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  1. The Nowhere People: Rohingyas in India

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    NEW DELHI, Apr 25 (IPS) - A devastating fire in a shanty at Kalindi Kunj, a New Delhi suburb, that gutted the homes of 226 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, including 100 women and 50 children, has trained a spotlight on India's ad hoc policy on international migrants.

  2. Five Years After the Disaster: Rana Plaza Victims Still Hurting

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    DHAKA, Apr 24 (IPS) - Asma saw the roof collapse over her colleagues. Johora was dragged out of the rubble by her hair. Shirin was only 13 years old when her eyes and airways were filled with concrete dust. Five years have passed since the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1 134 people.BANGLADESH. Garment factories lie side by side along the freeway leading into the capital, Dhaka. But between the concrete blocks, a square, uninhabited piece of land is overgrown with greenery. This is where Rana Plaza used to be. Shirin Akhter, 18, turns her eyes away.

  3. Development Prospects for Hundreds of Millions Remain in Jeopardy

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 24 (IPS) - Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations, addressing the Forum on Financing for DevelopmentThe global economy is strengthening. A broad-based economic upturn has underpinned progress in many areas. But significant weaknesses and medium-term risks in the world economy continue to challenge our efforts. As a result, the development prospects of hundreds of millions of people remain in jeopardy.

  4. Illicit Trade in Oil & Fuel: an Emerging Global Policy Challenge

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    NEW YORK, Apr 24 (IPS) - Jeffrey Hardy is Director General, Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade*Illicit trade in any of its forms—alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, diamonds, timber, ivory and oil—sits at the nexus of two social-economic disorders that challenge global stability.

  5. Can Sustainable Bioeconomy be a Driver of Green Growth?

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Apr 24 (IPS) - Dr. Frank Rijsberman is Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)On April 19-20, I attended the second Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin. Bioeconomy is currently a hot topic for scientists and policymakers. Rapid advances in molecular biology combined with big data and artificial intelligence have resulted in big jumps in our understanding of living organisms as well as organic matter, the biomass produced by plants and animals, at the level of their DNA. That has gone hand in hand with technologies that allow scientists and industry to manipulate, easily, everything from enzymes to bacteria to plants and animals.

  6. From Mega to Micro, a Transition that Will Democratise Energy in Brazil

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 24 (IPS) - An energy transition is spreading around the globe. But in Brazil it will be characterised by sharp contrasts, with large hydroelectric plants being replaced by solar microgenerators and government decisions being replaced by family and community decision-making.

  7. Over to You, Children! Zambia’s ‘Plant a Million Trees’ Takes Root

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    LUSAKA, Apr 24 (IPS) - Trees are a vital component in the ecosystem—they not only give oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give refuge to wildlife, but also provide materials for tools, shelter and ultimately, food for both animals and human beings.

  8. India Pledges $50 Million More to UN Partnership Fund

    Monday, April 23, 2018

    ROME, Apr 23 (IPS) - At a time when funding for UN agencies is on the decline – and also threatened with cuts by the Trump administration—the Indian government has made an additional contribution of $50 million to development funding.

  9. What’s Changing As Countries Turn INDCs into NDCs?

    Monday, April 23, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Apr 23 (IPS) - Mengpin Ge is a Research Analyst and Kelly Levin, a Senior Associate at World Resources InstituteIn the lead up to the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted in 2015, more than 160 countries and the European Union submitted their own plans to address climate change, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

  10. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Democratic Multileralism

    Friday, April 20, 2018

    Apr 20 (IPS) - Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Former Director-General of UNESCO (1987-1999) and president of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace"If we don't do everything possible to democratize globalization, globalization will pervert national democracies", said the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, as President of the "International Panel on Democracy and Development" set up by UNESCO and chaired by the man who had worked so hard, at a global scale, in favour of giving voice to the peoples -as required in the first sentence of the Charter of the United Nations- to allow constant participation from citizenship as should be the rule in a genuine democracy.

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