LDCs must strengthen their capacity to face climate change

bangladesh-climate-changeOct 23, 2016 (BSS)– Climate experts in Bangladesh this week called for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) like Bangladesh to strenthen their bargaining capacity by acquiring knowledge on different aspects of the climate change issue to avert its possible harmful impacts. LDCs must be united by developing strong leadership to pile up pressure on industrialized nations to take action to stem the planet’s rising temperatures, they told a press conference on “COP 22 Climate Change Conference: Expectation of civil society” at the Jatiya Press Club here. Continue reading

Join the Africa CSO Working Group on SDG’s!

african-cso-working-groupAll African CSOs are invited to join the African CSO Working Group (AWG), a platform of over 120 African CSOs that coordinates African CSOs engagement in SDG-Agenda 2063 implementation. It has a clear African focus and seeks to connect the SDG agenda with African reality, potential and challenges. The AWG was formed during the High Level Panel (HLP) process as a way of coordinating African CSOs in the post 2015 process. A Monrovian Africa CSO Forum held in October 2012 concluded with her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf accepting to host the Africa CSO Working Group Secretariat within her office. Continue reading

Pacific LDCS – Wave energy could provide the answer to the Islands’ energy needs

wave-energy– Waves are ubiquitous in the more than 20 island states scattered across 165 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. But this year, following a ground-breaking study by oceanographic experts, they are now seen as an economically viable source of renewable energy in the region. The Pacific Community’s wave energy cost analysis report presents tangible costs of purchasing, installing, operating and maintaining wave energy devices in the region for the first time and concludes that “the costs of generating energy using waves are on par with other renewable energies, such as wind and solar.” Continue reading

WTO rules must be revised if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, says civil society

wto-2016On Thursday, 29 September, at the WTO Public Forum,  civil society speakers will argue for a change in WTO rules to achieve the SDGs. Speakers from the Third World Network,  Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI), Uganda, International Trade Union Confederation and LDC Watch will explain that in September 2015 governments agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but the SDGs cannot be achieved under existing WTO rules. Continue reading

SEATINI fears ‘secret’ signing of EPA by Kenya and Rwanda with EU could undermine regional integration

kenya-signs-epa-in-bruxThe Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiating Institute (SEATINI) believes that by signing the Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU, Kenya and Rwanda are undermining regional integration. The two countries signed  the EPA on 1 Sept in Brussels, a move which pre-empted the East African Community (EAC) Summit which took place on 8 Sept,  called to enable EAC Partner States to agree on a common position on whether or not to sign the EPA, or to consider other options. Continue reading

LDC Civil society issues Antalya Declaration

29 May, Antalya, Turkey: Members of civil society from Least Developed Countries issued the Antalya Declaration urging fair trade to help LDCs work their way out  poverty, financial support to adopt measures in the light of climate change, and for LDCs and their development partners, including international development agencies, to develop an overarching framework for smooth transition towards graduation and a set of time-bound specific and results-oriented guidelines to promote sustainable post-graduation developments.

for the full declarationhttp://www.ldcwatch.org/index.php/cso-forum-ipoa-mid-term-review/117-ldc-civil-society-forum-antalya-declaration

Civil Society Forum for Least Developed Countries asks international community to stick to its pledges to support poorest countries.

LDC NEws logo smallLDCwatchlogo19 May 2016, London/Kathmandu: Hundreds of civil society representatives from the global South will attend the LDC Civil Society Forum in Antalya, Turkey 27-29 May. They will be lobbying the international community to fulfil the pledges made in 2011 to help Least Developed Countries (LDCs) lift their populations out of poverty. Continue reading

Climate change: Asian NGO alliance urges governments to solve climate crisis

Climate change Asia As representatives of over 150 countries signed the Paris Agreement on climate change in New York today, an alliance of Asian social movements demanded governments to do their fair share in solving the climate crisis.

“We must remember that the national pledges which form part of the Paris Agreement, when combined, fail to ensure that the global temperature increase does not breach the 1.5 degrees Celsius limit”. said Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD), from Manila Continue reading