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Amid concerns that 160 people may have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean this week alone, the UN refugee agency have urged countries to offer more resettlement places. Though the influx of refugees and migrants has slowed, many are still embarking on dangerous journeys to Europe. “[We] have been...
Members of the Fight Inequality Alliance will from January 19th to 26th, mobilise across the world to highlight the crisis of rising inequality and demand the end to the age of greed and for a more equal society. The 2018 Week of Action takes place under the theme 'End the Age of Greed' and will be parallel to the...
We must develop a new and international progressive movement that takes on the greed and ideology of the billionaire class, and commits itself to tackling structural inequality both between and within nations, writes Bernie Sanders. Here is where we are as a planet in 2018: after all of the wars, revolutions and...
The United Nations finds growing numbers of Americans are living in the most impoverished circumstances. How did we get here? asks Premilla Nadasen.  “Finish all your food,” my mother used to tell me. “There’s a child in Africa who would love to have that food on your plate.” It was an effective disciplinary approach...
Will Iran listen to groups like the IMF or the voice of its people? Unless the country deals with basic economic concerns and inequality, the frustrations will continue to simmer, writes Negin Owliaei at Inequality.org As 2017 came to a close, a groundswell of Iranian protesters captured international attention. The...
The UN is moving ahead with a treaty that would allow greater regulation and protection for the high seas.  Tight fishing restrictions already impose quotas and employ other mechanisms to guard dwindling fish stocks and ensure that key fish species don’t become extinct in our coastal waters. But when it comes to the...
The distributive concept of the 21st century is not about redistribution, but about sharing the sources of wealth from the start. An interview with Kate Raworth, by Triodos bank. Kate Raworth recognises that a dramatic new mindset is needed if we’re going to address the economic challenges of the 21st century. Her...
A new dedicated website by the P2P Foundation explains the meaning of and relationship between the Commons and peer-to-peer (P2P) frameworks, and details how a growing movement for a Commons Transition is poised to reinvigorate labor, politics, production, and carework – from both an interpersonal and environmental...
Innumerable observers have noted that the so-called developed world accounts for a disproportionate share of the world’s resources. Yet even those of us who find global inequality troubling and ultimately indefensible hesitate to raise the subject. Unlike George Orwell, that is, whose support for war-time rationing...
The richest 0.1% of the world’s population have increased their combined wealth by as much as the poorest 50% – or 3.8 billion people – since 1980, according to a report detailing the widening gap between the very rich and poor.  The World Inequality Report, published on Thursday by French economist Thomas Piketty,...
We all support the aspiration to achieve ‘Universal Health Coverage.’ Who could possibly argue against a world in which everybody has access to the high quality health services they need, without incurring financial hardship? The problem is how we can possibly turn such a lofty ambition into reality. The scale of the...
In advance of French President Macron’s climate and finance summit, prominent economists call for an immediate end to investments in new fossil fuel production and infrastructure, and encourage a dramatic increase in investments in renewable energy. Over 80 world-renowned economists from 20 countries have issued a ...
Without public recognition of the politics behind disease and famine, it is harder to hold leaders accountable, or indeed to take any measures – beyond the purely technical or charity-minded – to mitigate future disasters. And nowhere is the blindness to context in famine reporting more pervasive than in Africa,...
Despite a few victories, the UN’s annual climate change conference ended without achieving its goals or injecting a sense of much needed urgency. Over 20,000 people from around the world descended on Bonn, Germany at the beginning of November for the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23). Timoci Naulusala, a 12-year-...
The United Nations relief wing have warned of famine-like conditions unfolding in Yemen, as a blockade on aid and other essential goods by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels there enters its 12th day. Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), sounded the...
Since 2009, a series of expert dialogues at the General Assembly of the United Nations has sought to define a new worldview based on a non-anthropocentric relationship with Nature. The resolutions contain different perspectives regarding the construction of a new paradigm in which the fundamental basis for right and...
Share The World's Resources is one of many signatories to the latest Civil Society Equity Review, which proposes a policy framework for a fair sharing of efforts and resources to meet the global commitments on keeping greenhouse gas emissions within safe limits. We are not on track to achieve the principal aim of the...
The globe’s richest 1% own half the world’s wealth, according to a new report highlighting the growing gap between the super-rich and everyone else.  The world’s richest people have seen their share of the globe’s total wealth increase from 42.5% at the height of the 2008 financial crisis to 50.1% in 2017, or $140tn...
