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Pledges for Humanitarian Aid to Syria Fall Short of Target by Billions

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

KUWAIT CITY, Mar 31 (IPS) - When United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stood before 78 potential donors at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait Tuesday, his appeal for funds had an ominous ring to it: the Syrian people, he remarked, "are victims of the worst humanitarian crisis of our time."

Opinion: A Major Push Forward for Gender and Environment

Monday, March 30, 2015

NEW YORK/NAIROBI, Mar 30 (IPS) - Experts from around the world gathered in New York recently to launch work on the Global Gender Environment Outlook (GGEO), the first comprehensive, integrated and global assessment of gender issues in relation to the environment and sustainability.

Q&A: 'Protect Your Biodiversity'

Thursday, March 26, 2015

ST. JOHN, Antigua, Mar 26 (IPS) - Richard Huber is chief of the Sustainable Communities, Hazard Risk, and Climate Change Section of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organisation of American States (OAS). It's objective? Foster resilient, more sustainable cities – reducing, for example, consumption of water and energy – while simultaneously improving the quality of life and the participation of the community.

Pollution a Key but Underrated Factor in New Development Goals

Thursday, March 26, 2015

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Mar 26 (IPS) - Pollution is likely to be the most pressing global health issue in the coming years without effective prevention and clean-up efforts, experts say.

Pacific Islanders Say Climate Finance “Essential” for Paris Agreement

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

, Mar 24 (IPS) - As Pacific Islanders contemplate the scale of devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam this month across four Pacific Island states, including Vanuatu, leaders in the region are calling with renewed urgency for global action on climate finance, which they say is vital for building climate resilience and arresting development losses.

The Rich Should be Held Accountable in the U.N.'s New Development Goals, Say NGOs

Monday, March 23, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 23 (IPS) - When the World Economic Forum (WEF) met last January in Switzerland, attended mostly by the rich and the super-rich, the London-based charity Oxfam unveiled a report with an alarming statistic: if current trends continue, the world's richest one percent would own more than 50 percent of the world's wealth by 2016.

Four Fast Facts to Debunk Myths About Rural Women

Monday, March 23, 2015

PARIS, Mar 23 (IPS) - We are lucky to live in a country that has long since abandoned the image of the damsel in distress. Even Disney princesses now save themselves and send unsuitable "saviours" packing. But despite the great strides being made in gender equality, we are still failing rural women, particularly women farmers.

Opinion: Water and Sanitation in Nigeria - Playing the Numbers Game

Sunday, March 22, 2015

OWERRI, Nigeria, Mar 22 (IPS) - In Nigeria, it's all about the numbers. My nation recently became the largest economy in Africa by some distance, with a GDP of well over 500 billion dollars.

Lip-Service But Little Action on U.N. Business and Human Rights Principles in Latin America

Saturday, March 21, 2015

MEXICO CITY, Mar 21 (IPS) - "I would tell institutions and companies that are aware of the enormous damage they do to the soil, plants and the environment, to respect the decisions of the people. They are attacking life and health," complained Taurino Rincón, an indigenous Mexican.

Opinion: Sustainable Development Goals Could Be a Game-Changer for Water

Friday, March 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, Mar 20 (IPS) - Suppose money was being deposited and withdrawn from your bank account, but you didn't know how much. And suppose you knew you had bills coming due, but you didn't know when or what amount would be required to cover them.

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