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- Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 15:33
What does trademark actually mean? Who is put at harm if I buy counterfeit Products? What kind of ideas can I get protected? Who makes sure that Roquefort cheese comes exclusively from France?
Ideas Powered has the answers and provides you with the possibility to contribute to the debate on intellectual property yourself!
Ideas powered is a website for everyone who has questions about intellectual Property – whether you work in the creative industries or you are just interested in the matter.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015 15:18
The labor market in the EU is slowly recovering from the economic crisis and its consequences. Although the May 2015 unemployment rate of 9.5% was still above pre-crisis levels, a quick recovery is visible. Nevertheless the percentage of long-term unemployed is on the rise, standing at 4.9% in the first quarter of 2015, according to the latest Labor Market and Wage Developments report.
Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labor Mobility is alarmed by this development. In a press release she declared that “Long-term unemployment is one of our most pressing challenges. The longer people are out of work, the more difficult it gets for them to find a new job and the greater the risk of poverty, marginalisation and social exclusion.” She announced an initiative to support job seekers, who have been unemployed for more than 18 months.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 July 2015 16:20
15 Years ago the United Nations, IMF and World bank drafted eight world development goals aimed at eradicating poverty that were to be achieved by 2015. This month the final Millennium Development Goals Report was published to draw a resume of the 15 years of concerted efforts. The results are however mixed.
The UN dedicated efforts to 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, 2. Achieve Universal Primary Education, 3. Promote Gender Equality, 4. Reduce Child Mortality and 5. Improve Maternal Health, 6. Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases, 7. Ensure Environmental Sustainability and 8. Develop a global Partnership for development. Clearly, not all goals were achieved but progress has been made. The UN observed a significant decline in extreme poverty as defined by the amount of people in developing countries living on less than 1.25 $ a day. While in the 1990s nearly half of the people living in developed countries were classified as extremely poor, the amount was reduced to 14% by 2015. Efforts to provide access to primary education and to reduce illiteracy among boys and girls equally have also been fruitful. Overall the measured Health indicators could also show some achievements. Still big poverty gaps persist between urban and rural areas and millions of people lack access to basic services. Those in poverty suffer the most from persisting climate change and conflicts remain an elemental menace to human development. Until now about 16,000 children die each day before turning five, mostly from preventable causes.
Besides considerable improvements, the work is far from being completed. See for yourself:
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