18 May, Bonn: Over 100 international CSOs issued a solidarity statement with their African counterparts who are concerned that France and the European Commission might undermine the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative. The statement says that France and the European Commission abused their position as donors to endorse 19 projects which were not subject to the initiative’s own evaluation criteria or social, environmental, and gender safeguards – against the wishes of several Africans on the AREI Board. Neither France nor the European Commission is formally a Board Member. Continue reading
2017 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record, resulting in record low sea-ice levels in the Arctic, unprecedented flooding displacing 100,000 and affecting over a million people in Peru, and the threat of mass deaths in parts of Africa as the worst drought in memory deepens famine conditions. While this is the world at 1°C of warming, much further warming is inevitable: the window to avoid warming above 1.5°C is rapidly closing, and carbon dioxide levels are already at the record-breaking level of 410ppm. Continue reading
Apr 24 2017 Erik Larson (IPS): Mao Neav takes a few quick steps out into the field, followed by her faithful dog Onada, tail wagging, tongue out and panting, ready for what is out there. The field is peppered with cluster bombs. Mao Neav is the leader of a small group of bomb and mine clearers working in the Ratanakiri province of north-east Cambodia. Continue reading
Rights groups have demanded reforming the Bangladesh Water Development Board to save the nation’s coastal lands and its people as the board is failing to carry out its duties.They have also demanded ending the illicit ties and business between WDB and its contractors at a human chain on Saturday in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka. Continue reading
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
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
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.
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 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