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U.S. Urged to Ramp up Aid for Agent Orange Clean-Up Efforts in Vietnam

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jun 29 (IPS) - A key senator and a D.C.-based think tank are calling for Washington to step up its aid in cleaning up toxic herbicides sprayed by the United States in Vietnam during the war that ended 40 years ago.

Donors Pledge Over 4.4 Billion Dollars to Nepal - But With a Caveat

Friday, June 26, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 26 (IPS) - Blessed with more than 4.4 billion dollars in pledges at an international donor conference in Kathmandu on Thursday, the government of Nepal is expected to launch a massive reconstruction project to rebuild the earthquake-devastated South Asian nation.

Helping People with Disabilities Become Agents of Change

Thursday, June 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 (IPS) - Participation, political and economic empowerment, inclusion, accessible technology and infrastructure as well as indicators for meaningful implementation are among the key issues persons with disabilities want to see reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Heat Wave Picking Off Pakistan’s Urban Poor

Thursday, June 25, 2015

KARACHI, Jun 25 (IPS) - Over 950 people have perished in just five days. The morgues, already filled to capacity, are piling up with bodies, and in over-crowded hospitals the threat of further deaths hangs in the air.

Women’s Groups Say Gender Equality is a Must for Sustainable Development

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 (IPS) - On the eve of negotiations on the political declaration for the United Nations Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Women's Major Group (WMG) calls on governments to define a transformative agenda to ensure just, sustainable and rights-based development.

Costa Rican Women Try to Pull Legal Therapeutic Abortion Out of Limbo

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SAN JOSE, Jun 24 (IPS) - The lack of clear regulations and guidelines on therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica means women depend on the interpretation of doctors with regard to the circumstances under which the procedure can be legally practiced.

Bougainville Election Intensifies Hopes for Independence

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CANBERRA, Australia, Jun 24 (IPS) - A referendum on independence within the next five years dominated campaigning in the recent general election held in Bougainville, an autonomous region of 300,000 people in the east of Papua New Guinea (PNG), which emerged from a decade-long civil war 15 years ago.

Young People Lend a Hand to Trinidad’s Ailing Watersheds

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PORT OF SPAIN, Jun 23 (IPS) - For a decade, the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) of Trinidad and Tobago had been mapping the country's water quality. Five years ago, they started to notice a worrying trend.

Amazon Dam also Brings Health Infrastructure for Local Population

Friday, June 19, 2015

ALTAMIRA, Brazil, Jun 19 (IPS) - Extensive public health infrastructure and the eradication of malaria will be the most important legacy of the construction of the Belo Monte hydropower dam in Brazil's Amazon jungle for the population affected by the megaproject.

Opinion: No Place to Hide in Addis

Thursday, June 18, 2015

BRUSSELS, Jun 18 (IPS) - My colleagues just got back from Munich, where we held a summit bringing together over 250 young volunteers from across Europe. These youngsters campaigned in the run-up to and at the doorstep of the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau, as one of the key moments in a year brimming with opportunities to tackle extreme poverty.

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