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Bernd Nilles (CIDSE): “North and South are no longer divided, but unified in facing the same problems”

Brussels – CIDSE’s Secretary General Bernd Nilles talks to Vita International and Afronline about the most pressing global challenges facing us today. “Agenda 2030 and the SDGs can de facto lead to a kind of systemic change to our economic model and behaviours. North and South are now no longer divided, but unified in facing the similar problems,” he says. “We need courageous governments and people who push their governments to take bold decisions and people that take their lives into their own hands and make changes now.”

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Opinion: Recognize the Aspirations of ACP Group of Developing Countries

Brussels – The significance of the issues covered in the post-2015 development agenda, to be adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25-27 September, cannot be over-emphasizedFor the 79 countries that make up the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group), the post-2015 agenda not only recognizes the reality faced by hundreds of millions amongst its populations who live in poverty, but also takes into account the aspirations of these nations to innovate and industrialize, to be energy-efficient, and to attain sustainable economic development while protecting the environment and natural resources for generations to come.

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The New EU Paradigm Shift for The Sustainable Development Goals

Two months before the Third International Conference on Financing for Development to be held in Addis Ababa, a report financed by the European commission has called for a paradigm shift in development co-operation through combining new financing and policies.

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Africa must tackle malnutrition head on

Rome — Eight hundred and five million of the world’s people are chronically hungry, according to estimates by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). But this figure represents only a fraction of the world’s population whose lives have been blighted by a lack of adequate nutrition.

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Sustaining Africa’s development by leveraging on climate change

Marrakech – Policy and development practitioners say Africa is at a development cross roads and argue that the continent — increasingly an attractive destination for economic and agriculture investment — should use the window of opportunity presented by a low carbon economy to implement new knowledge and information to transform the challenges posed by climate change into opportunities for social development. continue reading »

Family farming: nourishing the world

The fight against hunger forges ahead around the world, but with about 805 million people who still do not have enough to eat, a lot more still needs to be done, says FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

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