Purdue researcher awarded $1.3 million for malaria drug trials in Southeast Asia and Africa

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Sept. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Purdue researcher is taking a giant leap forward in the fight against drug–resistant strains of malaria in developing countries.

Open Philanthropy has awarded $1.38 million to Philip Low to further validate a drug therapy that he and his colleagues have previously shown to successfully treat the disease. Low (rhymes with "now") is Purdue University's Presidential Scholar for Drug Discovery and the Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the College of Science.

For years, experts have been concerned about the rise of drug–resistant malaria variants in Southeast Asia and the prospect that one or more of these strains might travel to Africa. A similar event occurred in the 1980s with the emergence of drug resistance to the then–standard treatment of chloroquine, which resulted in millions of deaths.

But Low is working to save lives on both continents by conducting clinical trials to validate previous results and to test whether the number of days of an anti–malaria treatment can be reduced.

While studying how malaria propagates in human blood, Low and his research team discovered that the cancer drug therapy imatinib is effective in the treatment of drug–resistant malaria. Trials in Southeast Asia showed that imatinib, when combined with the customary malaria therapy, clears all malaria parasites from 90% of patients within 48 hours and 100% of patients within three days. The patients receiving imatinib were also relieved of their fevers in less than half of the time experienced by similar patients treated with the standard therapy.

Open Philanthropy has awarded Low $600,000 for a larger clinical trial in Southeast Asia to validate his previous trials. The organization has also awarded Low $780,000 to determine whether the usual three–day therapy can be reduced to two days or even one. This work will be focused in the African countries of Kenya and Tanzania where malaria is prominent.

"We found that people in Africa must often walk many miles to obtain treatment for malaria. They will receive three pills, walk all the way home, take one or two pills, start to feel better, and then save the third pill for their next malaria infection," Low said. "When they don't finish the course of treatment, only the most drug–resistant strains of the parasite survive and spread. And that's how people build up drug resistance. So we'd like to eventually be able to cure all patients with just one pill. It would prevent these drug–resistant strains from ever proliferating."

Open Philanthropy is a grantmaking organization whose mission is to use its resources to help others as much as it can, according to the funder.

"This is yet another case of an organization recognizing Philip Low's brilliance, scientific vision and mission to help people in all corners of the world," said Brooke Beier, senior vice president of Purdue Innovates. "The Purdue Research Foundation has been a proud partner in supporting his work, protecting and promoting his intellectual property that is changing lives and making our world a better place to live."

Since 1988, Low has been listed on more than 145 invention disclosures to the Purdue Innovates Office of Technology Commercialization. He has been listed on more than 600 patents in nearly two dozen countries around the world from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and international patent organizations. During his tenure at Purdue, Low has been awarded 213 research grants for more than $43.5 million. His work also receives support from the Purdue Institute for Cancer Research and the Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery.

Imatinib was originally produced by Novartis for the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia and other cancers. It works by blocking specific enzymes involved in the growth of cancers.

"When we discovered the ability of imatinib to block parasite propagation in human blood cultures in petri dishes, we initiated a human clinical trial where we combined imatinib with the standard treatment (piperaquine plus dihydroartemisinin) used to treat malaria in much of the world," Low said.

Malaria infects human red blood cells, where it reproduces and eventually activates a red blood cell enzyme that in turn triggers rupture of the cell and release of a form of the parasite called a merozoite into the bloodstream. Low and his colleagues theorized that by blocking the critical red blood cell enzyme, they could stop the infection. The data from initial drug trials have confirmed that.

"Because we're targeting an enzyme that belongs to the red blood cell, the parasite can't mutate to develop resistance "" it simply can't mutate our proteins in our blood cells," Low said. "This is a novel approach that will hopefully become a therapy that can't be evaded by the parasite in the future. This would constitute an important contribution to human health."

The goal, Low said, is to get this into developing countries to save lives. With this new round of funding, he says they're now closer than they've ever been.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a public research institution with excellence at scale. Ranked among top 10 public universities and with two colleges in the top 4 in the United States, Purdue discovers and disseminates knowledge with a quality and at a scale second to none. More than 105,000 students study at Purdue across modalities and locations, with 50,000 in person on the West Lafayette campus. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue's main campus has frozen tuition 12 years in a row. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap, including its first comprehensive urban campus in Indianapolis, the new Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business, and Purdue Computes, at https://www.purdue.edu/president/strategic–initiatives.

About Purdue Innovates

Purdue Innovates is a unified network at Purdue Research Foundation to assist Purdue faculty, staff, students and alumni in either IP commercialization or startup creation. As a conduit to technology commercialization, intellectual property protection and licensing, startup creation and venture capital, Purdue Innovates serves as the front door to translate new ideas into world–changing impact.

For more information on licensing a Purdue innovation, contact the Office of Technology Commercialization at otcip@prf.org. For more information about involvement and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact Purdue Innovates at purdueinnovates@prf.org.

Media contact: Steve Martin, sgmartin@prf.org

Sources: Philip Low, plow@purdue.edu

Brooke Beier, blbeier@prf.org


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St Kitts and Nevis crowned as best destination to invest in according to 2023 CBI (CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT) Index

Basseterre, Sept. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — St Kitts and Nevis has been recognised as the best CBI destination in the 2023 edition of the CBI Index, trumping 11 other countries with active citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes.

The country, which has made several sweeping changes to its CBI Programme in the last year, took top honours, scoring 77 points in a race between nations such as Dominica, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, Malta, Vanuatu, Turkey, Egypt, Austria, Cambodia, and Jordan.

