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Wednesday, June 29, 2016   18:03 GMT


Q&A
Ensuring Food Security for All
Katherine Mackenzie
Rome, Italy, 19 Jan (IPS) - Coming from a developing country where, in our generation, we have experienced the devastating effects of food insecurity and the complexity of its root causes, I take to heart the objective of ensuring that during my mandate, CFS will make a ‘real’ difference to people’s lives. Achieving results is something that we owe each and every undernourished person who today, in 2016 goes to bed hungry. There is still an unacceptable 793 million people in this condition worldwide! Ensuring food security for all is also something that we owe our children.
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57 Million Deaths in Perspective
Joseph Chamie
NEW YORK, 14 Jan (IPS) - The number of deaths worldwide in 2015 was approximately 57 million. Those deaths represent 0.78 percent of the world’s population of 7.3 billion. In comparison, 140 million births occurred in 2015, resulting in a global population increase of 83 million people.
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CoP 21
The Start of a Long Journey
Rajendra Kumar Pachauri
NEW DELHI, 14 Jan (IPS) - The agreement reached in December, 2015 at the 21st Conference of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is a major step forward in dealing with the challenge of climate change. The very fact that almost every country in the world signed off on this agreement is a major achievement, credit for which must go in substantial measure to the Government of France and its leadership. However, in scientific terms, while this agreement certainly brings all the Parties together in moving ahead, in itself the commitments that have been made under the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) are quite inadequate for limiting temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century relative to pre-industrial levels.
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Syria
Minding the Minds II
Johan Galtung
OSLO, 12 Jan (IPS) -
Baher Kamal, in … And All of a Sudden Syria!: “The “big five,” the United Nations veto powers, have just agreed United Nations Resolution 2254 of 18-12-2015, time to end the Syrian five-year long human tragedy; they waited until 300,000 innocent civilians were killed and 4.5 million humans lost as refugees and homeless at home, hundreds of field testing of state-of-the-art drones made, and daily U.S., British, French and Russian bombing carried out.” No Chinese bombing.
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Syrian Government to Allow Aid, Loosening the Stranglehold on Madaya
Katherine Mackenzie
ROME, 8 Jan (IPS) - The Syrian government says it will allow humanitarian aid into the besieged rebel-held town of Madaya, according to the United Nations, following reports and horrific pictures of residents starving to death. Aid is expected to reach the area by Monday, but for some it is too little and too late.
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Locals Want to Know When They Will Feel the Effects of the U.S.-Cuban Thaw
Patricia Grogg
HAVANA, 16 Dec (IPS) - While the normalisation of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba is moving ahead, and the U.S. and Cuban flags have been proudly waving in Havana and Washington, respectively, since last July, the year gone by since the thaw has left many unanswered questions.
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Paris Agreement Leaves Climate Funding in Limbo
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 14 Dec (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who described climate change as one of the “defining priorities” of his nine-year tenure as UN chief, went into raptures over the Paris agreement concluded on Saturday.
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Silence, Please! A New Middle East Is in the Making

, 14 Dec (IPS) - When, in June 2016, former US National Security adviser and, later on, Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, spelled out the George W. Bush administration new, magic doctrine for the Middle East, tons of ink was poured and millions of words said in a harsh attempt to speculate with what she really did mean by what she called “Creative Chaos.”
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Paris Delivers the Promised Climate Deal to Resounding Cheer and Applause
Diego Arguedas Ortiz
PARÍS, 13 Dec (IPS) - The impossible was made possible. Governments from 195 countries around the world emerged here with the first universal agreement to cut greenhouse gases emissions and reduce the negative impacts of climate change.
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Climate Change and Women Across Three Continents
Sohara Mehroze, Domoina Ratovozanany, Dizzanne Billy
PARIS, 12 Dec (IPS) - The link between women in climate change is a cross-cutting issue that deserves greater recognition at climate negotiations. It is pervasive, touching everything; from health and agriculture to sanitation and education.
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