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SUNS # 8830 Wednesday 23 January 2019

United Nations : Global FDI flows fell by 19% last year (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Global foreign direct investment (FDI) fell by 19%, from US$1.47 trillion in 2017 to an estimated US$1.2 trillion in 2018, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said.

United Nations : Bringing greener pastures back home (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
One month on since the Glob al Compact for Migration was approved, civil society has highlighted the need to turn words into action, supporting those who have been displaced or forced to migrate as a result of environmental degradation.

Argentina : Women are empowered as they speak out against gender violence (PRIV)
(IPS, Buenos Aires)
"In 2001 I was raped. I was 31 yea rs old, had two university degrees and was still doing postgraduate studies, I had family, friends, a job. Many more resources than most rape victims have. Ev en so, it was the start of an ordeal whose scars I still feel today."

Opinion : Quenching humanity's freshwater thirst creates a salty threat (PRIV)
(IPS, Hamilton)
Hamilton, Canada, 18 Jan (IPS/Edward Jones, Manzoor Qadir and Vladimir Smakhtin*) -- Starting from a few, mostly Middle Eastern facilities in the 1960s, today almost 16,000 desalination plants are in operation in 177 countries, producing 95 million cubic meters of freshwater every day - equal to about half the flow over Niagara Falls.

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