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U.N. Launches Probe Amidst Charges of Bribery and Corruption

Thursday, October 08, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 08 (IPS) - After initial hesitation, the United Nations has decided to probe allegations of bribery and corruption extending to the office of a past President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the highest policy-making body in the 70-year old Organisation.

Healthy Oceans Key to Fighting Hunger

Thursday, October 08, 2015

, Oct 08 (IPS) - Seafood offers a large amount of animal protein in diets around the world, and the livelihoods of 12 percent of the global population depend directly or indirectly on fisheries and aquaculture.

Analysis: Is the Miracle of Microfinance Illusory?

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

PHILADELPHIA AND BOSTON, Oct 07 (IPS) - Mohammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, transformed the lives of millions of poor women through unsecured micro loans or micro credit to self-help groups. Microcredit evolved into microfinance that also includes savings and basic forms of insurance and transfer mechanisms. Within a few years, microfinance became a global phenomenon. Although microfinance continues to grow, the enthusiasm for it shows signs of waning.

Opinion: International Tax Cooperation Crucial for Development

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

ROME, Oct 07 (IPS) - It has become clear that the South, including the least developed countries, has little reason to expect any real progress to the almost half century old commitment to transfer 0.7 percent of developed countries' income to developing countries. But to add insult to injury, developing countries have, once again, been denied full participation in inter-governmental discussions to enhance overall as well as national tax capacities.

Shale Drives Uncertain New Geoeconomics of Oil

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

WASHINGTON, Oct 07 (IPS) - The emergence of fracking has modified the global market for fossil fuels. But the plunge in oil prices has diluted the effect, in a struggle that experts in the United States believe conventional producers could win in the next decade.

Women’s Alliance Plans to Counter Violent Extremism

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 06 (IPS) - When the Security Council recently hosted a meeting of world leaders to discuss the growing threats from violent extremism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that any success in battling intolerance will be predicated on a "unified response."

United Arab Emirates and Cuba Forge Closer Ties

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

HAVANA, Oct 06 (IPS) - Cuba and the United Arab Emirates agreed to strengthen diplomatic ties and bilateral cooperation during an official visit to this Caribbean island nation by the UAE minister of foreign affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Opinion: American Exceptionalism on Child Rights

Monday, October 05, 2015

KATHMANDU, NEPAL, Oct 05 (IPS) - On 1 October 2015, Somalia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), leaving the United States of America as the only remaining member state of the UN not to embrace this most universally accepted human rights treaty. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reflects the sentiments of all the world's human rights activists in encouraging the US to join the global community by ratifying this noble treaty.

The Global South Will Make Its Contribution to Fighting Climate Change

Monday, October 05, 2015

SAN JOSE, Oct 05 (IPS) - Seen for years as passive actors in the fight against global warming, more than 100 countries of the Global South have submitted their national contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonising their economies.

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