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Issue 6/Nov-Dec 2012

The Doha Gateway: Road to nowhere?
It was a nail biting finish on a non-ball game, this 18th conference of parties (COP) to the climate convention, which meets, once a year, to push towards action to cut greenhouse gas emissions - so intertwined with economic growth, that the world has been haggling for the past 20 years on who will cut and how much.
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Year of double opportunity - or double risk?
In 2013, the UN will convene a General-Assembly level meeting on a new, sustainable development agenda, with a view to deepening or substituting for the MDGs which were meant to be accomplished by 2015. And, by coincidence, in 2013, trade and investment issues, and part of the MDG agenda's goal 8, could re-enter the arena of development debates, albeit for a procedural reason: the lead posts at UNCTAD, the WTO and the ITC are all falling vacant next year.
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Climate Conference meets amid stark evidence
It's that time of the year again when the spotlight falls on climate change. The annual United Nations Climate Conference opens this week in Doha, Qatar, with 15,000 people expected to take part. Actions are more sorely needed than ever before. COP18 meets amid stark evidence of the damaging effects of climate change.
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Climate change: A new beginning in Doha?
Later this month, representatives of the world's nations will meet in Doha, Qatar, for the annual negotiations on the UN climate change treaty. This year's meeting may be the last chance to put forward a new vision and plan to reverse the current course, argues LDC's speaker.
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Slovenia: Social protests and electoral apathy
On 2 December, Slovenians elected a new president, the former centre-left Prime Minister, Borut Pahor. The participation was extremely low and reached only 41.5%. Whereas the turnout at the elections hit a record low, participation in social protests has been very strong.
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