Socioeconomic Factors

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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8 maps that will change the way you look at Africa

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www.one.org
maps that will change the way you look at Africa
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You already know that Africa isn’t a country. But what else? Check out these maps and put the continent’s population, income, growth, and potential into context.

 

1. Where the world’s 7 billion live

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Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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Mark Tran, The Guardian
A soybean farmer in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The country's 'family farmers' are encouraged to feed urban populations. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
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UN special rapporteur on the right to food champions agroecology as sustainable alternative to existing framework

The existing food system has failed and needs urgent reform, according to a UN expert who argues there should be a greater emphasis on local food production and an overhaul of trade policies that have led to overproduction in rich countries while obliging poor countries – which are often dependent on agriculture – to import food. ... Read more about Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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Study projects net increase in range and risk for malaria from climate change, though human factors still dominate

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Umair Irfan, E&E reporter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaria
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Umair Irfan, E&E reporter

 

ClimateWire: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

As the climate changes, some parts of the world will become more hospitable to malaria, putting more people at risk, but large uncertainties still loom over the models making these forecasts, according to a new study.

Malaria is one of the most devastating vector-borne diseases in the world, surging at the intersection of temperature, rainfall, land use and human intervention (ClimateWire, Aug. 13, 2013). ... Read more about Study projects net increase in range and risk for malaria from climate change, though human factors still dominate

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U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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BY LOUIS CHARBONNEAU
Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), speaks during a news conference after launching a report on ''Water Governance in the Arab Region'' in Manama November 28, 2013 file photo. CREDIT: REUTERS/HAMAD I MOHAMMED
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(Reuters) - The U.N. Development Program warned in a report on Wednesday that income disparities in countries around the world have been worsening, posing new risks for global economic and political stability. ... Read more about U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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Diplomatic Courier Recognizes Manjula Dissanayake on “99 Under 33”

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Kathryn Floyd
The 2013 list of the top 99 under 33
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WASHINGTON, DC:  The Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policyare pleased to announce that Manjula Dissanayake, Fellow, Ignite Good, has been recognized on ... Read more about Diplomatic Courier Recognizes Manjula Dissanayake on “99 Under 33”

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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".

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