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A new publication by The Great Transition Initiative provides an inspiring vision of a more equal, vibrant and sustainable civilisation. From STWR’s perspective, all that it lacks is a sufficient focus on the critical needs of the very poorest citizens—which could ultimately forge the global solidarity needed to bring...
As the world situation continues to deteriorate, there is every hope that 2017 will see a critical new actor emerge on the international stage: a colossal movement of massed goodwill that demands an emergency response from governments to life-threatening poverty and hunger. For many years now, STWR has made the case...
Vincent Lassalle is a political researcher who is currently undertaking a 9 month long study focused on the question of post-industrial transition. During his recent time in London, UK, he visited STWR to learn more about our work and perspectives on international economic sharing as central to the process of global...
COP22 again highlighted the mismatch between illusive policymaking and the stark reality of global warming. As always, it was left to civil society groups to uphold a vision of global cooperation and economic sharing as the only path towards a sustainable future.  As 2016 draws to a close, we appear to be living in a...
Read a selected archive of STWR editorials that highlight the growing debate on sharing, with a round-up of sharing-related news, articles, reports and other activities from our past newsletters. To receive our monthly newsletters by email, sign up on the homepage.  It’s time to reawaken the spirit of Occupy for the...
Only when public conscience is sufficiently awakened to the critical needs of others, only when a huge swathe of the populace is standing up for the basic rights of the poorest among us – only then can we talk of a humanity that shares in any meaningful sense of the word.  At the end of last week, World Humanitarian...
Share The World’s Resources (STWR) have published a book version of the ground-breaking text by Mohammed Mesbahi, which proposes a ‘people’s strategy for world transformation’ based on a massive mobilisation of civil society to end hunger and life-threatening poverty as an overriding international priority. Mesbahi...
Unlike many politicians and business leaders, children as young as seven are quick to recognise that the principle of sharing holds the key to addressing pressing global issues such as poverty and inequality – and that governments should put these concerns at the very top of their agendas. The principle of sharing is...
Establishing a globally agreed tax body under the auspices of the United Nations and putting an end to dubious tax avoidance activities would bolster government revenues and help finance the provision of essential public services, especially in the Global South. Buried beneath the sensational revelations making...
STWR's February newsletter highlights the World Day for Social Justice 2016 and presents a round-up of the latest news, articles and blogs by STWR, including the launch of a new Japanese website and a look ahead to forthcoming publications. You can subscribe to STWR's newsletter here: www.sharing.org/newsletter   With...
Every year since 2009, the United Nations has highlighted February 20th as the World Day for Social Justice in a bid to underscore the glaring inequalities that increasingly characterise the world today – from growing levels of poverty and rising unemployment rates, to various forms of discrimination on the basis of...
As part of STWR’s ‘global call for sharing’ campaign, we periodically highlight the growing public debate on the need for wealth, power and resources to be shared more equitably both within countries and internationally. This debate is becoming more prominent by the day, although it is often framed in an implicit...
As an unprecedented alliance of campaign organisations combine their efforts in calling on governments to tackle the root causes of inequality, a new opportunity arises to instigate a much needed public debate on why future policy decisions should be guided by the principle of sharing.   Arguably, one of the most...
As social and environmental crises continue to escalate, it seems increasingly unlikely that the sharing economy will lead the way to a more sustainable future – unless it actively challenges the power structures that maintain an unjust status quo. During the course of 2015, the continued success of Uber, Airbnb,...
STWR's December 2015 newsletter highlights our most recent articles and blogs, and notes how the emerging debate on the need for more effective forms of economic sharing is more visible than ever, especially in the face of pressing international crises such as climate change. In 2015, a global call for sharing was...
Our annual review for 2015 provides an overview of STWR’s activities over the course of the year as well as our key areas of focus for 2016, which includes ongoing research and writing projects alongside new plans for campaigning, networking and publications.  Contents Overview Research and publications The ‘global...
There is no true ambition or justice in a global climate deal that undermines the principles of sharing, equity and justice. But after the ‘COP-out’ negotiations in Paris, there is still every hope that the growing power of the people’s voice can usher in a more equal and sustainable world. Now that all the world...
At this time of year, it is easy to forget the reality of the critical world situation as we partake in the frantic overconsumption and festivities of Christmas. But what is the true meaning of Christmas in the midst of environmental destruction, growing levels of poverty and escalating global tensions? Mohammed...
The Rules team have initiated an ambitious campaign to ‘hack’ the official logic of the Sustainable Development Goals, in which they highlight the true reality of poverty and point the way towards real solutions for a fair and sustainable world. In less than three weeks’ time, the world’s heads of state will gather at...