The recently leaked Paradise Papers underscore the need to crack down on tax dodging instead of passing another giveaway for the wealthy, writes Chuck Collins for Inequality.org Just as Congress begins debate on the Republicans’ “Tax Cut and Jobs Act,” new revelations have emerged about how wealthy elites around the...
The following article is a resource produced by members of Demand Climate Justice to provide background on the global politics of climate change and the latest U.N. negotiations in Bonn, Germany. Planetary Emergency: The World at 1°C The current decade has already seen three consecutive record-breaking years for...
When companies don’t pay their fair share of tax, it hits the world’s poorest people the hardest – depriving their governments of money that could be spent on vital services like hospitals, schools and clean water. Without these, people in developing countries simply don’t have a fair chance of overcoming poverty,...
While President Trump’s 2018 budget proposes giving more than $700 billion to the military, it will come at the expense of trillions of dollars in cuts to the safety net over the coming decade. But an alternative is mapped out in The People's Budget, which aims to limit investment in the military and pump money into...
In cooperation with the Network of spiritual Progressives, Congressman Keith Ellison has introduced a new resolution to the House of Representatives for a Global Marshall Plan that holds the potential to promote peace and prosperity through poverty reduction in the United States and abroad. Published by Tikkun...
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should change its priorities and finally let go of the outdated conditionalities of privatization, deregulation of markets, and "austerity" in social services, which in the past have engendered human rights violations, and instead make loans subject to a new set of conditions....
Social movements from around the world are in Geneva this week to push the United Nations to adopt a binding treaty on corporations and human rights. Dorothy Guerrero explains why it is a crucial fight for Global Justice Now.  From the richest countries to the very poor ones, big corporations that operate in multiple...
Globally, 108 million people faced food crises in 2016, compared to about 80 million in 2015 – an increase of 35%, according to the 2017 Global Report on Food Crises. Another 123 million people were ‘stressed’, contributing to around 230 million such food insecure people in 2016, of whom 72% were in Africa. The...
The world’s poorest pay more than a day’s wages for a single plate of food, according to a report from the World Food Programme, which reveals that the same bean stew can cost the average consumer in New York just $1.20, while the price tag is more than $320 in South Sudan. The research, released to coincide with...
The political landscape may seem particularly bleak at present. But, if we stand back and look at the bigger picture, the dominance of rightwing populists and neoliberal policies is likely to be a temporary blip. The evidence is mounting that greater economic equality benefits all people in all societies, whether you...
Our core ecological problem is not climate change. It is overshoot, of which global warming is a symptom. Overshoot is a systemic issue. Over the past century-and-a-half, enormous amounts of cheap energy from fossil fuels enabled the rapid growth of resource extraction, manufacturing and consumption; and these in turn...
At the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) of July 2016, the initiative was taken to draft a Global Charter for 'Universal Social Protection Rights'. These principles for universal social protection systems, by all and for all, are promoted as a reference for national and local movements organising their diverse social...
Against all odds, 122 countries agreed in July to ban nuclear weapons. At the heart of the United Nations treaty is an explicit ethical goal: to protect peoples of the world from the humanitarian catastrophe that would ensue if nuclear weapons were employed.  The United States lobbied hardest against this treaty,...
More than 30 years after the adoption of the Declaration on the Right to Development, business-as-usual will not be sufficient to achieve progress, a United Nations human rights expert has said. In his first report to the Human Rights Council since being appointed to the new mandate of Special Rapporteur on the right...
The number of those needing humanitarian assistance is at its highest since the end of the Second World War – some 145 million people. Several protracted crises in Africa and the Middle East are deteriorating and climate-induced emergencies, sometimes combined with violent conflict, continue to wreak havoc on...
Does consumerism thrive on our discontentment? Tim Jackson presents his cogent perspective: "Beyond consumerism lies the society of enough".  Post-purchase dissonance is an expression psychologists use to describe the disappointment we sometimes feel on realizing that our latest consumer purchase does not fulfil the...
 'A sensible and effective foreign policy recognizes that our safety and welfare is bound up with the safety and welfare of others around the world.' By Sen. Bernie Sanders. The following speech was delivered on Thursday September 21, by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for the 58th Green Foundation Lecture at Westminster...
A UN report it reveals that in 2016 the number of chronically undernourished people in the world is estimated to have increased to 815 million, up from 777 million in 2015, although still down from about 900 million in 2000. Exacerbated by climate-related shocks, increasing conflicts have been a key driver of severe...
