“The emergence of the global financial, food, economic, and other crises - which the WTO’s privatization and liberalization rules contributed to, and failed to prevent - provides an opportunity to reflect on the serious problems endemic to the particular model of globalization that the WTO has consolidated globally,” urged several civil society organizations ahead of the 8th Ministerial Meeting of that multilateral institution in Geneva next month.

Marc Lee. (Photo: CCPA)

The richest 20% of Canadian income earners are responsible for almost double (1.8 times) the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of those in the lowest income group, says a new study released this week by in Ottawa by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), one of the focal points of Social Watch in that North American country.

Women and children search a
garbage dump for cans to sell
in Timor Leste.
(Photo: Martine Perret/UN)

Three weeks before the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, civil society organizations don’t hide their disappointment about the expected results of the gathering. “In the relative obscurity of closed-door meetings, donor governments are making last-minute attempts to renege on their aid transparency commitments,” summed up Claudia Elliot, Make Aid Transparent campaign’s spokesperson. All the process seems to bring into question the whole concept of aid.

The Arab Spring gave this region’s civil society fresh tools to contribute to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio2012). “The Arab peoples’ revolutions and uprisings which erupted first in Tunisia in December 2010 reflect the interlink between sustainable development, democratic governance, and freedom,” noted the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) in the paper it submitted to the preparatory process of the meeting.  

Mirjam van Reisen

The European Union (EU) should change its policy towards Eritrea, says Mirjam van Reisen, professor of International Social Responsibility at Tilburg University. The people are better of if the EU would spent its allocated subsidy for Eritrea on housing and education of the Eritrean refugees in Sudan, South Sudan, Libya, Egypt or Yemen, adds Van Reisen, also founder and director of Brussels-based Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA).

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