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UN Treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade comes into force


UNITED NATIONS — A landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade comes into force on Wednesday, a milestone hailed by the United Nations and campaigners seeking to stop weapons sales to dictators, terrorists and human rights abusers.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the treaty’s speedy entry into force — less than two years after its historic adoption by the U.N. General Assembly — reflects the commitment of states, international organizations and civil society “to stop irresponsible arms transfers.”

The treaty requires countries that ratify it to establish national regulations to control the transfer of conventional arms and components, and to regulate arms brokers. It prohibits the transfer of conventional weapons if they violate arms embargoes or if they promote acts of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes, and if they could be used in attacks on civilians or civilian buildings such as schools and …

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Upcoming Events – November

November 10- 14 :  UN meetings in preparation for the  Third International Conference on Financing for  Development.

The Sessions will be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/

1. Nov 10:   Global context: 3-6 Pm

2. Nov 11: Domestic Public finance : 10-1 pm , 3-6 pm

3. Nov 12: International Public Finance : 10-1pm, 3-6

4. Nov 13: Private Finance  10-1 pm , 3-6 pm…

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Is Climate smart Agriculture really smart for people and planet?

Date : 25 September 2014
Climate-smart agriculture is corporate green-washing

Published in SUNS #7881 dated 25 September 2014

New York, 24 Sep (IPS/Thalif Deen) — On the sidelines of the UN’s heavily hyped Climate Summit, the newly-launched Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture announced plans to protect some 500 million farmers worldwide from climate change and “help achieve sustainable and equitable increases in agricultural productivity and incomes.”

But the announcement by the Global Alliance, which includes more than 20 governments, 30 organisations and corporations, including Fortune 500 companies McDonald’s and Kelloggs, was greeted with apprehension by a coalition of over 100 civil society organisations (CSOs).

It is a backhanded gesture, warned the coalition, which “rejected” the announcement as “a deceptive and deeply contradictory initiative.”

“The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture will not deliver the solutions that we so urgently need. Instead, climate-smart agriculture provides a dangerous platform for corporations to implement

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Modi’s visit to US and Indian IPR issues

CSOs concerned over timing of IP policy review in India
Published in SUNS  dated 25 September 2014

Geneva, 24 Sep (Kanaga Raja) — Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States, a number of civil society organisations and prominent individuals in India have raised concerns over the timing of a Ministry-level review of the country’s intellectual property rights (IPR) policy.In a statement issued on 23 September, they warned that the proposed exercise could become “hostage to pressures of the US government and companies.”

Among the notable individuals that signed the statement are Dr Nityanand, Eminent Scientist and former Director of the Central Drug Research Institute; Mr S. P. Shukla, former Ambassador to GATT and Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Planning; Prof. Muchkund Dubey, President of the Council for Social Development and former Foreign Secretary; Mr B. L. Das, former Ambassador to GATT; Mr Anand Grover,

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Can There Be Development Without Spiritual Capital

Can There Be Development Without Spiritual Capital?

Olav Kjorven 15/07/2014.

The headline of this article might sound like an oddity, but hear me out
on this. Negotiators at the United Nations are currently debating a new
global development agenda under the headings of sustainable development and the eradication of poverty. They are discussing whether things ranging from child nutrition to road safety to violence against women should be part of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will pick up from where the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) leave us by the end of 2015. It’s an expert’s dream circus.

But let me offer three quick snapshots to try and convince you that agreeing on shared global development goals, and then actually achieving them, depends on more than expert — or even market — solutions. They require a good dose of faith and spirited energy and action.


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MMS& UN News- July

Celine with UN Special Raportuer of Human Trafficking




Good news from the UN foundation: The annual report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -eight goals established in 2000 by world leaders at the United Nations- shows that the world is making significant progress in reducing poverty, improving health, and saving lives.

Some of the important findings:  

  • The number of children who die before the age of 5 has been reduced by nearly half. In 1990, an estimated 12.6 million children died before the age of 5. By 2012, that number had been cut to an estimated 6.6 million children.
  •  Global actions to prevent and treat malaria averted an estimated 3.3 million deaths, mostly of children under 5, from 2000 to 2012.
  • The proportion of people living in extreme poverty was cut in half between 1990 and 2010.
  • All developing regions in the world have achieved, or are close to achieving, gender parity in
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