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  1. Solar Energy Provides Hope for Poor Neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    BUENOS AIRES, Feb 12 (IPS) - Solar panels shine on the rooftop terraces of 10 neat buildings with perfectly straight lines and of uniform height, an image of modernity that contrasts with the precariously-built dwellings with unplastered concrete block walls just a few metres away, with rooms added in a disorderly manner, surrounded by a tangle of electric cables.

  2. Blue Economy: The New Frontier for Africa's Growth & How Japan Can Help

    Friday, February 08, 2019

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 08 (IPS) - An interview with Siddharth Chatterjee UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya by Nikkei Shimbun, Japan and reproduced by IPS.

  3. Venezuela. Alea Jacta!

    Monday, February 04, 2019

    GENEVA, Feb 04 (IPS) - Idriss Jazairy Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on the Adverse Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures.

    The count down towards a tragic outcome in Venezuela has started. All outside powers express what they say is a shared concern for its peace-loving people that has the misfortune of sitting on what is maybe the largest oil reserves in the world. The problem is that geopolitics lead groups of foreign countries to express different, not to say opposed recipes as to how democracy can be restored and happiness pursued in Venezuela and want to make their own views prevail in this divided country.

    Divided the country has been indeed for quite some time. Of course circumstances have not been clement, both political and economic, what with institutional breakdown, the collapse in oil prices and the increasingly stiflling unilateral sanctions which have targeted Caracas.

    But governance has also been found badly wanting, in a context of increasing violence on all sides. Incidentally, recent debates seem to imply there are three sides to the domestic dispute and forget the fourth, the millions of Chavistas themselves who can only be ignored at the peril of peace.

  4. Mexican Village Wants to Turn Thermoelectric Plant into Solar Panel Factory

    Friday, February 01, 2019

    YECAPIXTLA, Mexico, Feb 01 (IPS) - Social organisations in the central Mexican municipality of Yecapixtla managed to halt the construction of a large thermoelectric plant in the town and are now designing a project to convert the installation into a solar panel factory, which would bring the area socioeconomic and environmental dividends.

  5. Solar Energy Begins to Light Up Favelas in Rio de Janeiro

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    RÍO DE JANEIRO, Jan 22 (IPS) - "We can't work just to pay the electric bill," complained José Hilario dos Santos, president of the Residents Association of Morro de Santa Marta, a favela or shantytown embedded in Botafogo, a traditional middle-class neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro.

  6. Q&A: 'There's a Lot More Climate Finance Available than People Think'

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Jan 11 (IPS) - IPS Correspondent Yazeed Kamaldien speaks to DR. FRANK RIJSBERMAN, director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) about accessing finance for climate mitigation.

    While growth in the green economy looks promising, government regulation and a business-as-usual approach are among the hurdles inhibiting cleaner energy production.

  7. A Closer Look at the World Bank’s Sizable China Portfolio

    Thursday, January 10, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, Jan 10 2019 (IPS) - Scott Morris is a senior fellow and director of the US Development Policy Initiative at the Center for Global Development. Gailyn Portelance is an MA candidate at Stanford University.

    China continues to borrow an average of $2 billion a year from the World Bank, making it one of the Bank's top borrowers—despite being the world's second-largest economy and itself a major global lender, according to our study released today.

  8. Local Innovation Facilitates Solidarity-Based Biogas Networks in Cuba

    Tuesday, January 08, 2019

    HAVANA, Jan 08 (IPS) - Black plastic pipes, readily available on the mainly empty shelves of Cuba's shops, distribute biogas to homes in the rural town of La Macuca, buried under the ground or running through the grass and stones in people's yards.

  9. Solar Energy Crowns Social Housing Programme in Brazil

    Friday, January 04, 2019

    PALMEIRAS DE GOIÁS, Brazil, Jan 04 (IPS) - "Solar energy makes my happiness complete," said Divina Cardoso dos Santos, owner of one of 740 houses with photovoltaic panels on the rooftops in a settlement on the outskirts of this central Brazilian city.

  10. Getting Sustainable Development Back on Track in Asia & the Pacific

    Thursday, January 03, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Jan 03 (IPS) - Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana is UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

    2019 will be a landmark year for the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Four years will have passed since world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Four years since governments recommitted themselves to eradicating extreme poverty, improving universal health care coverage, education and food security, and achieving a sweeping set of economic, social and environmental objectives. Long enough to assess our direction of travel and then refocus work where progress is falling short.

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