Acehnese NGOs Demand that Peace Deal Be Fully Implemented

The Acehnese Network for Democracy, a coalition of 30 NGOs, says it is very concerned that Indonesian legislators may dilute some of the powers that were granted to Aceh under the August 2005 peace deal.

Costa Rican Environmentalist Receives Conservation Award

Carlos Manuel RodriguezOn Monday, Costa Rican environmentalist Carlos Manuel Rodriguez received the Blue Moon Fund’s first annual Conservation Leadership Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., for his efforts to promote the valuation of ecosystem services in his country.

Which is more important for environmental sustainability: buying locally-produced food or buying organic food?

* Locally grown\n* Organic\n* I prefer organic food, but it’s mostly for health reasons.\n* I prefer local food, but it’s mostly to support my local farmers.\n

International Peace Monitors Extend Stay in Aceh

In mid-May, the European Union and the Indonesian government agreed to extend the mandate of the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) until mid-September. While this is welcome news, the extension is too short.

G8 Summit Misses Chance to Highlight Renewable Energy as Poverty, Energy Solution

Discussions of energy security, originally on the agenda for last week’s Group of Eight (G8) summit in St. Petersburg, were largely sidelined at the meeting as world leaders turned their attention to the worsening situation in the Middle East.

Talks between India and Kashmiri Separatists Are to Continue

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, an umbrella alliance of nearly two dozen political separatist groups, have agreed to carry out a continuous dialogue to discuss solutions to Kashmir dispute.

New Truck and Bus Connections Link India and Pakistan Across Divided Kashmir

In an effort to promote bilateral trade and strengthen mutual confidence-building, India and Pakistan agreed to launch a truck service across the “Line of Control” in Kashmir in July, linking the cities of Muzaffarabad and Srinagar route, and to start a second cross-Kashmir bus service in June, connecting the cities of Rawalakot and Poonch.

Sri Lankan Ceasefire Talks Collapse Before They Even Start

Distrust between Sri Lanka’s main conflict parties has reached such intensity that planned talks in Oslo, Norway, to ensure the safety of Scandinavian ceasefire monitors collapsed before they even started.

G-8 Leaders Embrace Nuclear Energy, While U.S. Industry Flounders

Nuclear Reactor At this week’s G-8 summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on the need for an increased role for nuclear energy worldwide.

UNICEF is Working to Provide Safe Drinking Water for Earthquake Survivors in Pakistan

A water network (including tube well, water pipes, reservoir, and pumps) constructed by UNICEF will supply 250,000 gallons of water per day and benefit up to 30,000 people in the earthquake-affected zone in Mansehra district.
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