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It's high time United Nations agencies and the mainstream media acknowledge the true scale of global poverty and engage in a long overdue public debate on how ambitious and transformative the international development agenda really is.

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With rising food prices and soaring unemployment wreaking havoc across the developing world, World Bank President Robert Zoellick has some dreary news, declaring that the world is "one shock away from a full-blown crisis."

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An NGO report has found that key U.N. climate negotiations are institutionally biased against poorer nations, specifically that underdeveloped countries are less able to send delegates to meetings and often cannot understand what is being discussed at the talks.

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Check out the latest "Fault Lines" episode, in which Avi Lewis travels Bolivia to talk about climate change, climate debt and the current environmental movements in the global south that challenge our perceptions about climate and development.

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The developing world seems to get it: In the first climate change conference since Copenhagen, leaders from the Global South have said the need for a new worldwide climate change agreement is "greater than ever."

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