Monthly Archives: October 2015

Africa’s Economic Crisis
By admin October 30, 2015

  Collapsed commodity prices and an economic slowdown in Africa’s largest trading partner, China, have had a ripple effect on the continent. Now, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecasted economic growth on the continent to be as low as 3.75% this year, the slowest rate seen in six years. Africa had been seen as

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South African University Reopens after Week Long Protest
By admin October 29, 2015

    University of Witwatersrand, one of South Africa’s top universities, reopened this Wednesday after a weeklong nationwide protest. All classes and activities resumed and a new postponed exam schedule will be decided soon. The reopen follows with President Jacob Zuma’s concession to the recent protest and agree that there will not be a tuition

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The Implications of the China-UK Deal: Hinkley Point C
By admin October 28, 2015

In his highly publicized recent visit to the UK, the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, further solidified relations with the UK. Although much of the coverage may have been due to the grandeur of the Royal Family’s welcoming festivities, Jinping’s visit was ultimately an economic one. Jinping’s visit to the UK

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China to Invest Billions in Pakistan
By admin October 27, 2015

Gwadar, a city located on the arid coastline of the Arabian Sea in Pakistan, suffers from high unemployment, poor health systems, weak infrastructure, and a poor education system. Despite these drawbacks, China is looking to invest billions of dollars in this area to re-create a “silk road” trade route. The Chinese President, Xi Jingping, views

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United Nations Celebrates Its 70 Year Anniversary
By admin October 23, 2015

  The United Nations is turning 70 years old on Saturday, and it will celebrate by lighting up the world in its signature “UN blue” color. Starting in New Zealand on Friday, a wave of blue will move around the world as 250 sites, including the Great Wall of China; Petra, Jordan; the Great Pyramids

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Lower Forecast Price for Oil and Commodities
By admin October 22, 2015

On Tuesday, the World Bank (WB) lowered its 2015 forecast for crude oil prices, as well as other key commodities in the Bank’s latest commodity updates. This revised forecast indicates and may reflect that global economic performance might further slow down. Although the U.S. and global economies are improving, it appears to be not enough

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China’s Sluggish Economy and what it means for the Global Economy
By admin October 20, 2015

  China is the world’s second largest economy and for many years was the fastest growing economy in the world. Between 2003 and 2007, during China’s boom years, China was experiencing an average GDP growth rate of 11.7%. On Monday, however, China’s National Bureau of Statistics released data indicating that China’s economic growth dropped to

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THE BASSIOUNI GROUP WINS UNDP CONTRACT IN KENYA
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laura Wicks (lwicks@bassiounigroup.com) Samantha Nolan (snolan@bassiounigroup.com) THE BASSIOUNI GROUP WINS UNDP CONTRACT IN KENYA: Firm Wins Major End-of-Project Evaluation Analyzing UNDP’s Efforts Towards the Support to the Realization of Human Rights and Access to Justice in Kenya New York, NY – October 20, 2015 – The Bassiouni Group (www.bassiounigroup.com), a leading

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Expanding the Treatment Goals of Lymphatic Filariasis Beyond Missed 2020 Deadline
By admin October 19, 2015

The 2015 publication by Kastner, Stone, Steinmann, Tanner, and Tedios demonstrated in four different Lymphatic Filariasis (LF), or Elephantiasis, scenarios that the current World Health Organization (WHO) strategy, even if dramatically increased, would not eradicate Lymphatic Filariasis until 2028 at the earliest due to systematic difficulties, delays in implementation, in lack of access to necessary

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The United Nations and FAO Celebrate World Food Day Today
By admin October 16, 2015

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) celebrates World Food Day each October 16th, in remembrance of the organization’s founding in 1945. This year, the FAO will hold an official World Food Day / 70th anniversary for the FAO ceremony at Expo Milano. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Director General of FAO Jose

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The Power of the Adolescent Girl
By admin October 15, 2015

On December 19th, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child (Day of the Girl), to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year’s theme is “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.” Girls of all ages are

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Global Efforts to Combat Climate Change
By admin October 14, 2015

In light of the upcoming Conference of Parties 21, or “Paris 2015” (COP21/CMP11), a United Nations meeting which is to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015 to tackle climate change among all nations, this week’s blog emphasizes the role of climate change in global politics and economy and what scientific

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Alternative Energy Solutions in Africa
By admin October 13, 2015

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, there are 621 million people in sub-Sahara Africa that do not have access to electricity. Making matters worse, 3.5 million people die each year from household air pollution caused by fuelwood and charcoal used for cooking or lighting homes. The poorest households in Africa spend about $10 per

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Nepal’s New Constitution Is Progressive, But Causes Protests
By admin October 9, 2015

  Why is Nepal’s new constitution, its seventh in 67 years, in the news? While controversial in some ways, the constitution, which was announced September 20th of this year, marks a new road for Nepal. Passing with a majority vote (507 out of 598 constituent assembly members, with 60 abstentions), the constitution ends a long

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Somalia Ratified UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Left the US the Only State Yet to Ratify
By admin October 8, 2015

On October 2nd, 2015, Somalia became the 196th State party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. The makes the United States is the only country that has not ratified the Convention. The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted in

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THE BASSIOUNI GROUP WINS FAO CONTRACT IN SOUTH SUDAN
By admin October 7, 2015

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laura Wicks (lwicks@bassiounigroup.com) Samantha Nolan (snolan@bassiounigroup.com) THE BASSIOUNI GROUP WINS FAO CONTRACT IN SOUTH SUDAN: Firm Wins Major Project Focused on Study and Delivery of Basic Production Sector, Livelihood, Literacy and Numeracy Skills to Pastoralist Communities New York, NY – October 7, 2015 – The Bassiouni Group (www.bassiounigroup.com), a Global

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New Special Economic Zones Proposed by Mexico’s Peña Nieto
By admin October 6, 2015

On September 29th, the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, presented a bill to create three special economic zones in Mexico’s poorer southern states. Mexico’s southern states have historically lagged behind the rest of the country in education and living standards. Over the past three decades, the southern states per capita domestic product has increased just

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Non-communicable Disease Treatment in Developing Countries
By admin October 5, 2015

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are defined as chronic diseases that are not transferable from person to person and fall under the following categories: Cardiovascular Disease, Pulmonary Disease, Cancers, and Diabetes. Although they are slow moving, their impact on overall fitness worldwide is immense. NCDs take 38 million lives each year, three quarters of these from low

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New Sustainable Development Goals Offer Broad Array of Global Targets
By admin October 2, 2015

The United Nations has unanimously adopted a successor group of objectives to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs feature 17 major global goals that will cover the next 15 years, to 2030, and will be formally adopted in January 2016.   The new, broader goals are the outcome

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Malawi Facing Worst Food Crisis in Decades
By admin October 1, 2015

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned on September 25th that “More than 2.8 million people will face hunger in the coming months in the worst food crisis in a decade in Malawi, where a staggering four out of every 10 children suffer from stunting.” Malawi located in southern Africa with an estimated population

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