The 2023 CBI Index noted that St Kitts and Nevis has been the most proactive CBI nation in the Caribbean when it comes to responding to security concerns raised by Western nations. The country "stands out for taking immediate and decisive action based on the "Six Principles' framework. Moreover, it underscores a political will to take a proactive leadership role in the long–term sustainability of the industry through good governance, enhanced due diligence, and regional harmonisation with international partners.'

Now in its seventh year, the CBI Index utilises its established nine–pillar index architecture to provide investors with a data–driven framework with which to measure the performance and appeal of global CBI programmes. The nine pillars include Standard of Living, Freedom of Movement, Minimum Investment Outlay, Mandatory Travel or Residence, Citizenship Timeline, Ease of Processing, Due Diligence, Family and Certainty of Product.

St Kitts and Nevis scored full marks in Mandatory Travel or Residence, Ease of Processing, Due Diligence and Certainty of Product pillars.

The Mandatory Travel or Residence pillar examines the travel or residence conditions imposed on applicants both before and after the granting of citizenship. St Kitts and Nevis does not have travel or minimum residency requirements for its programme, making it straightforward for busy entrepreneurs and global citizens to attain citizenship in the country.

The Ease of Processing pillar measures the end–to–end complexity of the CBI application process. The overall effortlessness of the application process is a particularly vital component, and the promise of a smooth, hassle–free process can generate readiness to engage with a programme.

The Due Diligence pillar measures a programme's integrity. St Kitts and Nevis retains its top position from the previous year due to the Citizenship by Investment Unit's changes made as part of a rapid implementation of the "Six Principles,' which include mandatory interviews and measures to stop financial irregularities in the real estate option to safeguard the Programme's reputation.

The Certainty of Product pillar encompasses a range of factors that measure a programme's certainty across five different dimensions including longevity, popularity and renown, stability, reputation, and adaptability. As the only country to attain a perfect score in this category, St Kitts and Nevis' performance reflects not only its swift response to the recent unprecedented international pressure imposed on all Caribbean CBI programmes, but its continuous proactive approach to instituting industry leading changes.

"I am thrilled to once again to have the St Kitts and Nevis CBI Programme recognised as the best in the industry," said Michael Martin, Head of the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit.

"This recognition by the CBI Index is another confirmation of why St Kitts and Nevis should be the first choice for any global investor. For four decades we have crafted solid, innovative and sustainable investment solutions, giving investors the confidence to attain their goals in the global arena."

St Kitts and Nevis continues to provide an exemplary model to the investment migration industry. The country made bold changes to its Programme at the end of 2022 and further changes in July, the latter changes convincingly addressed security concerns raised by the United Kingdom, the European Union and previously the United States.

The country hosted four of the Caribbean's CBI nations, along with a delegation from the United States, who all agreed on 6 Principles to be followed by the Caribbean nations. While many of the security measures were already in place as part of St Kitts and Nevis' due diligence processes, the country was one of the first to institute mandatory interviews with applicants aged 16 years and older.

St Kitts and Nevis has also tightened regulations around how Authorised Agents and International Marketing Agents operate, requiring them to have their businesses registered under the laws of St Kitts and Nevis and limiting how they may advertise the St Kitts and CBI Programme internationally.

Other legislative changes include increased minimum investment thresholds, revised dependant eligibility, and the closing of loopholes for real estate investment options.

St Kitts and Nevis has shown the most commitment to upholding the integrity and reputation its CBI programme in the international arena.

The CBI Index is a rating system designed to assess the performance and appeal of active CBI programmes across a diverse range of indicators and measures. Its purpose is to bring value to the CBI industry by providing a data–driven and practical tool for appraising programmes and facilitating the decision–making process for individuals considering them.

The CBI Index stands as one of the most recognised and reputable rating tools in the investment migration industry and has a reputation for providing valuable industry insights and knowledge.

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Red Sky Lighting Names Daly Middle East as Strategic Partner for the GCC Countries

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., Sept. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Red Sky Lighting, a leading California–based lighting manufacturer, has named Daly Middle East as its strategic partner for the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman. Under this partnership, Daly Middle East will distribute all lighting products of Red Sky Lighting in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries "" Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Products include lighting products with IEC, ATEX or UL standards for explosive atmospheres caused by gases, flammable fibers, filings and dust particles, and temperature ratings suitable for hazardous and harsh industrial environments.

From its headquarters and service center strategically located in Dubai Investment Park, Daly Middle East is ideally positioned to serve the rapidly expanding industrial and oil and gas sectors in the region. The company also has an office in Abu Dhabi, allowing them to cater to customers in both the business capital and the port city of Jebel Ali. Daly Middle East is supported by its parent company Bin Moosa & Daly, which has served the region since 1967 and built a reputation for customer–focused service, a vast product portfolio, engineering expertise and customized solutions.

Naren Pillai, Managing Director of Red Sky Lighting, expressed his excitement about the partnership, stating, “Daly is a company that values designing solutions with longevity and exceptional customer service in mind. These priorities strongly align with Red Sky's focus on creating reliable, long–lasting products and outstanding support. Daly's experienced engineering, service and logistics teams ensure that they are well–equipped to deliver genuine value to customers in the region.”

David Sheate, General Manager of Daly Middle East remarked: “We are excited to partner with Red Sky Lighting, a highly regarded manufacturer known for first–class hazardous area and industrial LED products. Their reliable and durable lights will strongly complement Daly's comprehensive hazardous area product portfolio.”

Red Sky Lighting is known for its reliable lighting products and solutions for industrial applications. Assembled in the USA, their premium harsh and hazardous LED lighting fixtures are ideal for the challenging environments encountered in industries such as marine transport, oil and gas, metal processing, wastewater treatment, and more. Their focus on quality and exceptional customer support has earned them the trust of customers worldwide, including North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

This partnership with Daly Middle East is a significant step for Red Sky Lighting as it expands its reach and strengthens its position in the Middle East market. With Daly Middle East's expertise and Red Sky Lighting's quality products, customers in the region can expect innovative and reliable lighting solutions for their industrial applications.



