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Making Sustainability Part of the Corporate DNA

Saturday, June 25, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 (IPS) - Companies, governments and non-profit actors agree that economic growth and sustainable development have to go hand in hand to shape our increasingly globalised world in a fair way.

Can Better Technology Lure Asia's Youth Back to Farming?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

MANILA, Jun 25 (IPS) - Farming and agriculture may not seem cool to young people, but if they can learn the thrill of nurturing plants to produce food, and are provided with their favorite apps and communications software on agriculture, food insecurity will not be an issue, food and agriculture experts said during the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s Food Security Forum from June 22 to 24 at the ADB headquarters here.

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.

Let 5-year-old Sherry Tell You How Handwashing with Soap Saves Lives

Friday, June 24, 2016

Migori County, Kenya, Jun 24 (IPS) - For twenty-six year old Eunice from Migori County,Kenya, celebrating her daughter Sherry's fifth birthday is a milestone that few of her friends have enjoyed. As with many areas of Africa, a child born in Migori is seven times more likely to die before the age of five, compared to a child in Europe.

UN Staff Unions Demand Stronger Action on Sexual Abuse

Thursday, June 23, 2016

NEW YORK, Jun 23 (IPS) - The United Nations claims it is doing its best to curb widespread sexual abuses in its peacekeeping operations overseas – from Haiti all the way to the Central African Republic.

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.

Fearing Violence, LGBT Refugees Rarely Seek Help

Thursday, June 23, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 23 (IPS) - Despite their extreme vulnerability, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees often do not seek the assistance they need, since revealing their sexual or gender identities can put them in grave danger.

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.

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