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Panos London stimulates informed and inclusive public debate around key development issues in order to foster sustainable development. They work to promote an enabling media and communications environment worldwide. Their aim is to ensure that the perspectives of the people whose lives are most affected by development are included within decision-making and that decisions are subject to their scrutiny and debate.
Their priority issues are: media and communications, globalization, HIV/AIDS, environment and conflict.
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Redesigning Global Economic Governance
May 7, 2008 09:35 AM - Barry Herman, Panos London
A distinct set of global institutions governs the international economic system: the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. Each has its specialty, and they are complemented by a number of even more specialized institutions with more restricted membership, such as the Bank for International Settlements and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Each institution is aware of the others, but none is responsible for the overall coherence of their various policies, let alone the achievement of international objectives.
Flooding: a tale of rich and poor worlds
April 24, 2008 09:12 AM - , Panos London
Mozambique is one of the world's poorest countries, the UK is one of the richest. Both are struggling to respond to a changing climate. Factory workers hurriedly evacuated after a local beck burst its banks; firemen having to rescue a mother and child after their car got stuck in flood water and thousands of homes being put on flood alert. These were the scenes which greeted the start of the year in the United Kingdom following abnormally heavy rainfall.
Will South Africa lead the solar energy revolution?
March 28, 2008 10:33 PM - , Panos London
South Africa, Brazil and other emerging economies are likely to face emissions caps come 2012. Can South Africa’s solar energy ventures compete with its vast supply of cheap coal? Stretched-out plains with dust devils and unrelenting sun are the trademarks of the barren Northern Cape in South Africa. Every year the province records some of the highest numbers of sunny days worldwide. Rainy days are as rare as hen’s teeth.
What Bali means for China
March 21, 2008 01:01 PM - , Panos London
China played a critical negotiating role in the fraught UN climate summit in Bali. Its next challenge is to satisfy the demands of the world’s media. The UN climate summit in Bali, Indonesia, in December 2007 will probably be best remembered for the executive secretary, Yvo de Boer, dramatically walking out of the conference hall in tears. In less dramatic but more important ways China significantly advanced the negotiations, with huge implications for global efforts to tackle climate change. And it also learnt an important lesson about itself.
Landless and exposed to the elements
March 21, 2008 12:19 PM - , Panos London
Uganda’s Batwa communities have been marginalised for decades. Now they are struggling to cope with extreme weather conditions, and want better homes to protect them from storms and landslides. Among the posh office premises of the Red Cross Society and the court of adjudicature on Muchingo hill, in Uganda's western district of Kisoro, are ramshackle houses in which a community of Batwa people live.
Caribbean tourist trade counts the cost of climate change
March 12, 2008 10:59 PM - , Panos London
Hurricanes and rising sea levels are threatening Caribbean tourism. So how will the region’s most important industry safeguard its future? Kory South has spent the last 15 years building his dream resort in St Elizabeth, Jamaica. But his dream is in peril from rising sea levels and stronger hurricanes. South has incurred millions of dollars in losses from hurricanes affecting the island over the last three years.
Food versus fuel in the Philippines
March 12, 2008 10:44 PM - , Panos London
The government wants farmers to plant crops for biofuels on a vast scale. But could the quest for green energy create food shortages? Growing world energy demand, the insecurity of long-term supply and the consequences of fossil fuel use for climate change are driving governments to look for alternatives. To meet rising energy needs, many countries are promoting the production and use of biofuels - energy extracted as a gas, liquid or oil from plants.
Left out of the climate communication loop
December 4, 2007 08:29 AM - , Panos London
Climate change experts and governments are gathering in Bali to discuss the successor to the Kyoto Protocol.
Rod Harbinson wants those out of the communication loop to find out how climate change will affect them.
Rainforest coalition proposes rewards for 'avoided deforestation'
August 15, 2007 02:47 PM - Keya Acharya , Panos London
A 15-country coalition of rainforest nations has complained that the UN climate change mechanism encourages countries to replant forests they have cut down, but fails to reward 'good' countries that have not deforested in the first place.