9x9 – Nine little films about food and farming – is an online film festival that starts today to showcase the work of The Source Project, in association with the campaign group The Rules. Over the coming 9 days, a different short film produced by Jason Taylor will be publicised widely on social networks by The Rules...
A call for sharing the world’s resources is being heard almost everywhere today, and is consistently at the heart of civil society demands for a better world. But too often, this mutual concern is understood and couched in implicit terms, without acknowledging the urgency of realising a fairer sharing of wealth, power...
Campaigning activities are taking place across several continents this week during a global series of actions for tax justice, which aims to increase public pressure so that governments commit to making multinational corporations pay their fair share of taxes. The Global Week of Action for #TaxJustice is continuing...
As part of STWR’s ‘global call for sharing’ campaign, we are periodically highlighting the growing public debate on the need for wealth, power and resources to be shared more equitably both within countries and internationally. This debate is becoming more prominent by the day, although it is often framed in an...
A radical new initiative has recently been launched that could potentially break the impasse in climate change negotiations by catalysing a global civil society movement that claims collective property rights over the atmosphere. An Avaaz community petition summarises the case for the proposal: anyone has been allowed...
The STWR report ‘Sharing as our common cause’ explains how a call for sharing is consistently at the heart of civil society demands for a better world, even though this mutual concern is generally understood and couched in tacit terms. As part of STWR’s ‘global call for sharing’ campaign, it is therefore useful to...
What does it actually mean ‘to share’? This might seem like an obvious question, but the concept of sharing is increasingly being debated, discussed and redefined in our modern age of rapid technological change and planetary crises. The rise of the sharing economy in recent years has given particular impetus to this...
The latest phase of research from the New Economics Foundation proposes a new framework of ideas that are all premised on the need for a more equal and sharing society, one that “serves the interests of people and the planet, not the other way around”. A major new report was launched this week by the New Economics...
As part of STWR’s ‘global call for sharing’ campaign, we are periodically highlighting the growing public debate on the need for wealth, power and resources to be shared more equitably both within countries and internationally. This debate is becoming more prominent by the day, although it is often framed in an...
分かち合いへの呼びかけがすでに活動的市民と革新的な組織の根本的(多くの場合認識されていないにしても)要求であることを考慮すると、私たち皆をひとつにするこの共通理念を受け入れない理由はありません。 これは、「私たちの共通目標としての分かち合い」レポートのエグゼクティブ・サマリー(概要)の日本語版です。英語版の完全レポートを読むにはこちらをクリックして下さい: Sharing as our common cause エグゼクティブ・サマリー (概要)  全世界で、政府がより公正で持続可能な未来への希望を与えることに失敗する傍ら、何百万というキャンペーナーと活動家は、世界危機の激化をなにもせずただ観覧していることを拒否します。...
At this year’s gathering of the world’s richest and most powerful at Davos, the World Economic Forum founder has urged delegates that the motto for their 2015 meeting should be ‘sharing and caring’. Inequality is again on the agenda (if not considered the top threat to world stability, as last year), which has...
Twitter feeds and newspaper headlines were again dominated this morning by new statistics on growing wealth inequality, as released by Oxfam ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. It is now customary for Oxfam to publish new research on how severe the gap between the 1% and the 99% is growing...
The Church of England has spoken out in trenchant terms about the extreme inequality that defines modern Britain, arguing today that moral principles and sharing should underpin the foundations of society. In a new book of essays to be published next week, the archbishops of Canterbury and York warn that the poor are...
Our latest annual review provides an overview of STWR’s activities over the course of 2014 as well as our key areas of focus for 2015, which includes ongoing research and writing projects alongside the promotion of STWR’s ‘global call for sharing’ campaign.  Contents Overview The ‘global call for sharing’ campaign...
At this time of year, it is easy to forget the reality of the critical world situation as we partake in the frantic overconsumption and festivities of Christmas. But what is the true meaning of Christmas in the midst of environmental destruction, growing levels of poverty and escalating global tensions? Mohammed...
Share The World’s Resources (STWR) has launched a new campaign in order to catalyse a broader public debate on the need to strengthen and scale up diverse forms of economic sharing at the local, national and global level. As explained in the report Sharing as our common cause, the principle of sharing is already...
Given that a call for sharing is already a fundamental (if often unacknowledged) demand of engaged citizens and progressive organisations, there is every reason why we should embrace this common cause that unites us all.   Across the world, millions of campaigners and activists refuse to sit idly by and watch the...
This report demonstrates how a call for sharing underpins many existing initiatives for social justice, environmental stewardship, true democracy and global peace. On this basis, STWR argues that sharing should be more widely promoted as a common cause that can help connect civil society organisations and social...
