(28 June 2013, Uttarakhand) Rapid deforestation and aggressive construction work along river banks in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand are largely responsible for the current devastating floods, ActionAid said today.
Gold and diamonds in Central Africa easily conjure up images of conflict, rebel funding, human rights violations, and smuggling. As a country landlocked within an unstable region, neighbouring the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and recently the scene of another coup, the Central African Republic (CAR) might be considered an appropriate candidate for analysis within the conflict-mineral perspective. Yet this framework would ignore the country’s mining sector’s very specific characteristics.
More than one billion people are currently
going hungry - more than the populations of the USA,
Canada and the European Union combined.1 This year, the 2009 G8 Summit provides a last
chance for world leaders to take bold action before increasing hunger spirals out of control.
What G8 and G5 leaders agree in L'Aquila could literally make the difference between life and
death for millions in the developing world who can no longer buy or grow enough food to eat.