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Friday, July 8, 2016

The week With IPS 7/8/2016

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Record High Seafood Consumption Not Sustainable, Warns UN
Aruna Dutt
The UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) warned Thursday that global fish stocks cannot keep up with record consumption, with the average person now consuming 20 kilograms of fish a year. "Life below water, which the Sustainable Development Agenda commits us to conserve, is a major ... MORE > >

China-led Development Bank Pledges 0 Million to Asian Projects
Thalif Deen
The Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which was launched last year with the aim of funding projects on a continent with some of the world’s most populous nations, has pledged over 0 million in four concessional loans to Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and ... MORE > >

Is a Referendum a Valid Tool for Democracy?
Roberto Savio
William Shakespeare would have loved to witness the Brexit. Many of his themes are evidently present: friendship and treason; truth and lies; deception and betrayal. Roberto SavioDavid Cameron invents a referendum as a trick to get more power from the EU, and unify the Tory party under his ... MORE > >

Five Years After Independence South Sudan Faces Myriad Challenges
Lyndal Rowlands
South Sudan, the world’s newest country faces myriad problems five years after achieving independence, aid agencies warned this week. South Sudan which achieved independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, is on the brink of economic collapse, development organisation Oxfam warned ... MORE > >

International Organizations Concerned by El Niño Funding Gap
Phillip Kaeding
The response to the 2015-2016 severe El Nino - which has effected over 60 million people from Southern Africa, to South-East Asia to Latin America - remains severely underfunded. In a statement released Tuesday addressing the world’s leaders, the Elders urged governments to provide aid for ... MORE > >

Seaweed gains ground as a pillar of food security in South America
Orlando Milesi
Seaweed, a nutrient-rich foodstuff that was a regular part of the diet of several South American indigenous peoples, is emerging as a new pillar of food security in Latin America and is providing a livelihood for thousands of people in the region’s coastal areas. “I have been harvesting seaweed ... MORE > >

First Independent Expert To Tackle LGBTI Discrimination: "Historic Victory"
Phillip Kaeding
Human rights groups have described the UN Human Rights Council's (HRC) decision on Thursday to appoint an independent expert to target the ongoing discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people all over the world as a "historic victory." “For LGBTI people ... MORE > >

The Shift from Social Development to Infrastructure - How to Build Greener
Vinod Thomas
Across the world, the pendulum has swung from a focus on social development to infrastructure development. Recognizing that infrastructure is only one variable in the development equation, we must try to get the most value from this shift in priorities. That entails ensuring that new investments ... MORE > >

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