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Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo: Thoughts Post Rio

KUMI Naidoo of South Africa has emerged as the Intl. Executive Director of Greenpeace after a lifetime of activism. He was recently seen at the much publicized Rio+20 conference. We ask him about the effectiveness of these conferences and if the private sector is really taking any tangible steps towards environmental protection and sustainability. ...

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The Future Women Want

On the concluding day of the Rio+20 Sustainability Conference, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Prime Minister of Denmark, along with other female Heads of State, signed a 'call to action' that urged governments, civil society and the private sector to prioritise gender equality and women’s empowerment in the sustainable development agenda. ...

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Civil Society Groups Mobilise in Rio

A loosely defined document with the idealistic title “The Future We Want” has been agreed upon after week long deliberations by a 193 member committee at the Rio+20. The document has called for the inclusion of “women, non-governmental organisations, and indigenous groups in the sustainable development agenda.” But, these 'recommendations' and 'voluntary' commitments are hollow promises with no compulsory e ...

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Rio+20: Brittany Trilford demands world leaders to lead

Brittany Trilford, a 17-year-old girl from New Zealand, won the Tcktcktck competition "Date with History" and was invited to speak on behalf of the children and youth at the opening ceremony of the Rio+20 Summit, in front of world leaders from 130 different nations. This is what she had to say: ...

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Palestinians of Shatila – from Refugee Camp to Urban Slum

The commencement of the Rio+20 Sustainability Conference on June 20th coincides with another important UN event - World Refugee Day.  The occasion will be marked in countries accross the world to mobilise support for the millions of people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict, poverty and natural disasters. The UNHCR Chief, António Guterres, is in Rio to emphasize that "environm ...

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Chemical Fertilizer Impedes Development of African Agriculture

Life has been a constant struggle for African families since the collapse of colonialism in the early 1980s.  People living on this continent have had no choice but to live a hard life in order to sustain themselves. One of the major problems in Africa is the lack of existing industry to engage the teeming youth in employment. Very few industries built by the colonial masters have survived the test of time ...

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