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Author: 
Mario Osava

The southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre this month will serve, once again, as the global capital of indignation and of dreams as it hosts the World Social Forum, Jan 23-28, which in its third year will be the largest and most diverse so far. The organisers of this major annual gathering of social movements, non-governmental organisations, intellectuals and leftist groups seeking a better possible world predict that this year's attendance will reach 100,000, double that of 2002.

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IPS

While the government of Peru cuts down the state aid to the HIV-AIDS patients, the civil society gets together to fight against the disease. Alone and United (Solas y Unidas) is an organization focusing exclusively on infected women. It was established after the women themselves verified that not only their needs but mainly their attitudes towards the disease were different.

Forty non-governmental organizations from different continentsannounced today a campaign focusd on stopping the launch of negotiationsin the World Trade Organization (WTO) on a multilateral investmentagreement, which they consider harmful for developing countries.

A ministerial meeting tacklingthe world's water problems fell short of producing a clearlydefined programme of action in its final declaration, which wasreleased here in this central Japanese city on Sunday.

The evident and systematic violation of the right to health by the Argentinian Government, which is clearly shown in the collapse of the health system, was reported by several health institutions before the OAS Inter-American Commission of Human Rights.

Author: 
Stefania Bianchi

BRUSSELS, Jul 1 (IPS) - The European Union development policy is ”inadequately geared” towards the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, according to a new report released Thursday.

One fourth of the British households are poor and the north-south divide is getting wider, claim British researchers.

Author: 
Genaro C. Armas

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (AP)- The number of Americans living in poverty and without health insurance rose for the third straight year in 2003, the Census Bureau reported Thursday in a pair of reports that delivered a double dose of bad economic news for the Bush administration.

The UN General Assembly (GA) convened this morning and adopted a resolution deciding to convene a High Level Meeting in New York in 2005 as a follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit in 2000.

Rio de Janeiro, April 13. After decades of focusing on poverty in the search for ways to fight the enormous rich-poor gap in Brazil, researchers are now turning their gaze towards the wealthy.

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