Red Sky Lighting LLC

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About Red Sky

Red Sky Lighting is a California–based lighting manufacturer that provides reliable lighting products and solutions for industrial applications. Assembled in the USA, our premium harsh and hazardous LED lighting fixtures are ideal for the challenging environments encountered in industries such as marine transport, oil and gas, metal processing, wastewater treatment, and more. We back our winning products with speedy delivery and exceptional customer support. With years of proven service, we have earned the trust of global customers in North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Making Seriously Safe Lights is at the heart of everything we do, as is our unwavering golden standard of quality.

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Youth Rally for Peace Through Climate Justice at the UN

Youth rally at the UN for climate justice. Credit: Abigail Van Neely/IPS

Youth rally at the UN for climate justice. Credit: Abigail Van Neely/IPS

By Abigail Van Neely
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 15 2023 – “What do we want? Climate justice! When do we want it? Now!” youth chanted in an unusually lively conference at the United Nations Headquarters.

Earlier on Thursday morning (September 14), almost 500 young people had streamed into the room to a DJ’s upbeat soundtrack. Spirits were high despite the more somber rallying cry of this year’s International Day of Peace youth event: the planet is on fire. Many speakers focused on the idea that there cannot be peace without climate justice.

“We cannot begin to talk about peace without talking about the climate crisis,” environmental justice advocate Saad Amer said after leading the crowd in the kind of chants more likely heard at a protest. Fossil fuel disputes spark wars that disproportionately affect people of color, Amer explained. Youth must take charge to “re-write destiny.”

To 21-year-old Mexican climate justice activist Xiye Bastida, “Peace is the ability to drink clean air and clean water.” Bastida, a member of the Otomi-Toltec indigenous community, spoke of her community’s traditional commitment to living in harmony with the earth. Now, indigenous people are being displaced as regenerative practices are forgotten. Bastida called for a world free of extreme weather and exploitation. The climate crisis reflects a broken system, she said, but peace is the bravery to imagine a better world.

Young people are “creating a youth movement for climate action, seeking racial justice, and promoting gender equality,” the Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, Melissa Fleming, told the audience. In a recorded statement, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated that youth action has power. Still, only four governments have concrete plans to include young people in policymaking, Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanyake noted.

As she lived through brutal conflicts in her home country of Sri Lanka, Wickramanayake said she wondered why people around her continued to fight. Today, she told other young activists that the root causes of conflict always run deep – from inequality to poverty. She stressed that peace cannot be differentiated from development.

The event occurs days before the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Summit, a critical opportunity for world leaders to address failures to implement the goals so far.

“Next week there will be an important breakthrough in creating the conditions to rescue the sustainable development goals. I’m very hopeful that the SDG summit will indeed represent a quantum leap in the response to the dramatic failures that we have witnessed,” Guterres said during a news conference.

Meanwhile, youth are left with memories of their chants: “The oceans are rising, and so are we!” “We are unstoppable – another world is possible!”

IPS UN Bureau Report


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Carbon Colonialism Has No Place in Liberia’s Forests

Liberia is one of the last countries in West Africa to still have vast tracts of forest – but this valuable resource is disappearing at an alarming rate. Credit: Shutterstock.

Liberia is one of the last countries in West Africa to still have vast tracts of forest – but this valuable resource is disappearing at an alarming rate. Credit: Shutterstock.

By Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor
MONROVIA, Sep 15 2023 – The fate of Liberia and its forests are entwined. Yet a new climate change deal, set to be announced at the UN climate change talks in Dubai this November, would drive a wedge between our communities and their woodlands.

Currently, forests make up more than two-thirds of Liberia’s land area, and are crucial for people’s livelihoods. They were illegally plundered by the former President Charles Taylor to fund a civil war that left an estimated 150,000 dead.

If this deal proceeds, it is likely to do so under dubious legality and without the prior consent of the communities living in the forests.

What’s more, it is part of a global trend called ‘carbon colonialism’, where instead of taking concrete steps to decarbonise, corporations offset their greenhouse gas emissions by paying to preserve forests or other ecosystems—often against the wishes of the local or Indigenous communities who live there

And since 2003, when the war ended, vast swathes of forested land have been signed over to foreign investors, as a corrupt minority have enriched themselves through illegal logging at the expense of the impoverished majority. We have lost nearly one quarter of our forests to economic development projects since then—with most of the loss occurring in the last ten years. This is a disaster for the communities that live on these lands and for efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Now another chapter is unfolding in the tangled history of Liberia’s forests.

At the end of March, Liberia’s Ministry of Finance signed a memorandum of understanding with a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based consultancy called Blue Carbon LLC, giving it the exclusive right to manage an area of rainforest covering one tenth of our national land. The deal, which has been negotiated in secrecy, is reportedly in the process of being finalized.

Under the agreement Blue Carbon will pay Liberia to manage and preserve one million hectares of forest for 30 years, and sell carbon credits from the emissions ‘saved’ by protecting these forests to major polluters, who will use them to offset their own emissions.

That is a significant chunk of our country, set to be pawned to the planet’s major polluters, enabling them to continue extracting and burning fossil fuels while claiming to protect the planet.

If this deal proceeds, it is likely to do so under dubious legality and without the prior consent of the communities living in the forests.

What’s more, it is part of a global trend called ‘carbon colonialism’, where instead of taking concrete steps to decarbonise, corporations offset their greenhouse gas emissions by paying to preserve forests or other ecosystems—often against the wishes of the local or Indigenous communities who live there. A similar deal with Zimbabwe’s government was announced in the middle of August.



