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

Bangladesh to turn into a middle income country by 2021: Sheikh Hasina

by Rafiqul Islam AZzad

At the ‘South, Southwest and Central Asia Parliamentarians Forum on the MDGs Acceleration and Post-2015 Development Agenda’ held in Dhaka 11-12 December  it was announced that Bangladesh has made significant progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly in alleviating poverty, net enrollment in primary education, gender parity in primary and secondary education, reducing child and maternal mortality rates, improving immunization coverage, eliminating malaria and tuberculosis, improving drinking water supply and sanitation. 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.

A Review of Trade Preference Schemes for the World’s Poorest Countries

This new study from the ICTSD analyses the implementation of preferential trade schemes in seven major markets – Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, and the United States – and simulates the possible impact on least developed countries (LDCs) stemming from extending full duty-free and quota-free market access in concluding non-agriculture market access negotiations in the Doha Round. 

Journée internationale de la jeune fille : en Afrique, 30 millions des filles ne vont pas à l’école

7 octobre 2012A l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la jeune fille qui sera lancée le 11 octobre prochain, Plan Guinée a organisé un déjeuner de presse à Conakry pour expliquer les raisons de cette célébration.  Concomitamment avec cette célébration, Plan international va lancer sa campagne mondiale dénommée « Parce que je suis une fille”.  Continue reading