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Sustainable Human Development Requires Far More Inclusion

Human development is progressing and has recently made major strides in many areas, but many are still left behind, with systemic and often unmeasured barriers to catching up. A new UN report urges a stronger focus on those excluded and on actions to dismantle these barriers to ensure sustainable human development for all.

Enterprise Holdings Brings Top Car Rental Brands to Caucasus Region

The world's largest car rental company, Enterprise Holdings, has entered into an agreement with new franchise partner TravelCar. As first steps with the new group, Enterprise will be bringing its three signature car rental brands, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car, to the countries of Armenia and Georgia.

Dire Warnings But Also Hope as IUCN Environmental Congress Opens

A congress billed as the world’s largest ever to focus on the environment has opened to warnings that our planet is at a “tipping point” but also with expressions of hope that governments, civil society and big business are learning to work together.

Worldwide Cost of Lead Exposure in Developing Countries Almost $1B Annually

The problem of children around the world being exposed to lead -- and the many medical consequences of that -- is still significant even in the 21st century. A study just published by New York University shows the annual economic cost of lead exposure at $977 billion worldwide, with ~$700 billion of that happening just within Asia.

RMB Reaches Nearly 40% Adoption Across Financial Institutions Worldwide

SWIFT data shows a double digit growth of RMB adoption by financial institutions established in all regions. In February 2016, 1,131 banks were using the RMB for payments with mainland China and Hong Kong, representing 37% of all institutions exchanging payments with mainland China and Hong Kong across all currencies.

Pollinators Vital To Our Food Supply Under Threat

A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of food supplies, according to the first global assessment of pollinators.

Global Martime Energy Efficiency Project Holds First National Workshop

The first national workshop under the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project, which aims to support increased uptake and implementation of energy-efficiency measures for shipping throughout the world, held its first workshop December 15-17 in the country of Georgia.

APEC Ministers Say Science Diplomacy Never More Important

Malaysia Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak described the urgent need for greater scientific cooperation in the Asia-Pacific to mitigate emerging cross-border threats and move towards greater sustainable, inclusive development in remarks opening a two-day meeting of Chief Science Advisors from APEC member economies in Kuala Lumpur.

ICC May Investigate Georgia War Crimes

In the absence of any meaningful investigation by the Georgian government, the International Criminal Court may start its own in relation to the conflict in South Ossetia and resulting war crimes in 2008.

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