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UN fight against poverty: donations from rich countries down by 50 percent
At least 16 key donor countries have reduced their contributions because of the global economic crisis. G8 countries have not kept their promises to Africa. Medicine and the internet still too expensive for poor countries.
International Monetary Fund: the crisis is hitting the world’s poorest nations
One study shows how 20 countries are very vulnerable. Many of them are found in Sub-Saharan Africa, but they also include: Vietnam, Laos, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia.
Karzai reassures the donor countries and calls for more power over aid
Attended by representatives of 70 nations. After nine years of war there are few results. Karzai calls for more control over 50% of donations and pledges to increase local troops security to about 250 thousand. The population remains without aid because of corruption. Ban Ki-moon: The people must participate in the reconstruction. Clinton: The United States will not abandon the country.
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Copenhagen climate conference risks failure
Divisions between developed and developing countries emerge over carbon emission cuts and financial aid. This is the warmest decade on record since 1850 according to some scientists, whilst others say data backing global warming argument were manipulated.
Aid slow to arrive in Pakistan
The UN fears a "second wave of deaths" due to diseases: typhoid, hepatitis, cholera and malaria. Lack of food and water. Only one million displaced persons – out of 8 - has so far received aid. The international community not overly generous. It will take years to rebuild the country. Agriculture - 20% of GDP – has been obliterated. Food prices soar and there are signs of rebellion, all in favour of the opposition Islamic parties.
The Holy See promotes a "green economy" to save creation
The spokesman of the Holy See and the United Nations in New York, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, expresses the sensitivity of the Vatican on environmental questions and the need to promote lifestyles that respect the environment.
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