Relaciones Internacionales – Comunicación Internacional

1 junio, 2015
por Felipe Sahagún
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World’s trade drop

Global trade just saw its sharpest drop since the financial crisis

How great was the global economy in the first quarter?

We know the US economy was crummy. The revised GDP estimate will likely sink into red mire. Hence the heated proposals these days, including at the Fed, to apply “a second round of seasonal adjustment” that would “correct” the first-quarter GDP estimate, no matter how bad, into positive territory. An elegant way of covering up an unsightly sore.

So was it just a crummy quarter in the US, or was it a global thing, in which case we might have to apply a “second round of” whatever to adjust the global downturn out of the picture?

Because here is the thing: in the first quarter, one of the crucial measures of the global economy – global trade – slumped the most since the Financial Crisis. But ironically, it wasn’t because of the USA.

The CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, a division of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, just released its latest Merchandise World Trade Monitor, which covers global import volumes as well as global export volumes. The index dropped 0.1% in March to 136.5, after having already dropped 0.7% in February, and 1.7% in January. The index, which was set at 100 in 2005, is now down 2.5% from the peak of 140.0 in December. That 3.5-point decline was the sharpest since the Financial Crisis.

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1 junio, 2015
por Felipe Sahagún
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Global hunger

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015

Meeting the 2015 international hunger targets: taking stock of uneven progress.

This year´s annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report takes stock of progress made towards achieving the internationally established Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) and World Food Summit hunger targets and reflects on what needs to be done, as we transition to the new post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. The report reviews progress made since 1990 for every country and region as well as for the world as a whole.

Progress towards the MDG 1 target, however, is assessed not only by measuring undernourishment, or hunger, but also by a second indicator – the prevalence of underweight children under five yearsof age. Progress for the two indicators across regions and over time, is compared, providing insights into the complexity of food security.

Overall progress not with standing, much work remains to be done to eradicate hunger and achieve food security across all its dimensions. The 2015 report not only estimates the progress already achieved, but also identifies remaining problems, and provides guidanceon which policies should be emphasized in the future. Key factors that have determined success to date towards food security and nutrition goals are identified. The list of factors – economic growth,agricultural productivity growth, markets (including international trade) and social protection – is by no means exhaustive. The report also shows how protracted crises, due to conflict or natural disasters, have deleterious effects on progress in hunger reduction.

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U.N. Reports About 200 Million Fewer Hungry People Than in 1990

Factbox: Global hunger by the numbers

1 junio, 2015
por Felipe Sahagún
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The population bomb?

In the 1960s, fears of overpopulation sparked campaigns for population control. But whatever became of the population bomb?

 

 

 

1 junio, 2015
por Felipe Sahagún
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Russie, Espagne, Colombie, Daech… Politique Internationale nº 147

n°147 – PRINTEMPS 
l’Ukraine face à l’agression russe
Entretien avec Arséni Iatseniouk conduit par Isabelle Lasserre
Russie-Occident : une crise durable
Article de Arnaud DUBIEN
MINISTRE SANS FRONTIÈRES
Entretien avec Eka ZGULADZE conduit par Isabelle Lasserre
Pour une russie sans poutine
Entretien avec Mikhail KASSIANOV conduit par Grégory Rayko et Isabelle Lasserre
la guerre cachée du Kremlin contre l’Europe
Article de Francoise THOM
Espagne : le bout du tunnel
Entretien avec Mariano RAJOY conduit par Michel FAURE
Catalogne : demain l’indépendance ?
Entretien avec Artur MAS conduit par Michel FAURE
Colombie : l’adieu aux armes
Entretien avec Juan Manuel SANTOS conduit par Marie DELCAS
De quoi Daech est-il le nom ?
Entretien avec François Heisbourg conduit par Grégory Rayko
La mécanique djihadiste
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