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News and Analysis

Powerful and Poor Lock Horns Over How to Run UN

Disputes over whether the UN Security Council or the General Assembly should lead an internal investigation into peacekeeping operations reveals the distance between most powerful and least powerful nations. The turf war is part of a wider pattern of confrontation over numerous aspects of a major restructuring of the 60-year-old UN.

Mangrove loss left Asia vulnerable when tsunami struck

A new report released today by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) reveals that the conversion of mangrove habitat into shrimp farms, tourist resorts, agricultural and urban land over the past decades, as well as destruction of coral reefs, contributed significantly to the catastrophic loss of human lives and settlements during the 2004 tsunami.

37 Million Poor Hidden in the Land of Plenty

Americans have always believed that hard work will bring rewards, but vast numbers now cannot meet their bills even with two or three jobs. More than one in 10 citizens live below the poverty line, and the gap between the haves and have-nots is widening.

Meeting Our Promises: Basic services for everyone, everywhere
First of all can I thank UNISON for hosting this event. I can think of no more appropriate place to make a speech about the services that people rely in the developing world than this positively public platform. But it’s also a pleasure because international solidarity has always been one of UNISON’s defining characteristics, and one you should rightly be proud of as a union. And also because trade unions play a fundamental and important role in changing peoples’ lives.

This is the fourth in a series of speeches I am making as part of our consultation on the Government’s development White Paper to be published in the summer. The aim is to hear your views, and I am enjoying the debate. And I can see one or two people who are back for more!

The new White Paper will set out what the UK will do to help deliver the promises the world made in 2005, so that, over the years ahead, developing countries can make poverty history for themselves, and change peoples’ lives for the better.

Embracing Science

Long-term economic progress comes mainly from the invention and spread of improved technologies. The scientific revolution was made possible by the printing press, the industrial revolution by the steam engine, and India’s escape from famine by increased farm yields – the so-called “Green Revolution.” Today’s era of globalization emerged with the spread of computers and the Internet. Thus, when we seek solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems, they, too, are likely to be found, at least in part, in new technologies that can resolve old and seemingly intractable problems.

Global Malaise in 2006?

The almighty American consumer had another banner year in 2005, helping sustain global economic growth, albeit at a slower pace than in 2004.

The Forgotten Side of the War on Terrorism

During the past decade – particularly since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States – Westerners have generally considered international terrorism to be the most urgent threat to human security. Accordingly, vast resources have been mobilized and expended to counter its many forms.

The Lost Decade for the Eradication of Poverty

Ten years after the United Nations launched the "Decade for the Eradication of Poverty", more than one billion people still live without access to safe drinking water, health care, adequate housing and other essentials of daily life, development experts and independent observers here say.

America's Perpetual Christmas

Has the United States transcended the laws of economics? As the New Year begins, the US continues to race ahead of its rich-country counterparts.

How to Stop a War

Three years ago we were spending time together, every moment we could, building the type of relationship we would need to survive the unknown we were about to face.

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