By J R Nastranis | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
NEW YORK (IDN) - A new United Nations report has identified persistent gaps in official development assistance (ODA) and insufficient access to markets, affordable medicines and new technologies as impediments to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and highlighted the need for a rejuvenation of the global partnership to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
By Rodrigo Pérez | IDN-InDepthNews Report
QUITO (IDN) - A group of major international organisations has issued a call for strong and coordinated communications initiatives to support action on climate change.
The UN-backed Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (REEEP) and Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) together with the Overseas Development Institute, Climate and Development Knowledge Network and dozens more are backing the launch of the ‘Climate Knowledge Brokers’ Manifesto’, which lists the key principles for communicating climate change effectively and so precipitating a step change in society’s response to the climate crisis.
By Kalinga Seneviratne* | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
SINGAPORE (IDN) - The U.S., UK and the international media have hailed the August 18 election results in Sri Lanka as a victory for democracy, but the looser may well turn out to be the voters of Sri Lanka. The political comedy that has taken place in the island republic in the aftermath of the election, exposes yet again the deficiencies of the democracy gospel that is unable to stamp out embedded corruption in the system.
By Roberto Bissio* | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
MONTEVIDEO (IDN | SUNS) - Just a week before the deadline for submitting national offers on liberalisation of services sectors under the on-going “secret” talks for a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez decided on September 7 to abandon the plurilateral negotiations.
By J R Nastranis | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
NEW YORK (IDN) - The United Nations General Assembly deliberated on peace and non-violence at the UN headquarters in New York on September 9, making a significant contribution to fostering global citizenship at a point in time when the world is torn apart by multidimensional conflicts in all sectors of the globe.
At the fourth UN High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace, convened by General Assembly President Sam Kahamba Kutesa, senior UN officials and eminent peace advocates pointed out that peace neither meant absence of conflict nor did it automatically result from ending conflict, but rather from building societies that embraced diversity, equality, democratic participation and access to education.
By Shastri Ramachandran | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
NEW DELHI (IDN) - Transitions are easy to recognise, difficult to define and describe. Vietnam’s transition is no different: easily experienced by the visitor but hard to express adequately in words.
New Vietnam is most visible at the historical sites of Old Vietnam, such as the Ho Chi Minh complex in Hanoi and the Cu Chi Tunnel complex, 70 kms northwest of Ho Chi Minh City.
By Mel Frykberg | IDN-InDepthNews Feature
HAIFA (IDN) - Israel has contributed to Global Citizenship in a number of ways including assisting students from developing countries to tackle development challenges, using the Jewish state’s experience in emergency situations to provide assistance and emergency relief around the world.
By Isamu Ueda* | IDN-InDepthNews Viewpoint
The author is New Komeito Party member of Japan’s House of Representatives and Chairman of the party’s International Committee. In a brief and exclusive opinion article, he says: “Japan’s ‘Peace and Security legislation’ has not changed its exclusively defence-oriented posture.”
TOKYO (IDN) - In Japan, “Peace and Security Legislation” has been a main focus of deliberations in the Diet this year. How Japan could ensure the country’s security in response to the changing security environment has been discussed.
Debate has also focused on the extent to which Japan should contribute to the peace of the international community. Following meetings between the ruling parties over one year, the Japanese government submitted this legislation to the current Diet session.
By Ronald Joshua | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
HIROSHIMA (IDN) - A new ‘Generation of Change’ is making its presence felt, pledging to walk the talk over the last 70 years in a clarion call for freeing the world of 16,000 to 17,000 nuclear weapons that continue “to threaten every single person with the prospect of a cruel and inhumane death”.
At the 25th UN Conference on Disarmament Issues in Hiroshima 26-28 August 2015, International Press Syndicate interviewed Ambassador Kazutoshi Aikawa, Director-General, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department, Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on joint move with Kazakhstan to facilitate the entry into force of the CTBT, and planned nuclear disarmament initiatives.
At the 25th UN Conference on Disarmament Issues in Hiroshima 26-28 August 2015, International Press Syndicate interviewed Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, President of Pugwash Conferences on Science & World Affairs, former UN Under Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs on: How to find a short-cut to CTBT waiting in the wings for 20 years?
- Disarmament Talk with Amb. Duarte, former head of UN Office for Disarmament Affairs
- Disarmament Talk with Egypt's Assistant Foreign Minister Hisham BADR
- Growing Calls for Nuclear Disarmament Summit in Hiroshima
- Addressing the Disarmament Deficit
- Disarmament Talk with Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Yerzhan Ashikbayev