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Positive Outlook For Agricultural Prices But Not For World’s Poorest
The official outlook for agriculture up to 2023 carries optimistic forecasts for agricultural productivity and commodity prices but it is unlikely that the benefits will be shared by the world’s poorest. The mix of good and bad news comes in the 2014-2023 Agricultural Outlook, issued jointly by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and […]
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:25:19 +0000)

Oil Lubricates Equatorial Guinea’s Entry into Portuguese Language Community
Evidently, oil talked louder. By unanimous resolution, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) admitted Equatorial Guinea as a full member, in spite of the CPLP’s ban on dictatorial regimes and the death penalty. At the two-day summit of heads of state and government that concluded on Wednesday Jul. 23 in Dili, the capital of […]
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:10:59 +0000)

AIDS Conference Mourns the Dead, Debates Setbacks
The 20th International AIDS Conference concluded today as the first in its history that remembered not just the 39 million people worldwide who have died of AIDS but also those who lost their lives in the crashed MH17 flight carrying six of its delegates, one of whom was the past president of the International AIDS […]
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:22:41 +0000)

U.S., Regional Leaders Convene over Migration Crisis
As the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala prepare to meet with President Barack Obama Friday, more than 40 organisations issued a petition urging U.S. lawmakers to meet their “moral and legal obligations” by providing emergency aid to Central American children and families. The petition, spearheaded by the Washington Office of Latin America (WOLA), […]
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:53:34 +0000)

Social Protection Needed to Reduce Africa’s Inequalities
For the last 13 years, Michael Ndah, 37, has worked for three road construction companies in Cameroon, but it is only in the last two years that his current employer has managed to register him with the National Social Insurance Fund (CNPS).  The CNPS is a pension system for workers in the private sector but […]
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:34:49 +0000)

Human Development Report Finds South Asia’s Poor on a Knife’s Edge
Millions still live in poverty and even those who have gained the security of the middle-income bracket could relapse into poverty due to sudden changes to their economic fortunes in South Asia, the latest annual Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) revealed. “In South Asia 44.4 percent of the population, around […]
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:58:30 +0000)

OPINION: Tackling Human Vulnerabilities, Changing Investment, Policies and Social Norms
As successive Human Development Reports have shown, most people in most countries are doing better in human development. Globalisation, advances in technology and higher incomes all hold promise for longer, healthier, more secure lives. But there is also a widespread sense of precariousness in the world today. Improvements in living standards can quickly be undermined […]
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:38:58 +0000)

OPINION: Empowering DR Congo’s Sexual Violence Survivors by Enforcing Reparations
Before a sexual violence survivor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has her day in court, she must surmount many obstacles. Poor or nonexistent roads and costly transportation may prevent her from going to a police station to report the crime, or to a hospital to receive treatment for the injuries sustained during […]
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:26:58 +0000)

Cameroon’s Rising Sea Drowns Tourism
Pierre Zambo is a hotel manager in Kribi, a sea resort town in Cameroon’s South Region. In the past his hotel would have “more than 100 tourists each week. But today if I manage to have 50 people registered into my hotel weekly, then it’s good business.” Located in the gulf of Guinea, Kribi is […]
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:19:31 +0000)

Forest Rights Offer Major Opportunity to Counter Climate Change
The international community is failing to take advantage of a potent opportunity to counter climate change by strengthening local land tenure rights and laws worldwide, new data suggests. In what researchers say is the most detailed study on the issue to date, new analysis suggests that in areas formally overseen by local communities, deforestation rates […]
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:14:31 +0000)

Israel’s U.S.-Made Military Might Overwhelms Palestinians
The overwhelming Israeli firepower unleashed on the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the ongoing battle in Gaza is perhaps reminiscent of the Algerian war of independence (1954-1962) when France, the colonial power, used its vastly superior military strength to strike back at the insurgents with brutal ferocity. While France was accused of using its air […]
(Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:44:09 +0000)

‘Zero Tolerance’ the Call for Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation
Heightening their campaign to eradicate violence against women and girls, United Nations agencies and civil groups have called for increased action to end child marriage and female genital mutilation. At the first Girl Summit in London Wednesday, hosted by the U.K. government and UNICEF, delegates said they wanted to send a strong message that there […]
(Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:43:04 +0000)

Focus on Child Marriage, Genital Mutilation at All-Time High
As Tuesday’s major summits here and in London focused global attention on adolescent girls, the United Nations offered new data warning that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, while more than 700 million women alive today were forced into marriage as children. Noting how such issues disproportionately […]
(Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:41:50 +0000)

Touaregs Seek Secular and Democratic Multi-Ethnic State
The government of Mali and Touareg rebels representing Azawad, a territory in northern Mali which declared unilateral independence in 2012 after a Touareg rebellion drove out the Malian army, resumed peace talks in Algiers last week, intended to end decades of conflict. The talks, being held behind closed doors, are expected to end on July […]
(Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:10:13 +0000)

BRICS – The End of Western Dominance of the Global Financial and Economic Order
In this column, Shyam Saran, former Indian Foreign Secretary and currently Chairman of India’s National Security Advisory Board, argues that the new financial institutions put in place by the BRICS countries at their recent summit in Brazil will alter the global financial landscape irreversibly.
(Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:17:42 +0000)

U.S., Russia, China Hamper ICC’s Reach
Despite making important strides in the first dozen years of its existence, the International Criminal Court (ICC) faces a daunting task if it hopes to create a reputation as a truly global institution. With a skewed distribution of states parties and cases, the ICC has struggled to mature at its seat in The Hague as […]
(Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:10:39 +0000)

Disasters Poised to Sweep Away Development Gains
Extreme poverty and hunger can be eliminated, but only through far greater efforts to reduce carbon emissions that are overheating the planet and producing punishing droughts, catastrophic floods and ever wilder weather, said climate activists involved in talks to set the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Last weekend, the United Nations released the 17 draft SDGs following […]
(Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:39:42 +0000)

Gaza Under Fire – a Humanitarian Disaster
As a result of over two weeks of Israeli bombardment, thousands of Palestinian civilians have fled their homes in the north of Gaza and sought refuge in schools run by the UNRWA, the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees. Among the worst affected are Gazan children who have been forced to live in constant fear and […]
(Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:05:54 +0000)

Stunting: The Cruel Curse of Malnutrition in Nepal
Durga Ghimire had her first child at the age of 18 and the second at 21. As a young mother, Durga didn’t really understand the importance of taking care of her own health during pregnancy. “I didn’t realise it would have an impact on my baby,” she says as she sits on the porch of […]
(Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:59:26 +0000)

Food Insecurity a New Threat for Lebanon’s Syrian Refugees
A declining economy and a severe drought have raised concerns in Lebanon over food security as the country faces one of its worst refugee crises, resulting from the nearby Syria war, and it is these refugees and impoverished Lebanese border populations that are most vulnerable to this new threat. A severe drought has put the […]
(Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:01:34 +0000)