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  1. Lagos, Barcelona, Ixtepec (Mexico) and Kitale (Kenya) announced as winners of 2019 Transformative Cities People’s Choice award

    05 December 2019
    Press release

    Amsterdam, 5 December 2019

    Lagos, Barcelona, Ixtepec (Mexico) and Kitale (Kenya) announced as winners of 2019 Transformative Cities People’s Choice award 

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    UN Common Position on drug policy - Consolidating system-wide coherence

    • Martin Jelsma
    03 December 2019
    Policy briefing

    In November 2018, the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination adopted the ‘UN system common position supporting the implementation of the international drug control policy through effective inter-agency collaboration’, expressing the shared drug policy principles of all UN organisations and committing them to speak with one voice.

  3. Selling the Silk Road Spirit

    07 November 2019
    Policy briefing

    This briefing aims to deepen discussion on the Belt and Road Iniatiative (BRI) in Myanmar. The BRI is often described as a ‘grand strategy’ led by President Xi Jinping, centrally planned and rolled out by obedient state-owned enterprises (SOEs). The sheer size of the initiative – 136 countries have received US$90 billion in Chinese foreign direct investment and exchanged US$6 trillion in trade with China - can make the BRI appear monolithic and inevitable. However, using a political economy analysis, this briefing demonstrates that the BRI is not a grand strategy, but a broad framework of activities that seek to address a crisis in Chinese capitalism. An examination of four BRI projects in Myanmar using Chinese language sources shows the extent of lobbying by Chinese SOEs and the Yunnan provincial government to promote the projects, with support from the central Chinese government.

  4. 30 ans après la chute du mur de Berlin : les entreprises qui prospèrent grâce à l’édification des nouveaux murs en Europe

    05 November 2019
    Press release

    30 ans après la chute du mur de Berlin, un nouveau rapport met au jour les entreprises européennes à qui profite la construction de nouveaux murs à travers l’Europe. Trois acteurs principaux sont identifiés : les sociétés d’armement Thales, Airbus et Leonardo, ainsi que de nombreuses entreprises de construction, transport maritime, technologie et sécurité de toute l’Europe, qui ont remporté des contrats visant à militariser les frontières.

  5. 30 Jahre nach dem Fall der Berliner Mauer: das boomende Geschäft mit den neuen Mauern in Europa

    05 November 2019
    Press release

    Zum 30-jährigen Jubiläum des Falls der Berliner Mauer enthüllt ein neuer Bericht, wie europäische Unternehmen vom Bau neuer Mauern in ganz Europa profitieren. Er identifiziert drei Schlüsselakteure – die Rüstungsunternehmen Thales, Airbus und Leonardo – und eine lange Reihe weiterer Bau-, Schifffahrts-, Technologie- und Sicherheitsunternehmen aus ganz Europa, die Aufträge zur Militarisierung der Grenzen erhalten.

  6. 30 aniversario del muro de Berlín: el negocio creciente de los nuevos muros fronterizos europeos.

    05 November 2019
    Press release

    En el 30º aniversario de la caída del muro de Berlín, un nuevo informe revela las empresas europeas que se benefician de la construcción de nuevos muros en toda Europa. Identifica a tres actores clave -las empresas de armamento Thales, Airbus y Leonardo-, así como a toda una serie de empresas de construcción, transporte, tecnología y seguridad en toda Europa que han obtenido contratos para la militarización de fronteras.

  7. Berlin wall´s 30th anniversary: the businesses booming from Europe’s new walls

    05 November 2019
    Press release

    On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, a new report reveals the European businesses profiting from the construction of new walls across Europe. It identifies three key players – the arms firms Thales, Airbus and Leonardo – as well as a whole host of construction, shipping, technology and security firms from across Europe winning border militarisation contracts.

  8. The Challenges of Medicinal Cannabis in Colombia

    • Nicolás Martínez Rivera
    29 October 2019
    Policy briefing

    In July 2016, the Colombian government enacted Law 1787, which regulates the use of medicinal cannabis and its trade in the country. With this decision and a series of subsequent resolutions, Colombia joined the more than a dozen countries that have put into practice different types of regulation to explore the advantages of this plant as an alternative pharmaceutical.

  9. Hundreds of Civil Society Organizations Worldwide Denounce World Economic Forum´s Takeover of the UN

    27 September 2019
    Press release

    The call, made in an open letter, denounces attempts to ‘delegitimiz[ing] the United Nations and weaken(ing) the role of states in global decision-making.