Fifty years ago, at New York’s Riverside Church, Martin Luther King made a passionate plea for a more equal, more just, more peaceful and more dignified world. Calling for “a radical revolution of values”, King concluded: “We must rapidly begin … the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. ...
Following the 2007-2008 global financial crisis and the Great Recession in its wake, the ‘new normal’ in monetary policy has been abnormal. At the heart of the unconventional monetary policies adopted have been ‘asset purchase’ or ‘quantitative easing’ (QE) programmes. Ostensibly needed for economic revival, QE has...
A joint civil society report explains how a treaty on business and human rights could improve access to remedy for victims, with seven key recommendations for practical reforms. The new report ‘Removing Barriers to Justice’ – commissioned by a coalition of eight civil society organisations – shows how a UN Treaty on...
In considering the essential problem of how to produce and distribute material wealth, virtually all of the great economists in Western history have ignored the significance of the commons—the shared resources of nature and society that people inherit, create and utilize.  Despite sharp differences in concept and...
There is abundant prosperity in the United States - it is time we shared it, writes Ben Leet for Inequality.org Nothing may ever be more crucial to the cohesion and well-being of our human societies than fairness. We’re all moral beings. Extreme differences in income and wealth can create a toxic atmosphere of...
Imagine a world with as many as one billion people facing harsh climate change impacts resulting in devastating droughts and/or floods, extreme weather, destruction of natural resources, in particular lands, soils and water, and the consequence of severe livelihoods conditions, famine and starvation. Although not yet...
The United Nations has called the situation in Yemen the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with more than 10 million people who require immediate assistance. And the situation could become even worse. After two and a half years of war, little is functioning in Yemen. Repeated bombings have crippled bridges,...
There is still hope of restoring finance to the role of servant to, and not master of, economies and regions. But for that to happen the public must realise that citizens can exercise economic power over global financial markets. The people must lead, so that leaders can follow, writes Ann Pettifor for Red Pepper. I...
To truly flourish, the circular economy needs to be part of a bigger effort to tackle economic growth, wasteful consumerism and undemocratic power structures in the global economy. It needs to be geared to the real needs of all people, rather than the excessive consumption of a few, writes Micha Narberhaus and...
There is only a 5% chance that the Earth will avoid warming by at least 2C come the end of the century, according to new research that paints a sobering picture of the international effort to stem dangerous climate change. Global trends in the economy, emissions and population growth make it extremely unlikely that...
For over half a century the struggle against poverty has been a focus of global rhetoric. Rarely, however, do people ask the most important question: Who is going to fight poverty? This is where the concept of agroecology comes in, based on peasant farming systems - an approach that defends diversity against...
For too long aid spending has been driven by notions of charity, national self-interest, and an ideological belief that free markets and multinational business can solve the world’s problems. A new progressive vision for UK aid is urgently needed—re-focused on principles of social justice and the need to redistribute...
The Asian financial crisis started 20 years ago and the global financial crisis and recession 9 years back. When a new global financial crisis strikes, the developing countries will be more damaged than in the last crisis as they have become less resilient and more vulnerable. They thus need to prepare from being...
The SDG Health Price Tag, published in The Lancet Global Health, estimates the costs and benefits of progressively expanding health services in order to reach 16 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) health targets in 67 low- and middle-income countries that account for 75% of the world’s population. The analysis shows...
Climate change is becoming a permanent reality affecting food supplies in many parts of the world, escalating a new international food crisis in 19 countries. As the trend of increasing migratory flows worsens, there is no escape from the need for a rapid reduction in carbon emissions, writes Paul Rogers for ...
Civil Society activists critique the first week of deliberations at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. By the Global Policy Forum. With the first week of deliberations at the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development coming to a close this Friday at the UN in New York, civil...
A new politics is needed if the incredible riches of our world are to be shared by the many. But the G20 cannot or will not adopt such a redistributive and regulatory agenda; only massive popular action can bring it about, writes Nick Dearden. The Hamburg G20 might go down in history as the moment the international...
Shouldn't the returns from at least part of our national wealth go to all citizens and not just the already rich? By Stewart Lansley, Inequality.org. Many attempts to tackle inequality fall short because they fail to target inequality’s primary source, the concentration of the ownership of both capital and other...
Unbridled growth appears to be at odds with social well-being and environmental sustainability. How might we develop a model that reduces the imperative for growth while maintaining economic stability? By Riccardo Mastini for openDemocracy. In the 1970s, the emphasis was on resource limits. The French term...
