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UN urges all States to ratify Arms Trade Treaty

Posted by CID sourced from Scoop on 26 December 2014

A group of United Nations human rights experts urged all Governments around the world to ratify the landmark United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that will enter into force tomorrow. So far, only 60 out of the 130 Treaty signatories have ratified it.

Ian McInnes interview: Boxing day tsunami

Posted by on 26 December 2014

Ian McInnes, Chair of the NDRF and CEO of TEAR Fund was interviewed this morning by Radio New Zealand to mark the 10th anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami.

Human rights law: First Kenya, now Sudan

Posted by CID sourced from The Economist on 26 December 2014

It has been a bad few weeks for the International Criminal Court (ICC) and for the cause of justice, in Kenya and Sudan. Charge of crimes against humanity against Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta (for atrocities allegedly perpetrated by him in the aftermath of a disputed election in 2007), were dropped for lack of co-operation by Kenya’s government. Then, the ICC was unable to press home its charge of genocide against President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan over atrocities in the disaffected region of Darfur in and after 2003. Now there is the treat that the 34 African members of the ICC may withdraw.

Boxing Day tsunami: 10 years on, the scars are not hard to find in Aceh

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 26 December 2014

The Guardian has tracked the fortunes of Nusa, Indonesia, since the deadly wave. A decade on, the shockwaves are still being felt...

Amazonian tribe take initiative to protect their lands from dam project

Posted by CID sourced from the Guardian on 24 December 2014

The Brazilian government plans have been drawn up to turn almost all the rivers in the eastern two-thirds of the Amazon region into reservoirs for hydropower. The Munduruku Indians are gaining support as they fight the government to stop their territory being submerged, arguing that real development benefits local communities and biodiversity, instead of destroying them.

India slashes health budget, already one of the world's lowest

Posted by CID sourced from Thomson Reuters Foundation on 24 December 2014

The Indian government has ordered a cut of nearly 20 percent in its 2014/15 healthcare budget due to fiscal strains, putting at risk key disease control initiatives in a country whose public spending on health is already among the lowest in the world.

Build greener to tackle climate change, Arab cities urged

Posted by CID sourced from Thomson Reuters Foundation on 24 December 2014

Cities in the Arab region should introduce stronger standards for green building and promote sustainable communities if they are to have a chance of tackling climate change, experts say.

Risk of dengue increases due to climate change, city growth-research

Posted by CID sourced from Alertnet on 24 December 2014

Large parts of Europe, West and Central Africa, and South America face the threat of outbreaks of the deadly dengue virus due to climate change and urbanisation, according to the first-ever maps of dengue vulnerability.

NGOs urged to push for more firms to hand over data

Posted by CID sourced from Scidevnet on 23 December 2014

Big data has a raft of potential development applications, from measuring outcomes of projects to predicting the spread of diseases. But at last month’s annual conference of Bond, the UK membership body for development NGOs, Robert Kirkpatrick said that the vast amounts of data in private companies remains largely untapped for development.

How behavioural science could revamp development

Posted by CID sourced from Scidevnet on 23 December 2014

A report on the first trial of behavioural insights in partnership with a developing country government has resulted in hope that the idea could start to be widely used in developing world policymaking too. And because — unlike legislation or incentives — such techniques often cost little to apply, the effects could be transformational.

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