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  1. Rohingya Protest Against Return to Myanmar and Halt Repatriation

    Friday, November 16, 2018

    COX'S BAZAR/DHAKA, Nov 16 (IPS) - Thousands of Rohingya refugees in camps in Cox's Bazar, the southern-most coastal district in Bangladesh, protested on Thursday, Nov. 15, against an attempt to send them back to Myanmar.

  2. Africa Set for a Massive Free Trade Area

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 15 (IPS) - Kingsley Ighobor, Africa Renewal*Following the unveiling of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement in Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2018, Africa is about to become the world's largest free trade area: 55 countries merging into a single market of 1.2 billion people with a combined GDP of $2.5 trillion.

  3. Kenya Looks to Lead the Way in Developing the Blue Economy’s Potential

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    NAIROBI, Nov 15 (IPS) - Ambassador Macharia Kamau is Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Kenya, also the coordinating Ministry of the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, 2018.For many years now, the economic potential of the African continent has been discussed, promoted and hailed by everyone from economists to policymakers to world leaders – and with very good reason. After all, Africa is a vast, populous, developing continent with enormous natural and human resource riches and a raft of rapidly developing economies which are helping create prosperity and raise living standards and social opportunities through economic growth.

  4. Earth’s Biodiversity: A Pivotal Meeting at a Pivotal Time

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 15 (IPS) - Cristiana Pașca Palmer is the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Montreal, & Anne Larigauderie is the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), BonnThe quality of the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink depend directly on the state of our biodiversity, which is now in severe jeopardy. We need a transformational change in our relationship with nature to ensure the sustainable future we want for ourselves and our children.

  5. Women Make the Voice of Indigenous People Heard in Argentina

    Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    TARTAGAL, Argentina, Nov 14 (IPS) - The seed was planted more than 20 years ago by a group of indigenous women who began to gather to try to recover memories from their people. Today, women are also the main protagonists of La Voz Indígena (The Indigenous Voice), a unique radio station in northern Argentina that broadcasts every day in seven languages.

  6. Q&A: All Sustainable Development Goals Relate in Some Way to the Oceans

    Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 14 (IPS) - IPS correspondent Carmen Arroyo interviews PETER THOMSON, United Nation's Special Envoy for the Ocean.When Peter Thomson, the United Nation's Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Ocean, heard in 2010 there was going to be a 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, he knew he had to include the ocean question.

  7. Using Data to Restore Land

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 (IPS) - A new landmark initiative aims to make quality data and tools available to the international community in order to combat an "existential crisis": land degradation.

  8. Creating Beauty and Worth from Bamboo Enhances the Livelihoods of Ghana’s Artisans

    Monday, November 12, 2018

    KUMASI, Ghana, Nov 12 (IPS) - Yaw Owiredu Mintah from Ghana has been working as an all-round processor of bamboo and rattan trees since the 1980s. And while he says that he can do most things with bamboo like weaving, framing and finishing, he admits, "I need to improve my skills and designs because all of us are, most of the time, doing the same things."

  9. Lack of Funds Prevent Ugandan Communities from Investing in Cage Aquaculture

    Monday, November 12, 2018

    JINJA, Uganda, Nov 12 (IPS) - Colvince Mubiru had heard about cage fish farming on Uganda's lakes. The small business owner decided to try his hand at it and spent USD8,000 to set up farming cages for Nile Tilapia on Lake Victoria, expecting to reap a huge profit. But just six months into his enterprise, he made huge losses.

  10. Five Considerations for Pakistan’s New Minister for National Food Security and Research

    Monday, November 12, 2018

    ROME, Nov 12 (IPS) - Despite the fact that Pakistan's industrial and services sector continue to grow in importance, what happens in the agriculture sector remains critical to the performance of Pakistan's economy and the wellbeing of its people.

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