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Failure of Review Conference Brings World Close to Nuclear Cataclysm, Warn Activists

Saturday, May 23, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (IPS) - After nearly four weeks of negotiations, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference ended in a predictable outcome: a text overwhelmingly reflecting the views and interests of the nuclear-armed states and some of their nuclear-dependent allies.

Caribbean Looks to France as Key Partner in Climate Financing

Friday, May 22, 2015

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, May 22 (IPS) - By the time leaders of the international community sit down in Paris later this year to discuss climate change, at least two Caribbean leaders are hoping that France can demonstrate its commitment to assisting their adaptation efforts by re-joining the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

A Chimera in Growing Cooperation Between China and Brazil

Thursday, May 21, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 21 (IPS) - A total of 35 agreements and contracts were signed during Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang's visit to Brazil, as part of the growing ties between the two countries. But there is one project that drew all the attention: the Transcontinental Railway.

Germany’s Asylum Seekers – You Can't Evict a Movement

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BERLIN, May 21 (IPS) - In a move to take their message of solidarity to refugees across the country and calling for their voices to be heard in Europe's ongoing debate on migration, Germany's asylum seekers have taken their nationwide protest movement for change on the road under the slogan: "You Can't Evict a Movement!".

Pakistan’s Streets Kids Drop the Begging Bowl, Opt for Pencils Instead

Thursday, May 21, 2015

KARACHI, May 21 (IPS) - Khalil Ahmed's life story sounds like it could have come straight out of the plot of a Bollywood flick, but it didn't. And that makes it all the more inspiring.

The U.N. at 70: The Past and Future of U.N. Peacekeeping

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NEW YORK, May 21 (IPS) - When the Cold War ended in 1991, there was hope the U.N. Security Council would be able to take decisive action to create a more peaceful world. Early blue helmet successes in Cambodia, Namibia, Mozambique, and El Salvador seemed to vindicate that assessment.

The U.N. at 70: Time to Prioritise Human Rights for All, for Current and Future Generations

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 20 (IPS) - Seventy years ago, with the founding of the United Nations, all nations reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, and in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small.

U.N., World Bank Set 2030 Deadline for Sustainable Energy for All

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 19 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, an unrelenting advocate of sustainable energy for all (SE4All), once dramatised the need for modern conveniences by holding up his cell phone before an audience in the Norwegian capital of Oslo and asking: "What would we do without them?"

Boatloads of Migrants Could Soon Be ‘Floating Graveyard’ on Southeast Asian Waters

Saturday, May 16, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 16 (IPS) - On Thursday, May 14, a group of journalists rented a boat from Ko Lipe, a small island in Thailand's southwest Satun Province, and headed out into the Andaman Sea – a water body in the northeastern Indian Ocean bounded by Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Strait of Malacca.

Opinion: Clean Energy Access, a Major Sustainable Development Goal

Friday, May 15, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 15 (IPS) - The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum will take place next week in New York. Success in achieving sustainable development and tackling climate change challenges requires investment in clean energy solutions.

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