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Oct 05 2012

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. Capital Flight
  2. How Not to Lead the World
  3. No Army for Young Men
  4. Eight Ways to Deal With Iran
  5. An Aircraft Carrier of One’s Own
  6. The Top 10 Craziest Things Ever Said During a U.N. Speech

 

[Source: Foreign Policy, 25th to 27th September 2012]

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Aug 29 2011

Sustainable Development Headlines From Global Issues

  1. sustainable Development Must Start With People
  2. North America: Keystone XL: A Pipeline to Europe?
  3. China May Not Be Long-Term Engine Of Latin American Growth
  4. Brazil Revs Up South-South Cooperation
  5. Economy-Zimbabwe: Good Policies Make for Good Business
  6. Development Ngos Face ‘existential Challenge’
  7. Cuba: Petrochemical Complex Poses Major Environmental Challenge
  8. Nepal: Improved Wood Stoves Save Health, Environment
  9. Water Crisis Offers Chance For Unity Over Strife
  10. Swaziland: Irrigation Waters the Hopes of a New Village

 

[Source: Global Issues News Headlines, 26th July - 24th August, 2011 ]

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Aug 29 2011

Climate Change Headlines from UNFCCC

  1. UN Report: Population Growth to Cause Water Crunch
  2. Climate talks in Durban a must for Kenya
  3. Business needs stronger voice in global climate negotiations − De Boer
  4. Climate Conversations - ‘Unholy brew’ of climate change threatens security
  5. Obama administration encounters opposition to international climate agenda
  6. CO2 caps not enough to save China CDM: Point Carbon
  7. Carbon Offsets Near Record Low, Worst Performing Commodity
  8. Piloting REDD safeguards principles
  9. UN tool for measuring energy use and emissions may become industry standard
  10. SA should register possible CDM projects before 2012 deadline

 

[Source: UNFCCC, 26th July - 25th August, 2011]

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Aug 25 2011

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. Life After Debt
  2. Planning for Libya 2.0
  3. The Empire at Dusk
  4. Days of Freedom
  5. How the West Was Drilled
  6. Big Screen Bullies
  7. Vicious Cycle

 

[Source: Foreign Policy, 16th-18th August 2011]

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Jun 07 2011

Climate Change Headlines from UNFCCC

  1. UN says climate talks will miss Kyoto deadline
  2. Bonn climate talks: Developing nations question funding commitment
  3. Kyoto Protocol Faces Gap After Emissions Targets End, UN Says
  4. Climate Talks Intensify As Kyoto Nears Expiration
  5. Figueres accepts Kyoto deadline will be missed
  6. Celebrity Endorsement Ignites Australia Carbon Tax Debate
  7. Large cities including Los Angeles meet in Brazil to talk carbon cutting and climate change
  8. Likely demise of Kyoto Protocol undermines carbon tax argument
  9. Masdar Carbon JV registered under Kyoto Protocol
  10. EU carbon emissions ‘plummeted in 2009′
  11. GOP Presidential Candidates May Be Weighed Down by Their Climate Change Pasts
  12. Good forest governance key for climate change schemes

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May 15 2010

The UN Tackles Noncommunicable Diseases

14 MAY 2010 | GENEVA / NEW YORK - WHO welcomes the adoption last night of the United Nations General Assembly resolution on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases - mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes - which kill nearly 35 million people each year, including almost 9 million before the age of 60.

 

The resolution seeks to halt the increasing trends in premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases worldwide.

 

“There is a sense of urgency,” says WHO Assistant Director-General Dr Ala Alwan. “It will help us increase action to address the leading cause of death in the world. Tackling these diseases constitutes one of the major challenges for sustainable development in the twenty-first century. ”

 

Efforts will be undertaken to provide support to countries in enhancing access to essential medicines and affordable medical technology to combat noncommunicable diseases.

 

The resolution also calls on Member States and the international community to:

 

  • convene a high-level meeting of the General Assembly in September 2011, with the participation of Heads of State and Government, on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases;
  • include at the High-level Plenary Meeting next September to review the Millennium Development Goals discussions on the rising incidence and the socio-economic impact of noncommunicable diseases in developing countries; and
  • request the UN Secretary-General to prepare a global status report on noncommunicable diseases, with a particular focus on the developmental challenges faced by developing countries.

 

Noncommunicable diseases are the leading cause of death for women in middle- and high-income countries and the second leading cause of death for women in low-income countries. Almost 90% of fatalities before the age of 60 occur in developing countries and can be largely prevented by reducing the level of exposure to tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol, and improve early detection of breast and cervical cancers, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

 

While noncommunicable disease death rates in many high-income countries have stabilized or declined in recent decades, research suggests noncommunicable disease deaths are increasing in all regions of the world. If trends continue unabated, deaths will rise to an estimated 41.2 million a year by 2015.

 

This recent initiative comes on the heels of the Ministerial Declaration adopted at the ECOSOC High-level Segment in July this year, which called for urgent action to implement the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases and its related Action Plan endorsed by the World Health Assembly in May 2008. The “Doha Declaration on Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries” issued by the participants of the ECOSOC/UNESCWA/WHO Western Asia Ministerial Meeting organized in May 2009.

 

Related links:

United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/64/265 on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases contained in document A/64/L.52:

http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A%2F64%2FL.52&Submit=Search&Lang=E

 

Action Plan for the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases:
http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2009/9789241597418_eng.pdf

 

NCDnet - Global Noncommunicable Disease Network:
www.who.int/ncdnet

 

Summary of discussions at ECOSOC during 2009:
http://www.who.int/nmh/publications/ecosoc_summary_en.pdf

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Sep 01 2009

Climate Change Headlines from UNFCCC

  1. Tony Blair: Copenhagen climate summit must not be about ‘percentages’
  2. Climate change could push millions into poverty, claims study
  3. Blair: ‘Climate change important to China’
  4. China poised to seize clean tech crown
  5. UN praises South Korea’s ‘green growth’ policy
  6. S.Korea hopes to become Asia’s carbon trading hub
  7. Australian Approves Law to Boost Renewable Energy Four-Fold

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Jul 15 2009

Climate Change Headlines From UNFCCC

  1. New climate strategy: track the world’s wealthiest
  2. Ambassador: China to expand nuclear power capacity 
  3. Greenland group urges immediate cut in greenhouse gases
  4. Binding limits for all on emissions, Canada urges
  5. Major nations should set clear 2050 CO2 cuts: UN

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Jul 09 2009

Climate Change Headlines From UNFCCC

  1. UN chief says climate pact must be finalized
  2. India won’t accept emission reduction target period, says Jairam Ramesh
  3. Sweden takes over EU helm with economy and climate in focus
  4. UN’s Ban urges Japan business on climate change
  5. PNG’s climate change head ’suspended’

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Apr 20 2009

Climate Change Headlines From UNFCCC

  1. Kyoto treaty is ‘failing the world’s poor’, say scientists
  2. Obama, Calderon agree on US-Mexico framework on clean energy
  3. SIPRI expert: China takes climate change very seriously
  4. Climate change meet in Bonn: Bangladesh calls for right to survival
  5. China orders governments to go green: state media
  6. Browner: Climate Change Law Would Bolster U.S. Role at Global Warming Talks
  7. US engagement on climate change negotiations excites UNFCCC
  8. UN climate talks stall over emissions cuts by rich 
  9. China considers setting targets for carbon emissions
  10. China’s Deng Dictum on Korea-to-Climate Dangers Imperiling G20

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