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The growing concentration of the world’s wealth has been highlighted by a report showing that the 26 richest billionaires own as many assets as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the planet’s population. In an annual wealth check released to mark the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the...
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...
Behind some of the concepts that seem to be positive in the new agreement, the migration policy of the richest countries continues to be imposed on the legitimate interests that the most impoverished countries might have, completely ignoring their reality, writes Jon S. Rodriguez for transform! europe.   Numerous...
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...
Heed Monday’s anniversary, for talk of rights is increasingly becoming hazardous to health in vast parts of the globe, writes N. Jarayam for openDemocracy. In mid-November, a spectacle little noticed by much of world media unfolded in one of the most affluent countries and one which, not only in jest,[1] claims to...
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...
By removing all discussions about power from their agenda, the SDGs reinforce the status quo of socio-political relations, writes Katerina Gladkova for the Transnational Institute. One might recollect the numerous attempts to scrutinise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) when they were first rolled out in...