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Corporate power

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require major disruptive shifts, which people will tolerate only if they believe that everyone is sharing in the sacrifice, the wealthy and powerful included. A review of recent climate change reports, by Sam Pizzigati at Inequality.org. We either keep fossil fuels in the ground...
A global gathering of world elites is taking place in Davos, Switzerland, this week, claiming—as it does every year—to “define priorities and shape global, industry and regional agendas.” The World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, held in the rarified elite space of the snow-capped Swiss Alps, consists, in its own words...
The UN General Assembly is set to vote on the final draft of the global compact on refugees as a basis for a more equitable sharing of the burden and responsibility for hosting and supporting the world’s refugees. The compact is, however, largely a rich countries’ model designed to protect their borders from unwanted...
Seventy percent of the world’s population is fed by small-scale producers. These producers, however, face an onslaught of threats related to economic globalisation. By Jackie Smith, Caitlin Schroering for Common Dreams.  Later this month, the United Nations General Assembly is expected to pass a new Declaration on...
A review of climate targets and commitments by each country has been released during the UN climate conference in Poland. The independent review is supported by social movements, environmental and development NGOs, trade unions, faith and other civil society groups from the world over and measures the ‘fair share’...
Climate change is the crisis of our time. Its intensifying impacts are affecting millions of people around the world, the health of our planet, and is driving species extinction. It is disproportionately affecting the people and communities globally who have contributed the least to creating this planetary emergency...
Dr. Vandana Shiva presents in the report The Future of Our Daily Bread: Regeneration or Collapse new evidence on the imminent collapse of our food systems – ecologically, socially and financially if we continue on the path of industrial agriculture based on chemicals, monocultures and corporate control of food and...
Friends of the Earth International’s People Power Now manifesto sets out positive measures that will accelerate the transition towards a climate just world. In 2018, climate change made its presence felt in every corner of the world – and people are looking for solutions. People Power Now is Friends of the Earth...
The global food system is broken, leaving billions of people either underfed or overweight and driving the planet towards climate catastrophe, according to 130 national academies of science and medicine across the world. Providing a healthy, affordable, and environmentally friendly diet for all people will require a...
The world must get serious about matching multilateral money with multilateral needs, and devote at least 2% of world income to global public goods. And the time has come to think again about new global taxes, writes Jeffrey D. Sachs. Today, the provision of public goods and services at the global and regional level...
The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the UN General Assembly voted in favour of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, through the Resolution no. A/C.3/73/L.30. The resolution was approved by 119 votes in favour, 7 votes against and 49 abstentions....
The world is facing a biodiversity crisis, and leaders and delegates of the Convention on Biological Diversity must take real action to halt the devastation of global ecosystems. Friends of the Earth International, together with other members of the CBD Alliance, delivered this urgent call for action at the opening of...
Widespread privatization of public goods is systematically eliminating human rights protections and further marginalising the interests of low-income earners and those living in poverty, a United Nations human rights expert has said. In a recent report to the UN General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur on extreme...
Top corporations continue to accrue revenues far in excess of most governments, figures compiled by Global Justice Now show. Comparing 2017 revenues, 69 of the top 100 economic entities are corporations rather than governments. The top 10 corporations – a list which includes Walmart, Toyota and Shell as well as...
World leaders will meet in Geneva next week to start negotiating a new international law to ensure companies respect human rights and the environment in their global operations. But a lack of support from European governments is putting this vital United Nations treaty at risk. Every single day, human rights...