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Marine Resources in High Seas Should be Shared Equitably

Thursday, January 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 (IPS) - After almost 10 years of often frustrating negotiations, the U.N. ad hoc committee on BBNJ decided, by consensus, to set in motion a process that will result in work commencing on a legally binding international instrument on the conservation and sustainable use, including benefit sharing, of Biological Diversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction.

Conflict-Related Displacement: A Huge Development Challenge for India

Thursday, January 29, 2015

KOKRAJHAR, India, Jan 29 (IPS) - The tarpaulin sheet, when stretched and tied to bamboo poles, is about the length and breadth of a large SUV. Yet, about 25 women and children have been sleeping beneath these makeshift shelters at several relief camps across Kokrajhar, a district in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam.

OPINION: Brazil Can Help Steer SDGs Towards Ambitious Targets

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BRASILIA, Jan 29 (IPS) - With the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expiring at the end of this year to be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will set priorities for the next fifteen years, 2015 will be a crucial year for the future of global development.

Marginalised Groups Struggle to Access Healthcare in Conflict-Torn East Ukraine

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

KIEV, Jan 28 (IPS) - With international organisations warning that East Ukraine is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe as its health system collapses, marginalised groups are among those facing the greatest struggle to access even basic health care in the war-torn region.

When Ignorance Is Deadly: Pacific Women Dying From Lack of Breast Cancer Awareness

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SYDNEY, Jan 28 (IPS) - Women now face a better chance of surviving breast cancer in the Solomon Islands, a developing island state in the southwest Pacific Ocean, following the recent acquisition of the country's first mammogram machine.

Developing Nations Write Hopeful New Chapters in a Toxic Legacy

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NEW YORK, Jan 27 (IPS) - The village of Dong Mai in Vietnam's agricultural heartland had a serious problem.

Zimbabwe Faces Troubling Spike in Cases of Multi-Drug Resistant TB

Sunday, January 25, 2015

HARARE, Jan 25 (IPS) - About eight years ago, 44-year-old Tilda Chihota was struck with tuberculosis which kept her bed-ridden for over six months at her rural home in Zimbabwe's Mwenezi district, 144 kilometres southwest of Masvingo, the country's oldest town.

Pacific Islands Call for New Thinking to Implement Post-2015 Development Goals

Monday, January 19, 2015

SYDNEY, Jan 19 (IPS) - As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of poverty-alleviation targets set by the United Nations, come to a close this year, countries around the world are taking stock of their successes and failures in tackling key developmental issues.

Zimbabwe's Children Are the Battlefield in War to Contain HIV/AIDS

Saturday, January 17, 2015

HARARE, Jan 17 (IPS) - Fifty-one-year-old Mateline Msipa is living with HIV. Her 17-year-old daughter, born after Msipa was diagnosed with the virus, may also have it, but she has never been tested.

Battle Heats Up Over Legalisation of Sex Work in India

Friday, January 16, 2015

NEW DELHI, Jan 16 (IPS) - Thirty-six-year-old Chameli Devi, a sex worker operating out of New Delhi's G.B. Road - Asia's largest red-light district, housing an estimated 12,000 of India's three million sex workers – is an unhappy woman these days.

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