Money is desperately needed to support local communities protecting their forests in Liberia as much as anywhere and there may well be ‘offset projects’ that are truly beneficial for local or Indigenous communities—but this is not one of them.

The chairman of Blue Carbon LLC is Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum, a member of the UAE royal family, which has major interests in the country’s oil and gas infrastructure.

The UAE—a fossil fuel state—is planning a huge expansion of oil and gas even though, at the end of the year, it will host the UN’s COP28 climate summit.

To burnish its environmental credentials ahead of the COP, the UAE’s government and various state-run companies have hired some of the world’s biggest PR companies to mount a greenwashing campaign.

The Blue Carbon deal—which is set to be unveiled at the COP to show how the UAE is fulfilling its commitments under the Paris Climate deal—is part of this greenwashing.


Dubious legality

Study after study has shown that community land rights is the best tool to preventing deforestation, better than the government or private sector managed protected areas—like those that ostensibly would be implemented if the Blue Carbon deal is finalized. The UN’s most recent report on climate change emphasizes community land rights as critical in both climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

The deal, which ignores this body of research, is also a primary threat to rural Liberians and their hard-won land rights. Around 70 per cent of land in Liberia is owned by communities. Roughly one third of our people live in forested areas, and the local people who live on the land targeted under the deal will only be consulted about it after it has been signed – that is, if they are consulted at all.

As such, it represents a ‘climate land grab’ that reverses some of the steady progress that Liberia has made on recognising community rights.

The deal’s legality is also dubious, and the agreement appears to violate our constitution and a number of Liberian laws, notably the National Forestry Reform Law (2006), the Community Rights Law (2009), the Public Procurement and Concessions Act (2010), and the Land Right Act (2018).

One can only sell carbon if you own it.  Liberian law is clear that communities own their customary forest lands and the resources on them.

The conditions of our people are worsening by the day. Liberia is one of the last countries in West Africa to still have vast tracts of forest – but this valuable resource is disappearing at an alarming rate.

Liberians must remain open to working with anyone, including corporations, who can help us protect our forests and our peoples’ rights. But we must remain resolute in our opposition to false climate solutions such as this deal.


Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor has championed community forest and land rights in Liberia for two decades. His efforts were recognized with the Whitley Award for Environment and Human Rights in 2002 (UK), the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2006 (US), Award for Outstanding Environmental and Human Rights Activism from the Alexander Soros Foundation (US), and the Mundo Negro Fraternity Award in 2018 (Spain). 

منظمات حقوق المرأة تتحد لإطلاق ائتلاف حُرَّة من أجل تمهيد الطريق لإصلاح قوانين الأسرة في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا

تتفاقمحالة عدم المساواةفي منطقة الشرقالأوسط وشمالأفريقيا (MENA)بسببقوانين الأسرةالتي تحُدّ منالحقوق القانونيةللنساء والفتياتفي مجالات مثلالزواج، والطلاق،والحضانة،والحقوق الماليةللزوجات.ولإنهاءهذا التمييزالقائم علىالنوع الاجتماعي،اجتمعت المنظماتالرائدة لحقوقالمرأة في دولالمنطقة فيالدوحة لإطلاقائتلافحُرَّة،الذي يهدف إلىإصلاح قوانينالأسرة علىالمستويينالوطني والإقليميبما يتوافق معالمعايير الدوليةلحقوق الإنسان.

قوانينالأسرة التمييزية

رغمتنوِّع بلدانمنطقة الشرقالأوسط وشمالأفريقيا من حيثالثقافة والتاريخ،إلا أنها تتقاسمأرضية مشتركةفي الأطر القانونيةالتي تحكم قضاياالأسرة.ويشملذلك نسيجًامعقدًا من القوانينوالممارساتالمدنية والدينيةوالعُرفية التيتنظم العديدمن جوانب الحياةوالعلاقاتالمنزلية.يُعزّزالعديد من قوانينالأسرة في المنطقة،التي غالباًما تكون متجذرةفي التفسيراتالدينية التقليديةوالمُحافظة،الأدوار النمطيةبين الجنسينويرسخ عدم المساواةمن خلال التمييزعلى أساس الجنس.

عندمايجعل القانونالنساء والفتياتتابعات، فإنهيقلل من قدرتهنعلى اتخاذ القرارويحُدّ من فرصهنالمهنية والماليةوالسياسية،ما يجعلهن أكثرعرضةً لانتهاكاتحقوق الإنسان،بما في ذلك العنفالمنزلي والعنفالجنسي والعنفالقائم علىالنوع الاجتماعي.العواقبالضارة لذلكبعيدة الأثر،إذ تُعيق تنميةالبلدان من خلالإحباط قدراتالنساء علىتحقيق إمكاناتهنالكاملة والمساهمةبشكل كامل فيتقدم المجتمع.


يعملائتلاف حُرَّةعلى تمكين الأعضاءمن تطوير وتنفيذحملات لإصلاحقانون الأسرةفي مجالات مثلتزويج الأطفال،ووصاية الذكور،وتوزيع الثروةالزوجية والنفقة،وحضانة الأطفال.

كانتبذور الائتلافقد زُرعت في عام2019،عندما نظمتمنظمةEqualityNow،وهيمنظمة دوليةلحقوق المرأةاجتماعًاإقليميًا فيلبنان جمَعمجموعة متنوعةمن منظمات حقوقالمرأة المهتمةبتوحيد الجهودللضغط من أجلالتغيير فيبلدانها فيمنطقة الشرقالأوسط وشمالأفريقيا.

