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The Value of a Life: Peace and Human Security in a Post-2015 World

Is a life in one country worth less than a life in another?  Paul Okumu poses this question as he explores why there are more than 190 conflicts endangering lives and affecting communities across the globe . . . and why there is not greater outrage.

If 1.5 billion people don't matter, who does?

In the short travels that I have made to 'developed' countries across Europe, North America and some parts of Asia and Latin America, I have noticed one common denominator:

People value life.
Each life.
Individual life.

Peace and Human Security in South Asia: Challenges and Solutions

When it comes to security, South Asian governments take a traditional view – focusing on securing national boundaries and amassing military power. The region currently spends more than US$22 billion a year on the military. But Irfan Mufti writes that while elites in the corridors of power celebrate missile tests and military hardware purchases, little serious thought seems to be given to human development.

Ending Poverty through Peace and Human Security: A View from the Arab Region

Over the past decade, many countries in the Arab Region have experienced good economic growth rates and some have even posted positive indicators for health, education and decreasing poverty. But key issues - inequality, jobs for our youth, peace and human security - are not being addressed. If we are to truly end poverty, it is imperative that the Post 2015 agenda include clear commitments on these issues, writes Ziad Abdel Samad.

The G20's 'Financing for Investment' must not leave Sustainable Development behind

“Financing for Investment” -- a new catchphrase for generating long-term finance primarily for huge, cross-border Public Private Partnerships in infrastructure -- is quickly becoming a centrepiece of the G20's agenda and will feature prominently in this year's G20 meetings.

In much of the world, writes Nancy Alexander, infrastructure investment is desperately needed.  But new infrastructure projects should strengthen, not undermine, sustainable development.

GCAP Germany: "The Right to Food should not be a game of chance"

As the European Union debates a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) whose impact will be felt across the globe, GCAP Germany has presented its government with a petition calling on the EU to enshrine the Right to Food in its policies.

More than 14,000 people signed the petition, which was presented to German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner.

"Europe's agricultural subsidies and export policies undercut local products – particularly of milk and meat -- in other countries, depriving farmers and traders in Africa and elsewhere of their livelihoods," says Anke Scheid of GCAP's German national coalition, Deine Stimme Gegen Armut which means "Your Voice Against Poverty".

GCAP Germany presents Right to Food petition

A View from Bolivia: The UN Calls for Universal Health Care

In a resolution adopted by consensus, the UN General Assembly urged member countries last December to implement affordable health care systems that cover all citizens. The resolution calls on member states to develop national health systems that “pool risks among the population” to avoid “the impoverishment of individuals as a result of seeking the care (that they need),” particularly in the case of catastrophic illnesses. 

While this is a step in the right direction, citizens must take action to ensure that their rights are protected, writes Oscar Lanza.  Universal health care on its own does not ensure fairness.  


Una Visión desde Bolivia: Equidad y Resolución sobre Atención en Salud Universal

Por Oscar Lanza V. (MD,MPH) | English

La ONU (Organización de Naciones Unidas)  aprueba 'trascendental' resolución sobre Atención en Salud Universal.

Pakistan - Time to take education seriously

Alarm bells should be ringing:  Pakistan’s educational system is characterized by low literacy and enrollment levels, high dropout rates, poor infrastructure, insufficient training for education professionals, unequal opportunities and low public spending, writes Irfan Mufti.  Primary education has never been a priority for our government.


Amidst claims and galore of achievements, the condition of education in Pakistan is dismal.