The European elections of 22-25 May 2014 give voters the chance to influence the future political course of the European Union when they elect the 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to represent their interests for the next five years.
The global economy is turning the corner of the Great Recession, although overall growth remains too slow and weak, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said. In a speech at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington ahead of the 2014 IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings, Lagarde added that “a modest and fragile recovery is under way that now needs to change gears toward more rapid and sustainable growth.”
Effective Public Policies and Active Citizenship :
Brazil's experience of building a food and nutrition security system
Author : Oxfam international
Since it was launched in 2003, Brazil's Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) strategy has allowed 28 million people to break free from the cycle of hunger. These impressive figures suggest that public policy can have a significant impact in the fight against hunger. This report looks at some of the conditions contributing to the success of the strategy, including political will combined with a plan that is coherent, consistent, multidimensional and participatory.
UN rights chief condemns rampant use of torture by Syrian forces, opposition groups
Author : ONU / UN
The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the rampant use of torture, including allegedly of children, in detention facilities across Syria by Government forces and some armed opposition groups. “In armed conflict, torture constitutes a war crime. When it is used in a systematic or widespread manner, which is almost certainly the case in Syria, it also amounts to a crime against humanity,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
To well-informed ears, the phrase that welcomes the idea of a globalisation of Human Rights resonates spontaneously in a frightening way. One more commodity has come to inhabit our daily life. An extra territory has fallen into the power of an equivalent monetary universal. Another universal, one of those of which philosophy, along with some areas of knowledge with which it is in dialogue, is going to disappear, behind the simple universal of expanding forces and the representative apparel that goes along with them.