  10. El primer examen crítico del cannabis por parte de la OMS

    • John Walsh, Martin Jelsma, Tom Blickman, David Bewley-Taylor
    14 May 2019
    Policy briefing

    El Comité de Expertos en Farmacodependencia (ECDD por sus siglas en inglés, o Comité de Expertos) de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) publicó en enero de 2019 los resultados del primer examen crítico del cannabis, en los que recomienda que se introduzcan algunos cambios en la clasificación actual de las sustancias relacionadas con el cannabis en virtud de los tratados de fiscalización de drogas de las Naciones Unidas.

  11. Cannabis in the City

    • Tom Blickman, Katie Sandwell
    20 March 2019
    Policy briefing

    In order to better understand the situation around, and possibilities for, local and regional cannabis regulation, a series of six country reports were developed. The country reports provide detailed information about the state of cannabis policy, and the possibilities for change, within each country. This briefing identifies some of the key findings and implications for policy makers and advocates from this research.

  12. The WHO’s First-Ever Critical Review of Cannabis

    • John Walsh, Martin Jelsma, Tom Blickman, David Bewley-Taylor
    19 March 2019
    Policy briefing

    The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD or Expert Committee) released in January 2019 the outcomes of the first-ever critical review of cannabis, recommending a series of changes in the current scheduling of cannabis-related substances under the UN drug control conventions.

  13. Methamphetamine use in Myanmar, Thailand, and Southern China: assessing practices, reducing harms

    • Renaud Cachia, Thura Myint Lwin
    18 February 2019
    Policy briefing

    Over the past decade, methamphetamine use has grown more popular in Myanmar, Thailand and Southern China. Based on in-depth interviews conducted with individuals who use methamphetamine, this briefing sheds light on the importance of promoting an environment that reinforces, rather than undermines, the ability of people who use methamphetamine to regulate their drug use, preserve their health and adopt safer practices.

  14. EU-handelsverdragen met Singapore en Vietnam strijdig met SER-meetlat

    24 October 2018
    Press release

    24 oktober – De EU heeft tijdens een Azië-top in Brussel handel- en investeringsakkoorden met Vietnam en Singapore ondertekend, die Europese standaarden voor voedselveiligheid, milieu en arbeid dreigen te ondermijnen. Handel anders! roept Nederlandse Europarlementariërs op niet in te stemmen met deze handelsverdragen voordat ze aan de criteria voldoen van de SER-meetlat. Handel anders! is een collectief van boeren, vakbonden, ngo’s, ondernemers, journalisten en academici voor duurzame en eerlijke handel.

  15. Acaparamiento y concentración de tierras en Europa

    • Sylvia Kay
    16 April 2018
    Policy briefing

    Los agricultores jóvenes y en ciernes de Europa enfrentarán crecientes barreras, ya que la tierra se está concentrando rápidamente en cada vez menos fincas grandes. La tierra está distribuida de manera aún más desigual que la riqueza. El número de pequeñas fincas está sufriendo una caída vertiginosa, con consecuencias devastadoras para la seguridad alimentaria, el empleo y el desarrollo.

  16. Accaparement des terres et concentration des terres en Europe

    • Sylvia Kay
    16 April 2018
    Policy briefing

    Les jeunes agriculteurs européens devront faire face à davantage d'obstacles pour rentrer dans l'agriculture, car la terre est consolidée rapidement dans relativement peu de grandes exploitations. La terre est encore plus inégalement répartie que la richesse. Une forte baisse des petites fermes européennes est en cours avec des conséquences néfastes pour la sécurité alimentaire, l’emploi et le développement.

  17. A step closer to justice for those affected by transnational corporations’ activities

    Sol Trumbo Vila
    16 March 2018
    Press release

    Geneva: March 16, 2018 – The Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity (Global Campaign) (1) welcomes the presentation and acceptance of the report on the 3rd session of the Open-ended intergovernmental working group (OEIGWG) on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (2) in the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council 37th session.

  18. Balancing Treaty Stability and Change

    • Martin Jelsma, Neil Boister, David Bewley-Taylor, Malgosia Fitzmaurice, John Walsh
    15 March 2018
    Policy briefing

    Legal tensions are growing within the international drug control regime as increasing numbers of member states move towards or seriously consider legal regulation of the cannabis market for non-medical purposes. Amongst reform options not requiring consensus, inter se modification appears to be the most ‘elegant’ approach and one that provides a useful safety valve for collective action to adjust a treaty regime arguably frozen in time.

  19. Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World

    15 March 2018
    Press release

    On March 17th and 18th, more than 250 scholars, activists, practitioners, and policymakers—representing more than 60 countries from diverse parts of the world—will gather at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague to share views and insights on the rise of authoritarian populism and its effects. This resurgence of exclusionary politics—particularly manifested in the countryside—is generating deepening inequalities, jobless 'growth', climate chaos, and social division.

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