WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
IFC Launches Flagship Gender Program to Boost Women's Employment in India

To help recruit, retain, and promote more women across India's private sector, IFC on February 29 launched the India Gender Collaborative. The 12-month flagship gender program aims to catalyze economic participation of women in the country while fostering gender parity and inclusion.

Palestinians attempt to carry out wounded and dead after IDF attacks during humanitarian aid arrival on February 29, 2024.
Zionist Forces Kill 112 and Wound Hundreds in Aid Convoy Attack

In an act of grotesque evil, Israeli military fired on the crowds as starving Palestinian civilians rushed in to retrieve food and water from aid trucks near Gaza City yesterday, then blamed the victims.

IFC
IFC-WTO Report: Increased Local Trade Finance in Vietnam Could Boost Annual Trade by $55B

Improving access to affordable trade finance could increase imports and exports by up to 6 and 9 percent respectively in Viet Nam, reveals a new report by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). This represents an annual increase in merchandise trade of $55 billion.

Joe Biden at the COP26 Conference
Israel and Hamas Dismiss White House Assertion that Ceasefire is Imminent

Dementia-ridden Team-Biden declared yesterday a ceasefire in Gaza might be possible by March 4. Israeli and Hamas officials disagree.

Netanyahu Lays Out “Day After Hamas" Plan for Continued Absolute Domination of Gaza

The war criminal prime minister of fascist Israel finally laid out the Zionist plan for Gaza.

United Nations Human Rights
US Anti-Normalization Act Set To Worsen Dire Humanitarian Situation In Syria: UN Expert

A UN expert today expressed concern over the United States Anti-Normalization Act under consideration by the US Congress, saying it could worsen the already dire humanitarian situation of the Syrian people and destroy their hope of rebuilding a peaceful life.

European Commission
U.S. & EU Impose More Futile Sanctions on Russia, and Some Chinese Companies

The U.S. and EU are imposing more sanctions on Russia that will likely backfire onto Europe.

Asian Development Bank, ADB
ADB to Boost Fintech in Gujarat, India

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $23 million loan to enhance access to quality fintech education, research, and innovation at the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) in India.

Drought
Historic UN Wildlife Meeting Concludes with Major Set of Actions for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

A host of new measures to safeguard migratory species, have been adopted at the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP14) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) recently concluded in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

WB
World Bank Group Announces Next Phase of Support for People of Afghanistan

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors recently endorsed an adjusted approach to support the people of Afghanistan. “Approach 3.0” will deploy funds from the International Development Association (IDA) through grants to United Nations agencies and other public international organizations.

G20 Brazil Summit
Diplomatic Sparks Fly Early as the 2024 G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Begins in Brazil

Brazil’s President Lula welcomed the foreign ministers from the G20 group of nations yesterday with much on the agenda and a demand to reform the UN.

Malaysia: Government’s Journalism Code Of Ethics Should Be Regulated By Media, Say Industry Stakeholders

Media organizations, unions, and press freedom groups have raised concerns at a revised Code of Ethics for Journalists, launched by Malaysian Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil on February 20, which could be used to extend government control over the functioning of the media and restrict press freedom. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the National Union of Journalists Peninsular Malaysia (NUJM), in urging the Malaysian government to allow a free and independent media with a code of ethics developed and administered by the media industry.

JBIC
JBIC Signs MOU with the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC; Governor: HAYASHI Nobumitsu) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB; President: Dr. Serhat Köksal) to enhance cooperation between the two organizations, taking the opportunity of the Japan-Ukraine Conference for Promotion of Economic Reconstruction in Tokyo, Japan.

climate change
Climate Change Impacts Severely Impede SDGs, Says ADB–UN Report

The impacts of climate change, including slow and sudden onset weather events, are reducing the ability of countries to meet their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a report released today by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Iran-Pakistan Natural Gas Pipeline
Pakistan Finally Agrees to Complete Gas Pipeline to Iran

Energy starved Pakistan could have been importing inexpensive natural gas from Iran for many years, but didn't due to pressure from the U.S.

UN Security Council
U.S. Proposes Its First UN Security Council Gaza Ceasefire Resolution

While still opposing an Algerian proposal demanding an immediate ceasefire, Biden has now offered an alternative of his own.

Mundra Port, India.
Indian Shipping Cargo Union Refuses to Load Weapons Bound for Israel

A labor collective representing over 3,500 workers at 11 key seaports in India said it will no longer assist with handling or loading of military supplies for Israel.

Right Whale
Landmark UN Report Reveals Shocking State of Wildlife

The first-ever State of the World’s Migratory Species report was recently launched by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), a UN biodiversity treaty, at the opening of a major UN wildlife conservation conference (CMS COP14).

IFC, JBIC Sign MOU To Collaborate In Common Regions Of Operation, Help Post-War Recovery In Ukraine

To strengthen collaboration and explore opportunities in their common regions of operation, including Ukraine, IFC and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 14 February.

Israeli Defense Forces bombed the Palestian refugee Camp Yabna in Rafah.
Israel Finalizing Plans for Destruction of Gaza and Expulsion of Remaining Palestinians

Israel’s psychopathic Prime Minister announced he will be presenting his plan early this week for the final mass attack on Rafah and the elimination one way or another of most Palestinians remaining in Gaza.

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