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World Must Act On Climate Change

Project Syndicate: Our Last Chance for a Safe Planet Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to the U.N. secretary general on the Millennium Development Goals “…The last chance for action [on climate change] has arrived. That chance lies in Paris in December 2015,…

Somalia’s Food Security Situation Worsens As Country Experiences Late Rains

U.N. News Centre: Late rains give rise to concerns about harvest prospects, food security in Somalia — U.N. “The United Nations today voiced increasing concern over the food security situation in Somalia, as food stocks from the previous harvest become depleted and prices continue to rise sharply, and the country…

African Women Farmers Need Support From Leaders, Policymakers

Forbes: Supporting Women Farmers Is The Key To Africa’s Continued Progress Uyen Kim Huynh, senior research scientist at the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University “…Given the critical role that women farmers play in Africa with respect to agricultural production and securing livelihoods for their families, further…

Pollution Kills More In Developing World Than Disease, Analysis Shows

News outlets report on an analysis released by the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) that states pollution, rather than disease, is the biggest killer in the developing world. Inter Press Service: In Developing World, Pollution Kills More Than Disease “Pollution, not disease, is the biggest killer in the…

New Development Framework Should Tackle Inequality, Climate Change

Inter Press Service: Op-Ed: Overcoming the Twin Hurdles of Inequality and Climate Change Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International “…Laudable progress has been made under the MDGs, which are set to expire next year. … Yet the twin challenges of inequality and climate change have not been adequately tackled.…

African Union Leaders Must Bolster Agricultural Sector To Achieve Peace, Food Security

The Guardian: A healthy, peaceful and secure Africa is now within our grasp Kanayo Nwanze, president of the U.N. International Fund for Agricultural Development “…African economies have grown impressively. But it is time to stop focusing on GDP figures and instead focus on people. The majority of our people are…

Chronic Kidney Disease Spreads Through Central America Sugar Belt

Al Jazeera: Silent kidney epidemic ravages Central America sugar belt “…[T]ens of thousands [of people are] cut down by a new form of chronic kidney disease striking like a scythe across the sweltering plains of Central America’s sugar belt from Mexico to Costa Rica. … Dubbed chronic kidney disease of…

U.N. SG Ban Urges Strong Voice For New Body Focused On Sustainability

U.N. News Centre: Saying ‘change is in the air,’ Ban urges new U.N. body to galvanize global sustainability agenda “With the close of the Millennium Development Goal era just months away, and work already beginning on a successor agenda to reign in poverty and put the planet on a sustainable course…

Family-Centered Farming Policies Critical To Achieving Food Security, U.N.’s Ban Says

U.N. News Centre: Pro-family farming policies key in anti-hunger fight, U.N. officials tell Budapest expo “Financial and infrastructure support for small-scale family farmers is crucial to winning the fight against hunger around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Wednesday], urging governments to create polices conducive for equitable and…