sustainable development

Water Woes Rock Southern Africa

Evelyn Mbiza struggles with a wheelbarrow laden with multiple five litre containers filled with water while her eight-year-old child follows behind carrying another container as the two head home after spending several hours queuing for the precious liquid at a…

UN’s 1st ‘Playable’ Policy Conference on Global Development

By Rita Joshi BERLIN | BONN (IDN) – Inspired by innovative and forward-looking concepts, the Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development, the first in a series of annual forums to help achieve the United Nations-led Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…

Gandhi and Sustainable Development

Gandhi, the father of modern India, is best known in the West for his original method of struggle for the independence of his country, the doctrine of nonviolence. However, beyond the policy goals such as getting the independence of India…

Costa Rica Setting its Sights on Sustainable Development

By Jose Rafael Quesada* SAN JOSE (IDN) – Costa Rica, a small Central American country with a population of barely 5 million inhabitants, has a high human development index (ranking 69th worldwide) and is considered a consolidated democracy in Latin…

A Third Industrial Development Decade for the ‘Poorest Region in the World’ – Africa

Human Wrongs Watch Underlining the need for the sustainable industrialization of Africa, the United Nations General Assembly on 25 July 2016 unanimously adopted a resolution proclaiming the period 2016-2025 as the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa. By the terms…

Reforestation in Oxapampa: Peru’s Challenges and Priorities

By Fernando Torres Morán LIMA (IDN) – Oxapampa is a province in the Pasco Region, in the high jungle area of Peru, which is home to the Oxapampa-Asháninka-Yanesha Biosphere Reserve that was recognised by UNESCO in 2010. The reserve houses…

Latin American Development Depends On Investing In Teenage Girls

Human Wrongs Watch By Estrella Gutiérrez* CARACAS, 11 July 2016 (IPS) – Latin America’s teenage girls are a crucial force for change and for promoting sustainable development, if the region invests in their rights and the correction of unequal opportunities,…

Sustainable development: disarmament must be priority number one on the world’s agenda

From the 25th to the 27th of September this year the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 will take place in New York. The event will cover the new agenda to replace the 8 Millennium Development Goals designed to be…

Organized crime in wildlife, gold and timber worth over one billion USD, further fuels conflict in DR Congo

Human Wrongs Watch ‘Experts estimate that 10-30 per cent of this illegal trade (around US$ 72-426 million per annum) goes to transnational organized criminal networks based outside eastern DR Congo.’   Nairobi, 16 April 2015 — Organized crime and the illegal…

On International Day, UN Urges Protection of Environment from ‘Ravages of War’

Human Wrongs Watch From the contamination of land to the plundering of natural resources, the environment has long been a “silent casualty” of war, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 6 November 2014 affirmed as he warned that the fast-changing…

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