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23/07/2014

Full Employment, Decent Work for All Women and Men by 2013?

Human Wrongs Watch

New York, ILO* — The United Nations is one step closer to agreeing on a new set of development objectives that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
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Photo source: ILO

Photo source: ILO

After sixteen months of deliberations, the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals adopted by acclamation a set of 17 proposed goals that will be submitted to the General Assembly in September, and will jump start the final phase of negotiations before the adoption a new UN development agenda in 2015.
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The proposal calls for a transformative goal to “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”
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23/07/2014

The Story of a Village that Has Unshackled Itself from Darkness

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By Neha Khator and Ruhie Kumar*, GreenpeaceJuly, 2014 — In this world where we seem surrounded by news of gloom and doom, we don’t often hear stories of positive change.
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Woman in Dharnai Village in India. 06/24/2014 © Vivek M / Greenpeace
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But here is one: a story of a village that has unshackled itself from darkness, after 30 years of having its energy needs neglected by governments.
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Today, Dharnai is blooming with hope and ambition.
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Dharnai village in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, is now lit-up by a Greenpeace India solar-powered micro-grid.
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Enter the village and you’ll see electric poles all around. The solar micro-grid supplies the electricity for homes, street lighting for roads and lanes, and water pumps.

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