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Opinion: We Have a Moral Imperative to Act on Climate Change

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Posted by admin 20 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Father Edwin Gariguez is a Catholic priest from the Philippines. He currently serves as the Executive Secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action, the advocacy and social development arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. He was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2012 for leading a grassroots movement against an illegal mining project to protect Mindoro Is

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Cities Will Be Decisive in Fight for Sustainable Development

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
With cities increasingly in the spotlight on the international stage, urban planning and development has become a critical issue in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While slums continue to grow in most developing countries, reinforcing other forms of inequality, urban planning requires a shift from viewing urbanisation mainly as a problem to seeing it as […]

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Could Peacekeeping Wives Deter Sexual Abuse in U.N. Overseas Operations?

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Back in November 2007, about 108 military personnel from an Asian country, serving with the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti, were deported home after being accused of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of minors. After their return, one of the expelled peacekeepers was quoted in a local newspaper as saying, rather defiantly, “What do you […]

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From Residents to Rangers: Local Communities Take Lead on Mangrove Conservation in Sri Lanka

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Weekends and public holidays are deadly for one of Sri Lanka’s most delicate ecosystems – that is when the island’s 8,815 hectares of mangroves come under threat. With public officials, forest rangers and NGO workers on holiday, no one is around to enforce conservation laws designed to protect these endangered zones. Except the locals, that […]

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CTBTO, the Nuclear Watchdog That Never Sleeps

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
The world’s nuclear powers may succeed in thwarting sanctions by the Security Council or avoiding condemnation by the General Assembly, but they cannot escape the scrutiny of a key international watchdog body: the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). Literally, its monitoring network keeps its ear to the ground tracking down surreptitious nuclear tests – while […]

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Industrial Fisheries Crowd out Artisanal Fisherpersons in South America

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Millions of families on South America’s Pacific coast have long depended on artisanal fishing for a living. But they have been increasingly being pushed aside by the industrial fisheries that have made this region a major player in the global seafood industry. “Fishing is part of the most ancient history of the Americas,” social anthropologist […]

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Donor Conference to Tackle Nepal Reconstruction

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal in April, and the numerous aftershocks that followed, left the country with losses amounting to a third of its economy. As this South Asian nation of 27 million people struggles to get back on its feet, a major donor conference scheduled for Jun. 25 promises to bring some […]

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South Sudan Again Tops Fragile States Index

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Posted by admin 18 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
For the second year in a row, South Sudan has been designated as the most fragile nation in the world, plagued by intensifying internal conflict that has displaced more than two million of its people. Headline-making events of the past year have spurred much of the movement of countries’ rankings – for better or worse […]

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