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Faith Based Organizations Keen To Influence UN Development Agenda

By Kalinga Seneviratne*

BANGKOK (IDN) - 2015 is expected to become a watershed year for shaping the global development agenda with the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals, Sustainable Development models and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) frameworks, all coming up for review at major UN conferences during the year. [P] ARABIC | CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDFGERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | KOREAN TEXT VERSION PDF

When Faith Meets Disaster Management

By Kalinga Seneviratne

BANGKOK (IPS) - A consortium of faith-based organisations (FBOs) made a declaration at a side event Wednesday at the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference On Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR), to let the United Nations know that they stand ready to commit themselves to building resilient communities across Asia in the aftermath of natural disasters. [P] ARABIC | ITALIAN JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PORTUGUESE | TURKISH

From Religious Conflict to an Interfaith Community

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Holy men and their holy books have etched a trail of tears and blood in the annals of human history. From the depths of peaceful temples, mobs have been dispatched with flaming torches; from steeples and minarets messages of hatred have floated down upon pious heads bent in prayer. For too long religion has incited violence and fueled conflict. [P] ARABIC | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Post-2015 Development Agenda – Will the Voices of the Hungry be Heard?

ROME (IPS) - The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire in 2015 and be replaced with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are intended to strengthen the international community’s engagement with eradicating poverty and hunger.In the run-up to the drafting of the SDGs, the importance of food and nutrition security remains crucial. [P] INDONESIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

In Developing World, Pollution Kills More Than Disease

By Stephen Leahy

UXBRIDGE, Canada (IPS) - Pollution, not disease, is the biggest killer in the developing world, taking the lives of more than 8.4 million people each year, a new analysis shows. That’s almost three times the deaths caused by malaria and fourteen times those caused by HIV/AIDs. However, pollution receives a fraction of the interest from the global community. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH

Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It!

By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka*

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Nearly 20 years ago, the world came together in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women. There, 189 governments adopted a visionary roadmap for gender equality: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

More than 17,000 delegates and 30,000 activists pictured a world where women and girls had equal rights, freedom and opportunity in every sphere of life. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

U.S. Religious Progressivism 'Way of the Future'


UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The future of religion in U.S. politics lies not with conservatives but rather with religious progressives, social scientists here are suggesting, with a faith-based movement potentially able to provide momentum to a new movement for social justice.

According to a new report from the Brookings Institute, a think tank here, the current religious social justice movement can be compared to the period of civil rights activism in the mid-20th century. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH

Global Citizenship Starts with Education

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - For peace to be embedded in culture and society, it starts with childhood education which leads to the creation of global citizens, according to a panel of experts.

Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the U.N. Anwarul Chowdhury said fostering global citizens is important in achieving peace. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION