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Friday, September 30, 2016

The Week with IPS


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Take a Deep Breath? But 9 in 10 People Worldwide Live with Excessive Air Pollution!
Baher Kamal
The warning is sharp and the facts, alarming: 92 per cent of the world’s population live in places where levels exceed recommended limits. And 6.5 million people die annually from air pollution. And the warning comes from the leading United Nations agency dealing with health, which rolled out ... MORE > >

Making the Goals: Why Sustainable Development Must Be Integrated Development
Roger-Mark De Souza and Sono Aibe
By recognising how closely connected the different aspects of sustainable development are, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) create an important opportunity - and challenge - for a more coordinated approach to implementing development policies. The multi-faceted, interlinked nature of ... MORE > >

Uncertainty Mars Potential for Peace in South Sudan
Jonathan Rozen
Nearly one month after UN Security Council members visited troubled South Sudan, disagreement reigns over even the limited outside measures proposed to try to bring the security situation in the world's newest country under control. “To fix South Sudan you will need 250,000 soldiers, you ... MORE > >

Colombia Referendum - First Acid Test for Peace
Constanza Vieira
It was like a huge party in Colombia. “Congratulations!” people said to each other, before hugging. “Only 20 minutes to go!” one office worker said, hurrying on her way to Bolívar square, in the heart of Bogotá. And everyone knew what she was talking about, and hurried along too. Complete strangers ... MORE > >

Two years on, Peña Nieto cannot brush off Ayotzinapa stain
Erika Guevara-Rosas
There are certain events that mark a turning point in a country. The way a government decides to handle them defines the way they will go down in the history books. This week marks two years since 43 students from a rural school in southern Mexico were forcibly disappeared after a brutal ... MORE > >

Global South Address Sustainable Development Challenges
Tharanga Yakupitiyage
On Friday, a group of 134 developing nations, known as the Group of 77 (G77), came together for a meeting to address challenges and solutions in achieving sustainable development. In attendance were G-77 Foreign Ministers, the President of the General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General and other UN ... MORE > >

Governments Band Together to Address Antibiotic Resistance
Lyndal Rowlands
The looming threat of a world where even minor infections are deadly has led governments to commit to collective action against antibiotic resistance at the UN General Assembly earlier this week. However for many developing countries addressing this growing problem will also involve tackling ... MORE > >

Mexico City’s Expansion Creates Tension between Residents and Authorities
Emilio Godoy
People living in neighborhoods affected by the expansion of urban construction suffer a “double displacement”, with changes in their habitat and the driving up of prices in the area, in a process in which “we are not taken into account,” said Natalia Lara, a member of an assembly of local residents ... MORE > >

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