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News and Analysis

The United Nations as an Effective Source of Prosperity and Peace

In spite of its problems, the United Nations still remains the best element the world has at its disposal in the promotion of prosperity and peace. It is quite encouraging to hear the UN Secretary-General and other UN officials talking of the importance for everyone involved and concerned to help properly and effectively in the reformation of this world body of nations. The recognition of a problem is already a gigantic step in the right direction.

Foreign Aid Hike Too Little, Too Late for MDGs

If Western donors deliver on their promises, official development assistance (ODA) to the world's poorer nations is expected to increase by about 50 billion dollars in the next five years, according to a new U.N. report released this week.

Subsidising cows while milking the poor

The west should pay more attention to world poverty than protecting its farmers.

World Must Not Allow Gender Apartheid to Wreck Efforts to Make Poverty History

Global efforts to "make poverty history" will fail unless world leaders act now to end gender discrimination, according to The State of World Population 2005 report, released today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

50m environmental refugees by end of decade, UN warns

States urged to prepare for victims of climate change. Natural disasters displace more people than wars.

EU says internet could fall apart

Developing countries demand share of control. US says urge to censor underlies calls for reform

Climate change and pollution are killing millions, says study

Poor sanitation to blame, says World Bank report. Economic growth stalled by environmental factors.

Mauritius Battles to Keep Sugar Industry From Turning Sour

Sugar has long been the sweetener in Mauritius' global trade. But now the island faces an unpalatable fight to keep the industry going in light of a recent European Union (EU) proposal to cut sugar prices to African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

World Bank/IMF Losing Relevancy, South Says

Developing countries have expressed strong dissatisfaction with their current "under-representation" at the World Bank and the IMF, warning that they are losing their significance.

It's better to cry wolf now than to wait until the oil has run out

No one knows how much is left, but humankind can't wait any longer before coming up with alternatives

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