPS) - Just eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity, according to a major new report by an international confederation of 19 organisations working in more than 90 countries.

Ordinary Citizens Help Drive Spread of Solar Power in Chile

Saturday, January 14, 2017

SANTIAGO, Jan 14 (IPS) - Chile, Latin America's leader in solar energy, is starting the new year with an innovative step: the development of the country´s first citizens solar power plant.

The Cuban Recession and the Introduction of Public Bonds

Friday, January 13, 2017

CALI, Colombia, Jan 13 (IPS) - The macroeconomic data for the close of the year provided by the Cuban government confirms the projections that Cuba would enter a recession as a result of the Venezuelan shock.

Populist Leaders Endanger Human Rights: Advocacy Organisation

Thursday, January 12, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 12 (IPS) - Populist leaders pose a dangerous threat to human rights, fuelling and justifying intolerance and abuse across the world, said advocacy group Human Rights Watch during the launch of their annual global report.

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