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Oops! International Literacy Day

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Youthink! confession: What with launching our new site and all, we kind of forgot to make a note of International Literacy Day, which was on September 8. Well, our philosophy (one of our philosophies, anyway—we have quite a few), is “better late than never.” So, on that note, we’re taking a belated look at this important day.

Tips for climate activists—how to get your message across

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Last night I attended a panel discussion called, “A Fair Financial Deal for Climate Change?” The panel was made up of senior climate change experts, who discussed the issue of financing to help developing countries tackle climate change, as the world prepares for COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico.

Zero is the best number...

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...when it comes to nuclear weapons. That is exactly what the Global Zero campaign is calling for: the complete elimination of all nuclear weapons worldwide. The campaign is rapidly gaining momentum and receiving support from some powerful quarters, with President Obama stating, "Global Zero 'will always have a partner in me and my administration.'"

Coming soon...

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Dear Youthink! audience: Stay tuned because Youthink! is getting a complete revamp, which we’ll unveil in a few weeks’ time.  We hope the new site will allow you to comment on and share content easily with your friends, that it will be smoother to navigate, and will make learning about development a lot more fun, with video, photos, quizzes and polls. Good news for teachers too: the new site includes detailed learning modules incorporating different aspects of development into curriculum subjects.

Youth in fragile states—how to include them in the development process

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Fragile states are those facing particularly severe development challenges: weak institutional capacity, poor governance, political instability, and often ongoing violence or the legacy of past conflict. About 600 million people currently live in countries affected by fragility and conflict. In these countries, building an effective state is both urgent and difficult. Everything is pressing and resources and skills are often scarce.

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