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World Bank Policies Imperil Land Defenders
Just 5 months since the murder of Honduran environmental defender Berta Caceres, the Bank is passing new safeguards that do more harm than good.    The World Bank is expected to approve Thursday its new “Environmental and Social Framework” which civil society groups say weakens human rights protections and will likely endanger the very communities the safeguards are intended to protect.    At issue
Source Cyril Mychalejko, teleSUR (04 August 2016)
A Forgotten Population
As the recipient of the 2015 EMRA Global Health Initiative Award and as the senior teaching assistant of Post-conflict Colombia and Public Health: A Project of the Open Hands Initiative and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in Collaboration with the Universidad de Antioquia, I had the pleasure of working directly with the
Source Nirma D. Bustamante, MD, P. Gregg Greenough, MD, MPH and Christian Arbelaez, EM resident (04 August 2016)
Questioning the New Urban Agenda
SURABAYA—Prepcom 3 Habitat III is all over the city of Surabaya these days. Banners, signage and media on many streets and their corners carry the message “Toward a New Urban Agenda” and “H III” as Habitat III’s icon.   The city cleans up its streets and spaces even further. Some lamp
Source Rita Padawangi, Jakarta Post (27 July 2016)
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)


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