Posted by CID sourced from Dan Smith's blog on 25 November 2013
In Syria in the coming weeks, 600 tons of the ‘precursor chemicals’ from which chemical weapons (CW) are made will be convoyed over land so they can be shipped out. The route goes through areas now being fought over. To remove CW from a war zone will be an unprecedented feat if successful – and equally without parallel if it goes wrong.
In the post-2015 wrap up we look at the role that international aid has to play in middle-income countries (MICs) where two thirds of the world's poorest live. The ODI tackles the 'universality' of the post-2015 goals and how they are going to be financed. Also a UNESCO presentation on Education post-2015 and flushing out the real issues in target setting looks at sanitation post-2015.
Posted by CID sourced from Pacific Politics on 25 November 2013
There is a notion in Pacific oral tradition that when you start to lose confidence in the direction of where you are heading, it is advisable to stop and look back, trace where you’ve come from, and then take stock of where you might be, and then proceed carefully. South Pacific nations that have often been confident of their pathway to the future are beginning to ask very good and needful questions as to where they are actually going?
Posted by CID sourced from BBC on 25 November 2013
UN climate talks in Poland have ended with delegates reaching a compromise on how to fight global warming. After 30 hours of deadlock, they approved a pathway to a new global climate treaty in Paris in 2015. The agreement was achieved after a series of last minute compromises often involving single words in draft texts.
Posted by CID sourced from Reality of Aid on 25 November 2013
Reality of Aid argues that World Bank and ADB loans to the Philippines for typhoon recovery are only adding to the problem. It says disasters are never natural and are a result of inequity and the poorest people of the world are at greatest risk because of their vulnerability and decades of maldevelopment. Taking advantage of the climate tragedy to make more profit through loan interests and using it to push the country already mired in debt further down the drain is madness.
Posted by CID sourced from Devpolicy on 24 November 2013
Parliamentary committee inquiries into the Australian aid program over the last decade have been few and far between, even as the aid program has grown. A new policy brief by Ashlee Betteridge and Stephen Howes suggests that a dedicated committee or subcommittee could improve parliamentary oversight of the aid program. An argument that also applies in the New Zealand environment.
Posted by CID sourced from SciDev.Net on 24 November 2013
Cheap and portable technologies to detect contaminated drinking water and diseases that are rife in developing countries are among the winning entries in a synthetic biology competition, the International Genetically Engineered Machine. Many participating students “want to make a difference in the world” and therefore tend to focus on the application of technologies for use in developing nations.
Posted by CID sourced from Islands Business on 24 November 2013
The small islands of the Pacific continue to lead the world in efforts to unite climate change and disaster risk reduction initiatives under one development agenda. At the forum titled ‘Meeting the sustainability challenge in the post-2015 era: A vision for resilient nations, large and small’ all the speakers agreed that resilient communities and nations are founded on broader and innovative partnerships that address social, economic, health and environmental issues.
Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 20 November 2013
Throughout the post-2015 process, there have been frequent calls for greater corporate responsibility and acknowledgement from companies of their social and environmental impact alongside their financial account statements. However, an equally frequent question has been posed over whether there is the big business drive and political will necessary to implement such changes. In this article, Jeremy Fleming from EurActiv, discusses this issue and how plans for more rigorous monitoring of areas such as diversity and environmental policy have faltered in Europe as major EU firms have failed to comply.