Give targetted assistance to LDCs to develop renewable energy urges head of ‘southern’ NGO

17 April 2017: The LDC initiated Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative (REEEI) for Sustainable Development should be put into action. This new initiative, let us hope, will help improve livelihoods across the LDCs, bringing modern, clean, resilient energy systems to millions of energy-starved people, says Gauri Pradham, international coordinator of LDC Watch.  Continue reading

African Peoples to Europe: Don’t Hijack Our Renewable Energy

5 April 2017: Today almost 200 African civil society organisations issued a strong condemnation of European manipulation and compromising of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). Tensions have erupted over the actions of France and the European Commission, who are accused of risking the initiative’s African sovereignty, and of bypassing processes including social and environmental criteria to push approval of projects, to the cost of African citizens Continue reading

How successful were the millennium development goals?

John McArthur and Krista Rasmussen,  Brookings Institute, 30 March 2017: Did the United Nation’s millennium development goals (MDGs) make any difference? Perhaps no question is more important for assessing the results of global policy cooperation between 2000 and 2015. We highlight three key findings: At least 21 million extra lives were saved due to accelerated progress; some successes were more important than others; low income countries accelerated more than middle-income countries.

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Majority of the world’s poor are women, says Oxfam

08-03-2017, Oxfam: Gender inequality is one of the oldest and most pervasive forms of inequality in the world. It denies women their voices, devalues their work and make women’s position unequal to men’s, from the household to the national and global levels.

Despite some important progress to change this in recent years, in no country have women achieved economic equality with men, and women are still more likely than men to live in poverty. Continue reading

La sécheresse menace 17 millions de personnes dans la Corne de l’Afrique

La sécheresse généralisée dans toute la Corne de l’Afrique menace la subsistance de plus de 17 millions de personnes, a prévenu dimanche l’agence des Nations unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO), évoquant une “urgence humanitaire”. “Une intervention humanitaire immédiate et de grande échelle est indispensable”, a insisté dans un communiqué l’organisation spécialisée basée à Rome. Continue reading

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) an attack on food sovereignty and must be scrapped, say People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty

In a statement issued on the eve of the RCEP meeting in Japan (March 3)  the PCFS says that any agreement reached will mean the poorest member-countries will suffer.

The PCFS say that RCEP will be a neoliberal trade deal covering 3.5 billion or almost half of the world’s population with a gross domestic product of USD 22.5 trillion, and will strengthen the monopoly control of the biggest agro-corporations within the 10 members of ASEAN, India, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and China and even in the world.

The PCFS adds that the move for a Free Trade Agreement is led by China and will benefit the biggest Chinese capitalists more than any of RCEP member-countries.  Read the full statement below: Continue reading

Rich countries and corporations stealing from developing countries through trade mis-invoicing and fake invoices

Jason Hickel, 14-01-17: A recent study has found that the flow of money from rich countries to poor countries pales in comparison to the flow that runs in the other direction. Researchers at the US Global Financial Integrity (GFI) and the Norwegian School of Economics have tallied up all the financial resources transferred between rich countries and poor countries each year: not just aid, foreign investment and trade flows, but also non-financial transfers such as debt cancellation, unrequited transfers like workers’ remittances, and unrecorded capital flight (more of this later). Continue reading

Les progrès réalisés dans la mise en œuvre du Programme d’action d’Istanbul sont mitigés, selon les Nations Unies.

12-01-2017: Les progrès réalisés dans la mise en œuvre du Programme d’Action d’Istanbul Les progrès accomplis vers la réalisation des objectifs et cibles du le Programme d’Action d’Istanbul sont mitigés. Au cours de ces cinq dernières années, les progrès des Pays les Moins Développés (PMA) vers la sortie de cette catégorie se sont accélérés, avec 10 PMA étant actuellement engagés dans ce processus de sortie. Continue reading

Progress in implementing LDC’s Istanbul Programme of Action is mixed says United Nations.

12-01-2017:  Progress in the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action has been mixed.  Over the past five years, progress by the LDCs towards graduation from the category accelerated, with 10 LDCs currently in the graduation process. Furthermore, progress has been made towards several goals and targets. Extreme Poverty has seen consistent reduction in LDCs albeit slowly. Continue reading