France's desire to withdraw troops from Mali is being thwarted by a rise in rebel insurgents, writes John Irish. "A sporadic insurgency coupled with a slow process in negotiating with disenfranchised Tuareg separatists in the north, who have vowed to remain armed until they have certain guarantees, may also scupper [French President Francois] Hollande's plans," Irish argues.
Cambodian housewives are using nonviolent protest as a means to counter forced evictions and police retaliation, writes Katherine Brickell. These women are "using their positions as wives and mothers to co-opt riot police through their songs of suffering and to morally shame them when they are publicly beaten," Brickell writes.
Efforts to reach out to all people about post-2015 development goals are falling short, Claire Provost writes. People living in rural areas of eastern El Salvador were reportedly surprised to learn of the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 efforts. "People were very angry when they heard the whole story," says Marta Benavides of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty.
Residents in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, are getting electricity from methane sourced from landfills as part of a United Nations program. "We are also very gratified to be helping the environment and the community. In our own little way we are mitigating greenhouse gas emissions," says Jennifer Fernan Campos of project owner Pangea Green Energy Philippines.
Negotiators at the UN climate talks in Mexico are trying to break the gridlock over agreement by extending the responsibility for cutting greenhouse gases to developing countries. Currently only wealthy countries must curb carbon emissions from 2008 to 2012.