Transformational changes are needed to make the UN into a body that advances the public interest through democratic governance and commitment to its founding values. These changes will not be easy to bring about, but one thing is clear: a piecemeal approach won’t get us the UN we need. By Barbara Adams and Karen Judd...
As the blockade imposed by Israel approaches its 9th anniversary, it continues to devastate the lives and livelihoods of 1.8 million Palestinians living in Gaza. This collective punishment keeps people poor, denies them their rights and fails to make Israel safer.Oxfam calls on the international community to press the...
The total number of children that die of preventable causes worldwide continues to decline, says the United Nations children’s agency, but such progress disguises a still-massive and intolerable death toll. At the current pace of progress, UNICEF has estimated, some 70 million children will die before turning 5 years...
The next three years will effectively decide the fate of our planet’s climate. This is the stark message of a new commentary in the journal Nature by several high-profile climate scientists and policy makers. The paper provides detailed sector by sector goals for electric vehicles, power plants, transportation, and...
Reclaiming Public Services is vital reading for anyone interested in the future of local, democratic services like energy, water and health care. This is an in-depth world tour of new initiatives in public ownership and the variety of approaches to deprivatisation, by the Transnational Institute.  From New Delhi to...
Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to foreign aid disproportionately target the poorest countries, and serve a signal that this administration is not concerned with fighting poverty, writes Aria Grabowski from Oxfam America. When it comes to international affairs, President Trump’s proposed budget forces us to answer a...
From 19-23 June 2017, #TaxJustice for #PublicServices Global Week of Action events are rolling out around the world, from South Africa to Tunisia, Brazil to Perú, Vietnam to Bangladesh, and Spain to the Netherlands.  Activities include creative public actions, workshops, forums, social media and opinion editorial...
To stop global inequality, aid agencies must ramp up their campaigns against the issues – such as unjust trade deals and climate change – that help it thrive. By Matthew Bramall of Health Poverty Action. There was a sense of deja vu last week when I read the excellent piece by Adam Ramsay exploring why people are ...
The two food extremes – chronic undernourishment and obesity – are worldwide challenges, impacting the well being of more than one-fifth of humanity. Despite all the expressed concerns, laudable goals, increased expenditures and commendable efforts, still there is no answer for how to fundamentally tackle these twin...
Analysis of a massive trove of data – much of it leaked from tax havens – suggests that inequality levels across the world should be revised upwards dramatically. By Annette Alstadsæter, Niels Johannesen and Gabriel Zucman. The statistics on inequality – those used, for instance, in Thomas Piketty’s bestseller, ...
Representatives from the Global South have called to strengthen and upgrade the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation on Tax Matters, transforming it to an intergovernmental body that represents all. By Tharanga Yakupitiyage.  Tax havens are “one of the worst enemies of our democracies,” said state...
World leaders must step up and take action in fighting famine to prevent further catastrophic levels of hunger and deaths, said Oxfam. Ahead of the 43rd G7 summit, Oxfam urged world leaders to urgently address the issue of famine, currently affecting four countries at unprecedented levels. “Political failure has led...
New research by UK campaigners shows that more wealth leaves Africa every year than enters it. Africa is rich, but we essentially steal its wealth, writes Nick Dearden of Global Justice Now. Africa is poor, but we can try to help its people. It's a simple statement, repeated through a thousand images, newspaper...
Fed up with ineffective leaders who aren’t dealing with the crises on the continent, people are coming together to launch a pan-African solidarity movement. By Kumi Naidoo. The expression “Africa rising” was popularised by the Economist and focuses on GDP growth. The growing middle class and major increases in foreign...
More than 31 million people, or one person every second, were uprooted in their home country in 2016 because of conflicts and disasters, an aid group has said. Numbers will grow unless the underlying causes such as climate change and political turmoil are tackled, according to data by the Internal Displacement...
The World Bank has released its first annual report tracking progress towards the two key SDGs on poverty and inequality. But the analysis does not explain its claim of a modest, partial reversal of previously growing inequality, while its policy prescriptions remain surprisingly limited, write Jomo Kwame Sundaram and...
The global wage gap is a major driver of inequality between poor countries and rich countries, and there is one obvious solution: a global minimum wage coupled with a universal basic income, argues Jason Hickel. When the UN unveiled the new sustainable development goals two years ago, it was the one on inequality...
Public services in some of the world’s poorest countries are being starved of resources as a result of their governments’ heavy debt loads, the Jubilee Debt Campaign has warned. It identified 27 countries that it defines as being in “debt crisis”, while another 17 are at risk of falling into this category. The...
