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Friday, September 2, 2016

The Week with IPS 9/2/16


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Dire Warnings But Also Hope as IUCN Environmental Congress Opens
Guy Dinmore
A congress billed as the world’s largest ever to focus on the environment has opened to warnings that our planet is at a “tipping point” but also with expressions of hope that governments, civil society and big business are learning to work together. The 10-day IUCN World Conservation Congress ... MORE > >

Rich Countries Should Take Development Goals Seriously Too
Lyndal Rowlands
The UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals apply to all 193 UN member states, yet one year in some say that rich countries aren’t taking their critical role quite as seriously as they should be. “What is an interesting, but also a scary observation, is (that the Sustainable Development ... MORE > >

Rousseff’s Ouster Won’t Clear Up Uncertainty in Brazil
Mario Osava
The dismissal of now ex-president Dilma Rousseff brings to a close a turbulent chapter of Brazil’s crisis, but does nothing to clear up the doubts that threaten the political system and the economy of Latin America’s powerhouse. The Senate voted 61-20 on Wednesday Aug. 31 to impeach Brazil’s ... MORE > >

Honduras Still a Death Trap for Environmental Activists Six Months after Berta Cáceres’ Slaying
Erika Guevara-Rosas
Chills ran down Tomás Gómez Membreño’s spine when he first heard about the brutal murder of his renowned friend and ally, the Honduran Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, six months ago this week. A fellow environmental activist and second in command at the Popular and Indigenous Organizations ... MORE > >

Revisiting the Journey to the Sustainable Development Goals
Felix Dodds
It’s been almost one year since heads of state and government adopted ‘Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ - the ambitious agenda which contains 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets during a special session of the UN General Assembly on 25 ... MORE > >

Indigenous People Demand Shared Benefits from Forest Conservation
Emilio Godoy
"Why don’t the authorities put themselves in our shoes?” asked Cándido Mezúa, an indigenous man from Panama, with respect to native peoples’ participation in conservation policies and the sharing of benefits from the protection of forests. Mezúa, who belongs to the Emberá people and is a member ... MORE > >

Migrant Labour Fuels Tensions in Mauritius
Nasseem Ackbarally
They come from Bangladesh, China, India and Madagascar, mainly to run the machines in the textile industry here. But they do all kinds of other jobs too, from masons to bakers, house cleaners and gardeners. For the eight consecutive year in 2016, the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business report ... MORE > >

Drought Deals Harsh Blow to Cameroon's Cocoa Farmers
Mbom Sixtus
Tanchenow Daniel fears he will lose more than half a tonne of his cocoa yield during the next harvest at the end of this month. He usually harvests no less than 1.5 tonnes of cocoa beans during the mid-crop season, but he says every farmer in the Manyu Division of Cameroon’s South West Region is ... MORE > >

Myanmar Turns to Kofi Annan for Help on Festering Rohingya Crisis
Sara Perria
Myanmar’s government has responded to pressure from the international community to tackle religious tensions and persecution of Muslims in Rakhine State by appointing former U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan to head a commission to advise on “a sustainable solution” to the crisis. The northwest ... MORE > >

Mexico, a Democracy Where People Disappear at the Hands of the State
Daniela Pastrana
“Go and tell my dad that they’re holding me here,” Maximiliano Gordillo Martínez told his travelling companion on May 7 at the migration station in Chablé, in the southern Mexican state of Tabasco. It was the last time he was ever seen, and his parents have had no news of him since. Gordillo, ... MORE > >

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