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A Loss and Damage Fund in the Pacific?

By Kate Higgins*

Toda Peace Institute issued this article, and it is being republished with their permission.

VICTORIA, Australia | 16 November 2023 (IDN) — At last year’s COP27 in Egypt, an agreement was reached to establish a Loss and Damage Fund for countries, such as those in the Pacific, vulnerable to the “adverse effects” of climate change. Pacific leaders were among the leading voices advocating for the establishment of the fund. Potentially, this fund will exist in addition to the international aid the Pacific receives for disaster response, mitigation, adaptation, and climate “resilience”.…

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Religious & Civil Society Call for An End to Crisis in Korean Peninsula

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IDN) — A coalition of over 700 religious and civil society organizations (CSOs) is making a collective appeal to end the crisis in the Korean peninsula and avoid “military action provoking war”.

In a recently released statement, the coalition says: “We are here today in a great sense of crisis. The word ‘war’ feels closer than ever. Tensions are rising like never before as the military exercises of South Korea, the US, and North Korea continue for days.”

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Africa Needs A Massive Aid Programme

Viewpoint by Jonathan Power

LUND, Sweden (IDN) — Surely a massive infusion of aid into Africa would be to pour money down a rat hole? Isn’t this the mistake that was made in the past—enormous generosity by the rich countries only to see it wasted on misconceived projects, bad economic management and, at its worst, siphoned away into war and corruption, as is so evident in say Zimbabwe, Congo and Somalia right now?

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UN’s Development Goals are Not Far Behind COP27

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IDN) — When the two-weeklong COP27 climate summit began negotiations on November 6, the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were not far behind.

At the conference centre in the Egyptian coastal town of Sharm el-Sheikh, the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is hosting an SDG Pavilion for interactive dialogues and discussions on key SDG thematic areas, particularly clean energy, water, forests, the ocean, and climate synergies—all of which will be on the forefront of the climate summit.

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Dismissal of “Population Alarmism” is Rooted in Pronatalist Ideology

Viewpoint by Nandita Bajaj*

ST PAUL, Minnesota (IDN) — As the global population fast approaches 8 billion, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Dr Natalia Kanem wants us to avoid what she calls “population alarmism.” A fearless advocate for reproductive rights, Dr Kanem, has rightfully noted that reproductive coercion, whether in an effort to limit births or to promote them, is an egregious violation of individual rights.

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Landpachtsystem bedroht die Nachhaltigkeit des Zuckerrohranbaus in Fidschi

Von Kalinga Seneviratne

SUVA, Fidschi (IDN) – Obwohl man annimmt, dass Zuckerrohr auf den Inseln des Südpazifiks heimisch ist, waren es die Briten, die in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. In einem Zeitraum von 37 Jahren, der 1879 begann, schickten sie etwa 60 000 Inder über 7000 Meilen von zu Hause weg, um als Vertragsarbeiter auf den neu gegründeten Plantagen zu arbeiten, und zwar für einen sehr geringen oder gar keinen Lohn und mit Fünfjahresverträgen.

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Ein 100-Milliarden-Dollar-Versprechen zur Bekämpfung des Klimawandels kommt nicht zustande

Von Thalif Deen

VEREINTE NATIONEN (IDN) – Auf der internationalen Konferenz Stockholm+50 in Schweden Anfang Juni drückte UN-Generalsekretär António Guterres seine tiefe Enttäuschung über das Versäumnis der reichen Nationen aus, Finanzmittel bereitzustellen, um die verheerenden Folgen des Klimawandels, einschließlich Dürren, Überschwemmungen, Hitzewellen, Umweltverschmutzung und Verlust der biologischen Vielfalt weltweit.

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Superar las desigualdades de las vacunas y facilitar la recuperación de los estados pequeños tras la COVID-19

Punto de vista de P. I. Gomes*

PUERTO DE ESPAÑA, Trinidad y Tobago (IDN) – Según la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), puede entenderse fácilmente que el «catastrófico fracaso moral» hacia el que se aboca el mundo, según el director general de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), el Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, tiene su base ideológica en el insensible principio de «los beneficios antes que las personas para optimizar la rentabilidad de los accionistas».

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UN Agency Points to Linkages Between Human Trafficking and Forced Marriage

By Richard Jacobsen

VIENNA (IDN) – A new UN report has documented the interlinkages between trafficking in persons and marriage, and specified steps for governments and other authorities to strike back. Published by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the report points out that across the world, girls as young as 12 are being forced or tricked into marrying men who exploit them for sex and domestic work, in what the UNODC has called an “under-reported, global form of human trafficking”.

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Cool News in a Warming World: Why Invest in Future Forests

Viewpoint by Finn Grundmann *

GÖTTINGEN, Germany (IDN) – Forests capture more than carbon! While plants are experts at retrieving carbon dioxide from the air, they have also perfected strategies to retain water in their natural surroundings. When thinking of the benefits of future forests, it is crucial to think beyond the tree level.

Tree roots loosen the soil, and by creating macropores, they drastically increase infiltration rates and help recharge groundwater levels. The effect of just one tree on those soil properties can be measured within a radius of 25 meters around the tree crown. Therefore, by planting just a hundred trees, an area as big as 32 full-size football fields can be restored.

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