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Issue 2/Mar-Apr 2012

Emerging economies: BRICS is here to stay
Not content with the Western-dominated global financial system, five emerging economic powers are paving the way to a new and more egalitarian world order. At their fourth summit on 29 March in India, the BRICS emerging powers, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa took concrete steps towards shaping a multi-polar world.
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Rights at risk in Rio+20 preparation process
In an Open Letter an international coalition of over 400 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from 67 countries is challenging the preparation process for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as Rio+20 scheduled to take place 22 to 24 June in Rio.
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Kim or Ocampo: Who can reinvent the World Bank?
The period for submitting nominations for the position of the next President of the World Bank closed on Friday, 23 March. The race is on. Three candidates take part: Jim Yong Kim from the US, José Antonio Ocampo from Columbia, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria. Among civil society the candidates provoked already diverging views. WDEV documents comments by Peter Bosshard and Kevin Gallagher.
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The political economy of a fledgling democracy
History often repeats itself - sometimes as a tragedy, sometimes as a farce. Some editorials over the past few weeks have referred to the Maldives' 2008 elections as a precursor of the Arab spring, now reversed; others are puzzled by the rapidity with which the international community acknowledged the new President, and abandoned ex-president Nasheed.
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BRICS summit pushes to redress power imbalances
Heads of state from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa signed an accord to promote intra-BRICS trade in local currencies and proposed the creation of a new development bank to mobilise resources in the five-country group. Furthermore, the Delhi Declaration demands a major overhaul of the Bretton Woods institutions.
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