Below is an overview of STWR’s ‘global call for sharing’ campaign strategy for the next five years, including an outline of our main objectives and activities, as well as a summary of the key individuals and organisations that the campaign is aimed at.  Contents: Overview STWR's vision The campaign goal Objectives for...
Civil society groups at the United Nations are highlighting a powerful new movement in our midst based on caring, sharing, community and cooperation - and they propose a comprehensive vision for how governments can unleash its full potential. This week, preparations continue at the United Nations for the Third...
Can the ethic and practice of sharing really create fairer, more sustainable and more democratic societies - and if so, how is it going to happen? STWR recently took part in an event called Reclaiming the Alternative held in Brighton, East Sussex, UK (#ReclaimingBrighton). The free event was based on the ethic of the...
August 2013 marked STWR’s 10th anniversary and signalled the beginning of a new phase in the organisation’s work. Campaigning for economic sharing is now at the forefront of STWR’s activities, and our research program has been reoriented to support this goal. As a key first step, a new and improved website was...
The implications of moving towards a global sharing economy are immense, but there are many reasons to embrace this simple concept - which is far more radical and urgent than it may at first seem. As a primer from STWR makes clear, the necessity of sharing the world’s resources is central to the most critical issues...
  In an increasingly unequal and unsustainable world, governments must urgently move beyond the restrictive political and economic ideologies of the past and embrace solutions that meet the common needs of people in all countries. This primer outlines the extent of the interconnected global crises we face, and points...
Over the past few years, the sharing economy has rapidly grown in size and popularity throughout North America, Western Europe and other world regions. Many individuals and groups are now pioneering the age-old practice of sharing as a solution to pressing global issues, while at the same time many critics are...
A new definition of the sharing economy by The People Who Share outlines a vision of a new economic system that embeds collaboration at its heart. In the growing public discussion on sharing, this basic principle is increasingly being considered as fundamental for achieving a more equitable and sustainable society....
There has never been such an urgency for adopting an international perspective in relation to the world's most pressing issues, but we are still far away from creating a truly global political platform that can challenge the power of the 0.001%. Hence the implications of internationalising our minds are all-inclusive...
As the influence of multinational corporations over public policy continues unabated, the key challenge for those campaigning for social and environmental justice is how to redistribute political power back into the hands of ordinary people.  Democracy is being subverted by the power and influence of transnational...
In the fresh rallying call from civil society for a new future based on sharing, it is interesting to note some old examples of NGO campaigns that call for a more equitable distribution of the world’s resources – such as this Friends of the Earth dialogue from thirteen years ago that recognises how the perennial ethic...
Many people at this time of social, political and economic turmoil are voicing the need for a ‘revolution’ in one form or another, with a particular focus on all that is wrong in the world’s richest and most powerful country – the United States. Dr Zeki Ergas, a long-time supporter of STWR’s call for global economic...
We are pleased to announce the launch of STWR’s new website, with a new domain name at www.sharing.org. In contrast to our old website (www.stwr.org) that provided an archive of material on global justice issues from third party sources, this new site is focused on STWR’s own content and our advocacy for economic...
As the concept of sharing slowly begins to grip the public consciousness, there are many questions that arise about the meaning and relevance of this simple concept for political and economic reform. Here is a brief overview of some of the main queries - and misconceptions - that often arise in discussions on economic...
As a new era of mass public protest grows in response to social, economic and political injustice across the world, STWR's July newsletter highlights some of our recent publications that advocate for global economic sharing to become a common platform of the emerging people's voice. Current events in Egypt as well as...
An article published recently on the avant-garde website Co.Exist poses an important question that is worth repeating: can the sharing economy solve global hunger? The question is important not only because of the seriousness of the subject of hunger, but also because – as the comment piece acknowledges – global...
A new project by the Post Growth Institute is exploring the prospect of a mainstream shift toward not-for-profit enterprise as an alternative to the growth-based model of business and finance. Could this form a crucial plank in the vision for a new economy based on sharing and cooperation, rather than competition and...
Discussions and events that focus on sharing are becoming ever more mainstream in 2013, but the broad conversation that encompasses the sharing economy also poses some challenges - especially when we consider what sharing means in international terms. As we edge towards the summer of 2013 the concept of the sharing...
The social, environmental and economic crises that continue to reap havoc across the globe provide a critical opportunity for ordinary people to demand economic reform and political transformation, say STWR in an interview with John Habets & Henk Gloudemans. What was the main reason for founding Sharing The World'...
Read about STWR's work in 2012 and some of our planned participation at events over the coming year in the newsletter for March, which includes a run-down of recent articles and posts as well as an overview of our upcoming research priorities and a website redesign. Latest news from STWR A growing interest in the...
