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At the Rio Summit in 1992, the growing problem of climate change driven by anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions led to the signing of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Ratified by nearly 200 countries over the years, the treaty is fleshed out through its annual Conference of Parties (COP), with the Kyoto Protocol (KP) adopted at COP3 in 1997 as the most important so far.

RESIST Newsletter August 2011 is out, with updates on the debt crisis

To achieve its goal to undertake research for policy formulation and the development of alternatives for socioeconomic issues in the Philippines and the world, the Institute of Political Economy is pleased to announce the release of its August 2011 Issue.

Some 50 civil society representatives from around Asia gathered in Bangkok on August 17, 2011 to exchange knowledge, experience, views and strategies on the issues around sustainable development and the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012, also known as the Rio+20 Summit.

Outreach Officer Myrna Maglahus of IBON and Reality of Aid (RoA) participated in a series of meetings and dialogues on aid and development effectiveness with civil society organisations (CSOs), governments and other stakeholders during two visits to Sub-Saharan Africa last July-August.

Since the 1980s, multilateral development banks (MDBs), donor agencies, development finance institutions and governments have increasingly promoted private sector growth as the cornerstone of national development strategies. While there is little in depth and up to date analysis on the relationship between ODA and the private sector due to a lack or differences in reporting, the vast majority of bilateral and multilateral donors have considerably increased their focus and engagement with the private sector.

Some 3,000 participants from 40 countries across Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Middle East, Latin America, North America and Europe concluded the first-ever International Festival for Peoples’ Rights and Struggles (IFPRS) on the first week of July in the Philippines with an overflowing of energy and commitment to defend people’s rights and carry on the struggle for freedom, democracy and social justice. The IFPRS was a rare opportunity for people’s movements, progressive institutions, groups and individuals across the globe to share and learn from each other about new and longstanding threats to people’s individual and collective rights, while exploring solutions that address the systemic roots of these problems.

Real commitments on human rights, financing and macroeconomic reforms that would help developing countries, and regulation of the private sector remain absent from the draft document of the Rio+20 outcome document, warns international civil society organization, IBON International.

As the world's leaders gather at the Moon Palace Hotel in Cancun, Mexico for the 16th COP of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, thousands of peasants, indigenous peoples, youth, women, workers, advocates and many other sectors and communities from all over the world marched the streets of downtown Cancun this morning to call for 'system change, not climate change.

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