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UN report warns of economic impact of biodiversity loss

The "alarming" rate at which species are being lost could have a severe effect on humanity, conservationists warned today. Targets set eight years ago by governments to reduce biodiversity loss by 2010 have not been met, experts confirmed at a UN meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The third Global Biodiversity Outlook report said loss of wildlife and habitats could harm food sources and industry, and exacerbate climate change through rising emissions. Read more here. The report is available (...) read

date of on-line publication : 17 May 2010

UN study reveals environmental cost of world trade and environmental damage caused by world’s top firms

Report for the UN into the activities of the world’s 3,000 biggest companies estimates one-third of profits would be lost if firms were forced to pay for use, loss and damage of environment. Political pressure is growing to make big businesses pay for the damage they cause to the environment. Read: Time to clean up: UN study reveals environmental cost of world trade World’s top firms cause $2.2tn of environmental damage, report estimates Andrew Simms (new economic foundation), The (...) read

date of on-line publication : 26 February 2010

Fifteen years of conflicts have cost Africa around $300bn

The cost of conflict on African development was approximately $300bn between 1990 and 2005, according to new research by Oxfam International, IANSA and Saferworld. This is equal to the amount of money received in international aid during the same period. The study “Africa’s Missing Billions” is the first time analysts have calculated the overall effects of conflict on GDP and comes as diplomats from around the world arrive at the United Nations to discuss an Arms Trade Treaty. It shows that (...) read

date of on-line publication : 14 November 2007

22nd March : World Water Day

« Coping with Water Scarcity » is the theme for World Water Day 2007, which is celebrated each year on 22 March. This year’s theme highlights the increasing significance of water scarcity worldwide and the need for increased integration and cooperation to ensure sustainable, efficient and equitable management of scarce water resources, both at international and local levels. For further informations, see the website of the World Water (...) read

date of on-line publication : 20 March 2007


Niger : agricultural trade liberalization and women’s rights

Niger is experiencing the residual effects of 2005’s food emergency, which are expected to persist for a number of years regardless of a return to normal harvests. Underlying and exacerbating the recent crisis is Niger’s structural food insecurity, which perennially leaves 32 percent of the population undernourished and 40 percent of children under five chronically malnourished. Social and cultural patterns of conduct contribute to women’s overrepresentation among the poorest and most (...) read

date of on-line publication : 14 February 2007

UN Conference on Environment and Development : Earth Summit of Rio de Janeiro,

« Agenda 21 addresses the pressing problems of today and also aims at preparing the world for the challenges of the next century. It reflects a global consensus and political commitment at the highest level on development and environment cooperation. Its successful implementation is first and foremost the responsibility of Governments. National strategies, plans, policies and processes are crucial in achieving this. International cooperation should support and supplement such national (...) read

date of on-line publication : 5 February 2007

Microcredit Pioneer Wins Peace Nobel

Longtime IDRC partner Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on 13 October 2006 for his work in advancing economic and social opportunities for the poor, especially women. Yunus shares the award with the bank he founded, the Grameen Bank, which has been instrumental in helping millions of poor Bangladeshis, many of them women, improve their lives by lending them small sums to start businesses. Muhammad Yunus’ bank has gone from loaning poor women money to buy chickens and cows to (...) read

date of on-line publication : 26 October 2006

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