Our latest Annual Review provides an overview of STWR’s key activities over the course of 2012 as well as an insight into our plans for 2013, which include a website redesign, the publication of further reports and our involvement in a number of upcoming events.  Contents: Overview   Financing the Global Sharing...
The seed freedom movement is an inspiring example of how the principle of sharing is central to resolving the crisis in agriculture, and highlights the urgency of resisting the powerful agribusinesses that seek to eliminate biodiversity and criminalise the saving and sharing of seed.  It was a pleasure to attend an...
How do we widen, deepen and maintain public commitment to campaign on ‘bigger-than-self-issues' which often do not have an immediate relevance to our personal lives - issues such as world poverty or climate change? This was the question raised at a workshop hosted by Common Cause in London last week that STWR attended...
Campaigners have long proposed measures to reduce extreme inequality, but policymakers remain fixated on an economic model that threatens to undermine the fabric of society. When will the political elite heed the growing demands for redistribution that are being voiced in countless reports, books and public protests...
Land value taxation embodies the principle that natural resources are the creations of nature and should therefore belong to society as a whole, not individuals – and as STWR acknowledges, the ramifications of this conceptual shift for a more just and sustainable world are potentially immense. STWR were pleased to...
Oxfam's chief executive makes some thought-provoking observations about transitioning to a sustainable and just world, and points towards an important question: what will it take to spur a mass engagement of ordinary people around the need to end poverty and social injustice? In an article in this month's Resurgence...
As the United Nations community continues to flesh out a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be unveiled next year, NGO representative Alanna Hartzok proposes "a commons rent approach to public finance for the SDGs based on an ethic of fairly sharing the value of the earth". The following text by the ...
The recent documentary and debate series called 'Why Poverty?' highlighted the extreme differences in living standards and life chances around the world, and once again emphasised that there can never be an end to poverty until the world's resources are more equally shared. Broadcasters in countries across the world...
The concept of sharing is fundamental to the business sector, despite the huge challenges to creating an alternative economic model in the midst of a free-market, private enterprise system. Yet the co-operative movement is playing a key role in building sustainable businesses based on people and not profit.  STWR...
Of the many and varied examples of organisations, professionals and engaged citizens across the world that call for greater sharing in our societies, here's one example from the NGO community: Christian Aid's new strategy for 2012 that puts sharing at the centre of its work and campaigning priorities.   There are many...
The age-old concept of sharing is increasingly being discussed in relation to political and economic issues, even though a public discussion on the importance of global sharing is still in its early days. But there are many signs that this is beginning to change - and there are lots of reasons why we should all get...
The sharing economy is becoming more popular than ever before with its emphasis on accessing and sharing resources rather than owning them. And now there are signs that the concept is being gradually broadened to include more political, environmental and global justice issues, as highlighted by a number of articles...
As the Middle East dominated headlines and op-eds this week, nationwide protests against Wal-Mart in the US revealed a spirit of sharing and solidarity amid the shopping mayhem of Black Friday, while over in Europe the news was dominated by austerity, austerity and more austerity. A roundup of recent news highlights....
This week saw the world’s first ever Global Sharing Day, a renewed focus on austerity and the welfare state in America, and an ingenious initiative from Occupy to free citizens from debt distress. Is it time for Occupy to also include a worldwide safety net as one of their campaign priorities? A roundup of recent news...
STWR are one of the partners for the world’s first ever Global Sharing Day on Wednesday 14th November. As a host of sharing-related activities take place throughout the day, let’s celebrate the importance of sharing in all its forms – including in relation to poverty, inequality and climate change.  Wednesday 14th...
The very basis of the sharing economy is being eroded in countries where austerity measures are dramatically reducing public spending on social welfare and essential services. But governments could collect and redistribute huge quantities of additional finance for critical human needs. There is much talk about the...
A new report by Share The World’s Resources demonstrates how governments could mobilise over $2.8 trillion every year to bolster the ‘global sharing economy’ and prevent life-threatening deprivation, reverse austerity measures and mitigate the human impacts of climate change. The report argues that governments have...
    A report by Share The World’s Resources demonstrates how governments could mobilise over $2.8 trillion each year to bolster the global sharing economy and prevent life-threatening deprivation, reverse austerity measures and mitigate the human impacts of climate change. Contents: Executive summary Part 1: The...
This executive summary of a report by Share The World's Resources outlines how governments could mobilise over $2.8 trillion to finance the global sharing economy as an immediate priority, which it argues can only happen with a huge groundswell of public pressure for sharing and justice. Full Report: Financing the...
Systems of sharing are increasingly being eroded by policies that widen inequalities and leave families in a state of poverty or destitution. As a result, humanity is now facing a global emergency in which millions of people die needlessly every year and many more suffer from life-threatening deprivation or avoidable...
