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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Continued Deforestation in Asia Threatens SDGs Targets

New Delhi (ABC Live):SDGs Targets  :The destruction of forests in many Asian countries continues apace, threatening the realization of global sustainable development goals by the 2030 deadline, according to the United Nations agricultural agency. “While forests are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ( SDGs Targets ) they continue to be degraded and lost at a rate of …

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António Guterres Compares China’s OBOR with SDGs

Beijing (ABC Live): Speaking at a major international conference in Beijing, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres  drew comparisons between China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative and the Sustainable Development Goals, saying both are rooted in a shared vision for global development. “Both strive to create opportunities, global public goods and win-win cooperation. And both aim to deepen ‘connectivity’ across countries and regions: connectivity …

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Know Why China is All Out for Belt & Road Concept

New Delhi (ABC Live):Belt & Road Concept :Although often described as a way to revitalise ancient trade routes, today’s B&R initiative is much more comprehensive. Rather than a mere recreation of former connections and corridors throughout Central Asia and the Middle East to connect China and Europe, Belt & Road Concept  intends to go far beyond that. Belt & Road …

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Know China’s Belt & Road Concept, Strategy

New Delhi (ABC Live): China’s Belt & Road  a concept, a strategy:  During various state visits in 2013, China’s president Xi Jinping announced the Silk Route Economic Belt (SREB) and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Route (MSR). These two major initiatives were initially packaged and labelled under the overarching term ‘One Belt, One Road. Those who are new to the term may …

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ITU to Investigate Digital Fiat Currency Security Issues

New Delhi (ABC Live):Digital Fiat Currency : ITU has created a new Focus Group to investigate the emerging questions of how best to standardize and regulate the interoperability and security aspects of digital fiat currency. Titled the ‘ITU-T Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency’, the group is open to participation by any interested party and will begin work …

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IFAD Releases Rural Development Report 2016

New Delhi (ABC Live): IFAD Releases Rural Development Report 2016, a distinguishing feature of this report is that it examines rural development in the context of the transformation of rural areas and the wider economy – rural transformation and structural transformation The world is changing rapidly, across urban and rural areas. Growing demand for food – driven by population increase …

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ILO Partners with Tokyo 2020 for Decent Work

TOKYO (ABC Live) Tokyo 2020 :The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee (Tokyo 2020) will sign a unique partnership agreement aimed at advancing “decent work” through socially responsible labour practices amongst the Games’ delivery partners. The milestone partnership, announced during a visit to Japan by Guy Ryder, the ILO’s Director-General, will be formalized by a Memorandum …

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WMO Gets Observer Status in Arctic Council

New Delhi (ABC Live): Arctic Council : The World Meteorological Organization has been granted Observer status at the Arctic Council, the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States and communities, particularly on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic. The 10th Arctic Council ministerial meeting, which took place in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, on …

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FAO Issues Climate Change Guidelines for Farming

New York (ABC Live):Climate Change Guidelines :The United Nations agricultural agency today unveiled guidelines to help Governments balance the needs of farming and climate change when making decisions, such as whether to refill a dried up lake or focus instead on sustainably using the forest on its shore. “Medium to long-term adaptation planning is crucial to build climate resilience and food …

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UN Asks India to Restore Internet and Social Media in JK

New York (ABC Live):Social Media :Raising alarm over the impact of internet and social media restrictions imposed by authorities in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, United Nations human rights experts have called on the Government to protect the right to freedom of expression and to pursue an open and democratic dialogue to address the region’s social and political …

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