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UN Finance-for-development Reform
KUALA LUMPUR—Growing global interdependence poses greater challenges to policy makers on a wide range of issues and for countries at all levels of development. Yet, the new mechanisms and arrangements put in place over the past four decades have not been adequate to the growing challenges of coherence and coordination
Source Jomo Kwame Sundaram, IPS (30 August 2017)
Anatomy of ISIL in the Middle East
  Most concerned observers and analysts have deplored the phenomenon known as ISIL, a movement in the Middle East asserting a particularly abominable form of governance that deviates majestically from the norms of international law and world order, while calling itself a “state.” The prevalence of ISIL has wide-ranging consequences and
Source Joseph Schechla,* Pambazuka News (29 August 2017)
Turkey: More Destruction of Sur, Diyarbakır
HLRN has received updated reports from local sources about the ongoing demolitions and forced evictions in the remaining neighborhoods of Sur District, Diyarbakır, in southeastern Turkey.   The focus now is on the present situation in Alibey and Lalepaşa neighborhoods. For more information on the context, consult the latest report on Sur
Source HIC-HLRN (25 August 2017)
Global Peasant Movement Convene at Bilbao
Global Peasant Movement Assesses and Responds to a Heated Political Moment     Four years ago, La Vía Campesina brought its peasant activists from around the world to Jakarta for its VI International Conference. The gathering was held in a padepokan, a Javanese center reserved for the teaching and exchanging of knowledge and
Source Huffington Post (28 July 2017)
No SDGs without Major Progress on Land
Land and the SDGs: Key takeaways from the 2017 HLPF and what we need to do next     This was the clear and strong message that was brought by the land community into the major global forum on the SDGs, the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), which is the central platform for
Source Luca Chinotti, International Land Coalition (28 July 2017)
UNHRC Resolution Links Human Rights to NUA
UN resolution seen as key win for New Urban Agenda’s contentious rights language     A new resolution from the United Nations’ top human rights body is being lauded by supporters in part because it solidifies contentious new language included in last year’s New Urban Agenda strategy on sustainable urbanization.   The UN Human Rights
Source Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope (27 July 2017)
“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs
As the UN High-Level Forum opens in New York, a global civil society report spotlights the role of big business in hindering development and deepening economic and social disparity.   Unbridled privatization, corporate capture and mass-scale tax abuse are blocking progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, argues a new report by a
Source HIC-HLRN (10 July 2017)
Brazil: Indigenous Amazon Protectors v. Loggers
Inside Brazil`s Indigenous Reserve 124, Chief Geraldo Apurina walks along a muddy footpath, past towering trees as yet untouched by Amazon loggers. Much of the land around the reserve has been cleared of trees. Grazing land for cattle now stretches as far as the eye can see from the highway,
Source Chris Arsenault, Karla Mendes, Thomson Reuters Foundation (09 July 2017)
UNESCO: Hebron Palestine World Heritage
The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Krakow, has inscribed Hebron / Al Khalil Old town (Palestine) on 7 July 2017. The Committee simultaneously added the site of Hebron/al-Khalil to the List of World Heritage in Danger.   Hebron/al-Khalil Old Town (Palestine)   The use of a local limestone shaped the construction of the old town
Source UNESCO/Peter Beaumont, The Guardian (07 July 2017)
Rural Exodus Undermines Food Security
BUENOS AIRES—In Latin America and the Caribbean, which account for 12 per cent of the planet’s arable land, and one-third of its fresh water reserves, a number of factors contribute to soil degradation and to a rural exodus that compromises food security in a not-so-unlikely future.   These figures, and the warning,
Source Fabiana Frayssinet, Inter Press Service (22 June 2017)


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