Over the past 10 days the pressure to break ties with the fossil fuel industry has never been greater, as thousands of people attended over 260 events in 45 countries on six continents during the Global Divestment Mobilisation (GDM), demanding institutions divest from fossil fuels. At a time when governments are...
A new primer explains the origins of the commons and P2P, how they interrelate, their movements and trends, and how a Commons transition is poised to reinvigorate work, politics, production, and care, both interpersonal and environmental. Co-published by the P2P Foundation and the Transnational Institute. The Commons...
This new guide by Oxfam is about inequality in all its forms. It contains practical advice on how to find and use reliable data on inequality in advocacy and campaigning, of use to both professionals and concerned citizens who want to have a stronger and shared understanding of the most important drivers of inequality...
A new study by the ESRC STEPS Centre at Sussex University and the New Weather Institute points to historical evidence that the sort of rapid, large scale social and economic change needed in the face of climate destabilisation has occurred before and could do so again.  In the face of climate change and social...
The hegemony of the growth-based model often prevents people from questioning its core assumptions. But the building blocks of a new economy are within reach, central to which is the need to decouple growth from prosperity, explains Tim Jackson in an interview with Allen White. Reposted from the Great Transition...
A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today. As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the...
This Peoples Climate Mobilization (#ClimateMarch) will be the big sequel to the massive protest that filled the streets of New York in September of 2014. And these marches continue to matter for demanding action that is commensurate with the problem: namely, a World War II–scale mobilization for clean energy, and...
For all its candor and color, here is what the annual Gates letter doesn’t tell you: that our global economic system is designed in such a way as to channel our planet’s wealth into the hands of a tiny elite. And changing that system at its root would require those with power to dismantle the very machine that created...
The point is not that ‘mass action works’ – it rarely does, on its own. But mass gestures of peaceful protest create their own dynamics that can be massive and far-reaching, writes Paul Mason. The tide is turning and you can feel it on the streets of the world’s capital cities. On Sunday, hundreds of peaceful...
The peoples of the world need the United Nations more than at any time since 1945. It must not allow itself to remain mainly as a vehicle for the aggregation of national interests, or worse, as an instrument of power to be deployed by the geopolitical giants - especially the United States.  Three UN veterans make...
It’s time to write a new economic story fit for this century – one that sees the economy’s dependence upon society and the living world, writes Kate Raworth for openDemocracy. No one can deny it: economics matters. Its theories are the mother tongue of public policy, the rationale for multi-billion-dollar investments...
Take a closer look behind the flowery language, and it reveals that corporate influence on the G20 discourse entails considerable risks and side-effects. It's time to counter the imbalances in G20 policies, and the double standards in its openness towards business and civil society - for which substantial reforms are...
Today, a new value regime is being born, one that is not based on surplus value created in the market through capital and labour, but through contributions that are recognized as such by ‘sovereign value communities’. The question is: how can we, ourselves, create and control the surplus value that we create through...
Despite billions spent in official aid to fight poverty, the number of poor people in the world is not diminishing. And Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world, writes Carlos March for openDemocracy. Inequality is the worst kind of poverty, because inequality is precisely what causes it. Measuring...
Most economic policy around the world is driven by the goal of maximising economic growth, but if you think we have limitless solar energy to fuel limitless clean, green growth—think again. Rather than fighting and exploiting the environment, we need to recognise alternative measures of progress for a sustainable...
With the rise of robots, the old promise of jobs as the salvation of the poor now looks hollow. The most hopeful response is a universal basic income which, if extended across borders through a global system of redistributive taxation, could instil a new sense of solidarity: that the earth’s natural bounty belongs to...
The Trump White House is framing foreign aid as a devastating drain on America’s treasure. But foreign aid isn’t killing the American dream — inequality is, writes Sam Pizzigati for the Too Much newsletter. Americans on average, pollsters report, believe that over a quarter of the federal budget — 26 percent — goes...
President Trump still seems to be planning massive cuts to development and diplomacy, despite fierce opposition. If he carries through on his plans, they will not only lead to a loss of life among the neediest in the world, they will also undermine American power, progress and prestige, writes Alex Thier for the ODI....
Poorer countries routinely put more resources at the disposal of donor country interests than they receive in foreign aid—but it doesn't have to be this way. The idea of implementing a system of global taxation is gaining ground, and may open up a pathway towards an authentic system of redistribution across national...
