By Kanya D’Almeida | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
UNITED NATIONS (IDN) - By mid-2015, the number of young people between the ages of 10 and 24 stood at 1.8 billion, representing the largest youth population the world has ever seen.
A large portion of this demographic is based in the global South, according to the United Nations, with children and adolescents making up a majority of the combined populations of the world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs).
By Hans M. Kristensen* | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
WASHIGTON, DC (FAS | IDN) - The number of U.S. strategic warheads counted as “deployed” under the New START Treaty has dropped below the treaty’s limit of 1,550 warheads for the first time since the treaty entered into force in February 2011 – a reduction of 263 warheads over four and a half years.
Russia, by contrast, has increased its deployed warheads and now has more strategic warheads counted as deployed under the treaty than in 2011 – up 111 warheads.
By Fabíola Ortiz | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
NEW YORK (IDN) - The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is keen that member countries make Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) an integral part of their national policies so as to ensure that these are achieved by 2030. In an interview with IDN, he also stressed the need for the civil society to play a critical role in pushing forward this new set of global targets.
By Rodrigo Pérez | IDN-InDepthNews Analyis
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (IDN) - A new landmark report, released here the same day as the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that Professor Angus Deaton was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics, seeks to deepen understanding of the impact of income inequality on children.
While Deaton was awarded for his work in "consumption, poverty and welfare," the report published on October 13 by the 34-nation Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) looks at child well being for the first time.
By Somar Wijayadasa* | IDN-InDepthNews Viewpoint
NEW YORK (IDN) - The United Nations marked its 70th Anniversary in September with world leaders making grandiose statements. With over 160 world leaders in town, the General Assembly was described as one of the greatest geopolitical spectacles in UN memory.
By Bhumika Muchhala* | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
GENEVA (TWN | IDN) - The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on principles to guide sovereign debt restructuring processes on September 10.
This landmark resolution was submitted to the General Assembly by South Africa (current chair of the Group of 77 and China developing countries). It was initiated by Argentina in the wake of the vulture funds lawsuit by an international hedge fund against the country.
The resolution yielded a ‘yes’ vote from 136 countries from Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. A ‘no’ vote was registered by 6 countries: the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and Israel. An ‘abstain’ vote, meaning that these countries abstained from voting either yes or no, was registered by 41 countries.
By INPS* | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
Washington DC (IDN) - An emerging-markets focused U.S. hedge fund that bought Peru’s 5.1 billion dollar decades-old military debts is threatening to sue the country.
Gramercy argues that the Peruvian government's current repayment plan is inadequate and that if payments do not increase, it will sue Peru through a tribunal system embedded in the United States-Peru Free Trade Agreement (PTPA) that entered into force on February 1, 2009.
By J C Suresh | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
TORONTO (IDN) - A high-ranking UN official has warned against ‘toxic public debates’ in the face of 60 million forcibly displaced people living in a troubled global landscape of increased conflict and called for a global compact on refugee and asylum matters.
By Ramesh Jaura | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
BERLIN (IDN) - Major nuclear disarmament groups are deeply concerned over speculations whether a Russian Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic bomber, intercepted late September in British airspace, was planning to attack the country and unleash World War 3. They have urged Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama to agree to “an immediate reduction in nuclear risks”.
By International Press Syndicate | IDN-InDepthNews Report*
TORONTO (IDN) - As migrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East continue to arrive in Europe in unprecedented numbers, a new World Bank/IMF report says that large-scale migration from poor countries to richer regions of the world will be a permanent feature of the global economy for decades to come as a result of major population shifts in countries.
By Shailendra Singh* | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
SUVA, Fiji (IDN) - Discussions about the concept of ‘Global Citizenship’ are gaining momentum in various international forums, but remain largely unexplored in the Pacific Islands.
According to Ron Israel, co-founder of The Global Citizens’ Initiative, Global Citizens think beyond communities based on shared group identities, and see themselves as part of a larger, emerging world community.
In the Pacific, the late Tongan academic and philosopher, Professor Epeli Hau’ofa, had gone as far as proposing a common regional identify he called the “new Oceania”, comprising of people with a common Pacific heritage and commitment, rather than as members of diverse nationalities and races.