- Published on Thursday, 14 January 2010 05:56
Pursuant to its statutes, the World Trade Organisation must hold an assembly with all its members every two years. Practice is quite far from statutes. Indeed, due to the difficulties encountered by negotiations to successfully accomplish the Doha Round, there has not been a meeting of all the WTO members since the last WTO conference took place in December 2005. In order to convene a plenary meeting without running the risk of a new negotiations setback, the Director-General of the WTO had called up the representatives of the 153 countries members of the WTO and the 56 countries having the status of observers not for a negotiation session but a discussion meeting and assessment of multilateral negotiations.
- Published on Wednesday, 06 January 2010 04:16
The brutal tactics of the Danish police have casted a dark shadow on the international climate negotiations. Friends of the Earth International calls the Danish authorities to respect the right to protest and investigate the treatment given to peaceful demonstrators.
This is what Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Friends of the Earth International, said after the brutal police repression against the demonstrators that wanted to enter the Bella Center on Wednesday in Copenhagen, where the UN COP 15 on Climate Change is taking place.
- Published on Thursday, 24 December 2009 05:04
Free the climate prisoners!
The climate talks ended up in a failure due to the selfish approach of governments who have turned the climate disaster into a business opportunity. Meanwhile, the streets and halls of Copenhagen saw unprecedented mobilizations of social movements and very diverse organizations from around the world demanding climate justice and proposing ways to achieve it.
- Published on Tuesday, 22 December 2009 05:33
First in a series of interviews with farmers affiliated with La Via Campesina, an alliance of international peasant farmer organizations.
Prabina Pradhan works in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, as an advocacy organizer for the All Nepal Peasants Federation. She talked with me about the economic and climate situations in her country, and how people's lives are being affected.