Monthly Archives: September 2016

Greening Our Future with “Green Finance”
By admin September 30, 2016

During the recent G20 Summit held in Hangzhou, the importance of scaling up green finance has been recognized, aimed at support environmentally sustainable growth globally. “Green finance,” as defined in the summary of G20 Green Finance Synthesis Report, refers to financing of investments that provide environmental benefits in environmentally sustainable development. It plays a critical

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Greenland’s Ice is Melting Seven Percent Faster than Previously Thought
By admin September 29, 2016

The same hotspot in Earth’s mantle that feeds Iceland’s active volcanoes has been affecting scientists’ calculations of ice loss in the Greenland ice sheet, causing them to underestimate the melting by about 20 gigatons (20 billion metric tons) per year. According to a new study in the journal, Science Advances, the hotspot softened the mantle rock

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There are Politics in my Food
By admin September 28, 2016

Within the last week Egypt and Russia have decided to take their political rows to the food sector. Historic trading partners in food imports and exports, Russia and Egypt have faced a plethora of ups and downs this year. Dating back to the uprisings of the winter of 2010 leading into the spring of 2011,

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The Internationalization of SMEs: Opportunity for EU-ASEAN Partnerships
By admin September 27, 2016

July 15 witnessed the launch of the European Union (EU) Business Avenues in Southeast Asia, a European Commission funded program that aims to bring up to 1000 European Small and Medium size Enterprises (SMEs) on business missions to the region over the next five-years. In the EU, SMEs represent 99 percent of all businesses, providing

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Middle Eastern Development Needs More Public Health Workers
By admin September 26, 2016

Better health is central to human happiness and well-being, the WHO affirms; it is a fundamental variable influencing people’s ability to exit their poverty traps and contributes to economic progress as healthy populations live longer, are more productive, and save more in the long-term. When talking about the Middle East, experts tend to stress the

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US Lifts Sanctions Against Myanmar after Three Decades
By admin September 23, 2016

Last Wednesday, President Obama announced that the U.S. is prepared to lift economic sanctions against Myanmar, in recognition of the country’s progress towards democratic reform, after a White House meeting with Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. This decision by the White House ends approximately three decades of strained political relations with Myanmar,

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Sustainability and Peace: The Linkages between the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Achieving Peace
By admin September 21, 2016

In a 2015 documentary, “Unity” director Shaun Monson composes over one hundred actors, musicians, entertainers, businessmen, athletes and military personnel to explore the transformation of humanity in five segments. The message conveys the idea that human beings today have achieved the highest level of consciousness of any living creature in history, and it is that

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Africa on the Rise
By admin September 20, 2016

In 2010, The McKinsey Global Institute’s report on the African Economy, Lions on the Move: the Progress and Potential of African Economies, highlighted the important role of African governments in keeping increasing ties to the global economy. Rapid economic growth was creating substantial business opportunities that lifted millions out of poverty and created prosperity in

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Great Development Agendas also Need Responsible Investments
By admin September 19, 2016

The 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have among their objectives a lot of noble aspirations ranging from achieving inclusive and quality education, to ensuring full and productive employment, to eradicating hunger and promoting sustainable agriculture. The problem, however, is that these objectives are as noble as they are expensive. The OECD recently estimated that meeting all 17

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Zanzibar’s Threatened Aquaculture
By admin September 15, 2016

A product that has seen a recent uptick in popularity is seaweed. It has long been used as a preservative, flavoring and also in medicines, however it is recently being touted as the ultimate healthy snack, rivaling conventional chips and crackers. Given its growing popularity, we look to the semi-autonomous nation of Zanzibar, just off

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Searching for Developments Outside of Earth
By admin September 14, 2016

Four years into its travels across Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover faces an unexpected challenge: winding its way safely among dozens of dark streaks that could indicate water seeping from the red planet’s hill sides. Although scientists would love to investigate the streaks at close range, strict international rules prohibit Curiosity from touching any part of

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Climate Change and the Green Finance Movement
By admin September 13, 2016

President Obama recently stated his fears in the increasing threats posed by climate change. Scientists and researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – using historical records of rainfall and computer models – have stated that global warming has increased the chances of floods and heavy rains by at least 40 percent. The main

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TBG 2016 Fall Internship Team!
By admin September 12, 2016

Carla Maria Emanuel Issa – The American University of Beirut Carla Maria Emanuel Issa was born in Chicago to parents of Middle Eastern and Italian descent. Currently, she is working on her second Master’s degree in Political Studies in Beirut, Lebanon. She holds a Master’s in International Affairs from The American University of Paris where

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Africa’s Contemporary Development needs Data, not Money
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While the billions of dollars in aid delivered to the African continent effectively help governments solve their social and economic challenges, it cannot be a definitive solution to widespread African poverty.  As a recent Project Syndicate article shows, job creation is the key element that will empower the large pool of African youth population, which

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G20 and Sustainable Development – A Glance at the G20 Leaders’ Communique Hangzhou Summit
By admin September 9, 2016

Almost one year after the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all 193 Member States last September, leaders of the G20 gathered in Hangzhou, China to join the group’s eleventh meeting. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also attended the summit and urged further efforts by G20 countries to fulfill their commitments

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International Literacy Day – Working to Achieve Global Literacy for 50 Years
By admin September 8, 2016

  Today, September 8th, marks the 50th International Literacy Day. UNESCO originally proclaimed this day as International Literacy Day in order to actively mobilize the international community and promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities, and societies. Literacy has been a focus of the international communities since the end of World War II,

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The Emerging Face of Extreme Global Poverty
By admin September 6, 2016

In a startling report issued by the United Kingdom-based think tank, Overseas Development Institute, over the next 14-years, Africa will make up almost 90 percent of extreme poverty among children worldwide – nearly a 40 percent increase from figures today. In other terms, one in five children in sub-Saharan Africa will be subjected to poverty

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Climate Change and its Impact on the Coffee Industry
By admin September 2, 2016

Coffee shortages has become a recently popular subject in the field of trade and investment, especially under increasing climate change, which has begun to affect the quality and quantity of the world’s most favorite beverage. An article from Business Insider this week noted that the global coffee supply is currently at risk, with shortages already

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Why Inspiring Innovation and Collaboration is Key to Improving Nutrition
By admin September 1, 2016

The primary role of agriculture is to grow food for human consumption, and the agriculture sector has been largely successful in producing sufficient food to meet the energy (or calorie) needs of the rising global population. However, the persistence of undernutrition, and food and nutrition insecurity in many parts of the world, especially sub-Saharan Africa

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