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Bangladesh’s Climate Change Victims Safeguard the Sundarbans’ Endangered Dolphins

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October 24 is International Freshwater Dolphin Day. Last year Bangladesh celebrated the international day for the first time, but the country has been instituting policies and programmes for years to protect the Sundarbans — home of Asia’s last two remaining freshwater dolphin species. IPS Correspondent Rafiqul Islam travelled to Khulna to file this report.

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Rafiqul Islam

Governments & Internet Companies Fail to meet Challenges of Online Hate

17 hours 37 minutes ago

David Kaye is the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression

 
In a landmark report that reinforces legal standards to combat online hate, the UN’s monitor for freedom of expression calls on governments and companies to move away from standardless policies and inconsistent enforcement, and to align their laws and practices against ‘hate speech’ with international human rights law.

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David Kaye

Governments and Internet Companies are Failing to Meet Challenges of Online Hate

20 hours 18 minutes ago

States and companies are “failing” when it comes to combating online hate, the UN independent rights expert, or Special Rapporteur, on freedom of speech and expression said ahead of the launch of a landmark report to reinforce legal standards for internet spaces. Cautioning that hate speech runs the risk of being devalued as a term, David Kaye stressed the real […]

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Europe Should Rethink Assumptions about African Migrants: UN

1 day 11 hours ago

Sub-Saharan African migrants who risk perilous sea crossings to Europe are often assumed to be illiterate, jobless chancers in desperate bids to flee stagnation and rampant corruption in their home countries. But a survey of some 2,000 irregular African migrants in Europe found them to be more educated than expected, while many of them were leaving […]

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James Reinl

Development Banks Needed to Finance Sustainable Development

1 day 15 hours ago

Public or state development banking will be vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, argues UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report 2019 (TDR 2019). Ongoing World Bank led efforts seek to leverage private finance via shadow banking by using public money to guarantee handsome returns managed by giant investment houses. Such financialization introduce new costs and […]

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Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury

13 Commitments to Tackle Hate Speech

1 day 18 hours ago

In June 2019, the Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, launched the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech. Respect for human rights, without any form of discrimination is one of the core fundamentals of this strategy. In a recent interview with the UN Human Rights Office,  UN Special Adviser on the Prevention […]

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Solar Energy Transforms Villages in Argentina’s Puna Highlands

2 days 4 hours ago

“On moonless nights it was very difficult to walk around this town,” says Celia Vilte, a teacher from San Francisco, a highlands village of just 54 people in the extreme northwest of Argentina whose centre is not a town square but 40 solar panels, which provide one hundred percent of its electricity. To get to […]

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Daniel Gutman

African Development Bank and Three Regional Development Banks Launch Joint Report on Livable Cities

2 days 16 hours ago

Rapid urbanization has provided most cities in the world with opportunities to provide more sustainable, vibrant, and prosperous centers for their citizens. But they must first address challenges such as inadequate infrastructure investments, pollution and congestion, and poor urban planning, according to a new report released today. The report, Creating Livable Cities: Regional Perspectives, looks […]

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More than 90 per cent of Africa Migrants Would Make Perilous Europe Journey Again, Despite the Risks

2 days 19 hours ago

A landmark UN migration study published on Monday shows that 93 per cent of Africans making the journey to European countries along irregular routes, would do it again, despite facing often life-threatening danger. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) report, Scaling Fences: Voices of Irregular African Migrants to Europe, sets out to find out why those […]

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Agro-tech Offers Answers for African Farmers at Iowa Meet

2 days 22 hours ago

Experts vaunted new strains of seeds, drone aircraft and other technological breakthroughs as solutions-in-the-making for farmers in Africa, where hunger, drought and food price hikes are continent-wide problems. At the gathering of nutritionists in the 2019 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, held annually in Des Moines, Iowa, in the United States, hopes were pinned on a […]

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James Reinl

Africa’s Investment Drive Gathers Pace

5 days 15 hours ago

Headwinds are blowing amid IMF warnings of a “synchronised slowdown” in global economic growth, yet Africa’s investment drive is still gathering pace, supported by intense international competition in development finance. Despite the global slowdown, 19 sub-Saharan countries are among nearly 40 emerging markets and developing economies forecast by the IMF to maintain GDP growth rates […]

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Farhana Haque Rahman

Displaced by the Desert: An expanding Sahara leaves Broken Families and Violence in its Wake

5 days 17 hours ago

Abdoulaye Maiga proudly displays an album showing photos of him and his family during happier times when they all lived together in their home in northern Mali. Today, these memories seem distant and painful. “We lived happily as a big family before the war and ate and drank as much as we could by growing […]

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Issa Sikiti da Silva

Tuberculosis Infections Declining, But Not Fast Enough Among Poor, Marginalised: UN Health Agency

6 days 8 hours ago

A staggering 1.5 million people died from tuberculosis (TB) last year, the UN health agency said on Thursday, in an appeal for far greater funding and political support to eradicate the curable and preventable disease. Caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis, TB commonly causes persistent coughing, fatigue and weight loss. According to the World Health […]

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