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Resilient Cities 03: Geography and Demographics: Where are our Risks?

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Resilient Cities Team

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Sustainable development goals face $2.5 trillion funding shortfall

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Sophie Yeo
UN report says climate, poverty and health targets will require huge cash injection from private sector
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The UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) will fail unless governments and businesses find an extra US$ 2.5 trillion a year to support them.

The World Investment Report 2014, which the UN launched today in Nairobi, found that between $3.3 trillion and $4.5 trillion would be needed in the developing world to deliver the goals as they appear in drafts so far.

Current investment in these sectors is around $1.4 trillion, creating an average investment gap of about $2.5 trillion. ... Read more about Sustainable development goals face $2.5 trillion funding shortfall

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Community Resilience Tops U.N.’s Disaster Relief Agenda

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Kalinga Seneviratne
A women-led village council prepares a “social map” of the local community. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPS
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BANGKOK, Jun 26 2014 (IPS) - The Bangkok Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia and the Pacific adopted at the close of the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference On Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) here today emphasised community-based solutions, and reflects a growing global desire to focus more on grassroots actions in the face of catastrophic climate change. ... Read more about Community Resilience Tops U.N.’s Disaster Relief Agenda

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Obesity soars to 'alarming' levels in developing countries

World Happiness Report 2013

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John Helliwell, richard layard and Jeffrey sachs
World Happiness Report 2013
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Table of ConTenTs 1. Introduction2. World Happiness: Trends, explanations and Distribution 3. Mental Illness and Unhappiness 4. The objective benefits of subjective Well-being 5. Restoring Virtue ethics in the Quest for Happiness 6. Using Well-being as a Guide to Policy7. The oeCD approach to Measuring subjective Well-being 8.

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New global index exposes 'modern slavery' worldwide

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BBC News
The index included victims of human trafficking and forced labour
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Nearly 30 million people around the world are living as slaves, according to a new index ranking 162 countries.

The Global Slavery Index 2013 says India has the highest number of people living in conditions of slavery at 14 million.

But Mauritania has the highest proportional figure with about 4% of its population enslaved.

The report's authors hope it will help governments tackle what they call a "hidden crime".

'Better measure' ... Read more about New global index exposes 'modern slavery' worldwide

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