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Bribing One’s Way to Basic Necessities of Life in Africa

By Jutta Wolf

BERLIN (IDN) - A man raped a nine-year old girl who was on her way to school and infected her with HIV. The Zimbabwean police initially arrested the attacker, but then released him in secret. The reason: he paid bribe.

This case is by no means an exception The police and private sector have regularly been rated as highly corrupt, says Transparency International in a report entitled People and Corruption: Africa Survey 2015, adding: “we hear stories like this every day . . . In many countries you can pay off police officers to ignore any crime, however horrific and devastating – it’s just a matter of price.”

In fact, says the report, bribery affects more than one-in-five Africans. “Shockingly, we estimate that nearly 75 million people have paid a bribe in the past year – some of these to escape punishment by the police or courts, but many also forced to pay to get access to the basic services that they desperately need.” [P29] ARABIC | GERMAN | HINDIJAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | PERSIAN | SPANISH | SWEDISH

Costa Rica Aims at Being the World’s First Decarbonised Economy

The Central American country of Costa Rica is a model state that embodies the concept of global citizenship by pursuing a culture of peace and aspiring to achieve complete carbon-neutrality.

By Fabíola Ortiz

SAN JOSE (IDN) - With less than five million inhabitants, Costa Rica became famous for abolishing its army in the late 1940’s, when its Central American neighbours were involved in armed conflicts. After becoming a model of peace in the region, the country now wants to be known as a laboratory for a deep de-carbonisation process of the world economy. [P28] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF  

Education Can Promote Global Citizenship and Help the SDGs Succeed

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage

UNITED NATIONS (IDN) - Since its inception, the United Nations has highlighted people-centred development. This is echoed in the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to leave no one behind. But how can this be achieved?

This question was posed at an event on November 10 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the UN Academic Impact (UNAI) that focused on ‘The Next Generation of Global Citizens’. [P27]  GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Kazakh President Urges One Percent of Arms Budget for Development Agenda

By Rodney Reynolds

NEW YORK (IDN) - The UN’s post-2015 development agenda, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is desperately in need of funds for its successful implementation. The goals include an ambitious target: the elimination of hunger and poverty worldwide by 2030. [P26] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF 

Using Global Citizenship Education for Sustainable Development

By A.D. McKenzie

PARIS (IDN) - Since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in September, global citizenship education has been receiving increased attention for the role it can play in both sustainable development and in keeping youth from joining the ranks of “violent extremists”. [P25] ARABIC | GERMAN | HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | KOREAN TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | SPANISH

Large-scale Migration is Ushering in an Era of ‘Migitalisation’

By Lisa Monique Söderlindh*

STOCKHOLM (IDN) - Megatrends such as internationalisation, globalisation, urbanisation and digitalisation have been celebrated for decades; but the master narrative of humanity has yet to earn its fame. Now is the time for “migitalisation” to stage the scene. GERMAN 

UN Report Highlights Women’s Role in Countering Terrorism

By Fabíola Ortiz

NEW YORK (IDN) - Two landmark studies are contributing to fostering global citizenship, by pleading not only for gender equality as such but also stressing the crucial role women can play and are playing in resolving conflict, overcoming violence, countering terrorism and bringing about peace and security. [P24] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN

Global Citizenship Education Underpins Efforts of Youth to Build Peaceful Societies

By Kanya D’Almeida

UNITED NATIONS (IDN) - By mid-2015, the number of young people between the ages of 10 and 24 stood at 1.8 billion, representing the largest youth population the world has ever seen.

A large portion of this demographic is based in the global South, according to the United Nations, with children and adolescents making up a majority of the combined populations of the world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs). [P23] CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDF | GERMAN | HINDIJAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIANPERSIAN | SPANISH

UN Secretary-General Explains Significance of 2030 Global Goals

By Fabíola Ortiz

NEW YORK (IDN) - The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is keen that member countries make Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) an integral part of their national policies so as to ensure that these are achieved by 2030. In an interview with IDN, he also stressed the need for the civil society to play a critical role in pushing forward this new set of global targets. [P22]  JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PERSIAN

Pacific Islanders Debating ‘Oceanian’ and Global Citizenship

By Shailendra Singh*

SUVA, Fiji (IDN) - Discussions about the concept of ‘Global Citizenship’ are gaining momentum in various international forums, but remain largely unexplored in the Pacific Islands.

According to Ron Israel, co-founder of The Global Citizens’ Initiative, Global Citizens think beyond communities based on shared group identities, and see themselves as part of a larger, emerging world community. [P21] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN

France Pumps Up Climate Change Volume to Avert Failure

Never before has a UN climate change conference drawn such worldwide attention as COP21 is doing since the beginning of the year. This is an incontrovertible evidence that climate change is bringing together people from around the world, fostering a kind of global citizenship that is unique.

By A.D. McKenzie

PARIS (IDN) - Tourists and locals walking along the River Seine, near the famed Musée d’Orsay, are currently able to charge their mobile phones at three unlikely installations: solar-powered street lamps. [P20] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Finishing the Unfinished Business with Sustainable Development Goals

By Fabíola Ortiz

UNITED NATIONS (IDN) - The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are all about “finishing the unfinished business” of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), says Amina Mohammed, special adviser to the UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon on post-2015 development planning. 

The international community adopted a set of 17 new development goals with its 169 targets by 2030 during the Sustainable Development Summit at the United Nations headquarters September 25-27 in New York. Instead of eight MDGs that expire this year, the post-2015 agenda has gathered a higher number of objectives. [P19]  JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

U.N.’s New Development Goals Need Funds, Political Commitment for Success

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The U.N.’s much-ballyhooed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), unanimously adopted by over 150 world leaders at a three-day summit meeting, which concluded Sep. 27, has been touted as the biggest single contribution to humanity since the invention of sliced bread. [P18] ARABIC | BHASA INDONESIA | GERMAN | ITALIANJAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIANPORTUGUESE | SPANISH | SWEDISH