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G20 Agriculture Ministers focus on Sustainability
By admin February 8, 2017

The ninth meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture of the Group of 20 (G20) took place in Berlin on January 22, 2017. It was the first of a series of ministerial meetings and working groups in preparation for the upcoming G20 summit that will take place in Hamburg, Germany from July 7 to 8, 2017.

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Humanitarian Crisis on the Eastern Front
By admin February 7, 2017

In the most recent out-break between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists, the town of Avdiyivka was left with little access to electricity and water with temperatures dropping to 18 Celsius (0 Fahrenheit). Both Ukrainian military and the Russian-backed separatists brought in heavy artillery close to the front line which violates a peace deal which was put

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Youth for Sustainable Development
By admin February 2, 2017

The 6th annual United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum was held in New York between 30 and 31 January 2017. The Forum brings together youth leaders from around the world and gives them the opportunity to engage with policy-makers and other youth delegates and representatives. The two-day event featured interactive dialogues and

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Ethiopia’s “Open Door Policy” Commended by the International Community
By admin February 1, 2017

The African Union is a continental union of 55 countries established in South Africa in 2001. Its headquarters are in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the Assembly of the African Union composed of heads of state and governments meet semi-annually. The 28th session took place this month and the summit was held under the theme “Harnessing the

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A Generation left Stateless
By admin January 31, 2017

The worry of being left stateless is among the children of this generation. According to the United Nations, at least 10 million people globally do not have citizenship to any country. The UNHCR recently reported in November a call for a campaign to end childhood statelessness by 2024. In order to create this global call

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Top Highlights from World Economic Forum 2017
By admin January 27, 2017

Three most expected points of this year’s agenda During the opening event of the forum, China’s president Xi Jinping made a plea for globalization in the opening speech. He was the first leader of the People’s Republic of China to come to the conference since Jiang Zemin, in 1979. Social inclusion is one of the

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Promising Sustainable Investment in Asia
By admin January 26, 2017

Sustainable investment is an investment approach that considers environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in portfolio selection and management. Today many companies are expected to manage diverse social and environmental challenges such as climate change, human rights and education through their investments. Sustainable investment is a sector that has witnessed rapid growth in recent years.

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Reducing Inequalities Ends Extreme Poverty by 2030
By admin January 25, 2017

Currently 10.7 percent of the world’s population, or about 767 million people live with less than $1.90 US dollar per day. In light of this reality, the World Bank set an ambitious goal to end extreme poverty by 2030. This means reducing the percentage of people living with less than 1.90 US dollars per day

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Climate Change Refugees
By admin January 24, 2017

In the country of Bangladesh, climate change is taking a toll on the population. Climate scientists have gathered that heat-trapping gases due to extreme burning of fossil fuels will begin to crank up the temperature, melting the earth’s ice and thus raising the sea levels. This leaves large areas without crops or agricultural supply as

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Highlights from Davos 2017
By admin January 19, 2017

Every year in the end of January, the tranquil mountainous resort Davos in the eastern Alps region welcomes thousands of policy and business leaders to discuss challenges of today on the World Economic Forum (WEF). More than 2,500 participants from nearly 100 countries are meeting in the small town and participating in over 300 sessions.

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Women’s Economic Empowerment through Equal Access to Technology
By admin January 18, 2017

The World Economic Forum (WEF) was established as a nonprofit foundation in 1971. It brings political and business leaders together in an attempt to “improve the state of the world” and shape global, regional and industry agendas through public and private cooperation. At the beginning of each year, the WEF organizes a conference in Davos-Klosters,

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Religious Persecution in Burma
By admin January 17, 2017

Violence against the Rohingya Muslims has spun out of control, with the Burmese military and security behind these campaigns of violence. The Rohingya Muslims have been living amongst predominantly Buddhist people for generations, however no one seems to recognize them as citizens. These hate crimes are being acted out by the Buddhist majority in the

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TBG 2017 Winter Internship Team
By admin January 13, 2017

Nina de Selding – University of London Nina was was born in France. She obtained her Bachelor’s from the American University of Paris, majoring in International and Comparative Politics. Currently, she lives in New York where she serves as a fundraiser for an environmental nonprofit. She obtained a Master’s of Research in Public Policy from

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Digital Health in Africa
By admin January 12, 2017

In recent years, the rapid growth of digital technology and the expansion of access to mobile phones have created new opportunities to improve public health in Africa. Today, countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa are leading the way in using digital solutions for health service delivery. Digital health, as it is known,

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Urbanization in Africa: How Today’s Challenges Become Tomorrow’s Opportunities
By admin January 11, 2017

In March 2016, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the UN’s Development Programme (UNDP) produced a report entitled The African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2016. Following the previous report, this year’s focus was on Sustainable Cities and Structural Transformation through the analysis of the present state of affairs in

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Is History Funding the War?
By admin January 10, 2017

Artifacts and antiquities are slowly disappearing as the ongoing war continues in the Middle East. The destruction and obliteration of areas leave the world stunned as to wondering what will happen to critical archaeological and historical sites. Some of the world’s most ancient artifacts lie in the Middle Eastern area. Technological advancements such as social

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TBG HOLIDAY NOTE
By admin December 29, 2016

The Bassiouni Group (TBG) would like to take this opportunity to wish “Happy Holidays” and a prosperous 2017 to all our friends, colleagues and partners worldwide. This has been an exceptionally busy and exciting year for TBG and we owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have worked with and partnered with us

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Q&A: Our Interns Look Back on their Experience at TBG
By admin December 27, 2016

Read about what our research interns have to say about their experience working with TBG. If you are interested in applying for the Summer 2017 cycle, please send your application to info(at)bassiounigroup.com. Meet the Interns: Matteo Vidiri is a Research Associate at TBG based in Rome. Prior to his Master’s degree in International Political Economy

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Living and Dying in the Anthropocene
By admin December 21, 2016

Climate change news is something we come across nearly every day. Many of us are painstakingly aware that the ocean level is expanding and the planet is becoming drier. Many issues arise from climate change including food security and overcrowding in addition to the changes in the weather. So have people permanently changed the planet?

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Is Infrastructure Development Slicing and Dicing our Ecosystem?
By admin December 19, 2016

“Road-building” might sound innocuous, like “house maintenance” – or even positive, conjuring images of promoting the foundation of economic growth. Many of us have been trained to think so.  But an unprecedented spate of road building is happening now, with around 25 million kilometers of new paved roads expected by 2050. And that’s causing many

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