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  1. Q&A: Creating an African Bamboo Industry as Large as China’s

    Wednesday, December 05, 2018

    ACCRA, Dec 05 (IPS) - IPS correspondent Jamila Akweley Okertchiri interviews DR. HANS FRIEDERICH, Director General of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)The bamboo industry in China currently comprises up to 10 million people who make a living out of production of the grass. But while the Asian nation has significant resources of bamboo — three million hectares of plantation and three million hectares of natural forests — the continent of Africa is recorded to have an estimated three and a half million hectares of plantations, excluding conservation areas.

  2. Call for a Win-Win Framework at COP24

    Wednesday, December 05, 2018

    NAIROBI, Dec 05 (IPS) - Mithika Mwenda is the Executive Director for the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA).An African delegation is in the Polish city of Katowice to join 30,000 delegates and thousands others from almost 200 countries attending the 4th edition of what has come to be known as annual climate change negotiation conferences organised under the auspices of the United Nations.

  3. 'Antimicrobial Resistance Knows No Boundaries'

    Tuesday, December 04, 2018

    BRUSSELS, Dec 04 (IPS) - European Union officials and global health bodies have called for help for poorer countries as growing resistance to antibiotics threatens to become a ‘global health tragedy' and jeopardises Sustainable Development Goals in some parts of the world.

  4. African Countries Deserve an Enhanced Climate Ambition

    Tuesday, December 04, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 04 (IPS) - Robert Muthami is a Programme Coordinator at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Kenya Office. He coordinates work around socio-ecological transformationAfrican countries have been at the climate-change negotiating table for more than 20 years. The continent faces some of the most severe impacts of climate change, but questions remain over its adaptive capacity despite this engagement.

  5. Havana Charter’s Progressive Trade Vision Subverted

    Tuesday, December 04, 2018

    KUALA LUMPUR & SYDNEY, Dec 04 (IPS) - In criticizing the ‘free trade delusion', UNCTAD's 2018 Trade and Development Report proposes an alternative to both reactionary nationalism, recently revived by President Trump, and the corporate cosmopolitanism of neoliberal multilateral discourse in recent decades by revisiting the Havana Charter on its 70th anniversary.

  6. Climate Action Should be a Global Priority for World Leaders

    Tuesday, December 04, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 04 (IPS) - Patricia Espinosa was appointed Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2016, a year after the adoption of the Paris Agreement to intensify actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future. Prior to that, she was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.The IPCC report says that it is not impossible to limit climate change to 1.5͒C? Do you think we can realistically achieve that? Politically, what needs to happen?

    History shows that when the human race decides to pursue a challenging goal, we can achieve great things. From ridding the world of smallpox to prohibiting slavery and other ancient abuses through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we have proven that by joining together we can create a better world.

  7. Get Ready for COP24: Transition to a Sustainable Future

    Monday, December 03, 2018

    BERLIN, Dec 03 (IPS) - Manuela Matthess is advisor on international energy and climate policy at Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Berlin*COP24 is the time for governments to act and increase their pledges to prevent global warming ensuring a just transition that leaves no one behind.

  8. Strengthening extension and rural advisory services to contribute to reaching the 2030 Development Agenda: What works in Rural Advisory Services?

    Monday, December 03, 2018

    ACCRA, Dec 03 (IPS) - Karim Hussein was Executive Secretary of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services from September 2016 to August 2018In mid-2018 the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) that brings together key development partners  and 17 multistakeholder Regional Networks and country fora across six continents, published a new book :  What Works in Rural Advisory Services: Global Good Practice Notes .

  9. Limiting Climate Change to 1.5 C is not Impossible, Says IPCC Chair

    Monday, December 03, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 03 (IPS) - Lee Hoesung was appointed Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2015. He is also the Endowed Chair Professor of economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development in the Republic of Korea*.

    When governments set a target in December 2015 of limiting global warming to well below 2ºC above pre-industrial levels while pursuing efforts to hold it at 1.5ºC, they invited the IPCC to prepare a report to provide information on this Goal.

  10. Blue Fashion Steals the Show at Nairobi Conference

    Monday, December 03, 2018

    NAIROBI, Dec 03 (IPS) - The fashion industry is the second largest polluting industry in the world. Pesticides and insecticides used on crops grown for fabrics together with the chemicals used in the production of fabrics cause enormous damage to the environment.

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