China must act decisively to eradicate the ivory trade

11 November 2015

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Kin Cheung /AP/Press Association Images Criminal gangs tried to smuggle this ivory into China from Tanzania.

Nature – The fight against the illegal ivory trade had some success last month with the arrest of a Chinese woman alleged to have smuggled more than 700 elephant tusks from Tanzania. Ivory is a particular prize in China, where it has been carved into ornaments, chopsticks and jewellery for more than 3,000 years. Tiếp tục đọc “China must act decisively to eradicate the ivory trade”

LandMark: Protecting Indigenous and Community Lands by Making Them Visible

WRI – Up to 65 percent of the world’s land is held by Indigenous Peoples and communities, yet only 10 percent is legally recognized as belonging to them. The rest, held under customary tenure arrangements, is largely unmapped, not formally demarcated, and therefore invisible to the world. Without strong legal protections or concrete maps delineating their territories, communities are vulnerable to losing their land to governments and investors for economic and commercial development.

That’s where LandMark comes in. Launched today, LandMark is the first online, interactive global platform to provide maps and other critical information on lands that are held and used by Indigenous Peoples and communities. The platform aims to raise awareness, engage audiences, and help these people protect their land rights. Shining a light on indigenous and community land reduces the likelihood that irregular acquisitions and expropriations go unnoticed, and helps protect the livelihoods and well-being of billions of rural people.

1) Indigenous and Community Land Is Not “Vacant” Land.

Tiếp tục đọc “LandMark: Protecting Indigenous and Community Lands by Making Them Visible”

A Code of Conduct for Maritime Security

November 11, 2015

From November 14-22, President Obama will embark on a three-stop overseas trip, beginning in Turkey to attend the G20, followed by a stop in Manila for the APEC summit, and ending in Malaysia where he will meet with Asian leaders for the 10th East Asian Summit (EAS) and U.S.-ASEAN Summit.

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With more than 130,000 ships passing through the Straits of Malacca, Southeast Asia is a critical maritime region for commerce and resources. Photo/Flickr user salehi hassan

asiafoundation – One of the biggest and most contentious issues at the EAS will no doubt be maritime security, as conflicting territorial and boundary disputes feature prominently in the region. However, none of these disputes will be resolved at the EAS and most likely not for several years to come. At last week’s ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus in Kuala Lumpur, leaders failed to release a joint statement amid disagreements over China’s objection over the South China Sea being mentioned in the document. Tiếp tục đọc “A Code of Conduct for Maritime Security”

Bà Aung San Suu Kyi đắc cử Hạ nghị sĩ Myanmar

11/11/2015 11:15 GMT+7

TTONgày 11-11, Ủy ban bầu cử liên bang của Myanmar thông báo thủ lĩnh đảng NLD đối lập, bà San Suu Kyi, đã chiến thắng trong cuộc tổng tuyển cử và được bầu lại làm Hạ nghị sĩ.

Bà Aung San Suu Kyi và chồng Michael Aris thời trẻ - Ảnh: Getty Images
Bà Aung San Suu Kyi và chồng Michael Aris thời trẻ – Ảnh: Getty Images

Ngày 11-11, Ủy ban bầu cử quốc gia đã xác nhận kết quả với tổng cộng 88 ghế ở hạ viện và 33 ghế thượng viện, trong đó NLD giành lần lượt 78-29 ghế, so với 5-2 của đảng cầm quyền.

Các đảng nhỏ hơn và các ứng viên đối lập đắc cử cho những vị trí còn lại.

NLD đưa ra 1.123 ứng viên cho cuộc bầu cử lần này, trong khi đảng cầm quyền có 1.122. Tiếp tục đọc “Bà Aung San Suu Kyi đắc cử Hạ nghị sĩ Myanmar”

Renewables: Asean’s new energy frontier?

Renewable energy is rapidly becoming a mainstream source of power in Southeast Asia, accounting for more than 15 per cent of electricity generation in the region. This number will grow over the next decade and beyond, driven by climate change, energy security and economics.

At the same time, governments of the ten-country Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) bloc need to provide access to the 120 million people in the region still lacking round-the-clock electricity while capping carbon emissions that will worsen climate change. Tiếp tục đọc “Renewables: Asean’s new energy frontier?”