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HIC Addresses Habitat III PrepCom3
SURABAYA—Some positive developments in the current Habitat III outcome draft now include greater acknowledgement of migrants, indigenous peoples and the human habitat under occupation, however without commitments to action. In fact, the Section C. on Follow-up and Review remain under-developed as of this date. Commitments to correct the macroenomic system remain
Source HIC-HLRN (27 July 2016)
HIC Addresses Habitat III PrepCom3
The “New Urban Agenda,” from its inception, is inconsistent with historic agreements, today’s global priorities and the “world we need.” Particular interests have narrowed the Habitat Agenda to urban priorities, subordinated rural areas and ignored issues of forced migration, presuming that urbanization is “inevitable” and beyond human will or policy
Source HIC-HLRN (27 July 2016)
Struggling to Chart Habitat II Implementation
Note: HIC-HLRN republishes this article from Citiscope as a report from the ““Fulfilling Habitat Commitments: Assessing the Past - Constructing a Platform for Action,” Surabaya, 24 July 2016. However, this does not suggest that HIC or HLRN endorse the methodology or the findings of the HCI exercise, as the criteria
Source Greg Scruggs, Citiscope (26 July 2016)
H3-PrepCom3: What Papua New Guinea Said
  The Habitat III PrepCom3 state intervention that should turn our heads came from Papua New Guinea. It is published here below—HIC-HLRN       Statement from the Papua New Guinea delegation       Madam Chair,       On behalf of my delegation, I would like to thank the PrepCom Secretariat for organizing this conference. I would also like
Source Papua New Guinea (26 July 2016)
To Farm or Not to Farm? This Is the Question
The dilemma is critical: on the one hand, there is an absolute need to produce more food for the world’s steadily growing population; on the other, there is pressing urgency to halt -and further revert- the increasing trend to deplete the forests, which are as necessary for human survival as
Source Baher Kamal, Inter Press Services (19 July 2016)
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)


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