Key points: The unconditional cancellation of all unjust and unpayable developing country debts is essential to achieve a more equitable distribution of the world’s financial resources. Governments in low- and middle-income countries are indebted to the tune of over $4tn dollars, and spend more than $1.4bn every day...
Almost a week since the Rio+20 Earth Summit ended, civil society is coming to terms with the ‘epic failure’ of global leaders to agree meaningful action for addressing the worsening planetary and social crises. Campaigners were near unanimous in decrying the inertia and lack of urgency shown by governments for...
Share The World’s Resources convened a book launch and panel discussion on slum growth and urban poverty in the Global South, held on Wednesday 24 February at the Amnesty International UK headquarters in London. View PDF version of the press release Link to 'Megalsumming' website The event followed the official launch...
The world situation as we approach the spring of 2012 is both formidable and unprecedented. Signs of despair are everywhere to be seen: as the economic crisis continues to worsen in many developed countries, austerity measures are wrecking economies and causing widespread unemployment and uncertainty. Following the...
The events of 2011 may well go down in history as constituting the most significant turning point of modern times. Beginning with the Arab Spring, we have witnessed massive student rallies in Chile, a momentous protest movement in Israel, extensive mobilisations across Europe and the unprecedented ‘occupy’ camps that...
The purely market-based approach to development has failed the world's poor. If the global economy is to serve the interests of all people, it must be primarily geared towards securing basic human needs in perpetuity, founded upon a genuine form of multilateral cooperation and economic sharing. Download the PDF...
The international response to the East African crisis is far short of urgent needs, yet the extreme deprivation being reported is only the tip of the iceberg. The unfolding crisis in the Horn of Africa is yet another tragedy that reflects the dysfunction and injustice inherent in the structures of the world economy....
In almost every region of the world today, the people are rising up. In the Middle East and North Africa, a revolutionary wave of protests swept across the Arab world and continues to escalate in many countries, not least in Libya and Syria. In Europe, tens and even hundreds of thousands of protestors have taken to...
Newspapers today are filled with reports of multiple crises, from debt and austerity to regional conflicts, natural disasters and climate change.   But there is one crisis that still receives too little attention from the busy global media. According to the latest available statistics, over 15 million people continue...
Across the world, the gulf between the rights of ordinary people and the interests of those who hold the reins of the world’s financial wealth has rarely been so stark. Whilst governments throughout Europe and in the United States legislate for further cuts to essential public services and welfare, 12 million people...
The increasing rate of slum growth in the Global South is the direct result of an international development paradigm that fails to prioritise the basic needs of the poor. A world without urban poverty cannot be realised without a redistribution of power and resources on the national and global level, argues a new...
The basic assumptions about human nature that inform economic and political decision-making are long outdated and fundamentally flawed. By acknowledging our interdependence and common ethical values, we can build a more sustainable, cooperative and inclusive global economy. As the 21st Century unfolds, humanity is...
Many people have become dominated by consumerism and no longer recognise the value of our natural world or the importance of community. Indigenous cultures have a lot to teach us about sharing, sustainability, and a spiritual relationship to Mother Earth, explain Freddy Treuquil and Victor Lem Masc. In late October...
    A sustainable global economy fit for the 21st Century must be based on a new ethical framework that reflects and supports humanity’s interdependence. The process of economic sharing can ensure that the world’s essential resources, goods and services are made accessible to all, according to a new brief by Share The...
Food reserves are a valuable tool in addressing the structural causes of hunger. In a joint letter with concerned civil society groups worldwide, STWR calls on governments and institutions to put the issue of reserves at the centre of their policy considerations. Attn: Governments, UN Bodies and International...
The world urgently needs a more democratic international decision-making forum to promote an equitable sustainable economic recovery. STWR joins with civil society groups from around the world to call for greater inclusion and transparency in global governance. Towards a Global Leaders Forum that promotes democratic...
The emergence of a significant middle class – who demand increasing space for their accommodation – means that the urban poor are everywhere being constricted to a decreasing proportion of land. In these city spaces they exist as a ‘fugitive humanity’, writes Jeremy Seabrook. The following article is a presentation...
Press release: Share The World's Resources will be hosting a panel discussion on Wednesday 24th February 2010 at the Human Rights Action Centre, Amnesty International, London, EC2A 3EA, 18:30 – 20.00, followed by a drinks reception. View PDF version of the press release Share The World’s Resources, a London-based...
As G7 finance ministers gather in Iqaluit, Canada, to discuss reforming the global financial system, STWR joins campaigners from around the world in demanding that the IMF immediately and unconditionally cancel Haiti’s debt. Press release: European campaigners demand G7 cancel Haiti’s debts Campaigners from across...
