Building blocks in China on the way to Cancun

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The latest round of United Nations climate talks in China this week are crucial to ensure a practical outcome in the much-anticipated December talks in Cancun, reports Phil Ireland from Tianjin.

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Righting two wrongs…

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So far the media interest in the Tianjin talks has been, well – lackluster – but like many of these conferences before – you never really know until the minute you are there. This one will hold a bit of a special place in the history of Climate Change talks as it will be the first climate negotiations being held in a Chinese city.

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A day of optimism and anger

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Things are stirring at the Tianjin climate negotiations. Participants are getting impatient. The Australian delegation is getting impatient. The lead negotiator from the US, publically declared his impatience in a speech that bordered on anger. I think many in the room sympathised with him.

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A season for change? China and the new frontier in Australian climate politics

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Climate Tracker Phil looks at Australia’s position in the lead-up to the next climate negotiation session in Tianjin, China.

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3things on Katy Perry and the MDGs

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This month the peeps at Oxfam’s 3things were left feeling like Katy Perry after the MDG summit in New York.

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UN MDG summit: A mirage of a summit

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Oxfam International delivers their final verdict on the UN MDG Summit, calling it a ‘mirage of a summit’.

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MDGs: Will world leaders stand up, or hit the snooze button?

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Irungu Houghton, Oxfam Great Britain Pan-Africa Director reports from the UN MDG Summit in New York.

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International Day of Peace

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Today, September 21st, is the International Day of Peace. First put in place by the United Nations in 1981, this day is dedicated to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and people.”

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UN Summit on MDGs

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Currently underway in New York City, the UN is holding a summit to review progress on the Millennium Development Goals, and to plot a path to achieve these goals by 2015. Here’s what’s been happening so far.

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UN MDG Summit: a plan for action?

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On the eve of the UN Summit on the progress of the Millennium Development Goals, it is time for Australia to push for real action to rescue the MDGs

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Make Poverty History newspaper delivery

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In August, hundreds of Make Poverty History volunteers distributed 50,000 copies of our free newspaper ‘EMC’ on the streets of Melbourne, raising awareness and educating about the need to eradicate global poverty. Check out the video of this huge stunt.

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Make Poverty History release free newspaper

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Hundreds of Make Poverty History volunteers came together today to distribute a free newspaper to commuters to coincide with the United Nations Department of Public Information conference on global health.

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World Humanitarian Day

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Today (August 19th) is World Humanitarian Day, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has produced a video celebrating aid workers across the globe.

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Kofi Annan launches Alternative Guide to the World Cup

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Ahead of the kick-off of the 2010 World Cup on Friday, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has launched the Alternative Guide to the World Cup.

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