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Learning from Korea’s ‘Saemaul Undong’ to Achieve SDGs

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 (IPS) - More than 3.3 billion people live in rural areas around the world. Rural development is therefore of vital significance if the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – "a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity" – is to become reality.

Anti-gay Sentiment Arises During the U.N. General Assembly

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the importance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights during a High-Level Core Group event on Sep. 29, noting his experiences in working with governments to eliminate LGBTI-discriminatory policies.

Africa Must Depend Less on Development Aid, Says New Study

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 29 (IPS) - As the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reach their targeted date by the end of December, one of the lingering questions has long remained unanswered – at least, until now.

Electoral Revolution in Brazil Aimed at Neutralising Corporate Influence

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sep 29 (IPS) - From now on, elections in Brazil will be more democratic, without corporate interference, which had become decisive and corruptive. A Sep. 17 Supreme Court ruling declared unconstitutional articles of the elections act that allow corporate donations to election campaigns.

Opinion: We Can Overcome Poverty and Hunger by 2030

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

ROME, Sep 29 (IPS) - Over three quarters of the extreme poor in the world live in the countryside. Reducing rural poverty will therefore require significantly higher rural incomes. Since most rural incomes are related to agriculture, raising agricultural productivity can help raise rural incomes all round.

Iran's nuclear deal and the regional countries

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

OXFORD, Sep 29 (IPS) - Although some regional countries initially opposed the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, France and Germany), once the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed by the two sides in July 2015, practically all regional countries welcomed it. After the initial agreement in Lausanne, U.S. President Barack Obama invited all the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders to a Camp David summit in May and all of them expressed support for the deal.

‘Why is it Easier to Find Money to Destroy People than Protect Them?’ Asks U.N. Chief

Monday, September 28, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 28 (IPS) - Speaking at the opening session of the high-level debate of the U.N. General Assembly Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a politically troubled world is suffering from a lack of empathy.

Report Condemns Atrocities of Houthi Rebels in Yemen

Monday, September 28, 2015

ABU DHABI, Sep 28 (IPS) - (WAM) - A new report from a human rights group operating in Yemen says that human rights violations have reached unprecedented levels, with more than 3,000 people murdered by the insurgent Houthi militia and its allies in Yemen.

Opinion: U.N.’s Mixed Messages on Nepal’s Constitution

Monday, September 28, 2015

KATHMANDU, NEPAL, Sep 28 (IPS) - After a decade of violent insurgency, followed by another decade of chaotic transition, Nepal promulgated its new constitution on Sept. 20, 2015. Immediately afterwards, the U.N. issued a rather terse statement attributed to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that merely "acknowledged" the adoption of the constitution, without any congratulatory warmth.

Israel's Opposition to the Nuclear Treaty with Iran

Saturday, September 26, 2015

OXFORD, Sep 26 (IPS) - Relations between Iran and Israel go back almost to the foundation of the State of Israel in 1948. Iran was the second Muslim-majority country to recognize Israel as a sovereign state, following Turkey, and the two countries had very close diplomatic and even military cooperation for many decades.

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