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Tax dodging multinationals on notice but not enough

Posted by on 22 September 2014

Oxfam welcomes some progress at this weekend’s G20 finance ministers meeting in Cairns that could help put an end to tax dodging by multinational corporations, but the aid agency said the most transformative changes to rebalance the global tax system are still off the agenda.

Rethinking prosperity: exploring alternatives to the economic system

Posted by CID sourced from the Guardian on 22 September 2014

The Guardian Sustainable Business has launched a new section delving into what it takes to create a more socially and financially equitable society that operates within ecological limits. It shows internationally the question is being asked - what does human flourishing truly look like on a finite planet?

Oceania voices on environment loud and strong

Posted by CID sourced from Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand on 19 September 2014

A new report from Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, 'Small yet strong: Voices from Oceania on the environment', will be released on 4 October. The report highlights that while money and energy continues to be spent on global talks about climate change, Pacific islanders are scrambling to build sea walls out of sticks, stones, shells and coral, to protect their lands and homes from erosion and rising sea levels.

Scottish independence would open doors for development

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 19 September 2014

A yes vote for Scottish independence would increase Scotland’s aid budget to £1bn, presenting the new donor with complex spending challenges on how to spend aid effectively.

Q&A: Helping the poorest nations with development goals

Posted by CID sourced from SciDevNet on 19 September 2014

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are fighting to get their voices heard in climate and development talks. SciDev.Net spoke to Prakash Mathema, chair of the LDC Group about what LDCs need and how they will cope with climate and development challenges.

World population to hit 11bn in 2100 – with 70% chance of continuous rise

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 19 September 2014

Increasing rates of fertility and declining death rates from HIV/ AIDS are key contributing factors to a new study that overturns 20 years of consensus on population peak projections of 9 billion. The study suggests global population will reach 11 billion in 2100 and continue to climb.

Organic farmers cultivate rural success in Samoa

Posted by CID sourced from Scoop on 19 September 2014

Rural farmers are working with Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI), a Samoan non- government organsation, to supply produce to the international organic market, including certified organic virgin coconut oil, which is used in more than 60 countries and 30 different skincare products. WIBDI, acts as a link between small local producers and the global organics market, which has the potential to provide huge benefits: the global organic food market alone is estimated at more than 50 billion dollars.

UN ‘externs’ help brief policymakers on science

Posted by CID sourced by Scidevnet on 18 September 2014

The report’s ‘science digest’ section provides overviews of subjects for senior government officials and policymakers. It was compiled and peer reviewed by young researchers - or externs - with input from more experienced scientists. The report is a prototype and could be used to assemble a library of briefs in various languages.

Fiji election: Vote counting underway after peaceful day of polling

Posted by CID sourced from the ABC on 18 September 2014

Vote counting is underway in Fiji following the country's first general election in eight years. Fiji's election supervisor Mohammed Saneem has thanked Fijians for turning out in large numbers to vote in the nation's first election since the military coup in 2006.

Donors: keep out

Posted by CID sourced from the Economist on 18 September 2014

Suspicion of foreign funding for NGOs is not new. Azerbaijan, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Sudan and Venezuela have all passed laws in the past two years affecting NGOs that receive foreign funds. Around a dozen more countries plan to do so, including Bangladesh, Egypt, Malaysia and Nigeria. NGOs focused on democracy-building or human rights are the most affected, but the crackdown is also hitting those active in other areas, such as public health.

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