The Republic of Ecuador, currently chair of the largest single coalition of developing countries at the United Nations, is reviving a longstanding campaign for the creation of an inter-governmental UN tax body and the elimination of tax havens and illicit financial flows. Practicing what it preaches, Ecuador says it...
Extreme inequality traps people in poverty and must be stopped. Even the World Bank agrees that eliminating poverty will be impossible unless we simultaneously act to close the gap between rich and poor, writes Nick Galasso for Oxfam International. Oxfam’s recent assessment on the growing global gap between the rich...
Since the financial crash of 2008, followers of mainstream economic dogma haven't changed their tune much. But an ever-growing legion of dissenting economists are challenging these cherished myths, as summarised by the New Internationalist in a classic edition of the magazine from December 2015. Myth 1: Austerity will...
A real circular economy would expand the definition of the circular economy to one where its operating system is regenerative not only towards nature, but also people; meaning wealth is equitably circulated and shared. A new report by Sharon Ede explains how relocalising production with not-for-profit business models...
We need to disavow ourselves of our misplaced trust in robotisation, and instead focus our energies on creating a truly fair and sustainable economy. The leisure society will only be achieved if we learn to live more locally within our planetary means - for there is enough stuff to go around already, if only we shared...
A new paper makes the case that a global billionaire tax is ethical, good for growth, and could solve a lot of the world’s problems - and what’s more, it’s politically viable, explains Josh Hoxie. At the end of Thomas Piketty’s 2013 blockbuster Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the French economist makes a...
New research on global financial flows shows that the usual development narrative has it backwards; aid is effectively flowing in reverse. And some of the very countries that so love to tout their foreign aid contributions are the ones enabling mass theft from developing countries, argues Jason Hickel. We have long...
Is there anything that the world's corporations can do about the scourge of inequality? The answer is yes, but it means rewriting the economic rules - for the only sustainable prosperity is shared prosperity, writes Joseph E. Stiglitz. In recent years, business leaders at Davos, the World Economic Forum's annual...
As president of the United States, you will have the grave responsibility of assuring that nuclear weapons are not overtly threatened or used during your term of office. The most certain way to fulfill this responsibility is to negotiate with the other possessors of nuclear weapons for their total elimination. The U.S...
Eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity, according to a new report published by Oxfam today to mark the annual meeting of political and business leaders in Davos. Oxfam’s report, ‘An economy for the 99 percent’, shows that the gap between rich and poor is far...
World Basic Income (WBI) is a campaign organisation with a proposal to achieve greater social justice through the provision of unconditional cash transfers. World basic income differs from national-level basic income initiatives in that it would gather money at the global level, and distribute it to every person...
The latest talks of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Cancun, Mexico, failed to address the systemic factors that threaten biodiversity, or the real solutions - such as community forest governance, agroecology and the strengthening of collective rights. A report on CBD COP13 from Friends of the Earth...
Can we get back to the equalizing, 'share-the-wealth' policies of the post-war era? Of course we can — the obstacles are political, not economic, writes Robert Kuttner. The latest study of deepening inequality by three of the most careful scholars of the subject, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saens, and Gabriel Zucman,...
The Fight Inequality Alliance aims to bring together activists and organisations to tackle inequality globally and within all countries. The Alliance stands together to build a world of greater equality – where all people’s rights are respected and fulfilled, a world of shared prosperity, opportunity and dignity,...
Collecting tax is one of the key means by which governments are able to address poverty. But big business is dodging tax on an industrial scale, depriving governments across the globe of the money they need to address poverty and invest in healthcare, education and jobs, according to a new report by Oxfam. Bermuda,...
The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights retains its vigour six decades after its adoption. Yet, in this first decade of the twenty-first century, there still remains a long way to go in order to achieve the plenitude of the international protection of human rights. And there is great need to conceive new forms...
More than at any other time in history, our species needs to work together by breaking down, not building up, barriers within and between nations. With resources increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few, we are going to have to learn to share far more than at present, writes Stephen Hawking. As a theoretical...
We urgently need a new approach to trade that prioritizes the needs of people and planet. This discussion paper by the Sierra Club asks the question: What, then, will it take for trade and investment agreements to support – not undermine – action on climate change? Opposition to corporate trade deals has reached...
Both Trump and Brexit can be explained by the failure of mainstream political elites to address the pain inflicted on ordinary citizens in the neoliberal ere. In the US and the UK, working class voters rightly rejected the corporate globalisation that has created so much poverty and insecurity. But the real solutions...
