Women Struggle for a Place in the Pacific

SYDNEY, Feb 28 2013 (IPS) – Women face greater odds in achieving equal political representation in the Pacific Islands than in any other region of the world, holding just 3% of seats in national parliaments, compared to 20% in Sub-Saharan Africa and 18.5% in South East Asia.

After the first Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Forum in Sydney, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, the longest serving female parliamentarian in the Pacific region, spoke about the challenges of gaining political office and some of the measures being pursued to redress the stark imbalance. Continue reading

Coastal Wetlands Highly Vulnerable to Sea-Level Rise

Susmita Dasgupta , Feb 2013

A recent investigation on the potential Sea-level rise from climate change  indicates a rise in sea levels of just one meter could destroy more than 60 percent of the developing world’s coastal wetlands currently found at one meter or less elevation. Such a rise would lead to economic losses of around $630 million per year. Continue reading

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

Sénégal: Dr Amadou Tidiane Diba – « Une échéance déterminante »

Hamadou Sagne, 28 Fevrier 2013

Les élections locales de 2014 vont constituer une échéance déterminante, car elles constitueront une sorte de baromètre de la présidentielle de 2017. C’est la conviction du Dr Amadou Tidiane Diba, responsable Apr. Il a bien voulu faire, pour nous, le point sur l’évolution du parti dans ce département de la région de Thiès Continue reading

UN accepts South Sudan as the 49th Least Developed Country

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole, 23 December 2012: This takes effect immediately and increases to 49 the number of countries benefiting from LDC status, which will help those economies that are deemed structurally most disadvantaged, and most likely to experience difficulties in their efforts to emerge from poverty. Continue reading

Afghanistan: gouvernement, opposition et talibans se réunissent près de Paris

Par Nicolas Ropert, 18 decembre 2012: Les différents groupes qui composent l’Afghanistan sont réunis à Chantilly, non loin de Paris, pendant deux jours à partir de ce mercredi 19 décembre. Des représentants du gouvernement et de l’opposition doivent discuter pour tenter de trouver une solution au conflit armé qui sévit depuis dix ans maintenant. Pour la première fois, les talibans sont attendus pour mettre en place les bases d’une future négociation. Continue reading

From Platform to Gateway: where do we stand now as Doha climate talks end?

By Madiba Sillah, 20 December 2012: This year’s COP, the 18th since its birth, held in Doha, Qatar attracted more than 17,000 participants from all over the world that hoped to make progress, on new global climate deal. However, in the final analysis, the meeting ended on a low note. Despite success in the extension of the Kyoto commitment, the UN talks outcome remains insufficient to put the world on track to fight against the rising temperatures that are shifting weather patterns, melting glaciers and raising sea levels; all of them threats to sustainability. Continue reading