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    Costa Rica powered 100% by Renewables

    Sophie Vorrath
    19 March 2015
    In the media

    The Latin American country of Costa Rica has achieved the milestone of generating 100 per cent of its energy from renewable resources, with a combination of hydropower and geothermal for 75 days in a row, the the state-owned Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said.

  2. Another UN agency savages the drug war

    George Murkin (Transform Blog)
    16 March 2015
    In the media

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN agency charged with developing strategies to reduce global poverty, has strongly criticised current international drug policy, highlighting the disastrous costs it is producing – particularly for the world’s poor. In the agency’s formal submission to the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs (PDF), launched at the annual UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs which began last week in Vienna, the UNDP argues:

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    Ketamine: why not everyone wants a ban

    Rachel Wright
    13 March 2015
    In the media

    China is proposing there should be a worldwide ban on ketamine - the class B drug that can lead to users needing to have their bladders removed. But ketamine is used as an anaesthetic drug in much of Africa, and there are fears further international controls could affect medical usage too.

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    Nederland in de bres voor ‘onacceptabel’ onderdeel in handelsverdrag TTIP

    06 March 2015
    In the media

    Follow the money - Nederland steunt een ‘onacceptabel’ onderdeel van het controversiële handelsverdrag TTIP. Een Q&A sessie met deskundige Gus Van Harten over het gevaar voor Nederland.

     
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    'Arbitragerechtspraak TTIP is een miljardenbusiness'

    04 March 2015
    In the media

    RTL Z - Clausules in handelverdragen die buitenlandse bedrijven toegang geven tot een arbitragetribunaal vormen een serieuze bedreiging voor de democratie. Het handelsverdrag (TTIP) dat in de maak is tussen de Verenigde Staten en Europa moet afzien van zo’n bepaling, vindt de Canadese hoogleraar Gus Van Harten.

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    Steeds meer ontwikkelingslanden willen nieuw investeringsbeleid

    Frank Mulder
    04 March 2015
    In the media

    Mondiaal nieuws - Steeds meer ontwikkelingslanden herzien hun investeringsbeleid en willen nieuwe verdragen. Het is de vraag of de Europese plannen voor een nieuw model iets wezenlijk veranderen.

  7. Myanmar's Efforts to review Drug Laws welcomed

    04 March 2015
    In the media

    The Nation - The Transnational Institute (TNI) welcomed the government's recent decision to review drugs-related laws, giving that Myanmar is currently the second largest producer of raw opium in the world, after Afghanistan.

  8. A TTIP Resolution for People, the Environment and Democracy

    02 March 2015
    Declaration

    For a TTIP resolution that puts people, the environment and democracy before short-term profit and disproportionate corporate rights. 375 civil society organisations from across Europe call on EU decision-makers to protect citizens, workers, and the environment from the threats it poses.