منذذلك الحين، نماالائتلاف ليصبحمجموعة دينامكيةتعمل على تعزيزحركة قوية ومتنوعةوشاملة وتعاونيةلحقوق المرأة.صُوِّتبالإجماع علىاختيار منظمةEqualityNowللاضطلاعبمهمة أمانةالائتلاف، وعملتالمنظمة علىدعم وتعزيزقدرات المنظماتالأعضاء فيمختلف الجوانب،بما في ذلك فياستراتيجيةالقيام بحملات،والمناصرةالقانونيةوالإعلامية،والمشاركة معواضعي السياساتوصُنّاع القرار،وتطوير المشاركةالفاعلة بينصفوف الناشطينالشباب من المجتمعاتالمهمّشة.

يعملالائتلاف بالتعاونمع الحملةالعالميةللمساواةفيقانونالأسرة،التي تجمع المنظماتالنسوية منمختلف أنحاءالعالم التيتدعو الحكوماتإلى ضمان المساواةفي القانونوالسياساتوالممارساتلجميع النساءوالفتيات والفئاتالمهمشة الأخرى.وينطبقذلك على كل مايتعلق بالأسرةبمختلف أشكالها،بغض النظر عنالدين والثقافة.

جعلإصلاح قوانينالأسرة أولويةقصوى

توضّحالدكتورة ديمادبوس، ممثلةمنظمة EqualityNow فيمنطقة الشرقالأوسط وشمالأفريقيا، قائلةً:"تواجهالنساء في منطقةالشرق الأوسطوشمال أفريقياتمييزًا شديدًافي العديد منجوانب حياتهنالشخصية، بمافي ذلك قدرتهنالمحدودة علىالموافقة علىالزواج والطلاق،والاحتفاظبحضانة أطفالهنبعد الطلاق،والحصول علىنصيبهن العادلمن الثروة فيالزواج والميراث."

"لميكن التقدم فيإصلاح قانونالأسرة بطيئاًللغاية فحسب،بل إنه انعكسفي بعض البلدان.نأملمُخلصين أن يمنحائتلاف حُرَّةجميع أعضائهمساحة آمنةلتبادل المعرفةوالخبرات،والدعم اللازم،والشعور بالتضامنلمعالجة تحدياتإصلاح قوانينالأسرة في منطقةالشرق الأوسطوشمال أفريقياوالتغلب عليها."

تقولليلى أميلي،رئيسة جمعيةأياديحُرّةفي المغرب:"الهدفالأساسي منإطلاق ائتلافحُرَّة هو الرغبةالقوية لدىالجمعيات منمختلف البلدانالعربية لتحسينوضع المرأةوالحفاظ علىحقوقها وضمانعدم المساسبكرامتها.ولنيتأتّى ذلك إلامن خلال قوانينالأسرة التيتحمي وتؤكد حقوقالإنسان للمرأةومعاملة جميعأفراد الأسرةبإنصاف."

أوضحتغنوة شندر،رئيسة الهيئةاللبنانيةلمناهضةالعنفضدالمرأة(LECORVAW)فيلبنان، قائلةً:"نحنائتلاف يضممنظمات لها نضالمشترك وخبرةواسعة في مجالالمناصرة والتدريبوالتوعية بشأنالعنف القائمعلى النوع الاجتماعيوحقوق النساءوالفتيات.”

يشجِّعائتلاف حُرَّةالمنظمات الاعضاءويدعمها للقيامبحملاتٍ لإصلاحقوانين الأسرة،وتوحيد الجهودحول التواصلوتنفيذ الأنشطةوالبرامج المشتركةبين الأعضاء.ويشملذلك بناء قدراتالمنظمات الشريكة،وتعزيز التضامنوالتعاون،وتبادل الخبرات،والتصدي للتحديات،وخلق مساحاتآمنة وحرة للتآزرمع الشبكاتالإقليميةالأخرى التيتشترك في نفسالمعايير والأهدافحول ضمان العدالةللنساء والفتيات."

تختمسامية ملكي،رئيسة جمعيةقادراتفي تونس الحديثقائلةً:"بصفتناعضواً مؤسّساًفي ائتلاف حُرَّة،أنا متفائلةجداً بشأن مستقبلالائتلاف بسببتجربة النساءالمشارِكاتوالصفات التييمتلكنها، مثلنكران الذات،واحترام الآخرين،وقبول الاختلاف.إننانعمل لحل قضاياذات أهمية كبرىلتغيير حياةالمرأة في المنطقةنحو الأفضل."


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La Réunion annuelle sur l'investissement s'offre une nouvelle identité pour devenir le Congrès AIM et prépare sa 13e édition qui se déroulera à Abou Dabi en mai 2024

ABOU DABI, Émirats arabes unis, 15 sept. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sous la nouvelle tiquette de Congrs AIM , le comit d'organisation de l'une des plus grandes plateformes d'investissement au monde accueillera cette anne encore des dirigeants rgionaux et internationaux, des dcideurs d'lite et des pionniers l'occasion de la 13e dition de la runion annuelle qui se tiendra du 7 au 9 mai 2024 au centre national des expositions d'Abou Dabi.

La confrence se droulera sur le thme S'adapter un paysage de l'investissement en pleine mutation en exploitant le nouveau potentiel du dveloppement conomique mondial . Le Congrs AIM 2024 bnficie du soutien du ministre de l'industrie et des technologies avances, et compte le dpartement du dveloppement conomique d'Abou Dabi (ADDED) comme partenaire principal.

Les mirats arabes unis accueilleront une nouvelle fois les participants au c"ur de leur belle capitale, et comptent bien faire un succs indit de cet vnement qui a attir l'anne dernire pas moins de 10 313 participants et 693 intervenants de 175 pays.

