Tuesday, July 22, 2014
  1. West Africa’s Misguided War on Drugs

    Kofi A. Annan

    West Africa’s Misguided War on Drugs

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     urges a new approach to combating the trade in illicit narcotics.

    West Africa’s Misguided War on Drugs Rodrigo/Flickr

    West Africa finds itself increasingly enmeshed in the global drug trade. Governments in countries that are the principal producers and consumers of illegal drugs should fund prevention, treatment, and harm reduction initiatives, rather than only investing in interdiction and law enforcement. READ MORE

  2. The Unity of Water

    Mikhail Gorbachev

    The Unity of Water

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     urges the international community to get serious about governing cross-border riparian flows.

    mikhail-gorbachev fresh water scarcity Christian Ostrosky/flickr

    By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in regions stricken with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population will face water-stress conditions, meaning a scarcity of renewable freshwater. Will the international community muster the political will to act? READ MORE

  3. Growing Green Cities

    Michael Heise

    Growing Green Cities

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     proposes a mechanism for boosting private investment in urban infrastructure.

    Michael Heise green cities and infrastructure Sacha Fernandez/flickr

    Urban areas already account for up to 70% of global CO2 emissions, and that share is likely to increase in the coming decades, as more people – billions more – move to cities, and as urbanization drives global economic growth. From the standpoint of both climate change and growth, this represents a challenge and an opportunity. READ MORE

  4. Africa’s Farms of the Future

    Strive Masiyiwa
  5. Stop Taxing the Sick

    Rod Hunter

    Stop Taxing the Sick

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     calls for emerging and developing countries to eliminate tariffs on pharmaceutical imports.

    Medicine tablets Tayna/Flickr

    The debate over access to affordable medicines in poor countries frequently overlooks a critical issue: Governments in these countries routinely slap tariffs and other taxes on pharmaceutical imports. While these measures tend to be modest revenue generators, they drive up medicine prices, harming many who need them most. READ MORE

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