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NAFTA’s 20-year legacy and the fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Posted by CID sourced from Trade Watch on 16 April 2014

Recent public opinion polls in the US show broad opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) among Republicans, Democrats and independents of diverse geographic and socio-economic groups. What possibly could unite such a diversity of Americans otherwise deeply divided along partisan lines? 20 years of living with NAFTA according to this report.

This tower pulls drinking water out of thin air

Posted by CID sourced from Smithsonian Magazine on 16 April 2014

Designer Arturo Vittori says his invention can provide remote villages with more than 25 gallons of clean drinking water per day. This article looks at the practical challenges to these solutions and how this technology asserts to overcomes them.

Investment in family Planning in Kiribati

Posted by CID sourced from Family Planning on 16 April 2014

Family Planning’s International Programmes unit has released a new study, Investment in Family Planning in Kiribati: a cost-benefit analysis.

Adults in developing nations more optimistic than those in rich countries

Posted by CID sourced from the Guardian on 15 April 2014

Ipsos Mori survey of adults in 20 countries finds that those in richer countries fear their nations' best days are behind them

Blog: Will competing UN and OECD partnerships stymie aid effectiveness?

Posted by CID souced from the Guardian on 15 April 2014

Two global partnerships are creating tension and could negate attempts to monitor and improve development co-operation

Ebola in Guinea – people, patterns and puzzles

Posted by CID sourced from IDS on 14 April 2014

Melissa Leach, Principal Investigator of Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium, looks at the incidences of Ebola in Guinea and the a global "outbreak narrative" that has come to typify international accounts and responses to so-called 'emerging' infectious diseases.

Opinion: UN expert urges States to cut military spending and invest more in human development

Posted by CID sourced from Global Day of Action on Military Spending on 14 April 2014

On the occasion of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, the United Nations Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, calls upon all Governments to proactively inform the public about military expenditures and to justify them:

Civil society rallies to prevent privatisation of post-2015 process

Posted by CID sourced from Center for Economic and Social Rights on 14 April 2014

As the post-2015 process enters the more overtly political phase, there is a very real threat that the voice of powerful actors, especially those from the private sector, may drown out global civil society’s demands for a human rights-based framework, and with it the possibility of a genuinely transformative agenda.

Foreign aid hits record high

Posted by CID sourced from The Interpreter on 14 April 2014

The OECD's aid figures reveal what may be a surprise to many, that ODA is actually increasing.

IPCC: Emission cuts are about ethics as well as economics

Posted by CID sourced from The Conversation on 14 April 2014

The newest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has a significant point of difference from previous reports, it has addressed ethical, as well as technical issues of reducing greenhouse emissions. Issues such as what value should be placed on future generations, and on how to measure these values.

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