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Creating development means creating goods and services of greater value. So now we want to talk not about wealth creation, but about human rights and freedom.
If we study the history of development and poverty, we will find that Western farm surpluses are caused mostly by productivity improvements caused by advances in farm machinery and crop chemistry (fertilizers, pesticides, etc.).
For an example of how leaders can make all the difference in people's living conditions, there is no better example than Japan.
India stands with Asia Pacific nations in drive for malaria‐free region
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(CNS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined other Asia Pacific Leaders in taking a concrete step closer to defeating malaria. Along with the 17 other East Asia Summit (EAS) Leaders meeting in Malaysia this past weekend, he endorsed a detailed plan to eliminate the disease throughout the region by 2030.
UNAIDS: millions receiving HIV treatment globally through accelerated and focused response
24 November 2015 – Citing “extraordinary” progress in HIV prevention and response in the last 15 years, a new United Nations report found that many countries are adopting the Fast-Track Strategy developed by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which allows more people to receive timely treatment for HIV, in an effort to end AIDS by 2030, as part of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals.
Access to higher education doesn’t always lead to lower unemployment – UN labour agency
17 November 2015 – Workers with post-secondary education are more likely to be unemployed in lower-income countries, reflecting a “mismatch” between skilled persons and the number of available jobs matching their competencies and expectations, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).
25 November is the UN-proclaimed International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Violence against women is a year-round occurrence and continues to an alarming degree. Violence against women is an attack upon their bodily integrity and their dignity. We need to place an emphasis on the universality of violence against women, the multiplicity of its forms and the ways in which violence, discrimination against women, and the broader system of domination based on subordination and inequality are inter-related.
On Africa Industrialization Day, Ban warns gender inequity, youth unemployment risk continent’s progress
Trainees in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the project known as “Connecting 1,500 Women and Girls to the Export Market,” which helps women and girls to develop skills in industries such as leather, weaving, basketry, embroidery, gemstones, and spinning. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
Ban expresses concern over blocking of essential supplies on Nepal-India border
20 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined his growing concern over the blocking of essential supplies on the Nepal-India border and called on all sides to lift these restrictions without further delay.
Refugees should not be turned into scapegoats following Paris attacks, says UN agency
17 November 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed its shock and horror at the attacks in Paris and the killing of so many innocent people but warned against the scapegoating of refugees, in the wake of the deadly attacks.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), António Guterres conveyed his solidarity with the Government and the people of France, as he did with the Government of Lebanon, following the recent Beirut attacks.
November 18, 2015
PRESS START: Crowdfunding Stories that Matter
Crowdfunding platform Press Start was launched today to raise money for independent journalism in countries where the press cannot report freely -- a goal all the more crucial as media freedom sits at its lowest level in a decade.
The site was introduced via a Kickstarter campaign, potentially revolutionizing the way the best and bravest reporters are funded in the developing world and countries in transition.
'Tolerance must be taught, nurtured and defended,' says Ban on International Day
16 November 2015 – Tolerance is much more than passively accepting the “other;” it brings obligations to act, and must be taught, nurtured and defended, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the world to recognize the mounting threat posed by those who strive to divide, and pledge to forge a path defined by dialogue and mutual understanding.