Malti Danjuma, 21 April: What does the Fourth Industrial Revolution mean to you? Do you fear robots or self-driving cars taking your job, or do you see the block chain, 3D printing or any other fast-developing technology as an opportunity to create a business, overtake the competition or build a fairer, more equal society? This is the question that will play out at the World Economic Forum on Africa next month in Kigali. Continue reading
20 April 2016: Solo Sandeng, an opposition activist in The Gambia has died in detention, following his arrest during street protests, and there are calls for an enquiry into his death. Another activist Fatoumata Jawara, who was detained with Mr Sandeng during protests on Thursday, is believed to have serious injuries. Several senior opposition leaders were arrested on Saturday after demanding answers from the authorities.There has been no comment yet from the Gambian government. Continue reading
In a paper released for the UNCTAD IV session in Nairobi in July, SEATINI, (Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute) points out the contradiction between the ambitious SDGs, and the results of COP21 and the WTO Meeting, which represent a step backwards for LDCs.
Find the paper here: file:///C:/Users/User/Downloads/SEATINI%20Position%20Paper%20on%20UNCTAD%2014%20Forum.pdf
20 January 2016: Burmese authorities should immediately drop all politically motivated charges against hundreds of detainees and unconditionally release them, Human Rights Watch said today. President Thein Sein should fulfill pledges he made over three years ago to free all of the country’s political prisoners.
21 December, Nairobi: On Friday, civil society activists, in Nairobi for the 10th Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO), including LDC Watch, protested the non-transparent and exclusive nature of the negotiations. A small group of five countries, known as the G5, is meeting behind closed doors to draft the text. The protestors pointed out that no African countries are present at these secret negotiations, which is the first WTO Ministerial on the continent of Africa, and that no Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are present in the talks. Civil society pointed out the outrageousness of rich countries pushing to abandon the so-called “Development Round” while excluding LDCs and Africans from the discussions Continue reading
17 December , Nairobi: a group of civil society activists, including representatitves from LDC Watch at the WTO meeting demanded that no so-called “new issues” be put on the agenda, particularly while the development mandate has not been concluded. Continue reading
15 December, Nairobi: Over 80 civil society experts – trdevelopment advocates, trade unionists, farmers, , and consumer activists from over 25 countries are at Nairobi for the 10th Ministerial meeting the WTO. Keys issue to be debated are WTO barriers to food security and sustainable development, the long overdue LDC package, and the need for any future agreements to address asymetries and imbalances in the existing WTO rules, particularly agriculture, Special and Differential Treatment (SDT). Continue reading
Paris, 14 Dec: Climate Justice Groups give the real results: The self-congratulation in this room is palpable. We’ve heard that this moment is “a turning point for humankind and a message of light.” These are pretty words, meant to provide us only an escape from reality.The denial in this room is palpable. Nobody wants to hear the inconvenient truth, which is no longer climate change itself, but rather the fact that the Great Escape of the developed world comes at the expense of real lives, real bodies in the South. Continue reading
Farmers in india pray for rain
Jonathan Neale, Global Climate Jobs, 14 December: The circus is over. The suits are leaving Paris. Millions of words have been written about the text. But one fact stands out. All the governments of the world have agreed to increase global greenhouse gas emissions every year between now and 2030. Why? Because all the countries have agreed to accept the promises of all the other countries. Among the top 20 countries for emissions, here are the countries that have promised to increase their emissions a lot by 2030: China, India, Russia, Korea, Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey, Thailand, Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam. Continue reading
13 December 2015: “The final Paris Agreement is a nail in the coffin for justice for LDCs”, said Azeb Girmai, climate lead for LDC Watch. “We have gradually seen the text change from the long-standing ‘polluter pays principle’, where developed countries would finance adaptation and mitigation to help developing countries deal with climate chaos to one where the wealthiest countries are refusing to commit any climate finance. In the revised text, “new and additional” climate finance committed in the 1992 Convention has now been dropped out”. Continue reading