An equal share in economic growth is not enough to lift millions of people out of extreme poverty - governments must adopt a package of redistributive measures, and realise they are servants to their citizens, not vested interests, writes Winnie Byanyima. The richest 1 per cent of the world’s population now own as...
A new report from a diverse coalition of civil society organisations reveals what governments must do immediately to achieve goals of Paris Agreement, based on a 'fair-shares' analysis of 2020 pledges and support. As government ministers meet in Marrakech to assess global ambition towards addressing climate change in...
How are people across the world taking back power over the energy sector, kicking-back against the rule of the market and reimagining how energy might be produced, distributed and used? How can the concept of energy democracy be deployed to demand a socially just energy system, with universal access, fair prices and...
Sophia Murphy, from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) speaks with The Real News on how for the past 20 years, the World Trade Organisation rules have failed to address basic inequities in world agriculture. What is urgently required is a new framework for global agriculture that embraces principles...
On November 15, the first meeting of the European Commons Assembly (ECA) will take place in Brussels to discuss, showcase, and bring into practice the commons in and for Europe. By Marta Cillero, openDemocracy. The European economic crisis has been exacerbated by the lack of leadership in the continent. In addition to...
There are reasons to question the World Bank's upbeat estimate of global poverty, especially if non-income dimensions are considered. If we adopt a truly international poverty line, there could be around five billion poor people in the world - far beyond the 700 million estimated, explains Iyanatul Islam. A ‘world...
A new report by the Environmental Working Group confronts the myth that American farmers must double their food production to 'feed the world'. Instead, the key to ending world hunger while protecting the environment is to help small farmers in the developing world increase their productivity and income, and to...
Who owns outer space? Our most idealistic visions of the future require us to transcend our narrow personal or nationalistic interests, but increasingly, space seems likely to be divvied up among the powerful, as has so often happened with the Earth. Can space be managed to serve the common interest? A commentary by...
Following the Monsanto People’s Assembly in The Hague, activists converged around the need to 'globalise the struggle' for a new model of food and farming led by the grassroots, writes Ronnie Cummins. The Monsanto Tribunal On October 14-16, over a thousand activists, journalists and witnesses from around the world...
The route to reducing inequality is not through generating more philanthropic endeavour, but rather through transformative solutions that rely on sacrifice and sharing—hence altering the production and distribution of wealth and power in fundamental ways, argues Michael Edwards in openDemocracy. It takes a special...
Five years ago, the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States was adopted in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and these Principles are increasingly being used by civil society organisations to hold States accountable for their extraterritorial conduct. Human rights obligations...
Is poverty really on the decline across the world, as widely reported by the World Bank and United Nations? This ‘good news’ narrative is far from the whole truth, explains The Rules team. Media reporting that heralds the success of global poverty reduction strategies making claims such as “the number of people living...
The expansion of corporate control in agriculture is reflected in three international treaties that establish the global rights of various stakeholders to seeds, germplasm, and plant varieties. But the balance of power needs to tilt back the other way, with farmers’ rights taking precedence over agribusiness profits,...
Civil society groups have organised a people’s assembly to hold Monsanto accountable for their crimes against humanity and the environment, and to spell out an alternative vision for the future of food and farming based on reclaiming the commons, earth democracy and agroecology. Navdanya is co-organizing the Monsanto...
A rapidly growing global web of tax havens is one of the key drivers of global inequality, allowing some of the world’s super rich to pay no taxes or far less than they should. Now is the time for a historic ethical pact to finally deliver tax justice to the world, and to end the existence of tax havens altogether,...
We need a deep rethinking of how we prioritize and respond to security threats. If we want a healthy Earth, justice, peace, and democracy, we need a 21st-century security agenda that addresses the causes of contemporary conflicts, encourages cooperation and diplomacy, and supports every person in their quest for a...
As world leaders gear up for the first ever UN Summit on refugees and migrants, civil society organisations already expect the summit to fail to agree any concrete steps for governments to share the responsibility for dealing with the escalating crisis. That is why calls for putting the equitable sharing of...
There are many questions still to be answered in the growing literature on the commons, central to which is the role of the state in respecting and fulfilling our basic socioeconomic rights. The ‘commons’ can become a very strong discourse and practice to re-order today’s progressive political forces, but does it mean...
The arguments for rich nation's moral duty and responsibility to help the distant needy are well known, but short-term political and commercial advantages are dominating the practice of redistributing foreign aid. And the underlying problem is a lack of critical public engagement and concern, writes David Hulme in an...
