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April 24 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Apr 24 2014, 07:08:14

Population director tells politicians they have a duty to raise status of women and to reinvigorate commitments on equality

Women and girls are not commodities and must be treated as human beings with equal rights to men, politicians from across the world who are gathered at a conference in Stockholm heard on Wednesday.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Apr 24 2014, 05:44:00

John Vidal travels to Manila, one of the top three most polluted cities in the world to see (and smell) the scale of the problem. Plus, Sam Jones reports on Mexico City's programme to improve air quality

Can Mexico City's roof gardens help shrug off smog? Continue reading...

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Apr 24 2014, 02:00:00

Green roofs sprouting across Mexican capital not only purify the air but aid recovery of hospital patients, says environment chief

In a sheltered corner of one of the greatest megacities on Earth, there is a place where lizards careen around tree trunks, butterflies drink nectar from vermillion flowers and hummingbirds whisk the heavy air with their wings.

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April 23 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Wed Apr 23 2014, 10:29:39

Hundreds of migrant workers who have had documents seized by employers are being held for months in deportation centre

The "widespread" practice of confiscating low-income workers' passports in Qatar has left hundreds languishing for up to a year in the Gulf state's deportation centre, the Guardian has learned.

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From Global development | The Guardian Wed Apr 23 2014, 09:01:59

Fighting in South Sudan between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebel troops has left thousands dead and forced almost a million people to flee their homes. The unfolding humanitarian catastrophe has put 5 million people at risk of food shortages, the UN has warned. Photojournalists Will Rose and Kajsa Sjölander visited refugee camps in Adjumani, northern Uganda, with Plan International and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. They met ordinary people battling to keep their families together and create a sense of normality in exceptionally challenging circumstances

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From Global development | The Guardian Wed Apr 23 2014, 06:31:53

Humanitarian workers make desperate call for international assistance as numbers of wounded and displaced people soar

The massacre in Bentiu, South Sudan, has shaken even hardened humanitarian workers. The UN's development and humanitarian coordinator, Toby Lanzer, called it perhaps the most shocking circumstances he had faced. Civilians were killed in the town's main hospital, in a Catholic church and in the Kali-Ballee mosque. A week after the fighting, bodies still litter the streets.

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From Global development | The Guardian Wed Apr 23 2014, 02:01:01

One year after the Bangladesh factory collapse, big companies must make changes that are more than mere window dressing

While some measurable progress has been made since the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh a year ago, little within the sector has changed: big western companies continue to call the shots; others fall into line.

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April 22 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Tue Apr 22 2014, 19:01:02

Victims of forced labour and human trafficking describe 100-hour weeks, as well as physical and sexual abuse from employers

The Qatari government is failing to protect thousands of foreign domestic workers from exploitation and abuse, according to Amnesty International.

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Apr 22 2014, 08:43:13

Despite concerns about who would turn up, nearly all countries were represented and discussions were interesting and relevant

The first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) drew to a conclusion last week in Mexico. Many coming into the meeting were somewhat confused about how it would play out. The chairman of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) development assistance committee, Erik Solheim, a leading progressive voice in official development circles for some years, admitted in his closing speech that he, too, had been nervous about the meeting.

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Apr 22 2014, 07:24:41

Residents say government has not delivered on resettlement promise of land, clean water and livestock

The orderly village of Agulodiek in Ethiopia's western Gambella region stands in stark contrast to Elay, a settlement 5km west of Gambella town, where collapsed straw huts strewn with cracked clay pots lie among a tangle of bushes.

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