Son Excellence Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, le Ministre d'tat au Commerce extrieur des mirats arabes unis s'est montr trs enthousiaste envers le Congrs AIM 2024, en dclarant que Depuis plus de dix ans, le Congrs AIM dmontre son ferme engagement en faveur de la promotion d'une coopration conomique mondiale et de la mobilisation du potentiel de certains pays mergents. Dans un primtre mondial de l'investissement en pleine volution, il apparat capital de faire preuve d'adaptation pour explorer de nouveaux axes de croissance. Le rassemblement du Congrs AIM demeure un vnement majeur en 2024, et runit les principaux acteurs conomiques du monde autour d'un dialogue constructif ouvrant la voie des investissements fort impact qui contribueront btir un meilleur avenir pour chacun .

Son Excellence Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, le Prsident de l'ADDED dclare pour sa part que En capitalisant sur le remarquable succs de l'dition 2023 du Congrs AIM, nous relevons la barre pour rpondre aux attentes de la communaut mondiale de l'investissement tout entire. En tant que capitale fdrale, Abou Dabi est la ville idale pour mener le dbat mondial sur les perspectives de l'investissement et ses dynamiques dans un monde en profonde mutation. Notre approche envers les flux d'investissement s'aligne sur notre engagement sans faille pour consacrer le dveloppement humain, la durabilit et les technologies avances au c"ur de programmes socio–conomiques l'chelle nationale et internationale, tout en respectant le calendrier d'application des normes ESG et en favorisant des synergies travers des initiatives de coopration internationale – pour que chacun d'entre nous ait de meilleures conditions de vie .

Dawood Al Shezawi, le Prsident de la fondation AIM Global, a quant lui soulign que Renommer la Runion annuelle sur l'investissement en Congrs AIM se fait sur fond de recul continu de la croissance conomique mondiale dans une socit en proie de multiples enjeux . Il ajoute que Ce congrs se veut un vnement majeur pour le monde de l'investissement et donne aux dcideurs d'lite et aux dirigeants prestigieux du monde entier une occasion unique de se concentrer, ensemble, sur les dfis les plus urgents, comme repenser le commerce mondial, rectifier les contours du paysage de l'investissement pour – in fine – crer un impact socio–conomique durable dans plusieurs rgions du monde .

Le Congrs AIM repose sur cinq piliers : les investissements directs l'tranger, les portefeuilles d'investissement trangers, les start–ups, les PMEs et les villes du futur. La runion consacrera ces sujets essentiels, et en encadrera les activits.

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Annual Investment Meeting kündigt neue Identität als AIM Congress an und bereitet sich auf die 13. Ausgabe in Abu Dhabi im Mai 2024 vor

ABU DHABI, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate, Sept. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Unter seiner neuen Identitt als "AIM Congress" wird das Organisationskomitee der weltweit fhrenden Investitionsplattform bei der 13. Veranstaltung, die vom 7. bis 9. Mai 2024 im Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre stattfindet, erneut regionale und internationale Fhrungskrfte, Denker und Innovatoren zusammenbringen.

Der AIM Congress 2024 steht unter dem Motto "Anpassung an eine sich verndernde Investitionslandschaft: Nutzung neuer Potenziale fr die globale wirtschaftliche Entwicklung" und wird vom Ministerium fr Industrie und Hochtechnologie und dem Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) als Hauptpartner untersttzt.

Der AIM Congress 2024, der erneut in der pulsierenden Hauptstadt der VAE stattfinden wird, will den Erfolg der letztjhrigen Ausgabe bertreffen, die 10.313 Teilnehmer und 693 Redner aus 175 Lndern anzog.

Seine Exzellenz Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Staatsminister fr Auenhandel der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, brachte seine Begeisterung fr den AIM Congress 2024 zum Ausdruck: "Seit mehr als einem Jahrzehnt ist der AIM Congress fest entschlossen, die globale wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit zu frdern und das Potenzial der Lnder, insbesondere der Schwellenlnder, nutzbar zu machen. Vor dem Hintergrund der sich wandelnden globalen Investitionslandschaft ist es fr die Lnder von grter Bedeutung, sich anzupassen und neue Wege fr das Wachstum zu finden. Auch beim Event 2024 wird der AIM Congress der fhrende Ort sein, an dem die wichtigsten Wirtschaftsakteure der Welt zusammentreffen, um den Dialog zu frdern und den Weg fr wirkungsvolle Investitionen zu ebnen, die eine bessere Zukunft fr jeden Einzelnen vorantreiben."

Seine Exzellenz Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Vorsitzender von ADDED, dazu: "Aufbauend auf dem bemerkenswerten Erfolg des vorherigen AIM–Events legen wir die Messlatte hher, um die Erwartungen der globalen Investorengemeinschaft zu erfllen. Als eine der Finanzhauptstdte fhrt Abu Dhabi weltweit Gesprche ber die Aussichten und die Dynamik von Investitionen in einer ra, die von einmaligem Wandel geprgt ist. Unser Ansatz fr Investitionen im In– und Ausland wird von unserem unerschtterlichen Engagement geleitet, menschliche Entwicklung, Nachhaltigkeit und fortschrittliche Technologie in den Mittelpunkt soziokonomischer Plne auf lokaler und internationaler Ebene zu stellen, ESG–Agenden zu untersttzen und Synergien durch internationale Zusammenarbeit zu frdern, um das Leben fr alle zu verbessern."