The official launch of the STWR publication ‘Megaslumming’ took place in Nairobi on 20th January 2010 with around 200 people attending a panel discussion and public debate at the National Museum of Kenya.  The free public event commenced with a presentation by the author of the book, Adam Parsons, on his experience...
A pictorial presentation that captures some of the key messages of Share The World’s Resources (STWR): Share Unite Cooperate Live Simply Act Now Photography and production by Jason Taylor: www.thesourceimage.com
Expert panellists and film director Philippe Diaz discuss the structural causes of poverty and suggest possible solutions at the UK premiere of ‘The End of Poverty?’ on 12th December 2009. The event was coordinated by STWR and the British Film Institute (BFI). The following is a transcript of the panel discussion that...
Share The World’s Resources and the British Film Institute screened the UK premier of ‘The End of Poverty?’ on 12th December 2009 at BFI Southbank, London. The film was followed by a lively panel discussion and Q&A session with leading voices on world poverty. Directed by Philippe Diaz and produced by Cinema Libre...
Between 13-17 November 2009, representatives of Share The World’s Resources attended a Civil Society Organisation’s Forum parallel to the World Food Summit in Rome. Contents: Interview with Marco Contiero, EU Policy Director, Greenpeace Interview with Nettie Wiebe, La Via Campesina Interview with Magda Lanuza,...
Press release: The British Film Institute and Share The World’s Resources will be screening the award winning documentary ‘The End of Poverty?’ at the BFI Southbank on 12th December 2009 at 2pm. More information about the event, including details of panellists and how to book tickets View PDF version of press release...
Press release: Civil society organisations have called on governments attending the World Summit on Food Security (16-18 November) to support the use of food reserves as an essential step towards achieving universal food security. In a letter released at the commencement of the Summit in Rome, governments are urged to...
On 15 October 2009, Share the World’s Resources presented at an event hosted at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC on the potential and pitfalls of instituting a series of global food reserves. Following sharp rises in food prices in 2007-2008 and a growing number of hungry people around...
Implementing global food reserves should be part of a genuine multilateral response to the food crisis. A new Global Convention on Food Security could offer an institutional framework for the governance of food and agriculture, argues a presentation by Robin Willoughby. The following article is based on a presentation...
Share The World's Resources operated a stall at a Quakers conference held at Friends House, London, on the 26th September 2009. The event focussed on the possibility of a zero growth economy as well as other progressive ideas on how to alleviate poverty and combat climate change. As December's climate change...
On the 20th September, Brockwell Park hosted the annual Urban Green Fair - an independent green fair for London. Share The World's Resources operated a stall in the social justice area and enjoyed a day of discussion and promotion of alternative ideas for a sustainable future. Share The World's Resources operated a...
Rather than a push for techno-fixes and tightened intellectual property rights that characterised the recent World Seed Conference, we need a new paradigm in agricultural development that promotes cooperation, sharing and free-exchange of seeds, writes Robin Willoughby. Last week marked a little-known and under-...
As the G20 Finance Ministers began two-day London talks on the 4th September, Share The World's Resources joined the Put People First coalition in a day of campaigning and discussion to advocate for a fairer economic and financial system. As G20 Finance Ministers met in London on 4-5 September, campaigners from the...
In light of the escalating food and climate crises, STWR participated in the Commission for Sustainable Development  (CSD) at the UN headquarters as governments, international agencies and NGOs negotiated a common position for agricultural reform. With a billion people now reported to be living in hunger and a further...
Diplomats, NGOs and business groups met at the United Nations in May 2009 for the highest level forum on Sustainable Development. But what is the history of the Commission on Sustainable Development, and what is this forum designed to achieve?  Against a background of rising numbers of hungry people and environmental...
The climate change conference in Copenhagen during March 2009 highlighted a growing gulf between science, policy and action - a fatal flaw that increases the risk of an abrupt and irreversible climatic shift. A backgrounder. The informal consensus among those present at the climate change meetings held in Copenhagen...
Share the World's Resources joined thousands of protesters on Saturday 28th March to march through the streets of London, advocating for the leaders of the upcoming G20 Summit to ‘Put People First!’. With a trnout estimated by police at 35,000 people, the protest was a fitting prelude to the predicted ‘summer of...
Share The World’s Resources (STWR) was interviewed for the radio news and current affairs programme in Jamaica, HOT 102 FM, on the morning of Wednesday 18th March 2009. The interview with STWR's Editor, Adam W. Parsons, was conducted by BBC journalist Michael Price in place of Beverley Manley, veteran journalist and...
After a lengthy and in-depth application process, Share The World's Resources (STWR) was recently granted consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN). Consultative status allows STWR to engage with ECOSOC on a formal level as it considers a range of economic and social...
