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Opinion: Sustainable Development Goals Could Be a Game-Changer for Water

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Posted by admin 11 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Betsy Otto is director of WRI’s Global Water Program. Kitty van der Heijden is director of WRI Europe.

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World’s Richest One Percent Undermine Fight Against Economic Inequalities

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Posted by admin 12 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
The growing economic inequalities between rich and poor – and the lopsided concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the world’s one percent – are undermining international efforts to fight global poverty, environmental degradation and social injustice, according to a civil society alliance. Comprising ActionAid, Greenpeace, Oxfam and Civicus, the group of widely-known […]

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Why Investors Should Think Twice before Investing in Coal in India – Part 2

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Posted by admin 12 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
This is the second of a two-part article analysing India’s plans to double coal production by the end of this decade. The article, by Chaitanya Kumar, South Asia Team Leader of 350.org, which is building a global climate movement through online campaigns, grassroots organising and mass public actions, offers four reasons why investors and the Indian government should be really wary of investing i

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U.N. Envoy Pushes for Safer Schools Worldwide

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Posted by admin 12 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Speaking from the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, the U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, defined 2015 as the year to end violations of the rights of the children worldwide. “It is time for us to end the shameful breaches of international law that violate the rights of millions of […]

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UNDP Unveils Blueprint for Swift, Unified Crisis Response

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Posted by admin 12 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced a new 10-year global plan to support country efforts to reduce the risk of disasters that kill people and destroy livelihoods at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction from Mar. 14 to 18. “Called ‘5-10-50’, the programme will support countries and communities to deliver better risk-informed […]

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Opinion: The Exceptional Destiny of Foreign Policy

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Posted by admin 12 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
In this column, Roberto Savio, founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News, analyses the incongruences in U.S. and European foreign policy as pressure builds up for military confrontation over Ukraine.

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In Thrall to the Mall Crawl and Urban Sprawl

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Posted by admin 12 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
There’s little argument about the basic facts: It’s ugly (think strip malls and big box stores). It’s not very convenient (hours spent behind the wheel to get to work). And it wreaks havoc on the natural environment (lost farmland and compromised watersheds). So why is “urban sprawl”, the steady creep outward of cities to more […]

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Middle Income Nations Home to Half the World’s Hungry

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Posted by admin 13 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Nearly half of the world’s hungry, amounting to about 363 million people, live in some of the rising middle income countries, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Mexico, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The 2014–2015 Global Food Policy Report (GFPR) calls on these developing […]

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