An Upbeat UN Report Stresses Need of Funds to Spur Africa’s Development

By J Nastranis | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis

NEW YORK (IDN) – A new report released after the adoption of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is quite upbeat about Africa’s development prospects, but expresses serious reservations on several counts. “Having made encouraging progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), African countries have the opportunity” to use the SDGs “to tackle remaining challenges and achieve a development breakthrough,” says the report.

Europe Targets World’s Major Uranium Producer Niger

By Robert Johnson | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis

BRUSSELS (IDN) – The 28-nation European Union (EU) has decided to strengthen relations through “high level dialogues” with the world’s fourth largest uranium producer Niger during the EU foreign and security affairs chief Federica Mogherini’s first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa. Uranium is of critical importance for both civilian and military purposes.

Pope Francis Appeals to World Leaders’ Conscience at UN Summit

By J R Nastranis | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis

NEW YORK (IDN) – Pope Francis – born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires in 1936 – has been noted in his home country “for his humility, his emphasis on God’s mercy, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to interfaith dialogue”. But in his wide-ranging address at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, the Argentine pontiff has proved himself the sole world leader, unfettered by parochial interests of any sort whatsoever.

Ten Facts About SDGs and Illicit Financial Flows

WASHINGON (IDN) – The Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a non-profit, research and advisory organization, has highlighted ten stark facts about Sustainable Development Goals and illicit financial flows out of developing countries.

It pointed out in a media release that the scourge that illicit financial flows (IFFs) inflict upon poverty alleviation efforts has become well known and is addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals agenda (target 16.4).

In reaction to the new global commitments, Global Financial Integrity (GFI) President Raymond Baker said “we applaud this important step to curtail the torrent of money streaming out of developing economies.”

FAO Stresses Importance of Investment in Rural Livelihoods

By Jaya Ramachandran | IDN-InDepthNews Report

ROME (IDN) – A senior UN official has stressed close links between conflict, imperilled rural livelihoods and migration, pointing out that “rural development and food security are central to the global response to the refugee crisis”.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said in a web posted statement on September 24: “The millions of people who are being forced to flee from war, poverty and other hardships are a tragic reminder of the urgent need for peaceful solutions based on social justice and improved economic opportunities for all. Key to achieving this is the protection of and investment in rural livelihoods.”

Pope Francis in His Own Words

By Eric LeCompte | IDN-InDepthNews Viewpoint

NEW YORK (IDN) – This morning at the White House, I saw Pope Francis urge world leaders to protect the most vulnerable and build an economy that leaves no one behind.

As I watched Pope Francis, I was jubilant. After all, the organization I direct, Jubilee USA, was founded by religious leaders and Pope John Paul II to do just that – win global economic reforms to benefit those living in poverty.

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