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CoP 17: What will be achieved – and what to expect?


A young boy looks at a CO2 graph showing the current carbon dioxide concentration and higher projected figure for 2030, at an exhibition about climate change and global warming at the California Academy of Science, San Francisco. Dieter Telemans | Panos Pictures

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) published its agenda for the COP 17 on 19th September 2011. The current agenda has changed little since the COP 16 in Cancun in 2010 and the COP 15 in Copenhagen in 2009.

Hungry in the City


Inside a Kampala Slum

Hungry in the City is a collection of stories from people in developing countries around the world who explain how they are surviving in an era of higher food prices, inflation and hunger.

A journalist’s guide to reporting research findings


This guide provides practical tips and guidance for journalists and editors interested in publishing stories based on development research findings.

Breaking barriers: Women in a man’s world


Panos London presents six case studies of women who are defying stereotypes to tackle poverty and gender inequality in developing countries.

Dams and development


The topic guide considers areas of potential conflict between countries, concerns over policy guidelines regarding dam building and the socio-economic impact of displacement.

Beyond the financial crisis


The World Bank says the international financial crisis will plunge a further 64 million people into extreme poverty in 2010. Our media brief explores how economic growth impacts people’s lives.

Wave power: Radio and the MDGs

Wave Power showcases four community radio projects helping to tackle the Millennium Development Goals in developing countries

Climate change and livelihoods


Overview This week world leaders are meeting at the United Nations’ climate change summit to discuss the best ways to mitigate the effects of climate change. Current research indicates that it will be people living in developing countries that will bear the brunt of climate change. This topic guide offers insights for journalists interested in…

Forced migration


Overview Since the end of the Cold War, forced migration has been a phenomenon largely affecting developing countries. By the end of 2008, the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) reported that globally there were 15.2 million refugees and 26 million internally displaced people (IDPs). The sheer magnitude of the numbers of refugees and…

Reporting research: using evidence for effective journalism


Overview Researchers working for universities, governments or private companies are doing vital investigation into issues – such as clean water, food security and sexual health – that directly affect the everyday life of people around the world. However they often communicate the results only to other researchers. Research findings can create powerful stories for news…

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