COP22 – Civil society demands increasing ambition and equity

dcj-logo-256x256pxCivil society organisations united under the banner of the Climate Justice campaign issued their demands on the eve of the Marrakesh meeting.

“The Paris Agreement passed the threshold for entry into force earlier than anticipated after being ratified by 55 countries representing 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions on October 4th,, so the Agreement will enter into force on 4th November and the Marrakech meeting will also host the first Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA). Continue reading

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 declaration