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Reshaping the fight against poverty

JOHANNESBURG 31 May 2013 (IRIN) - After nine months of consultations, the UN High Level Panel on determining the world’s post-2015 development agenda has issued a report calling for a path to sustainable development which will transform the lives of the very poorest.

Global land treaty aims for more teeth

JOHANNESBURG 29 May 2013 (IRIN) - Talks have begun on giving a global treaty on land degradation more teeth.

Boost for healthcare in DRC

NAIROBI 31 March 2013 (IRIN) - The British government has announced a major new programme aimed at providing essential healthcare to six million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The five-year, US$270.7 million project will focus on rebuilding health facilities, training health workers, and supplying drugs and equipment.

George Washington University Study Documents Variability in Changes to Open Defecation among Sub-Saharan African Countries

Exploring changes in open defecation prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa based on national level indices

About 215 million people in sub-Saharan Africa still defecate in fields, forests or out in the open, a practice that puts people and especially children at risk of diarrheal diseases. Public health experts are calling for an end to such practices by the year 2015 in order to protect the public health.

Complaints Abound in ‘Green’ Certification Industry

Originally Published by The NY Times

– A federal complaint filed by two environmental groups has exposed a schism in the forest products world between two rival groups that certify paper products as “green.”

Apes are emotional about choices

 BBCOriginally Published by the BBC - Chimpanzees and bonobos react emotionally - sometimes appearing to throw "tantrums" - when they take risks that fail to pay off, say scientists.

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