There is no shortage of words in the latest negotiating document for the UN climate negotiations taking place in Paris at the end of November – 32,731 words to be precise and counting. Yet strangely there is one word you won’t find: military. It’s a strange omission, given that the US military alone is the single largest user of petroleum in the world and has been the main enforcer of the global oil economy for decades.
An international coalition of NGOs, civil society groups and political figures such as Naomi Klein and Susan George have called on the French president to lift the ban on protests during the COP 21 climate talks in Paris, which is due to start on the 30 November.
The convergence of multiple crises – food, energy, environmental, climate change and finance – in combination with the rise of important global political economic players has triggered profound agrarian and environmental transformations worldwide. There is a global rush to control natural resources in order to produce food, fuel, and energy for climate change mitigation and adaptation purposes; partly as a result of financialization of agriculture, nature, food systems and farmland. How does one govern such complex and fluid ‘value webs’?
La destrucción del hospital de Médicos sin Fronteras (MSF) en Kunduz que ocasionó 22 muertes, incluyendo a médicos, otros trabajadores y pacientes, remató una semana en la que se había bombardeado otro hospital en Afganistán y una boda en Yemen —obra de Arabia Saudí con el apoyo de los Estados Unidos— que se celebraba en unas tiendas en medio del desierto, es decir lejos de cualquier objetivo remotamente militar.
I can only see progress—technological, political, social, moral, whatever—as a goal of human action and since progress has no will or direction of its own and depends entirely on what people do or don’t do, it’s neither contented or discontented about anything. As judges of the direction human affairs and the world are taking I am, and practically everyone I know is mightily discontented with the cumulative effects of changes brought about over the past several decades.
Centro de Investigación sobre Drogas y Derechos Humanos (CIDDH)
13 November 2015
El decreto legislativo 1241, promulgado por Perú para reforzar la lucha contra el tráfico de drogas, podría ser estímulo de futuros conflictos si el Gobierno no tiene la voluntad de dialogar con las comunidades cuyo único modo de supervivencia es el cultivo de hoja de coca.
Declaración de la Confederación Nacional de Productores Agropecuarios de las Cuencas Cocaleras del Perú (CONPACCP) con motivo de la implementación del Programa de Reconversión Productiva a la hoja de coca en el Vraem por parte del Ministerio de Agricultura.
The CFI will have devastating impacts for small-scale fisher folk in the targeted countries and regions and the actors behind the CFI furthermore want their reforms to inform global fisheries policy. With this statement we, as representatives of over 20 million fisher people, wish to express our firm opposition to the CFI, which directly contradict the implementation of the recently endorsed Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (VGSSF)
SOMO and TNI launch a new a quiz on ISDS & TTIP. The quiz is intended to increase everyone's critical knowledge of ISDS and TTIP. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has gained considerable attention last year. The Investor to State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) has emerged as the most contentious part of the free trade agreement.
Vandaag lanceren SOMO en TNI een kennisquiz over ISDS & TTIP. De quiz is bedoeld om ieders kritische kennis van ISDS en TTIP te vergroten. De Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) kwam het afgelopen jaar flink in de schijnwerpers te staan. Investor to State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) heeft zich ontpopt als het meest omstreden onderdeel van beide vrijhandelsverdragen.
Friends of Praful Bidwai have started a crowdfunding campaign to honour his legacy, aiming to find funding for various activities, among which translations of parts of his work in vernacular Indian languages, promotion for his last book, and providing a new annual prize to promising young investigative journalists in South Asia.
Over 39 organisations write an open letter to the presidents of European Council, Commission and Parliament to address their concerns on the agenda in favour of cutting compliance costs and replacing the role of the public regulator with corporate co- and self-regulation. The dieselgate scandal, caused by a will to cut compliance costs, shows that the human and economic consequences of weak rules and lenient enforcement of environmental laws are enormous.