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Q&A: Better Students, Better Citizens, Better World: Education Is the Key to Peace

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 14 (IPS) – In a world where high levels of social and religious intolerance, conflicts, violent extremism and environmental degradation are threatening justice and peace, the United Nations is trying to find ways...

Rights Groups Call for Durable Solution for Europe’s Migrants

PARIS, Jun 13 (IPS) – Human rights groups are calling for a sustainable solution to the migrant crisis in Europe, especially following the dismantling of refugee camps in Paris and Calais, France, over the past two weeks. Read the full...

Sex Workers in Nicaragua Break the Silence and Gain Rights

MANAGUA, Jun 13 (IPS) – After living in the shadows, thousands of Nicaraguan sex workers have broken their silence, won support from state institutions and gained new respect for their rights. Read the full story, “Sex Workers in Nicaragua...

U.N. Urged to Put Global Citizenship at Centre of Post-2015 Development Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 12 (IPS) – When Denmark hosted the World Summit on Social Development (WSSD) in March 1995, one of the conclusions of that international gathering in Copenhagen was to create a new social contract with “people...

Peru a Shining Example for South America’s Climate Action Plans

BONN, Jun 12 (IPS) – This week, Peru became the first South American nation to publicly announce its Climate Action Plan, or INDC. In doing so, it may have set the scene for a new wave of highly transparent and ambitious INDC submissions...

Opinion: Journey Towards an African Taxation Renaissance

JOHANNESBURG, Jun 12 (IPS) – Africa is known as the ‘paradox of plenty’. How can a continent so rich in natural resources be so poor? Read the full story, “Opinion: Journey Towards an African Taxation Renaissance”, on globalissues.org...

Organic Cacao Farmers Help Reforest Brazil’s Amazon Jungle

MEDICILÂNDIA, Brazil, Jun 11 (IPS) – “Now we realise what a paradise we live in,” said Darcirio Wronski, a leader of the organic cacao producers in the region where the Trans-Amazonian highway cuts across the Xingú river...

Infrastructure Boom in Emerging Economies Hits Record Levels – but at What Cost?

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 11 (IPS) – According to new data released by the World Bank Tuesday, investments in infrastructure in 139 emerging economies shot up to 107.5 billion dollars in 2014, with just five countries – Brazil, Colombia,...

Small Victories at Bonn Climate Talks

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 11 (IPS) – As climate talks wind down in Bonn, Germany, observers of the negotiations say that despite some progress on a draft text, key issues remain unresolved and will carry over at least until the next round...

Africa on Threshold of Triple Energy Win for People, Power and Planet

CAPE TOWN, Jun 11 (IPS) – Renewable energy is at the forefront of the changes sweeping Africa, and a “triple win” is within the region’s grasp to increase agricultural productivity, improve resilience to climate change,...