Dawood Al Shezawi, President der AIM Global Foundation, kommentierte seinerseits: "Angesichts der verschiedenen Herausforderungen, mit denen unsere Welt heute konfrontiert ist, gepaart mit dem anhaltenden Rckgang des globalen Wirtschaftswachstums, wird die Ankndigung der neuen Identitt von AIM als AIM Congress deutlich. Der AIM Congress positioniert sich als erstklassiger Treffpunkt fr Investitionen und bietet eine optimale Plattform fr angesehene Fhrungspersnlichkeiten und Entscheidungstrger auf der ganzen Welt, um gemeinsam die drngendsten Probleme anzugehen, die globale Handels– und Investitionslandschaft neu zu gestalten und letztendlich positive, dauerhafte soziale und wirtschaftliche Auswirkungen in verschiedenen Regionen weltweit zu frdern."

Der AIM Congress sttzt sich auf seine fnf Hauptsulen "" FDI, FPI, Startups, KMU und Future Cities "", die die Ziele der Veranstaltung untermauern und den Rahmen fr ihre Aktivitten bilden.

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Encontro anual de investimentos anuncia nova identidade enquanto AIM Congress, em preparação para a 13.ª edição em Abu Dhabi, em maio de 2024

ABU DHABI, Emirados Árabes Unidos, Sept. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sob a sua nova identidade enquanto “AIM Congress“, a comisso organizadora da plataforma de investimentos lder a nvel mundial junta, mais uma vez, os lderes, pensadores e inovadores regionais e internacionais na 13.a edio do evento que ir ocorrer de 7 a 9 de maio de 2024 no Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Tendo como base o tema “Adaptao a uma perspetiva de investimento em mudana: impulsionamento de novo potencial para o desenvolvimento econmico mundial“, o AIM Congress 2024 apoiado pelo Ministrio da Indstria e da Tecnologia Avanada e pelo Departamento de Desenvolvimento Econmico de Abu Dhabi (ADDED) enquanto principal parceiro.

Tendo novamente, lugar na vibrante capital dos EAU, o AIM Congress 2024 planeia superar o sucesso alcanado com a sua edio do ano passado, a qual atraiu 10 313 participantes e 693 oradores de 175 pases.

Sua Excelncia, o Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Ministro do Comrcio Externo dos EAU, expressou o seu entusiasmo pelo AIM Congress 2024, afirmando que “Durante mais de uma dcada, o AIM Congress tem sido firme no seu compromisso de promover a cooperao econmica global e impulsionar os mercados especialmente emergentes dos pases. No mbito do panorama em mudana do investimento global, extremamente importante que os pases se adaptem e explorem novas possibilidades de crescimento. Na edio de 2024, o AIM Congress continuar a ser o palco principal para o encontro dos agentes econmicos mais proeminentes a nvel mundial, facilitando o dilogo e o caminho para investimentos impactantes que impulsionam um futuro melhor e mais brilhante para todas as pessoas.”

Sua Excelncia, Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Presidente do ADDED, declarou que “Tendo por base o enorme sucesso da edio anterior do AIM, estamos a elevar o nvel do evento para atingirmos as expectativas da comunidade global de investimentos. Enquanto capital do capital, Abu Dhabi palco para conversaes globais sobre o panorama e a dinmica dos investimentos, numa era caracterizada por grandes mudanas. A nossa abordagem aos investimentos internos e estrangeiros orientada pelo nosso compromisso inabalvel em colocar o desenvolvimento humano, a sustentabilidade e a tecnologia avanada no ncleo dos planos socioeconmicos aos nveis local e internacional, em apoiar as agendas ESG e em reforar as sinergias atravs da cooperao internacional para a melhoria da vida de todas as pessoas.”

A este respeito, Dawood Al Shezawi, Presidente da fundao global do AIM, comentou: “Face aos diversos desafios que o nosso mundo enfrenta atualmente, e considerando o declnio contnuo do desenvolvimento econmico global, emerge o anncio da nova identidade do AIM enquanto AIM Congress, posicionando–se como o palco principal para o investimento e fornecendo a plataforma ideal para que os lderes e responsveis pela tomada de decises proeminentes de todo o mundo possam abordar coletivamente os problemas mais urgentes, reformar o panorama comercial e de investimentos global e, por fim, impulsionar impactos positivos e duradouros a nvel econmico e social em diversas regies em todo o mundo.”

O AIM Congress tem por base os seus cinco principais pilares "" IDE, IEC, empresas em fase de arranque, PME e futuras cidades "" que sustentam os objetivos do evento e fornecem um fluxo de trabalho para as respetivas atividades.

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Latin America Is Lagging in Its Homework to Meet the SDGs

A view of the Altos de Florida neighborhood in Bogotá, Colombia. Overcoming poverty is the first of the Sustainable Development Goals, and in the Latin American and Caribbean region there is not only slow progress but even setbacks in the path to reduce it. CREDIT: Freya Mortales / UNDP

A view of the Altos de Florida neighborhood in Bogotá, Colombia. Overcoming poverty is the first of the Sustainable Development Goals, and in the Latin American and Caribbean region there is not only slow progress but even setbacks in the path to reduce it. CREDIT: Freya Mortales / UNDP

By Humberto Márquez
CARACAS, Sep 15 2023 – The Latin American and Caribbean region is arriving at the Sustainable Development Goals Summit on the right track but far behind in terms of progress, at the halfway point to achieve the SDGs, which aim to overcome poverty and create a cleaner and healthier environment.

“We are exactly halfway through the period of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, but we are not half the way there, as only a quarter of the goals have been met or are expected to be met that year,” warned ECLAC Executive Secretary José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs.”We are exactly halfway through the period of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, but we are not half the way there, as only a quarter of the goals have been met or are expected to be met that year.” — José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs

However, the head of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) stressed, in response to a questionnaire submitted to him by IPS, that “the percentage of targets on track to be met is higher than the global average,” partly due to the strengthening of the institutions that lead the governance of the SDGs.

