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UN: Agriculture and Forestry for Food Security
Agriculture and forestry can improve food security, according to a new United Nations report released today, at the start of World Forest Week. Farming is globally the most significant driver of deforestation, but promoting a more positive interaction between agriculture and forestry can build sustainable agricultural systems and improve food systems,
Source UN News Center (18 July 2016)
Obstacles to Development: Data on fragility, Conflict and Violence
Latin America and the Caribbean have high homicide rates. Over half a million people were killed by intentional homicide in 2012, while in 2014 there were more than one hundred thousand battle-related deaths. Episodes of such violence and unrest can reverse development efforts and rapidly dismantle achievements built over a long
Source Edie Purdie, World Bank Blog (13 July 2016)
MEQ Issues New Report, Maintains Old Inertia
In line with their decision announced in Munich on 12 February 2016 and underlining their commitment to support a comprehensive, just, and lasting resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the representatives of the Middle East Quartet (MEQ) has issued its 2016 report today. The report issued by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey
Source HIC-HLRN (01 July 2016)
Biotech/Nobel-laureates v. Anti-GMO Greenpeace
107 Nobel Laureate Attack on Greenpeace Traced Back to Biotech PR Operators   WASHINGTON—Greenpeace was denied entrance yesterday (June 30) to a National Press Club Event in Washington, DC of 107 Nobel Laureates. The event was ostensibly organised by a scientific group calling itself Support Precision Agriculture to publicise a letter signed
Source Jonathan Latham, PhD, Independent Science News (01 July 2016)
Hawking: Pollution, Stupidity = Biggest Threats
Professor Stephen Hawking says he believes pollution and human “stupidity” remain the biggest threats to mankind, while also expressing his concerns over the use of artificial intelligence in warfare.   The world’s leading theoretical physicist argued “we have certainly not become less greedy or less stupid” in our treatment of the environment
Source Gabriel Samuels, The Independent (29 June 2016)
UN Experts Insist on HR-based Habitat III
UN experts issue statement on Habitat III: new agenda must be based in human rights   NEW YORK/GENEVA—As independent human rights experts appointed by the Human Rights Council, we call for a New Urban Agenda that embraces the transformative potential of human rights as a necessary framework for inclusive, vibrant and sustainable cities.
Source OHCHR (29 June 2016)
HIC/GPR2C Statement on the New Habitat Agenda
Speaking on behalf of Habitat International Coalition, in partnership with the Global Platform on the Right to the City, HIC President Lorena Zárate delivered the following statement at intergovernmental negotiations at UN Headquarters, New York, 29 June 2016.   [check against delivery]   “Thank you Mr Chair for this opportunity to address the distinguish
Source HIC-HLRN (29 June 2016)
HIC Responds to Habitat III’s Revised Zero Draft
The following are Habitat International Coalition`s comments on the revised zero draft of the Habitat III outcome documents, submitted to the Habitat III Secretariat on 28 June 2016:     Habitat International Coalition was born out of, and—for two generations now—has faithfully upheld the Habitat Agenda as a cornerstone of its global platform.
Source HIC-HLRN (28 June 2016)
Demise of World Bank Accountability
A forthcoming article in the American University International Law Review(AUILR) addressed “The Demise of Accountability at the World Bank?” The article by Natalie Bugalski, of Inclusive Development,  examines recent trends in the accountability system at the World Bank, including the proposed Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and developments at the
Source HIC-HLRN (22 June 2016)
Israel: Water as a Tool to Dominate Palestinians
Israel deliberately denies Palestinians control over their water sources and sets the ground for water domination.   Occupied West Bank—As temperatures rise and summer months approach, yet again this year, thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are being deprived of their most basic need - access to water - as
Source Camilla Corradin, Al Jazeera (20 June 2016)


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