Topic: Sustainable Development

NEWS: New Report: TTIP, ISDS, Implications For Public Health

A new report of the Irish Cancer Society concludes that the economic benefits from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are too small or speculative to justify the associated social and public health risks. The report also recommends negotiating TTIP without any form of ISDS…

BLOG: Why Alcohol Taxes Will Not Finance Development Post-2015

Reflections from Addis Ababa and the financing for development conference: why was alcohol taxation not taken up, despite the scientific evidence and the fact that alcohol is a major obstacle to development…

NEWS: FfD3: Countries Reach Historic Agreement

Countries have agreed on a series of bold measures to overhaul global finance practices and generate investments for tackling a range of economic, social and environmental challenges at the United Nations Third International Conference on Financing for Development, being held in Addis Ababa. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda, provides a foundation for implementing the global sustainable development agenda that world leaders are expected to adopt this September…

BLOG: Understanding Mumbai Hooch Tragedy

As aggressive as ever in its pursuit of giant profits in India, the alcohol industry makes a point in every such situation for its benefit – it routinely claims that it is hooch tragedies occur due to heavy taxation imposed on “their alcohol products”. The argument is: the poor cannot afford legal alcohol and so are turning to cheap, illicit liquor…

NEWS: Cambodia: Alcohol Bill To Protect Youth

The Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Cambodia is in the process of drafting a law to prevent and reduce alcohol harm by reducing alcohol consumption.
The new law would not only ban sales of alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. It is also designed to put in place higher taxes on alcohol sales. Civil society campaigners for public health, development and democracy say the government should also require alcohol vendors to obtain liquor licenses. Alcohol harm is an obstacle to development in Cambodia…

NEWS: Millennium Development Goals Final Report Launched

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have produced the most successful anti-poverty movement in history and will serve as the jumping-off point for the new sustainable development agenda to be adopted this year, according to the final MDG report launched today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon…

NEWS: South Africa: Looming Addiction Epidemic

The numbers of South African women seeking help for addiction to prescription pain medication has been skyrocketing.
In the face of the looming addiction epidemic, experts – among the chair of INCB, the International Narcotics Control Board – are calling for tighter monitoring with regard to prescribing certain drugs. The issues spells tremendous challenges for South Africa: As more and more women in their 30s and 40s are seeking treatment, qualified workers, mothers and catalysts for South Africas sustainable development are lacking…