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by AGORA moderator
24 August 2016

The article has been published by the European Parliament

Parliament is not just there to amend and approve new laws, but also to scrutinise the EU institutions. One of the tools at...

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by AGORA moderator
24 August 2016

The article is cross-posted from Der (europäische) Föderalist

The Brexit vote is an anomaly and an irrational response. We can democratise international organisations - rather than leave them....

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by AGORA moderator
23 August 2016

Jazmin Burgess, Global Coordinator, Boots on the Ground, UNDP

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are on the frontlines of climate change. With populations often heavily reliant on climate-vulnerable sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and forestry to drive their economies, the impacts of climate change are amplified. One erratic storm or years of changing growing seasons can wipe out food and water supplies for years or decades.

This has immense social and economic...

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by AGORA moderator
18 August 2016

Brazil's Federal Court of Accounts (TCU), in partnership with Pro PALOP-TL SAI, is launching an e-learning course on "Operational Audit (AO)" in Portuguese – open to auditors from the PALOP and Timor-Leste Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI). The course is free of charge.

The course, dedicated...

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by AGORA moderator
18 August 2016

An essay from the International Budget Partnership’s 2015 Annual Report

Despite sustained economic growth since the mid-1980s, Uganda’s maternal mortality ratio in 2011 remained three times higher than the ratio established as a Millennium Development Goal. At the time, civil society organizations (CSOs) had been campaigning for increased maternal health funding for many...

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by AGORA moderator
16 August 2016

Large-scale mining has the potential to play a critical role in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in resource-rich countries, according to a new report released today on the occasion of the UN High-Level Political Forum  in New York. The report, Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas is a joint effort of the United Nations Development Programme, the World Economic Forum, the Columbia...

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by AGORA moderator
17 August 2016

50 women from various backgrounds across Fiji will be gathering today to be part of Fiji’s first ever “Women’s Parliament Fiji”. Organized by the Fijian Parliament in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Women’s Parliament will take place from 16 – 18 Augusts 2016.

In officially opening the Women’s Parliament Fiji Event, Hon. Dr. Jiko Luveni stated, “The hosting of such an event, offers a unique opportunity to Fiji’s aspiring women leaders to learn...

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by AGORA moderator
11 August 2016

The Miombo woodlands is the largest biome of Southern-Central Africa. Covering 2.7 million square kilometers and spanning several countries, it is one of the most important ecosystems in the world. Each year, the Miombo loses over 1.27 million hectares mainly due to shifting cultivation and energy production. The impact of this deforestation is significant. African governments risk losing a long-term source of revenue, while the international community is losing valuable flora and fauna,...

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by AGORA moderator
9 August 2016

The Government of Côte d'Ivoire aims to reduce its dependence on cocoa and coffee by developing the oil, gas and mining sector.

Côte d’Ivoire, one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of cocoa, coffee and palm oil, is aspiring to develop its mining sector to limit its reliance on agriculture. Adama Toungara, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, noted in 2013 that the government’s plan was to intensify exploration, increase the production of oil, gas and electricity, and to...

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by AGORA moderator
9 August 2016

Revitalizing and supporting indigenous knowledge is essential to address many of today’s challenges, including the effects of climate change.

Indigenous knowledge is a key resource that needs to be promoted to support livelihoods and food security, often under threat due to climatic changes.

Here are some examples of how indigenous peoples and local communities around the world are reviving traditional practices and knowledge.

In Hawaii, where youth...

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