As world nations meet in Poznan, Poland, to continue negotiations on a new climate treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol in 2012, serious questions are being raised about the possibility of slashing global carbon emissions by the necessary minimum of 50% by 2050.  World temperatures already look certain to pass the 2...
Share The World’s Resources (STWR) attended the Climate Forum held in Camden, London, on the weekend of June 14th to host two workshops on our proposals for economic reform based upon the principle of sharing. Amongst a mix of more than 50 other workshops, STWR also manned a stall and distributed information on our...
A collection of facts and further resources about economic development in Africa, including organisations, reports and articles.  Key facts Further resources Key facts A Cycle of Debt The origins of the debt crisis in Africa lie in the rapid rise in oil prices in the 1970s, which gave banks large amounts of cash...
A collection of facts, organisations, reports and further resources about shelter from a global perspective.  Key facts Further resources Key facts The basics Until now humankind has lived and worked primarily in rural areas. But the world is about to leave its rural past behind: By 2008, for the first time, more than...
The failure of the IMF, World Bank and WTO to represent and further the interests of the developing world, through their one-size-fits-all approach, has lead to the collapse of trade negations, widespread criticism of their effectiveness, and bitter international protest. Many countries are rejecting the neoliberal...
Education, health and shelter are three basic and essential services long enshrined as a fundamental human right in the Universal Declaration of 1948, but ever since contradicted by the grave reality of life for a large swathe of the world population. Still more than one billion people lack access to basic health care...
A collection of facts, organisations, reports and further resources about access to water from a global perspective.  Key facts Further resources Key facts Inequality in access to water There is more waste water generated and dispersed today than at any other time in the history of our planet. Some 1.1 billion people...
A collection of facts, organisations, reports and further resources about the land crisis from a global perspective.  Key facts Further resources Key facts Origins of the land crisis "Before the advent of title to social wealth through industrial capital and finance capital all sustenance for life, and thus all...
A collection of facts, organisations, reports and further resources about education from a global perspective.  Key facts Further resources Key facts Gender and inequality gaps More than half of all girls in sub-Saharan Africa do not complete primary school, and only 17% are enrolled in secondary school.[1] Rates in...
Pushing back against the unrepresentative and undemocratic nature of decision-making, the nebulous ‘global justice movement' has become a dynamic new player in international politics. The movement's advocates fight on a number of causes, including the demand for a greater say for people rather than international...
The three essential resources of land, energy and water are connected by the same crisis of inequality driven by increasing privatization and corporate control. While universal provision remains an eminently practical goal, it requires a shift in global priorities and wide-scale redistribution through a system of...
More than 1.4 billion people live in poverty so extreme that they can barely survive, and around 25,000 people die from hunger each day whilst a new billionaire is created every second day. The call for a global safety net has never been so urgent - and compels the international community to transform economic...
Multinational Corporations are the main actors driving economic globalisation which thrives when market forces are de-regulated, allowing essential goods and services to be allocated by commercial activity, not human need. The result is a world economy that favours affluent countries and their corporate interests...
Although the United Nations remains heavily criticised for its complexity and bias towards the ‘big 5’ nations, it’s noble origins and ideals – embodied in the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights – emphasises the need for a more democratic, powerful and ultimately more representative UN system that...
In 2009, countries have reached perilous new levels of conflict, tension and military spending characterised by nuclear proliferation, ideological warfare and pre-emptive invasions of sovereign nations. As news reports highlight an intensifying competition over natural resources, the international community is faced...
As neoliberal policies continue to define the rules of the world economy, great signs of change are being witnessed in many progressive governments of Latin America that are rejecting the Washington Consensus in favour of democratic and people-oriented models of development based on greater regional integration,...
Levels of international aid have been criticised as seriously insufficient for over 50 years, debt cancellation programs have failed to reach most developing countries, and the Millennium Development Goal for halving poverty will not be met by 2015. Without a fundamental restructuring of global economic priorities,...
The escalating crisis of volatile food prices and food insecurity is the result of an industrial development model based on large-scale, export-orientated agriculture tied to international competition, self interest and stock market speculation. With over a billion people going hungry each day despite a huge surplus...
After decades of famine, grinding poverty, colossal debts and enormous slum-growth, Africa is indisputably the worst casualty of economic globalization. As the region takes the further brunt of man-made climate change, the rich nations hold a moral responsibility to reorder economic priorities and coordinate a massive...
A collection of facts, organisations, reports and further resources about healthcare from a global perspective.  Key facts Further resources Key facts International pledges Since the 1970s, the need for equity in healthcare provision was acknowledged by the World Health Organization with a global effort to achieve ‘...
