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Non-discrimination 28-04-2021

Anti-LGBT discrimination ‘damages Eastern Europe’s economic growth’

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people costs Eastern European countries almost 2% a year in economic growth, a coalition of dozens of global companies promoting LGBT+ inclusion said on Tuesday (27 April).
Climate change 26-02-2021

Climate pledges for 2030 put world far off 1.5C goal, UN warns

Updated plans to reduce emissions, submitted so far by about 75 nations ahead of November's COP26 summit, barely make a dent in the huge cuts needed to meet global climate goals, the UN climate chief said on Friday (26 February), calling for redoubled efforts.
Non-discrimination 09-02-2021

Lesbian mother of stateless baby takes citizenship fight to top EU court

A baby left without a nationality after she was born in Spain to a same-sex couple from Bulgaria and Gibraltar is at the centre of a test case to be heard by the European Union's top court on Tuesday (9 February).
Global Europe 15-01-2021

Biden presidency sets stage for wider global advances on climate policy

Once US President-elect Joe Biden takes office - and as more countries struggle with climate impacts - policies that tackle global warming are expected to begin emerging in a wider range of world bodies in 2021, climate diplomats said.
Energy 17-12-2020

Planet-warming emissions from buildings put climate goals at risk

Planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from buildings and construction are jeopardising global goals to keep devastating climate change at bay, a UN-backed coalition warned on Wednesday (16 December), after data showed they hit an all-time high in 2019.
Health 09-12-2020

Poor countries seen missing out as rich nations hoard COVID-19 vaccines

Nine out of 10 people in dozens of poor nations could miss out on getting vaccinated against COVID-19 next year because rich countries have hoarded far more doses than they need, campaigners said on Wednesday (9 December).
Development Policy 11-11-2020

EU criticised over surveillance aid in nations where privacy at risk

European Union aid has been used to pay for surveillance equipment and training in countries with inadequate safeguards against excessive state snooping, rights groups said on Wednesday (11 November), calling for an end to the "unacceptable" practice.
Non-discrimination 21-10-2020

Irish town cuts ties with ‘LGBT-free’ Polish twin in growing culture war

The Irish town of Fermoy has cut ties with its Polish twin Nowa Deba over a motion opposing "LGBT ideology", in the latest European bid to counter Poland's increasing homophobic stance.
Energy 15-10-2020

EU launches ‘renovation wave’ for greener, more stylish buildings

The European Commission launched a renovation wave and a “new European Bauhaus” on Wednesday (14 October), aiming to rally popular support behind plans to cut emissions from buildings and reduce energy bills.
Non-discrimination 04-08-2020

EU urged to ratchet up pressure on Poland in defence of LGBT+ rights

LGBT+ campaigners have praised an EU decision to withhold funds from six Polish municipalities that declared themselves "LGBT-free zones", urging Brussels to intensify pressure on the nationalist government over its increasingly homophobic stance.
Digital & Media 16-06-2020

The future of media: more digital and more economic pain

The coronavirus outbreak has prompted a significant increase in news consumption but the economic turmoil is forcing news businesses to accelerate their move to digital, The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism said.
Global Europe 27-02-2020

Activists warn over slavery as Mauritania joins UN human rights council

Mauritania is backsliding in efforts to eliminate descent-based slavery, an activist and opposition member has warned, as the West African country joined the UN Human Rights Council for the first time this week.
Climate change 07-11-2019

A climate election? UK voters want parties to tackle crisis

With the climate emergency at the forefront of British voters’ minds as found by a recent poll, the Green Party made a dramatic campaign pledge on Wednesday to spend £100bn a year to tackle climate change.
Freedom of thought 25-04-2019

Jourova: Anti-woman violence fuelled by right-wing politics, social media

Attempts to end violence against women and girls in the European Union are being stymied by a mix of right-wing politics and social media that inflames sexism and stereotypes, a top women's rights official said on Wednesday (24 April).
Global Europe 18-04-2019

Brunei accused of ‘abusive lobbying’ before critical EU vote

EU officials on Wednesday (17 April) accused Brunei of "rude" and "abusive" lobbying against a resolution condemning the Muslim-majority sultanate for imposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.

Big brands pledge to turn tide on global plastic waste

Big brands - from Coca Cola to Kellogg - pledged on Monday (29 October) to cut all plastic waste from their operations in what the United Nations called the most ambitious effort yet to fight plastic pollution.
Development Policy 13-04-2018

‘Silent, invisible’ malnutrition seen as threat to generations in Congo

Starving children are the glaring face of Congo's humanitarian crisis, but millions more people are suffering slow onset malnutrition which could have harmful effects for generations, the United Nations said on Thursday (12 April).
Energy 22-03-2018

Coal power decline ‘not fast enough’ to meet UN climate goals

The number of coal-fired power plants built worldwide fell steeply over the past two years, but emissions are too high to keep global warming within relatively safe levels, campaigners said on Thursday (22 March).
Development Policy 27-02-2018

Search for new urban water sparks conflict in parched Malawi

With increasingly prolonged droughts threatening worsening water shortages, Malawi is moving to shore up water supplies to its cities, including building new long-distance pipelines and dams.
Climate change 21-02-2018

‘Trump Forest’ hits a million trees in bid to fight climate change

Donors are paying to plant a million trees as part of a drive to counter US President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from a global pact to curb climate change.
Global Europe 01-02-2018

Human traffickers capitalise on ‘chaos’ at Europe’s migrant hotspots

Human traffickers are capitalising on widespread chaos at migrant reception centres across southern Europe to transport their victims undetected and lure other migrants into forced labour, a European security watchdog said yesterday (31 January).
Development Policy 31-01-2018

‘We stand no chance of ending hunger’ without peace, UN says

Conflict is worsening global starvation, the United Nations said on Tuesday (30 January), as it called for greater peacebuilding efforts to end hunger for almost 500 million people living in war zones.
Climate change 26-01-2018

Climate change lauded as ‘opportunity’ in Davos

Businesses should seize a $6 trillion opportunity to invest in tackling climate change over the next two decades, the head of an Indian multinational said at Davos on Thursday (25 January).
Development Policy 18-01-2018

With solar water, trees grow into a sturdy business in Western Kenya

Armed with a solar-powered water pump for irrigation and a quarter-acre piece of borrowed land, widow Hakima Mohammed has become a Western Kenya tree tycoon.