OUGANDA: Aider les femmes séropositives à éviter des grossesses non désirées

uganda-aidsAmy Fallon, 16 sept (IPS)Barbara Kemigisa avait l’habitude de s’appeler une “militante contre le VIH/SIDA”. Ces jours-ci, elle serait plutôt connue comme une “militante du planning familial contre le VIH/SIDA. Nous devons réduire les grossesses non désirées et le taux d’infection à VIH dans notre pays”, a déclaré Kemigisa à IPS lors de la première conférence nationale sur le planning familial de l’Ouganda le 28 juillet. “Il s’agit d’une double protection”. Continue reading

African Forum pledges to use agriculture as to boost African economic renaissance

agrf2016The theme of this year’s AGRF (African Green Revolution Forum) was “Seize the Moment: Securing Africa’s Rise through Agricultural Transformation.”, which recognizes that the significant progress African countries have made over the last decade to build a foundation for a renaissance in the agriculture sector across the entire value chain. But it also recognizes that much more needs to be done to achieve food security and equal access to economic opportunity for all Africans. This is in the face of challenges that include rapid urbanization; climate change; significant unemployment: one in three Africans from 15 to 35 years old are jobless; and chronic malnutrition that has left 58 million children stunted. Continue reading

African leaders driving push for industrialisation on the African continent

Africn industrialisationJul 27 2016 (IPS/G77),  Lyndal Rowlands– Industrialisation in Africa is being driven by African leaders who realise that industries as diverse as horticulture and leather production can help add value to the primary resources they currently export. This is an “inside driven” process, Li Yong, Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) told IPS. “I’ve heard that message from African leaders.” Continue reading

Concern that Don Sahong Dam in Laos will seriously affect population in Mekong River Basin

Bangkok, Thailand, 19 June 2016: The United Nations Special Procedures have raised Don Sahong damserious concerns over the human rights impacts of the controversial Don Sahong Dam under construction on the Mekong River in Laos. The Special Procedures highlight the likely transboundary impacts of the project on the millions of people residing in the Mekong River Basin in Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, who are dependent on fish stocks and riverine resources for their food security and survival.  Continue reading

Angola: Des ex-militaires intégrés dans la production du café arabique

Angola coffeeSumbe, 20 juin 2016: Cinq cents-six ex-militaires seront intégrés, cette année, dans la commune d’Amboiva, municipalité de Seles, province de Cuanza Sul, dans le projet de production du café arabique, sur une surface de 560 hectares. Le gouverneur provincial de Cuanza Sul, Eusébio de Brito Teixeira, a livré cette information à l’Angop, indiquant que la commune d’Amboiva a un climat approprié pour la production du café arabique, l’un des plus cherchés sur le marché national, en vertu de l’existence dans cette localité, d’une pépinière de dix millions de plantes. Continue reading

Enriching Education in Bangladesh

Bangladesh, Mar 10 2016 (IPS) – About a year ago, seven year-old Afroza Khatun dropped out of school as her mother could not continue supervising her homework. The interruption in her grade II lessons was soon noticed by a teacher of an information education centre known as ENRICH, a state-funded programme which aims at supporting children who drop out to continue their education from the primary level (up to grade II). Continue reading

Chances for Angola, Bhutan, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Sao Tome and Principe, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu to graduate are good, says UN.

Angola could graduate soon

Angola could graduate soon

LDC countries that have the highest chance of meeting the graduating criteria in the near future include: Angola, Bhutan, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Sao Tome and Principe, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Graduation is the process by which Least Developed Countries move out of this category. In some cases it is a matter of pride, but it also risks loosing trading advantages. Continue reading

WTO agrees to unconditional 17-year exemption from pharmaceuticals patents for world’s poorest nations

Chemical patents3 Nov, Sangeeta Shashikant, Third World Network: – The United States and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at the World Trade Organization have reached agreement ad referendum on a pharmaceutical patent exemption for a duration of 17 years. This exemption means that the world’s poorest nations will not be obliged “to implement or apply” or “to enforce” patents as well as test data protection for pharmaceutical products until 1 January 2033. Continue reading

A technology bank for LDCs?

LDC technology bankA Technology Bank that supports science, technology and innovation in the world’s poorest countries is both “feasible and desirable”, says a report drawn up by a high-level panel of experts, presented to United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York. The study, delivered in September, proposes that a Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries be established in the 2015-2016 period and headquartered in Turkey. Continue reading

India blockades Nepal, objecting to the country’s new Constitution

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