People, planet and the climate talks: poles apart?

November 10, Bonn, IBON International Updates, Tetet Nera-Lauron, – The 23rd Conference of Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking part in Bonn, is expected to come out with decisions on a range of issues, including (a) the ‘Paris Rulebook’ – the manual that details how the 2015 agreement will be implemented; (b) a ‘Facilitative Dialogue’ to track progress on countries’ implementing the domestic actions they pledged to do; (c) what money is forthcoming and who will foot the bill for lowering emissions and transitioning to low-carbon economies (mitigation) and helping those who face the severest impacts of climate change (adaptation), and (d) how the global community responds as the impacts get more frequent and intense, and the damages are permanent and go beyond the economic sphere (loss and damage). Continue reading

COP23: Conservation Agriculture: Zambia’s Double-edged Sword against Climate Change and Hunger

Zambia, 8 -11-17, Friday Phiri (IPS)- As governments gather in Bonn, at COP 23 to hammer out a blueprint to implement the global climate change treaty signed in Paris in 2015, a major focus will be on reducing emissions to keep the global average temperature increase to well below 2°C by 2020. While achieving this goal requires serious mitigation, LDCs such as Zambia are also emphasising adaptation as enshrined in Article 2 (b) of the Paris Agreement: Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production. Continue reading

World Bank Not Doing Enough to Resolve Energy Poverty, says new NGO report

October 31, 2017: The global rate of electrification has slowed down in recent years leaving 1.06 billion people still without access.  If progress is not substantially increased, the United Nations’ and World Bank’s Sustainable Energy for All goal to reach universal energy access by 2030 will not be met. Simply put, there are not enough new electricity connections taking place because there is not enough funding for it. Continue reading

Trade will remain vital for global economy says UNCTAD

Trade will remain the main engine of growth for the but it needs to evolve with respect to emerging technology, business and policy innovation. The export-led growth strategy will yield results only when the surpluses generated from such growth are deployed for public good. This was stated by Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Continue reading

Ministers from LDCs call on Global Community to go for strong action at UN Climate Change Negotiations

On 5 October, Ministers and Heads of Delegation from the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group met in Addis Ababa to discuss the priorities of the LDC group in preparation for the international climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany in November 2017. Mr. Gebru Jember Endalew, Chair of the LDC Group, said “Today Ministers from across the world’s 47 poorest countries have demonstrated how LDCs are continuing to take the lead on ambitious climate action, pursuing sustainable, low carbon and climate resilient pathways to protect our people and our planet.” Continue reading

Des leaders de la société civile réclament de meilleurs termes de l’échange et un plus grand accès au marché international pour les produits des PMA

Gèneve 27 septembre– Des leaders de la société civile de pays en voie de développement ont appelé les pays riches à ouvrir leurs marchés et à offrir des opportunités commerciales équitables aux produits des pays pauvres et en voie de développement. Prenant la parole mardi, à l’occasion d’un programme interactif organisé par l’Observatoire des PMA (OPMA), un réseau des organisations de la société des 47 pays les moins avancés – Demba Moussa Dembele, directeur du Forum africain des alternatives, a dit que des politiques, comme ‘l’Amérique d’abord’, font plus de mal aux pays pauvres et en voie de développement. Continue reading

Civil society leaders call for better trade terms and more access to world market for LDC products

 Geneva, 26 September 2017 — Civil society leaders from Least Developed Countries, the world’s poorest countries, called on rich countries to open up their markets and allow fair and equitable trade opportunities for products from the poor and developing countries. Continue reading

Least Developed Countries Group Push for Decisive Climate Action at United Nations General Assembly

23 September – At the UN General Assembly in New York, the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group calls on heads of state and government to reaffirm their pledge to tackle climate change by committing to fair and concrete climate solutions to protect all people and the planet. The theme of this year’s UN General Assembly debate – ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’ – is a reminder of the importance of safeguarding a liveable world for ourselves and future generations.  Continue reading

LDC Watch session at WTO Public Forum in Geneva on 26 Sept

(13 September 2017): LDC Watch, the umbrella group representing NGOs from Least Developed Countries, is holding a working session on ‘An Inclusive Global Trade System In The Face of Changing Trade Landscape’ at the WTO Public Forum. It is Working Session 6, on Tuesday, 26 September, 11.30-13.00 in Room D, at the WTO Building, Geneva. The general theme of the Public Forum 17, (26-28 September) is ‘Trade Behind the Headlines’ on making trade work for more people and ensure that the trading system is as inclusive as possible. Continue reading

Development deficit feeds Boko Haram in northern Cameroon

7 September Mbom Sixtus (IRIN), One of the main reasons Boko Haram has been able to gain a foothold and recruit thousands of young people in the Far North Region of Cameroon is its relative lack of development and employment opportunities. Since Boko Haram began to launch attacks in northern Cameroon in 2014, more than 2,000 people have been killed and at least 155,000 forced to flee their homes. Continue reading