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Will the New BRICS Bank Break with Traditional Development Models, or Replicate Them?

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 07 (IPS) - Just days ahead of a summit of the BRICS group of emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in which the five countries are expected to formally launch their New Development Bank (NDB), 40 NGOs and civil society groups have penned an open letter to their respective governments urging transparency and accountability in the proposed banking process.

Opinion: SDGs, FfD and Every Single Dollar in the World

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 07 (IPS) - Ethiopia will host an important meeting on Financing for Development (FfD) Conference next week. One of the most-asked questions is:  How much will it cost us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Opinion: The End of the Greek Tragedy?

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

BARCELONA, Jul 07 (IPS) - The decisive result of the Greek referendum held Jul. 5, in which voters overwhelmingly rejected (61.3 to 38.7 percent) the terms of an international bailout, has opened a new chapter not only for the future of Greece, but also in terms of the essence of the European Union itself.

Climate Commission Issues Blueprint for Low-Carbon Economy

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

NEW YORK, Jul 07 (IPS) - Up to 96 percent of the emissions reductions needed by 2030 to keep hold global warming below a critical threshold of two degrees C could be achieved through a series of 10 steps, says a new report released by the Global Commission on the Economy and the Climate.

Day One of Oslo Summit Urges Increased Funding for Global Education

Monday, July 06, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 06 (IPS) - At the first day of the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a personal story of his experience during the Korean War, when his family "had to run for the mountains". He spoke of how he was able to receive textbooks because of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Putting the “Integrity of the Earth’s Ecosystems” at the Centre of the Sustainable Development Agenda

Monday, July 06, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 06 (IPS) - By 2050, we will be a world of nine billion people. Not only does this mean there'll be two million more mouths to feed than there are at present, it also means these mouths will be consuming more – in the next 20 years, for instance, an estimated three billion people will enter the middle class, in addition to the 1.8 billion estimated to be within that income bracket today.

Despite Scepticism, U.N. Hails Its Anti-Poverty Programme

Monday, July 06, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 06 (IPS) - The United Nations, which launched one of its most ambitious anti-poverty development programmes back in 2000, has hailed it as a riveting success story – despite shortcomings.

Opinion: Religion and the SDGs – The ‘New Normal’ and Calls for Action

Monday, July 06, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 06 (IPS) - In 2007, an op-ed in the International Herald Tribune argued that you "gotta have faith in the U.N".

Opinion: Love & Mercy, the Croatian Way

Monday, July 06, 2015

NEW YORK, Jul 06 (IPS) - Last week, I went to see the new flick "Love & Mercy," about the life of Brian Wilson, a singer, songwriter, and the genius behind The Beach Boys. I hadn't heard much about the film. In fact, I was expecting a summer movie about surfing and fun; The Beach Boys playing Kokomo, Good Vibrations, and Surfin' U.S.A. on sunny California  beaches.

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