The data is shocking: three-quarters of African Governments have already reduced their agricultural budgets while paying almost double that on arms.
While campaigners hail a triumph of multilateralism, the new UN treaty has far from declared the high seas to be the 'Common Heritage of Mankind' and it has yet to agree any mechanisms for sharing ocean resources, explains Binoy Kampmark.
Today, there are more children in need of desperate humanitarian assistance than at any other time since World War II. By Baher Kamal for IPS News.
Scholars and activists are developing a new political vision for managing the world economy that is reminiscent of the UN Declaration on a New International Economic Order, now 50 years old.