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  1. A View from the Countryside

    • Katie Sandwell, Angélica Castañeda Flores, Lyda Fernanda Forero, Jennifer Franco, Sofia Monsalve Suárez, Andrea Nuila, Philip Seufert
    10 December 2019
    Policy issue

    We urgently need new, revitalised, visions of human rights, and rural communities are in the process of building just these kinds of visions. The climate crisis poses massive threats to human rights, but so do mainstream technical and economic climate ‘solutions’, and rising authoritarian voices around the world. The battle for resources and territories, including land, water, fisheries, and forests is becoming increasingly intense, with land-intensive renewable energy projects and the drive to marketise carbon and biodiversity additional threats to nature and to the livelihoods of rural and indigenous people around the world.

  2. Towards a corporate or a people's energy transition?

    06 December 2019

    The energy transition is in the news. Interest in energy transition ranges from actors such as peoples in resistance, workers, academics, and public administrations, to large corporations, international institutions and governments. The paradigm of energy transition, if it exists, runs a serious risk of being coopted by large companies, of being trivialized and placed at the service of the current system of social reproduction that seeks to perpetuate existing power relations.

  3. China y la Iniciativa de la Franja y la Ruta

    • Stephanie Olinga-Shannon, Mads Barbesgaard, Pietje Vervest
    06 December 2019

    Este documento presenta un marco para entender la Iniciativa de la Franja y la Ruta.

  4. Transición energética: ¿corporativa o popular?

    06 December 2019

    La transición energética es noticia. Los actores que muestran interés por ella van desde pueblos que resisten, trabajadores y trabajadoras, personas del mundo académico, administraciones públicas hasta grandes corporaciones, instituciones internacionales y gobiernos. El paradigma de la transición energética, si es que existe, corre un grave riesgo de verse apropiado por las grandes empresas, de ser banalizado y puesto al servicio del actual sistema de reproducción social que pretende perpetuar las relaciones de poder existentes.

  5. 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.

  7. The Battle for a New World

    • John Feffer (ed)
    03 December 2019

    The far right is increasingly active globally—at the level of governments, through civil society, and in the digital sphere. Their political parties are cooperating across borders, their anti- democratic actions are undermining the rule of law, their attacks on “globalists” are eroding the efficacy of international institutions, and their racist memes are spreading throughout culture. According to the 80 academics, researchers, and activists interviewed in this report, this threat to democracy and internationalism is urgent.

  8. The Future is Public

    03 December 2019

    The Future is Public report is about more than just numbers. A growing international movement is building democratic public services for the social, ecological and economic challenges of our time.

  9. Transformative Cities People's Choice Award 2019 Finale

    04 December 2019 - Event

    On the occasion of the International Conference ‘The Future is Public’, the Transformative Cities Initiative will bring 8 of the finalists together to debate and discuss the opportunities and challenges for transforming our local contexts so we address the global challenges we are facing. During this unique event we will announce which initiatives received more popular support and who will receive the Transformative Cities 2019 People’s Choice Award.

  10. Future is Public Conference: Democratic ownership of the economy

    05 December 2019 - Event

    Public ownership is at the heart of an alternative vision, one that puts people, public services and the planet first. This movement has inspired the City of Amsterdam, TNI and the many international partners to organize the international conference Future is Public: Democratic Ownership of the Economy in Amsterdam.

  11. Custodiar la fortaleza

    • Ainhoa Ruiz Benedicto
    27 November 2019

    El informe se enmarca en un contexto donde más de 70,8 millones de personas en 2018, según datos del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (ACNUR) han sido desplazadas por la fuerza de sus casas. Algunas de ellas han llegado a las puertas de la Unión Europea buscado protección y asilo, pero lo que se han encontrado son respuestas políticas que mayoritariamente pretenden frenar e interceptar los flujos migratorios en un marco de políticas de securitización, donde las migraciones se convierten en una amenaza para la seguridad desde los gobiernos de los Estados miembro de la Unión Europea. Entre las respuestas que se dan para responder a los flujos migratorios una de ellas es la creación de la Agencia Europea de la Guardia de Fronteras y Costas (Frontex) en 2004, que será el órgano de la Unión Europea encargado de custodiar lo que desde diversos sectores sociales de cultura de paz se ha denominado Europa Fortaleza, y cuyas prácticas vendrán a consolidar la criminaliza- ción de los movimientos migratorios y su securitización.

