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  1. America has a Chequered Past in International Environmental Diplomacy

    THE HAGUE, Dec 17 (IPS) - When it comes to international environmental diplomacy, America has a chequered past. It stood at the forefront of the international battle to fix the ozone hole and has shaped many key international agreements.

    Sadly, US positions are not always built on solid political ground at home. Twice, in the climate change process, this has led to the United States forging an agreement, only to then walk away. This happened with the 1997 Kyoto Protocol which then Vice-President Gore flew to Japan to sign in the full knowledge that a Republican dominated Senate would never ratify the deal. It happened again five years ago, with former President Obama closing that landmark deal (and John Kerry signing at the UN), only for President Trump to tear it up a few weeks later.

  2. Sid Chatterjee Epitomizes the New Leadership Model of UN Resident Coordinators Worldwide

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 16 (IPS) - Siddharth Chatterjee, who has served with the United Nations for over 20 years, has been appointed as the new Resident Coordinator in China, the world’s second largest economy after the United States.

  3. Getting Children in Lebanon Back to School Amongst Multiple Crises

    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec 15 (IPS) - Education and health care were high on the agenda when the United Nations vowed to work toward a better future by setting 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be met by 2030.

  4. Intellectual Property Monopolies Block Vaccine Access

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 (IPS) - Just before the World Health Assembly (WHA), an 18 May open letter by world leaders and experts urged governments to ensure that all COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and tests are patent-free, fairly distributed and available to all, free of charge.

  5. R & D Expenditure: How to Raise It and Why

    CANBERRA, Australia, Dec 14 (IPS) - Economic growth is the time-tested method of raising living standards and, if not accompanied by large increases in inequality, lowering poverty. Since World War II, economic growth has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, including in South Asia.

  6. Africa Readying for Free Trade, Come January 2021

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 14 (IPS) - One day in February 2020, Accra-based coffee and cocoa trader Meron Dagnew visited the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to introduce herself, even before the Secretariat was fully operational.

  7. Celebrating Vanuatus Path to Sustainable Development

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Dec 10 (IPS) - The Pacific Island Developing State of Vanuatu has emerged as one of the region’s great success stories. Vanuatu has joined the ranks of Samoa and the Maldives as one of only six countries to graduate from being a least developed country, since the category was introduced by the United Nations in 1971.

  8. Human Rights Must Be at the Heart of the COVID-19 Recovery

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 09 (IPS) - On 10 December every year, we celebrate Human Rights Day, marking the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration guarantees a spectrum of human rights that belong to each of us equally, and unite us as a global community and upholds our humanity.

  9. Education Is a Fundamental Human Right and the Priority of the 21st Century

    NEW YORK, Dec 09 (IPS) - Education is not a privilege. It is a fundamental human right. Yet, education is undervalued even at the best of times. We often fail to connect the dots between the right to education and the realization of all human rights. As noted by the Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen, we have failed to give ‘this massive potential in transforming human lives’ the attention it deserves.

  10. La Niña Weather Phenomenon Could Endanger Colombia's Food Security

    NEW YORK, Dec 08 (IPS) - After ten years without a strong La Niña weather phenomenon in Colombia, the climate pattern, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, could create a vacuum in food production and supply. Multilateral organizations, along with the Colombian government, are trying to implement measures to reduce malnutrition risk. Still, the population is already overwhelmed by a year of struggles that have deepened socio-economic differences.

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