Poverty

11.02.2019

If the whole world wants cobalt, and all the cobalt is in Congo, why are people in the country dying of hunger?

If the whole world wants cobalt, and all the cobalt is in Congo, why are people in the country dying of hunger?

The paradox of one of the world’s most resource-plentiful countries, with huge riches but a population in dire straits. Finding a treasure when digging a latrine. If that sounds like an old fairy tale, it really can come true in the Democratic Republic of Congo – a place with all… »

29.12.2018

Africa Poverty Clock Launched on UNECA’s 60th Anniversary

Africa Poverty Clock Launched on UNECA’s 60th Anniversary

By Devendra Kamarajan ADDIS ABABA (IDN) – The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at its 60th anniversary celebrations in Addis Ababa has launched the Africa Poverty Clock, a customized version of the world poverty clock developed by World Data Lab, aimed at monitoring progress against extreme poverty, an aspiration of the United… »

19.12.2018

Africa – Realising The Promise of the Demographic Dividend

Africa – Realising The Promise of the Demographic Dividend

Viewpoint by Graça Machel The author, who writes this piece following the recent publication of the Africa Report on Child Wellbeingand the African Child-Friendliness Index, is the widow of Nelson Mandela and former First Lady of both South Africa and Mozambique. She is Chair of the International Board of Trustees… »

28.09.2018

Millions Face The Life-Threatening Dangers Of Poor Sanitation

Millions Face The Life-Threatening Dangers Of Poor Sanitation

By Anna Kučírková – Connect For Water In our ever changing and evolving world, improvements in living conditions are essential. Sanitation is our first line of defense against communicable diseases and epidemics of infectious diseases such as influenza, typhoid, cholera, and more. And while developed nations tend to have… »

12.07.2018

UN Summer Academy Brings 2030 Development Agenda To Life

UN Summer Academy Brings 2030 Development Agenda To Life

By Rita Joshi BONN (IDN) – In 2015, countries from around the world adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. In November 2016, the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force, addressing the need to… »

02.11.2017

Fighting poverty should not derail environmental goals

Fighting poverty should not derail environmental goals

By Aris Telonis for DiEM25. Two vital pillars of the DiEM25 European New Deal are poverty alleviation and heavy investment in green technologies. Though these two fields may seem unconnected, new scientific studies suggest there are solid links between them. Scientists argue that… »

30.05.2017

Declaring That Poverty Is Illegal Before The United Nations

Declaring That Poverty Is Illegal Before The United Nations

By Leonardo Boff The scandalous increase in world poverty has given rise to movements to eradicate this affliction of humanity. On May 9th, there was an event at the National University of Rosario, Argentina, organized by the Chair of Water Sciences, a department of the Faculty of Social Sciences, coordinated… »

04.09.2016

Gaza: Over 80% of Population Depend on Humanitarian Assistance

Gaza: Over 80% of Population Depend on Humanitarian Assistance

Human Wrongs Watch By UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)* The blockade on Gaza, now in its tenth year, has created extremely high unemployment and aid dependency rates in Gaza: in 2016, over 80 per cent of the population depend… »

12.08.2016

War on Climate Terror (II): Fleeing Disasters, Escaping Drought, Migrating

War on Climate Terror (II): Fleeing Disasters, Escaping Drought, Migrating

Human Wrongs Watch By Baher Kamal* ROME, 11 August 2016 (IPS) – “No one can deny the terrible similarities between those running from the threat of guns and those fleeing creeping desertification, water shortages, floods and hurricanes.” Hardly a short, simply-worded… »

10.08.2016

War on Climate Terror (I): Deserts Bury Two Thirds of African Lands

War on Climate Terror (I): Deserts Bury Two Thirds of African Lands

Human Wrongs Watch By Baher Kamal* ROME, 10 August 2016 (IPS) – Two-thirds of the African continent is already desert or dry-lands. But while this vast extension of the second largest continent on Earth after Asia is “vital” for agriculture and… »

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