  12. Guarding the fortress

    • Ainhoa Ruiz Benedicto
    26 November 2019

    This report is set in a wider context in which more than 70.8 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced, according to the 2018 figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (UNHCR, 2019). Some of these have reached the borders of the European Union (EU), seeking protection and asylum, but instead have encountered policy responses that mostly aim to halt and intercept migration flows, against the background of securitisation policies in which the governments of EU Member States see migration as a threat. One of the responses to address migration flows is the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (hereafter Frontex), established in 2004 as the EU body in charge of guarding what many have called ‘Fortress Europe’, and whose practices have helped to consolidate the criminalisation of migrants and the securitisation of their movements.

  13. Growers' voices at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    Sai Lone, Pedro Arenas
    24 November 2019

    From 16 to 18 October 2019, representatives of member states, intergovernmental organisations, and civil society attended the 6th Intersessional Meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. On 17 October 2019, representatives of coca and opium growers from Colombia and Myanmar delivered statements highlighting the situation of communities involved in the illicit cultivation of coca and opium in both countries. Below are their full statements.

  14. "The UN is being turned into a public-private partnership"

    Harris Gleckman, Lynn Fries
    21 November 2019

    Multistakeholderism has become a new buzzword for global governance, shaping standards for products, setting the rules for global initiatives and increasingly entering every arena of global governance including the UN. They are driven by transnational corporations to consolidate power and profits and have disturbing implications for democracy, accountability and for communities most affected by corporate human rights violations.

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  16. Extractivisme et Résistance en Afrique du Nord

    • Hamza Hamouchene
    20 November 2019

    L’extractivisme a réaffirmé le rôle des pays d’Afrique du Nord en tant qu’exportateurs de nature et fournisseurs de ressources naturelles, en consolidant leur intégration subordonnée dans l’économie capitaliste mondiale.

  17. Extractivism and resistance in North Africa

    • Hamza Hamouchene
    20 November 2019

    Northern African countries are key suppliers of natural resources to the global economy, from large- scale oil and gas extraction in Algeria and Tunisia, to phosphate mining in Tunisia and Morocco, to water-intensive agribusiness paired with tourism in Morocco and Tunisia. The commodification of nature and privatisation of resources entailed in these projects has led to serious environmental damages, and forced these countries into a subservient position in the global economy, sustaining and deepening global inequalities.

  18. If I Only had a Heart

    • Stacco Troncoso, Ann Marie Utratel
    15 November 2019

    Distributed Cooperative Organizations (DisCOs) are a P2P/Commons, cooperative and Feminist Economic alternative to Decentralised Autonomous Organizations (or DAOs).

    DisCOs bring together the worlds of the Commons and P2P, Open and Platform Cooperativism, Distributed Ledger/Blockchain tech, and Feminist Economics together in a fresh, radical framework fit for addressing the challenges of our times.

  19. La izquierda uruguaya en la encrucijada

    Daniel Chavez
    14 November 2019

    El gobierno del Frente Amplio de Uruguay, una de las experiencias más estables, prolíficas y admiradas de la “nueva izquierda latinoamericana” atraviesa un proceso electoral muy dramático y con posibles impactos profundos en el país y en la región en su conjunto. Daniel Chavez ofrece un balance de los resultados positivos y negativos de la experiencia uruguaya y sugiere elementos de análisis relevantes para otros procesos contrahegemónicos en América Latina y el mundo.

  20. The Uruguayan Left at the Crossroads

    Daniel Chavez
    14 November 2019

    The Frente Amplio (Broad Front) government of Uruguay, one of the most stable, fruitful and serene experiences of the “new Latin American left”, is going through a very dramatic electoral process with likely profound impacts in the country and in the region. Daniel Chavez appraises the results of the Uruguayan experience and suggests what might be relevant for other counter-hegemonic processes in the region and the world.