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Q&A: “People Need to Be at the Centre of Development”

Saturday, May 02, 2015

JAKARATA, May 02 (IPS) - In a populous archipelago nation like Indonesia, where 250 million live spread across some 17,500 islands, speaking over 300 languages, the question of development is a tricky one.

Opinion: Lack of Trade Finance a Barrier for Developing Countries

Saturday, May 02, 2015

GENEVA, May 02 (IPS) - Up to 80 percent of global trade is supported by some form of financing or credit insurance. Yet in many countries there is a lack of capacity in the financial sector to support trade, and also a lack of access to the international financial system. Therefore the ability of these countries to use simple instruments such as letters of credit is limited.

The Blue Amazon, Brazil’s New Natural Resources Frontier

Saturday, May 02, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 02 (IPS) - The Atlantic ocean is Brazil's last frontier to the east. But the full extent of its biodiversity is still unknown, and scientific research and conservation measures are lagging compared to the pace of exploitation of resources such as oil.

Watch What Happens When Tribal Women Manage India’s Forests

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NAYAGARH, India, Apr 30 (IPS) - Kama Pradhan, a 35-year-old tribal woman, her eyes intent on the glowing screen of a hand-held GPS device, moves quickly between the trees. Ahead of her, a group of men hastens to clear away the brambles from stone pillars that stand at scattered intervals throughout this dense forest in the Nayagarh district of India's eastern Odisha state.

Opinion: Don’t Sell Sweden’s Vattenfall, Keep Coal in the Ground

Thursday, April 30, 2015

STOCKHOLM, Apr 30 (IPS) - The Swedish government is in the process of pondering an important decision -- whether to sell the vast lignite reserves of the state-owned Vattenfall energy giant or ensure that they stay in the ground. The decision will define Sweden's commitment to tackling climate change.

Nigeria's Anti-Corruption Pledge Resonates in Far-Off Zambia

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NEW YORK, Apr 29 (IPS) - Nigeria's president-elect is already making waves with his pledge to attack corruption, starting with the missing 20 billion dollars allegedly swiped from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation during the previous administration.

Q&A: Comprehensive Ban on Nuclear Testing, a Stepping Stone to a Nuclear Weapons-Free World?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 29 (IPS) - With the four-week-long review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) underway at the United Nations, hopes and frustrations are running equally high, as a binding political agreement on the biggest threat to humanity hangs in the balance.

Caribbean Stakes Out “Red Line Issues” for Paris Climate Talks

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Apr 28 (IPS) - When the international climate change talks ended in Peru last December, the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a political and economic union comprising small, developing, climate-vulnerable islands and low-lying nations, left with "the bare minimum necessary to continue the process to address climate change".

European Biofuel Bubble Bursts

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BRUSSELS, Apr 28 (IPS) - Ten years of debate in the European Union over the detrimental effects of the demand for biofuels for transport on food prices, hunger, forest destruction, land consumption and climate change have come to an end.

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