Civil society requests WTO TRIPS Council to extend LDC Transition period at 5 – 6 March meeting

More than 370 civil society organisations (representing millions) from are calling on the WTO TRIPS Council to extend the LDC transition period until a Member ceases to be an LDC in order to improve LDC access to medicines, to educational resources, to environmentally sound technologies (ESTs), and to other public goods and cultural creations and further concerned with farmers’ rights, food security, human flourishing, sustainable and equitable technological and industrial development in Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Continue reading

Doha: Mise en garde contre le blocage des négociations

PANA. 8 Decembre 2012: Le principal négociateur pour l’Afrique à Doha met en garde contre le blocage des négociations – Le principal négociateur de l’Afrique, Emmanuel Dlamini, a averti que l’incapacité à trouver un accord pour régir l’action future contre le changement climatique à travers le monde va déboucher sur une perte de crédibilité permanente pour les parties. Continue reading

Youth Call for ‘Change of Course’ to Solve Climate Crisis

By Isolda Agazzi

December 11: While world leaders were wrapping up the United Nations conference on climate change (COP 18) in Doha, Qatar this past weekend with the annual vague promise to tackle the enormous crises brought on by extreme weather and global warming, a delegation of youth gathered far from the high-level conference halls to say “no” to advocacy without action. Continue reading

New UN LDC support measures portal opened

New UN portal gives users access to information about special international support measures (ISMs -International Support Measures) adopted by the international development community for countries included in the LDC category. ISMs are designed to assist Least Developed Countries in confronting their special development challenges and in achieving progress towards graduation from the category

Economic growth alone won’t end hunger

Recent decades have witnessed remarkable rates of growth for many developing countries. That is good news, as high growth rates of GDP per capita are a key factor in reducing food insecurity and malnutrition.

But economic growth alone is no guarantee of success in the fight against poverty, hunger and malnutrition, as the 2012 edition of The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI) by José Graziano da Silva and Kanayo F. Nwanze, recently released by the Rome-based United Nations agencies, shows.

$4.6 Trillion Later, Foreign Aid Remains An Economic Somnolent

The governments of the Western industrialized world have provided over $4.6 trillion (in constant 2007 dollars) to the world’s less-developed countries (LDCs) over the past 50 years, the equivalent of several Marshall Plans. Some of this has been extremely useful, but aid to advance economic development has not worked well

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Climate Change Hits Pacific Islands

Karibati Climate activist Wanita Limpus. Credit Catherine Wilson/IPS

BRISBANE, Australia, Oct 1 2012 (IPS) – Climate activist Wanita Limpus, from the low-lying island nation of Kiribati in the Central Pacific Ocean, says the outcome of the Rio+20 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in June was a serious letdown for small, developing island states.Half of the 10 million people of the Pacific islands reside within 1.5 km of the coastline, and climate change and rising sea levels are a reality threatening human security now. Continue reading

Let’s walk the walk towards making LDCs history, said Dr Arjun Karki of LDC Watch

Speaking at a meeting on UNCATD’s contribution to the Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs this September, Arjun Karki, LDC Watch International Coordinator presented the NGO perspective Continue reading