The 17 SDGs include 169 targets, to be measured with 231 indicators, and in the region 75 percent are at risk of not being met, according to ECLAC, unless decisive actions are taken to forge ahead: 48 percent are moving in the right direction but too slowly to achieve the respective targets, and 27 percent are showing a tendency to backslide.

The summit was convened by UN Secretary-General António Guterres for Sept. 18-19 at the United Nations headquarters in New York, under the official name High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

The stated purpose is to “step on the gas” to reach the SDGs in all regions, in the context of a combination of crises, notably the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation, new wars, and the climate and food crises.

The SDGs address ending poverty, achieving zero hunger, health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, and reducing inequalities.

They also are aimed at sustainable cities and communities, responsible production and consumption, climate action, underwater life, life of terrestrial ecosystems, peace, justice and strong institutions, and partnerships to achieve the goals.

Drinking water is distributed from tanker trucks in the working-class Petare neighborhood in eastern Caracas. Access to safe drinking water and sanitation is another of the goals that are being addressed with a great variety of results within Latin American and Caribbean countries, and there is no certainty that this 2030 Agenda target will be reached in the region. CREDIT: Caracas city government

Drinking water is distributed from tanker trucks in the working-class Petare neighborhood in eastern Caracas. Access to safe drinking water and sanitation is another of the goals that are being addressed with a great variety of results within Latin American and Caribbean countries, and there is no certainty that this 2030 Agenda target will be reached in the region. CREDIT: Caracas city government

Progress is being made, but slowly

“In all the countries of the region progress is being made, but in many not at the necessary rate. The pace varies greatly and we are not where we would like to be,” Almudena Fernández, chief economist for the region at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), told IPS from New York.

Thus, said the Peruvian economist, “there is progress, for example, on some health or energy and land care issues, but we are lagging in achieving more sustainable cities, and we are not on the way to achieving, regionally, any of the poverty indicators.”

Salazar-Xirinachs, who is from Costa Rica, said from Santiago that “the countries that have historically been at the forefront in public policies are the ones that have made the greatest progress, such as Uruguay in South America, Costa Rica in Central America or Jamaica in the Caribbean. They have implemented a greater diversity of strategies to achieve the SDGs.”

A group of experts led by U.S. economist Jeffrey Sachs prepared graphs for the UN on how countries in the various developing regions are on track to meet the goals or still face challenges – measured in three grades, from moderate to severe – and whether they are on the road to improvement, stagnation or regression.

According to this study, the best advances in poverty reduction have been seen in Brazil, El Salvador, Guyana, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay, while the greatest setbacks have been observed in Argentina, Belize, Ecuador and Venezuela.

In the fight for zero hunger, no one stands out; Brazil, after making progress, slid backwards in recent years, and the best results are shown by Caribbean countries.

In health and well-being, education and gender equality, there are positive trends, although stagnation has been seen, especially in the Caribbean and Central American countries.

In water and sanitation, energy, reduction of inequalities, economic growth, management of marine areas, terrestrial ecosystems, and justice and institutions, Sachs’ dashboard shows the persistence of numerous obstacles, addressed in very different ways in different countries.

Many countries in Central America and the Caribbean are on track to meet their climate action goals, and in general the region has made progress in forging alliances with other countries and organizations to pave the way to meeting the SDGs.

Young people in a Latin American country share a vegetable-rich meal outdoors. The notion of consuming products produced with environmentally sustainable techniques is gaining ground, and a private sector whose DNA is embedded in the search for positive environmental and social repercussions is flourishing. CREDIT: Pazos / Unicef

Young people in a Latin American country share a vegetable-rich meal outdoors. The notion of consuming products produced with environmentally sustainable techniques is gaining ground, and a private sector whose DNA is embedded in the search for positive environmental and social repercussions is flourishing. CREDIT: Pazos / Unicef

A question of funds

Even before the pandemic that broke out in 2020, Fernández said, the region was not moving fast enough towards the SDGs; its economic growth has been very low for a long time – and remains so, at no more than 1.9 percent this year – and growth with investment is needed in order to reduce poverty.

In this regard, Fernández highlighted the need to expand fiscal revenues, since tax collection is very low in the region (22 percent of gross domestic product, compared to 34 percent in the advanced economies of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), “although progress will not be made through public spending alone,” she said.

Salazar-Xirinachs pointed out that “in addition to financial resources, it is very important to adapt actions to specific areas to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The measures implemented at the subnational level are of great importance. Specific problems in local areas cannot always be solved with one-size-fits-all policies.”

Fernández underlined that the 2030 Agenda “has always been conceived as a society-wide agenda, and the private sector plays an essential role, particularly the areas that are flourishing because it has a positive social and environmental impact on their DNA, and there are young consumers who use products made in a sustainable way.”

ECLAC’s Salazar-Xirinachs highlighted sensitized sectors as organized civil society and the private sector, for their participation in sustainable development forums, follow-up actions and public-private partnerships moving towards achievement of the SDGs.

Finally, with respect to expectations for the summit, the head of ECLAC aspires to a movement to accelerate the 2030 Agenda in at least four areas: decent employment for all, generating more sustainable cities, resilient infrastructure that offers more jobs, and improving governance and institutions involved in the process.

ECLAC identified necessary “transformative measures”: early energy transition; boosting the bioeconomy, particularly sustainable agriculture and bioindustrialization; digital transformation for greater connectivity among the population; and promoting exports of modern services.

It also focuses on the care society, in response to demographic trends, to achieve greater gender equality and boost the economy; sustainable tourism, which has great potential in the countries of the region; and integration to enable alliances to strengthen cooperation in the regional bloc.

In summary, ECLAC concludes, “it would be very important that during the Summit these types of measures are identified and translate into agreements in which the countries jointly propose a road map for implementing actions to strengthen them.”