Daily Archives: May 24, 2016

Sanders Names Cornel West, Bill McKibben to DNC Platform Committee


May 24, 2016 Headlines

The Democratic National Committee has allowed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to appoint five members to the committee that authors the party’s platform. Democrats said Clinton was allowed to pick six while Sanders picked five, based on the number of popular votes they have each won to date. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will choose four members. Sanders chose the scholar and racial justice activist Cornel West; leading environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben; Native American activist Deborah Parker; Minnesota Congressmember Keith Ellison, who chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus; and Palestinian rights activist and scholar James Zogby, who founded the Arab American Institute.

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Evaluation of FAO and Climate Change


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Published on Apr 4, 2016

Evaluation at FAO webpage http://www.fao.org/evaluation/en/

The team leader of the Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM), Mr. Ashwin Bhouraskar, explains how FAO has contributed worldwide to address climate change. Watch the video to learn more about the evaluation main findings and recommendations.
The FAO Deputy Director General and the Director of FAO Climate and Environment Division provide their comments and reveal that FAO is committed to create a climate change corporate strategy by the end of 2016.

The full evaluation report is available for free download at: http://www.fao.org/evaluation/en/

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Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Published on Nov 9, 2015

http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/en/

The Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture will make the search for deeper information on diverse data sets easier for the global community by creating a new global public good in the form of a digitized data pool on food plants. Since 2007 the seed treaty (ITPGRFA) has facilitated the pooling and exchange of crucial genetic material of the world’s most important food crops, supporting their collective management and encouraging their use – and maintaining the pooled material as a public good under the management of the global community. The new System will make will also make available key information that will add value to the genetic resources for farmers, breeders, the seed sector and the scientific community.

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Obama Praises TPP Trade Deal During Visit to Vietnam

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May 24, 2016  Headlines

President Obama sought to drum up support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal as he continues his visit to Vietnam. The pact among 12 Pacific Rim countries, including Vietnam, appears unlikely to pass the U.S. Congress before the November election. All three presidential candidates have opposed it amid a wave of public protest by those who say it benefits corporations at the expense of health and environmental regulations. But Obama said he believed the TPP would one day pass.

President Barack Obama: “Moreover, I support TPP because of its important strategic benefits. Vietnam will be less dependent on any one trading partner and enjoy broader ties with more partners, including the United States.”

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Climate innovation centre opens in Ghana


CCTV Africa

Published on May 24, 2016

A new Climate Innovation Centre has opened in Ghana to support green companies. The Centre is funded by donors like the World Bank. It aims to provide seed money for businesses that are good for the environment, create jobs and improve lives. CCTV’s Katerina Vittozzi has the story.

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Kenya maintains that it will close world’s biggest refugee camp this year


CCTV Africa

Published on May 24, 2016

Kenya will close the world’s largest refugee camp this year. Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto says the facility poses an “existential threat”,after a series of attacks. The United Nations and Western states have warned against forcibly repatriating the 350,000 or so Somalis who still live in the sprawling Dadaab camp in northeast Kenya, saying it would violate international obligations. But Ruto, speaking at a U.N. humanitarian summit in Istanbul, said the international community had failed Somalia, still struggling to recover from the anarchy of the 1990s.

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Britain’s EU Debate Heats Up Over Turkey Immigration Fears


VOA News

Published on May 23, 2016

Activists who want Britain to leave the EU claim the country would one day face a wave of immigration from Turkey if it votes to remain in the bloc. Britain’s PM insists his nation has a veto on Turkish membership in the EU. The debate comes as the EU and Ankara try to finalize a deal aimed at stopping the flow of migrants from Turkey to Greece. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell reports.
Originally published at – http://www.voanews.com/media/video/br…

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