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Global Citizen

Global Citizen

Publications IDS publishes in-house many freely downloadable Working Papers, Research Reports, Practice Papers, Policy Briefings and Rapid Response Briefings, covering all development themes from our Research Teams. Working with our publishers, Wiley, IDS also publishes six issues of our flagship journal, the IDS Bulletin, each year. Individually-themed issues bring together the latest thinking and research from programmes and events and present them in an accessible way for the wide range of audiences working in development. Through our online bookshop books written by IDS Researchers for external publishers are available for purchase. The Potential and Limits of the ‘Resilience Agenda’ in Peri-urban Contexts Today, it is acknowledged that peri-urban space plays a critical and increasing role role is still poorly understood and peri-urban areas are rarely recognised in the in relation to urban expansion. On a Wing and a Prayer?

ited Nations Millennium Development Goals Disclaimer The United Nations is not responsible for the content of any messages posted on this site or sites linked from this page. The inclusion of a message does not imply the endorsement of the message by the United Nations. Target 1.A: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1.25 a day The target of reducing extreme poverty rates by half was met five years ahead of the 2015 deadline. Target 1.B: Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people Globally, 300 million workers lived below the $1.25 a day poverty line in 2015. Target 1.C: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger The proportion of undernourished people in the developing regions has fallen by almost half since 1990. Featured stories Bangladesh: From one meal a day to three MDG 1 Infographic Download image Poverty

Ning: Failures, Lessons and Six Alternatives Ning, the network of social networks that boasted 20 million visitors a month, is making massive staff cutbacks and has announced a complete end to free services for its users. Those who pay for premium services will be asked to pay more, and those who are getting their social networks free of charge will be asked to fork over or phase off the Ning platform. For a while now, we've been seeing Ning through rose-colored glasses. One year ago to the day, the company announced it had attained 1 million unique social networks built on its platform, along with a $500 million valuation. In May 2009, the company rolled out a developer platform along with 90 ready-to-go applications for network creators. Then, just last month, we got word that CEO Gina Bianchini had left the company. When I became CEO 30 days ago, I told you I would take a hard look at our business. The Cost of Free There are dozens of ways to have a self-sustaining community. Ning Alternatives

News Article: South American and Caribbean countries agree on hunger and poverty eradication plan FAO Director-General in Caracas, Venezuela. 18 December 2013, Caracas – A group of South American and Caribbean countries have adopted a common plan of action to eradicate hunger and poverty, designed with FAO support. The agreement was announced during the Second Extraordinary Summit of the Petrocaribe oil bloc and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America - Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), which concluded here yesterday. The plan aims to strengthen food and nutrition security in the Petrocaribe economic zone and in ALBA countries through national and regional hunger eradication projects. FAO will provide advice to governments in developing interventions. During the summit, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro said that "the Action Plan ALBA-Petrocaribe to free our territories from hunger seems fundamental for the future." The ALBA-Petrocaribe Action Plan represents the most ambitious attempt to eradicate hunger in the history of the region.

untitled Expanding opportunities for young people is a challenge in many countries, particularly when over 60 per cent of the population is below the age of 30. With no signs that population growth will slow in the decades to come, it is imperative that we leverage the talent and energy of our young people to create dramatically higher levels of prosperity and equality and avoid the latent risks of unemployment and social instability. By building young people’s skills, harnessing their energy, and acknowledging young people’s aspirations, would help every country reduce its youth unemployment and fulfil the potential of all young people in order to contribute to economic growth and social stability. The context of youth development across the world since 2009 has therefore altered significantly, with development challenges such as unemployment, civil conflict and violence, political instability and communicable and non-communicable diseases all affecting young people’s lives.

ited Nations Resources for Speakers on Global Issues - Home Rural Poverty Rural Poverty in the Developing World At the heart of every human experience is the desire to survive and prosper. To live without fear, hunger or suffering. To imagine how your life could be better and then have the means to change it. Yet, every day, 1.4 billion people – nearly one fifth of the world’s inhabitants – cannot fulfil their most basic needs, let alone attain their dreams or desires. The largest segment of the world's poor are the women, children and men who live in rural environments. Empowering rural people is an essential first step to eradicating poverty. Fighting rural poverty has to take different dimensions into account, such as: Land Access to land and land tenure security are at the heart of all successful rural societies and agricultural economies. Framers harvest potatoes in Bangao, Buguias, Benguet, Philippines. Land is not simply an economic resource. Land issues have an impact on the everyday choices and prospects of poor rural people. Desertification

The Change Agency The $600 billion challenge Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffett are asking the nation's billionaires to pledge to give at least half their net worth to charity, in their lifetimes or at death. If their campaign succeeds, it could change the face of philanthropy. Flying cross-country in March, Bill Gates stopped in Omaha to lunch near the airport with Warren Buffett at a Hollywood Diner, giving it a small place in history as one venue where the two made plans for their drive to boost giving. Buffett paid for lunch. Click on the photo for more pictures. By Carol J. FORTUNE -- Just over a year ago, in May 2009, word leaked to the press that the two richest men in America, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, had organized and presided over a confidential dinner meeting of billionaires in New York City. Pushed by the press to explain, Buffett and Gates declined. And so it was. Without a doubt, that plan could create a colossal jump in the dollars going to philanthropy, though of what size is a puzzle we'll get to.

The Difference between Aliens, Demons and Fallen Angels The Difference Between Fallen Angels, Demons, Aliens, Jedi, and the Watchers By Sherry Shriner In these last days, the Bible says it will be a time of mass hybridization and the mixture and corruption of human DNA by fallen angels, also known as "Aliens." The government is and has been, conditioning the existence of aliens through Hollywood, science fiction, cartoons, and other sources. However, they are not telling you the whole truth. These Aliens are not ascended masters, or enlightened ones, or beings from galaxies millions of miles away, nor are they our forefathers or original creators. The Lord has told me that in the coming days, these Aliens will make their presence more visibly and physically known on earth. As the end times approach, the lies of extra terrestrial lineage, heritage, and creation will come out in full force. Two Separate Rebellions in the Early Days Most people are familiar with the rebellion of Satan wanting to be like God and wanting to be worshipped as God.