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NGOs saving lives in the Mediterranean are under attack

Milan (Italy) – Last week Italian Deputy Lower House Speaker, Luigi Di Maio, defined NGOs saving lives at sea as “taxis for migrants”. This was only the last of a long series of attacks to non-governmental organisations rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean, after Frontex’ accusations of being “a pull factor” for traffickers and the allegations of colluding with smugglers made by Catania chief prosecutor, Carmelo Zuccaro.

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Volunteering is vanishing in Nigeria

According to Dictionary.com, “Volunteerism is the policy or practice of volunteering one’s time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in one’s community.” Volunteers are driven by passion to leave a noble legacy of service to humanity.

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What can Development Banks do to Protect Human Rights?

In a petition signed by 150 NGOs, the Coalition for Human Rights in Development have called for development banks to make sure that human rights are respected by their beneficiaries.

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Making Sustainability Part of the Corporate DNA

United Nations – Companies, governments and non-profit actors agree that economic growth and sustainable development have to go hand in hand to shape our increasingly globalised world in a fair way. Yet a meeting of leaders from the business, government and non-profit sectors at the UN this week showed that there is still a long way to go in order to make investors and CEOs true partners in sustainability.

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Interview with Laura Frigenti, Director of the new Italian Agency for Development Cooperation

Brussels – A generation. That’s how long Laura Frigenti had waited for the Italian Development Cooperation Agency to be launched. In 1987, Italy passed a law on international cooperation that remained in force for 27 years. An eternity, during which time Frigenti left Italy and had a highly successful international career spent mostly at the World Bank. January 1st, 2016 marks her return to her birthplace where she has been appointed to lead the new Italian Development Cooperation Agency, officially established by the Italian parliament with the approval of a new bill on development cooperation in August 2014 (law125/2014).

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COP21: A climate agreement in the interest of the vulnerable?

After two weeks of intense negotiations, the COP21 talks finally produced a landmark Paris Agreement among the close to 200 countries that participated to fight global warming. The 2015 climate change conference has been the most complicated and difficult negotiations, yet most important for humanity, observed UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Report by Kofi Adu Domfeh.

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