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News

20 November 2014

The UK government has urged British company GCM Resources to assess how its planned coal mine in Bangladesh would affect the human rights of local people, and has condemned the company for breaching international guidelines on ethical corporate behaviour. Its findings, released today, state that the project “has aroused considerable opposition in Bangladesh, leading to violent protests, and an even more violent response by the authorities there.”
 

22 October 2014

Representatives from Colombia and Indonesia have arrived in London to tell the BHP Billiton board that coal-mining is destroying communities.

17 October 2014

As the European Commission concludes its consultation on biodiversity offsetting, almost 10,000 people and nearly 60 organisations (including us) have signed a letter urging the Commission not to pursue policy related to biodiversity offsetting (BO). They fear it would “harm nature and people, and give power to those who destroy nature for private profit.”

17 October 2014

Dutch journalist Caroline de Gruyter, writing for NRC Handelsblad reported that incoming European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker is said to have decided to remove the controversial investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) from TTIP, citing that it is “too late” to win on the issue, and to send a clear signal to EU citizens that he has “heard them."

9 October 2014

Protests are planned across the UK and the rest of Europe against the TTIP trade deal between the EU and the US on Saturday 11 October, as part of a day of simultaneous protests in hundreds of towns and cities.

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Events

Monday 1 December, London

A workshop in Westminster Central Hall with campaigners and leading politicians from different parties who will explain how to lobby MPs and MEPs on TTIP.

Saturday 21 February, London

Join us for the launch event of Global Justice Now, the new name for WDM in 2015. Featuring international speakers, an exhibition of Mexican street art, films, workshops and music.

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Blog

27 November 2014

This weekend I joined over three thousand others as a delegate to the Radical Independence Conference in Glasgow, organised by the Radical Independence Campaign (RIC), whose mission is to promote a more democratic, equal and independent Scotland. Distancing themselves from nationalism and echoing the politics of the World Social Forum, they mobilise under the slogan ’Another Scotland Is Possible’.

27 November 2014

When Ghana’s government embarked on passing a set of new seed policies into law last year, they were probably hoping to do so quietly. Little did they know the resistance that would come their way. 

26 November 2014

My grandfather (Paa-Kwasi) God rest his soul maybe spinning in his grave right now as I write! As a small-scale farmer, I believe he would not be pleased with the controversial 'Plant Breeders Bill', which those in power in Ghana are hoping pass as law.

25 November 2014

French trade minister Nicole Bricq said in a speech in February 2014 “Let’s dream a little with respect to public procurement. Why not replace “Buy American” which penalises our companies with “Buy transatlantic” which reflects the depth of our mutual commitment?”

24 November 2014

Countries from the global north have pledged $9.5 billion to help fight climate change. But it's going to take hundreds of billions more.

It’s one of the oldest tricks in politics: Talk down expectations to the point that you can meet them.

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