Scores killed, and 70,000 homeless as floods hit Malawi and Mozambique

floods_in_malawiThe Malawi government has declared half the country a disaster zone and appealed for international humanitarian help after torrential rains killed at least 48 people, left 70,000 homeless, and destroyed bridges and roads.

Downpours and flooding have also hit neighbouring Mozambique, where 25 schoolchildren were swept away by torrents on Monday, and where 18 other people have been reported missing. Continue reading

Gyan Chandra Acharya,Head of UN Agency for LDCs talks about reasons for Asia-Pacific meeting this December

31626Keshav Thoker, My Republica: Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States discusses his office’s  role in advancing the agenda of LDCs at the global table and Nepal’s chances of graduating to a developing country status  (Reprinted from Continue reading

UN Climate Summit: climate-smart agriculture will decimate peasant economies, says International Peasants Movement

th3H81AP1OThe NGO La Via Campesina issued the following statement at the UN Climate Summit, warning of the dangers of climate-smart agriculture for peasants and small-scale farmers.

We denounce climate smart agriculture which is presented as a solution to climate change and a mechanism for sustainable development. It is a continuation of projects, such as the so-called Green Revolution, which, within a couple of decades, decimated peasant economies, leaving many countries, particularly in the Global South, which had been self-sufficient in food production, dependent on the North to feed their population . Continue reading

Le Sommet de l’ONU sur le climat: un défilé ou une réalité

21 sept  Thalif Dean (IPS) – Le Sommet d’une journée sur le climat la semaine thF4TZ4FDYprochaine est en train d’être médiatisé comme l’un des grands événements politico-environnementaux aux Nations Unies cette année.

Le secrétaire général, Ban Ki-moon, a exhorté plus de 120 dirigeants politiques et économiques du monde, qui sont censés participer au sommet, d’annoncer des initiatives importantes, y compris des engagements de financement, “pour aider à guider le monde vers un chemin qui limitera le réchauffement climatique”. Continue reading

NGOs reject Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture as Corporate-Smart Greenwash

imagesCorporate-Smart Greenwash: Why we reject the Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture

Sept 21 : Civil society organisations reject proposed Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture to be launched at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Leaders’ Summit as ‘Greenwash’, saying the proposed alliance is deceptive and deeply contradictory. Continue reading

On eve of UN Climate Summit LDC civil society calls for climate justice

 IMG_0107Fight for Climate Justice!
On the eve of the UN Climate Summit which begins on 23 September, LDC NGOs are among the hundreds of NGOs who are marching for climate justice, and which have signed the following statement which is being presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Continue reading

London roundtable to discuss how to ensure LDCs benefit from the SDGs

Acharya1London, 23 June 2014: The UN Under-Secretary-General Gyan Chandra Acharya for Least Developed Countries, (UN-OHRLLS) is flying to London to head a roundtable discussion on 24 June on the ways to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals and the post 2015 Agenda benefit the 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs).The current list of LDCs includes 48 countries: 34 in Africa, 13 in Asia and Pacific and one in Latin America Continue reading

Southern-based and LDCs NGOs submit demands on land-use to Bonn Climate Change Conference – June 2014

Bonn land-useA large number of civil society organisations in developing and Least Developed countries signed a statement on the issues of agriculture and land use being negotiated in the international climate talks, stressing the urgent need for comprehensive land-use planning to address emissions from the land-use sector. The paper stresses that a global climate agreement must support and strengthen sustainable and low-emission land-use decisions, and good governance at all levels of land use management. A comprehensive land-use planning approach under the ADP could enhance ambitious mitigation across all sectors, while protecting rights to land, livelihoods and food-security. Continue reading