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This issue of the G20-BRICS Update covers the hopes and fears for the G20 Summit in November 2014; outcomes of the BRICS Summit in July 2014; the G20's Global Infrastructure Initiative; and Korea's experience with public-private partnerships (PPP)s.

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It is election season in India, and there are few places like Uttar Pradesh to get a feel which way the wind is blowingIt is election season in India, and there are few places like Uttar Pradesh to get a feel which way the wind is blowing

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Two young women, in India and in South Africa, were brutally gang-raped and murdered: "Nirbhaya" in New Delhi (16th Dec, 2012), and Anene Booysen in Bredasdorp, in the Western Cape, South Africa (2nd Feb, 2013). Their cases received unprecedented attention, nationally and internationally. Urvashi Bhutalia from India and Joy Watson and Vivienne Lalu from South Africa reflect on how the public reacted on these crimes; they ask what the two societies can learn from each other in combating sexualised violence.

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The monetizing of nature is considered to be a promising tool marking the economic relevance of environmental protection. But such an approach poses social, cultural and ecological threats

 

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The UN Climate Summit on September 23rd will once again fail in delivering concrete finance commitments. Social Movements called for a week of protests

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A decade of UPA-Congress rule in India ends with limited progress on the Indo-Pak relations.The fact that outgoing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, despite his good intentions, could not visit the country of his birth even once sums up the structural constraints of this troubled relationship.

New Publications

Publication Series on Ecology 38: How could a just and democratic resource politics look like that respects both planetary boundaries and human rights? The Memorandum “Resource Politics for a Fair Future” is the outcome of a two-year international dialogue process of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Publication Series on Ecology 35: From climate change to ecosystem degradation the solution to these problems could reside in an economic “valuation” of nature and its services. But can that really give nature any better protection? This publication provides a readily understandable introduction to the subject and illuminates the concepts and instruments that follow from the idea of monetarizing nature

India's energy policy - traditional as well as renewable form of energy production - depends on natural resources. A new study looks at experiences and governance challenges in key energy-relevant resource sectors: coal, uranium and renewable energy (solar and wind), as well as at issues arising from the transnational involvement of Indian companies in energy resource acquisition.

Clinical Trial industry in India has seen phenomenal growth in recent years without strong regulatory framework and very little knowledge of factors relating to human participation in these trails. SAMA’s research documents participant perceptions and experiences, highlighting the need of accountability, transparency and ethics in the clinical conduct of trials.