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Issue 4/Jul-Aug 2012

WESS 2012: In search of new development finance
The United Nations is proposing an international tax, combined with other innovative financing mechanisms, to raise more than $400bn annually for development and global challenges such as fighting climate change. This is the theme of its annual report on development.
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Belo Monte dam suspended by Brazilian court
A high-level court in mid-August suspended the construction of the controversial Belo Monte dam project on the Amazon's Xingu River, citing overwhelming evidence that indigenous people had not been properly consulted prior to government approval of the project.
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Rio+20 Summit: Disappointment for many
Because the world is facing serious crises in the global environment and economy, much was expected of the recent Rio+20 Summit. Thus there was deep public disappointment that the hundred heads of government and state who came to Rio de Janeiro were unable to take decisive actions. But it could still succeed through follow-up.
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Grasping or missing the chance for fairer growth?
The spectres of Europe's sprawling debt crisis and a Greek Euro exit loom large over the upcoming G20 summit next week in Los Cabos, Mexico, where leaders must thrash out a plan to rescue the global economy. They've shown that they can find money, and political will, very quickly when their backs are against the wall.
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Avoiding the mistakes of early industrializers
Africa, a latecomer to establishing complex, modernized economies, should strive to do this in a way that uses the continent's abundant natural resources in an efficient, "green" manner that both raises living standards and protects the environment, the new Economic Development in Africa Report of UNCTAD urges.
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