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SUNS # 8180 Monday  15 February 2016


United Nations: Rural economic transformation central to LDCs (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Given that most of their population lives in rural areas, the rural economies in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) will need to undergo structural transformation in order to reach the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said.

East Europe & Central Asia: Rise of middle class undermined (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The UN's post-2015 development agenda, which was adopted by world leaders at a summit meeting last September, includes a highly ambitious goal: the eradication of extreme poverty by the year 2030.

Latin America: Eight accords strengthen ties between Colombia and UAE (PRIV)
(IPS, Bogota)
"I am honoured to be in Colombia at a time when important steps towards peace are being taken," the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said after meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Development: Views split on nuclear deal implementation (Part II) (PRIV)
(IPS, Oxford)
The implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal with the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany) on January 16, which resulted in the lifting of the sanctions imposed on Iran, has split the views of current and former US politicians.

Development: Women's empowerment in Bangladesh (PRIV)
(IPS, Rangamati)
In gloomy weather on a hilly suburb in Tarabonia, three women keep themselves busy stitching clothes. The informal shop-cum tailoring outlet is the only one of its kind in the neighbourhood and so the shop has a good record of sales of apparels.

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