In a statement issued on the eve of the RCEP meeting in Japan (March 3) the PCFS says that any agreement reached will mean the poorest member-countries will suffer.
The PCFS say that RCEP will be a neoliberal trade deal covering 3.5 billion or almost half of the world’s population with a gross domestic product of USD 22.5 trillion, and will strengthen the monopoly control of the biggest agro-corporations within the 10 members of ASEAN, India, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and China and even in the world.
The PCFS adds that the move for a Free Trade Agreement is led by China and will benefit the biggest Chinese capitalists more than any of RCEP member-countries. Read the full statement below: Continue reading
The Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) joins movements and communities in Bangladesh in their struggle to stop the Rampal coal-fired power-plant from being built.The United Nations has also requested Bangladesh to stop construction.The proposed Rampal coal-fired power plant is located just 14 kilometres north of the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue reading
30November 2016: “While there was some small cause for optimism at Marrakesh, the major issues were shuffled off, either never to be seen again or put aside for further ‘negotiation’ in the future. Overall, a disappointing result”, said Azeb Girmai, LDC Watch Climate Lead. Continue reading
(November 23, Marrakech) – As U.N. climate change negotiations concluded several hours over time after countries grappled with how to work out the rule book for the Paris Agreement, climate justice advocates issued the following reactions. “At the end of these two weeks we just want to express our extreme disappointment that no clear and concrete increases in climate finance pledges have been put forward by developed country governments,” said Lidy Nacpil of the Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development. Continue reading
Marrakesh, 17 November 2016: Least Developed Countries, Most Vulnerable Countries and Small Island Developing States are experiencing the effects of climate change far quicker than originally forecast. Each year sees increasing flooding, more droughts, desertification, salination of agricultural land and extreme weather events like hurricanes so severe they are threatening the long-term future of some of the poorest countries. Continue reading
Marrakesh, 15 November: “It seems that while discussions proceed at a snail’s pace, developing countries burn, are flooded and destroyed by the effects of climate change”, says Azeb Girmai, LDC Watch climate lead. Continue reading
(Marrakech, 11 November) – As government ministers meet in Marrakech to assess global ambition towards addressing climate change in the near-term, a diverse coalition of social movements, including LDC watch, an umbrella group of NGOs from civil society, released a startling new report, Setting the Path towards 1.5°C Continue reading
Gauri Pradhan,International Coordinator of LDC Watch, 9-11-16:Climate change is affecting every individual, community and country on earth. The greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are contributing to climate change every passing day. It threatens the natural and social balance and confronts sustainable development. Examples have shown the substantial impacts of climate change such as changing weather patterns, rising sea level and melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas. Continue reading
LDC Watch statement, 9-11-16: “Finance is the key” to mitigate the effects of climate change on Least Developed Countries, and help them adapt to the threats it poses,” said LDC Watch, the umbrella group of civil society organisations in Least Developed Countries, at the start of the UN Meeting on Climate Change in Marrakesh. Continue reading