What is common wealth? And how might we use it to build a more local, equitable and sustainable economy? Peter Barnes imagines an economy in which everyone benefits from a variety of co-inherited and co-created assets. There are many visions of what a new economy might look like: more local than global, more sharing...
The UN is a place of contrast between selfishness and sharing, and represents the major battle line for the future of humanity’s soul and collective wellbeing. It is the locus for the emergence of higher values concerning humanity as a whole, and the rebirth of the race as a Planetary Entity, writes Donald Key....
In this thinkpiece for The Next System Project, David Korten sets out his 'natural case for sharing'. No-one has a right to own or control, for his or her exclusive private benefit, a share of assets essential to living far beyond any conceivable personal need, if this results in depriving others of a means to life,...
If the Sustainable Development Goals are to become a reality, what has to be done, and what specific policy changes are necessary at the international level? The Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has produced the first annual Spotlight Report assessing the implementation of the 2030...
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Right to Development, the Human Rights Council held a Panel discussion at the Palais des Nations (Geneva) on 15 June 2016. As argued in a speech by the South Centre, this Declaration remains an important framework for the achievement of human rights and fundamental freedoms...
Two of the Elders, Graça Machel and Ricardo Lagos, call on the African continent's leaders to invest substantial political capital to make Universal Health Coverage a reality for their peoples. Countries like Malawi and Ethiopia prove that it is possible to provide free services to the entire population, if...
It’s time for a rational conversation on the norms, rights and duties of every citizen for global common goods: the shared resources that must be negotiated and organized by the world’s people themselves, writes James B. Quilligan. The devastating recession of 2008–09 and its volatile aftermath have focused everyone’s...
Our defining challenge is to seek out the ‘middle way’ between over-consumption and under-consumption, where basic material needs are sufficiently met but where attention is then redirected away from superfluous material pursuits, in search of non-materialistic sources of satisfaction and meaning, writes Samuel...
The world already produces enough food to feed everyone. But the only way to eliminate hunger by 2030 is to implement well-designed social protection and scale up pro-poor investments - and the world can easily afford the needed investments, argue Hilal Elver and Jomo Kwame Sundaram. Last September, world leaders made...
In just over seven months, humanity has used up a full year's allotment of natural resources such as water, food and clean air – the quickest rate yet, according to a new report. The point of "overshoot" will officially be reached on Monday, said environmental group Global Footprint Network -- five days earlier than...
Save the Children tells Rio nutrition summit that despite global pledge to end malnutrition by 2030, millions of children will be malnourished far into the next century Millions of children will continue to suffer far into the next century from physical and mental stunting as a result of undernutrition, Save the...
Technology is at the heart of human development. It enables people to produce food, access water and energy, and keep in good health. But access to technology and its benefits are not fairly shared, argues a new report from Practical Action.  Technology underpins all aspects of our everyday life and wellbeing: from...
The Human Rights Council adopted by consensus two important resolutions reaffirming that access to medicines and enhancing capacity building in public health are fundamental elements for achieving the full realization of the right to health, write Adriano José Timossi and Viviana Muñoz-Tellez. By Adriano José Timossi...
We can rapidly realise the human rights of the world’s poor through global institutional reforms that reduce inequality and share the planet's natural resource wealth, argues Thomas Pogge.  Where rights are at stake, immediate action is required. Those who continue to uphold the existing, highly skewed international...
UN children’s agency report highlights toll on youngsters by 2030 unless world leaders turn rhetoric into reality on fighting poverty. Less than a year after the world promised to leave no one behind by signing up to an ambitious 15-year blueprint to end inequality, the UN children’s agency says that 69 million...
An extra $50 billion or so per year could help ensure that children everywhere have access to basic health care and schooling - a sum that could easily be found through redirecting military spending and taxing the global rich, argues Jeffrey Sachs. NEW YORK – In 2015, around 5.9 million children under the age of five...
At a recent gathering in Brazil, an alliance of campaign groups reaffirmed their call for a binding international instrument to address human rights abuses committed by transnational corporations and other business enterprises.  Rio de Janeiro The Treaty Alliance has called on civil society organisations (CSOs)...
New research by ActionAid reveals how tax avoidance strategies used by some multinational corporations deprive the world’s most impoverished communities of vital revenues. Tax treaties play a facilitating role in many of these schemes - and it is time they came to an end. Right now, stretching across the world is a...