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A Less Peaceful World, Marginally

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A. Edward Elmendorf
In February 2013, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music visited the United States Department of State to perform to an audience that included Afghans, above, and Secretary of State John Kerry. The country is the least-stable nation worldwide, according to a new global peace index. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
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Over the last year, the world has become a less peaceful place, and although the rate of decline was not tremendous, the deterioration has been steady since 2008, says a new report, the Global Peace Index. The factors behind the negative trend include a rise in the number of internal conflicts, a widening gap in peacefulness between countries with authoritarian regimes and the rest of the world and more countries suffering from recession. ... Read more about A Less Peaceful World, Marginally

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How the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves manages 700 partners

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Andrea Useem
Rahda Muthiah, left, talks with a woman using an improved cookstove in Gujarat, India. Photo: Romana Manpreet, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
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In the partnerships-for-development arena, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is one of the largest and most complex. It launched with fewer than 20 partners and now has 700 around the world. Devex Impact asked the Alliance’s executive director, Radha Muthiah, how the small secretariat manages such a complex alliance and what other “mega partnerships” can learn from the alliance’s experience.

Tell us about how the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves came to life? ... Read more about How the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves manages 700 partners

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UN: India to be world's most populous country by 2028

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Population growth in China, India, Nigeria and USA, 1950-2100, actual and projected
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India looks set to overtake China as the world's most populous country from 2028, according to the United Nations.

At that point, both nations will number 1.45 billion people. Subsequently India's population will continue to grow until the middle of the century, while China's slowly declines.

The UN also estimates that the current global population of 7.2 billion will reach 9.6 billion by 2050.

That is a faster rate of growth than previously estimated. ... Read more about UN: India to be world's most populous country by 2028

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U.N.: World population to reach 8.1B in 2025

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Alexandra Olson
Commuters disembark from trains on Oct. 25, 2011,(Photo: Rafiq Maqbool, AP)
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations forecast Thursday that the world's population will increase from 7.2 billion today to 8.1 billion in 2025, with most growth in developing countries and more than half in Africa. By 2050, it will reach 9.6 billion. ... Read more about U.N.: World population to reach 8.1B in 2025

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China: The electronic wastebasket of the world

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Ivan Watson
Where your used electronics go in China
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Did you ever wonder what happens to your old laptop or cellphone when you throw it away?

Chances are some of your old electronic junk will end up in China.

According to a recent United Nations report, "China now appears to be the largest e-waste dumping site in the world."

E-waste, or electronic waste, consists of everything from scrapped TVs, refrigerators and air conditioners to that old desktop computer that may be collecting dust in your closet. ... Read more about China: The electronic wastebasket of the world

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The Great Green Wall of Africa

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Kyle Benjamin Schneps
A dried up river filled with sand winds its way across the desert near Gos Beida in eastern Chad June 5, 2008. (Finbarr O'Reilly/Courtesy Reuters).
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In February 2011, an international summit in Bonn, Germany officially approved the building of a pan-African Great Green Wall (GGW) in support of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The GGW initiative plans to strategically plant swaths of trees roughly nine miles wide and over four thousand miles long. ... Read more about The Great Green Wall of Africa

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UN highlights role of transport in sustainable development at Bali Forum

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Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, welcomed efforts by Asian countries at a United Nations-backed regional forum this week in addressing the role of transportation in the effort to fight climate change and achieve sustainable development.

In his message at the opening of the Seventh Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum in Asia and Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport in the post 2015 Development Agenda, the Secretary-General commended delegates for discussing next-generation transport systems for the 21st century. ... Read more about UN highlights role of transport in sustainable development at Bali Forum

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Women in India, other developing countries lag in Internet use - Intel report

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Susan Heavey
Employees at a call centre provide service support to customers in Siliguri February 2, 2008. Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files
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More needs to be done to boost women's and girl's lagging online access, tech giant Intel Corp (INTC.O) said in a report to be released later on Thursday that calls for doubling the number of female Internet users in developing nations over the next three years.

The report, funded by the global chipmaker with input from the United Nations and U.S. State Department, among others, points to stubborn gaps in women's access to the Internet in Africa, the Middle East and other developing parts of the world. ... Read more about Women in India, other developing countries lag in Internet use - Intel report

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