Some facts, organisations, reports and other resources about energy from a global perspective.  Key facts Further resources Key facts The question of ‘energy poverty' is defined by an estimated 2.64 billion people who are denied access to modern fuels for cooking and heating (about 40 percent of the world's population...
Since the imposition of free market policies in the 1980s, globalization has come to represent an ideological battle between those who favor economic growth and deregulation through the growing power of multinational corporations, versus those who prefer a more sustainable and democratic approach to international...
Soaring capital flows, a debt-based consumer culture and unbalanced trade between countries all contributed to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The question now is whether governments follow a 'business as usual' model based on self-interest and inequality, or one that promotes equitable...
The threat of climate change and global warming, fueled by relentless commercialization and excessive consumption, has turned into a fighting ground for both policymakers and concerned citizens. The coming decade is set to determine not only a collective response to reducing carbon emissions, but the entire future...
2007 was STWR’s most progressive year to date. Particular progress was made in terms of organisation, structure, networking and raising our profile. STWR Annual Report Jan 2008 (PDF)
In London, STWR joined over 10,000 campaigners who braved the wind and December downpours to walk from the Houses of Parliament to the US embassy. Thousands of demonstrators took part in a ‘global day of action’ on the 8th of December to push governments to take tougher measures on combating climate change. The mass...
To coincide with the Labour Party conference in the UK, STWR published a full page open letter in The Guardian (Monday 24th September) and Modern Gov magazine (handed to all party conference attendees in the UK) which directly addressed Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  The text  of the letter is presented below and a...
To coincide with this week's G8 Summit, STWR have published a full page open letter in the The Guardian (6th June) and The Independent (7th June) newspapers directly addressing the Ministers.  The text of the letter is presented below and a link to the original PDF version is available here. Ministers, as you begin...
STWR attended and ran a series of workshops at the first ever United States Social Forum (USSF) held in Atlanta, Georgia, from June 27-July 1 - the first in a series of regional gatherings aimed at decentralising the World Social Forum. The first ever United States Social Forum (USSF) ended this weekend with the...
STWR joined over 100,000 members of the public filled the streets of central London on Saturday 5thAugust, demanding an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon, Palestine and Israel. Protestors were from all walks of life and included Muslims, Jews, Conservatives and Socialist, all opposing the US and UK’s handling of the...
The world needs to share its common resources, not compete over them. As long as nations - and the corporations that feed them - perceive resources as something within their ownership, then economic and political resources will continue to be channelled into gaining military as opposed to environmental security,...
A response to Mohammed Mesbahi's article 'the Tsunami, the Brandt Report' and other matters - from Christine Edwards of the Department for International Development. Dear Mr. Mesbahi, I must once again apologise for the delay in responding to your email about the Tsunami, the Brandt Report and other matters. We agree...
Arguably the most comprehensive and solutions-oriented analysis of critical global economic issues to date was a report by the Independent Commission on International Development Issues, chaired by Willy Brandt (former Chancellor of West Germany) in 1980 - widely referred to as the 'Brandt Report'.  The report,...
A letter from one of the UK's leading political activists, Bruce Kent, endorses the principle of sharing and asks why not more people are engaged in the politics of building a more just world. Everyone in theory believes in sharing the world’s resources. Indeed we, at the rich end of the world, have become all too...
A letter from Dr. Jack Preger MBE, founder of the humanitarian NGO Calcutta Rescue, endorsing the work of STWR The sharing principle is, as you well know, one that would open all doors, because it is based on compassion. That is the basis of the Plenty Ashram movement, whose volunteers have done such great work in 3rd...
The Asian tsunami has required international cooperation in coordinating a large scale and complex emergency relief program, the likes of which have not been seen before. However, the extent of the devastation has greatly dampened the relief efforts. Few natural disasters in recent history have claimed as many lives,...
We would like to thank all our members, contributors and the public for their valuable efforts and keen interest in our work at the European Social Forum last weekend. Our stall was amongst more than 2,000 organisations and several hundred artists during the 3 day event at Alexandra Palace, North London, and ESF...
STWR would like to announce to all our members, contributors and visitors that we will be active participants at the upcoming European Social Forum in London between the 14th and 17th of October. We will be displaying and distributing our information on sharing at a stall in Alexander Palace, North London, which will...
A peaceful world may be the goal of many of our nations’ leaders and is certainly a concept close to the hearts of many billions of people world-wide. However we are clearly far from achieving this target. Examining the simplistic solution to the problem of peace that has recently been implemented – to declare war on...
Now, more than ever, it is of paramount importance that we realise the extent to which our planet is in crisis and that we act upon this knowledge in order to facilitate major change. Quite simply what is necessary is a redistribution of the world's resources and the embracing of the principle of sharing at all levels...