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Contents with tag: Global

7 Dec 2015
SIGN ON STATEMENT: 20 years of the WTO is enough! Junk WTO!

It has been two decades since the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO), a successor to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which created a multilateral trading system encompassing trade in goods, services, agriculture, and intellectual property.

2 Dec 2015
More ‘hot air’ from Heads of States as Climate Summit opens

Over 130 Heads of State have arrived in Paris in an attempt to sign a new global agreement, amidst high expectations of people all around the world for urgent and meaningful action to respond to the climate crisis. Just over the weekend, the world saw the biggest ever climate marches of almost 1 million people gathering in 175 countries demanding leaders to come to an agreement that is binding, ambitious, durable and just, to replace the Kyoto Protocol and to take effect in 2020. This new climate deal that is yet to be agreed on is quite controversial already in the approach it takes, as it calls on each and every government to say just what and how much it is willing to undertake actions to reduce emissions, provide finance, and adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change.

2 Dec 2015
Fight Neoliberal Trade, Junk WTO and Advance the People’s Trade Agenda!

Twenty years since its establishment, the World Trade Organization (WTO) remains one of the most important mechanisms used by the global monopoly capital to advance neoliberal trade and concentrate wealth at the hands of the richest one percent. By imposing trade rules that empower transnational corporations (TNCs) from rich countries, the WTO serves to keep the vast majority of countries underdeveloped while a tiny minority accumulates more power and wealth.

29 Nov 2015
Resistance needs no permit: COP 21 opens with climate marches all over the world and the arrest of around 200 in Paris

The 21st Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opened today in Paris, where the world’s leaders are expected to come to an agreement on actions to solve the climate crisis.

29 Nov 2015
No holds barred: Global peoples surge against imperialist attacks on people and planet

Even as authorities and world leaders try to suppress peoples protest surrounding the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015, the people are unwavering in their stance for a genuine global climate agreement that reflects the peoples’ aspirations for social transformation and system change that will solve the roots of the climate crisis.

25 Nov 2015
COP21 SERIES: Free trade undermines our right to health and the fight against climate change

Climate change threatens the right to health. According to the World Health Organization, climate change is already responsible for approximately 150,000 deaths every year. It also worsens environmental conditions, contributing to poorer health, nutrition, and water quality.

4 Nov 2015
Measuring change, but (still) leaving inequality behind

The Second meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (IAEG-SDGs) took place in Bangkok, Thailand, on 26-28th October 2015. Statistics experts from 28 national governments convened with the objective of coming to an agreement on the list of indicators to measure progress for each of the 17 SDGs ratified last September during the United Nations General Assembly.

30 Oct 2015
IBON CJ Watch October 2015

The Bonn climate change negotiations commenced last October 23, 2015 with a still contentious 33-page draft negotiating text.

8 Oct 2015
No to FTAs!

A few days ago, the United States, Japan and 10 other countries from the Pacific region arrived at a final agreement to approve what has been cited as the largest regional trade accord in history, The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The trade deal focuses on lowering trade barriers to goods and services, tightens intellectual property (IP) laws and establishes an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism.

7 Oct 2015
Up Close and Personal: UN Post-2015 Development Agenda Makes the 1% Richer and 99% Poorer

Amidst the celebrity hype over the announcement of the United Nations’ Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Pope Francis’ address of the UN member states, not all who travelled to New York City for the UN Development Summit were buying it.

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