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IBON International urges world leaders to heed to the peoples’ demands for climate justice for the upcoming 20th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) in Lima, Peru.

Last November 4-7, 2014, representatives of civil society and social movements from around the world gathered in Margarita Island in Venezuela for the Social PreCOP on Climate Change to present their analysis and demands for a meaningful climate action in preparation for the UN climate summit in Lima, Peru.

IBON International supports the Climate Walk led by Philippine climate change envoy Naderev Saño as they embark on a 40-day journey to pay homage to communities impacted by the climate crisis in the Philippines and all over the world, and to demand climate justice.

A new edition of the book Neoliberal Subversion of Agrarian Reform, first published eight years ago, is now available after its simultaneous double launch in Penang, Malaysia and Yogyakarta, Indonesia on September 25. The book was launched by the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) together with IBON International and IBON Institute for International Development (I3D) in cooperation with the Pesticide Action Network – Asia Pacific (PAN-AP) and GRAIN-Asia.

The UN Climate Summit, held right after a 400,000-strong People’s Climate March thundered through 80 blocks of New York City streets, appears to have derived extra energy from the gigantic street demonstration. Both events have attracted tremendous media attention worldwide and have certainly combined to “put climate change back at the top of the political agenda”—in the short term. The question remains, however: Will the momentum be sustained and provide enough power to break the deadlock in the climate talks, which has stalled climate action in previous years?

On the eve of the UN Climate Summit, an estimated 400,000 people marched through the streets of Manhattan, New York City on Sept. 21, 2014 to highlight the seriousness of climate change and the urgency of meaningful climate action.

IBON International, in solidarity with civil society organisations (CSOs) and people’s movements around the world, take action for climate justice to demand a new Peoples’ Climate Protocol in 2015. We demand a real ‘new deal’ grounded in climate justice, human rights, social equity, and participatory democracy, with a commitment to public financing and major shifts in prevailing economic paradigms to meet sustainable development objectives.

More than 220 people joined a mass action in Brussels, Belgium on 20 March to protest the inaction of the European Union states on climate change. IBON International participated in the mass action, which was led by Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) on the occasion of the EU heads of state meeting on climate and energy targets for 2013.

As over 1,500 development leaders gathered in Mexico City for the first High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), a global civil society platform warned that development must not “remain exclusive for the global elites while ordinary people are denied a life of dignity and justice.” The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), the open platform that participates in the GPEDC process, noted that principles for forging and pursuing a common development agenda had been arrived at in past summits, but implementation has been hampered by “lack of political will.”

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