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20 December 2011

I often read Duncan Green’s, Oxfam’s Head of Research, thoughtful blog, From Poverty to Power. Sometimes I agree with his views, sometimes I don’t.

Though of course we are colleagues in international development, the World Development Movement’s views can occasionally diverge from that of Oxfam’s. We are far more cautious when it comes to the role of markets, for example, and our tactics towards achieving change are undoubtedly, shall we say, more bold. I can’t quite imagine Oxfam commissioning The Real George Osborne or driving a tank through the City of London. But these are healthy differences that in the end make for an exciting and diverse sector. 

18 December 2011

Alongside the UN climate talks that took place earlier this month, Durban’s KZN university hosted a ‘people’s space’: an alternative space where people could come together to talk about the struggle for climate justice.

10 December 2011

At 3pm today, on the final day of the UN climate talks, I joined hundreds of people to occupy the conference centre where the final plenary talks were taking place.

Here are some videos telling the story of what happened.

9 December 2011

On, the penultimate day of the Durban climate talks, I joined other climate justice allies at what became one of COP17’s most theatrical press conferences yet. Organised by the Climate Justice Now coalition, allies from across the world took this opportunity to give their analysis of the conference so far, making it clear they felt ignored by the governments who are supposed to represent them.

9 December 2011

Over the summer we asked you to fill in our supporter survey to let us know a bit more about yourself and what you think of WDM and our campaigns. A big thank you to the over 1100 of you who responded! The results have been really interesting and will be invaluable in helping us improve our campaigns and communications. We thought you might be interested too and so here is a brief summary of what we found.

9 December 2011

Talk of a long-term climate deal to cut carbon emissions is allowing industrialised countries to delay taking action, says World Development Movement policy officer Murray Worthy, writing from Durban.

8 December 2011

On Friday 9 December, activists from all over the UK will be flooding the @HMTreasury Twitter account with messages about food speculation. Please join us. All you need to do is to tweet the Treasury and tell it we need strong regulation.

7 December 2011

Guest post by Murray Worthy, used to be the policy officer.

With three days to go at the UN Climate Talks new negotiating texts have emerged for the establishment of the Green Climate Fund, and for decisions on issues including emissions reductions for developed countries outside of the Kyoto Protocol, emissions reductions for developing countries and for long term finance to help developing countries deal with climate change.

7 December 2011

A year on from the World Bank out of climate finance campaign launch at the Cancun talks, last week members of the global coalition reunited outside COP17. Last year’s talks concluded with an agreement to design a new Green Climate Fund within the UNFCCC. While many welcomed this, others remained cautious because of the World Bank’s role as ‘trustee’. As the fund had not been designed, over the last year there has been much still to play for in terms of how the fund would be shaped, and to whose benefit.

7 December 2011

Guest post by Innocent Sithole, used to be web intern

Our new report, Power to the people? reveals how the World Bank is diverting climate funds from communities to multinational corporations. Instead of giving energy poor people access to much needed electricity in Mexico, the World Bank’s Clean Technology Fund (CTF) is powering big business and potentially adding to the country’s energy inequalities.


6 December 2011

The World Development Movement strongly supports the Occupy movement that has emerged over the last few months. This movement has evolved as a deep felt response to a highly unjust global economic system which keeps people trapped in poverty, in both rich and poor countries. It is this very injustice which WDM has been fighting for over forty years; tackling the root causes of poverty which are perpetuated by governments and corporations alike.

5 December 2011

Today activists in South Africa are mobilising around the Durban summit to challenge industrial agriculture, which is at the heart of both the food and climate crises. They have called an international day of action for food sovereignty to cool down the earth.

“Industrial agriculture and production is responsible for global warming, hunger, land dispossession, massive displacements of farmers, rural workers and indigenous communities across the continent.”

2 December 2011

As campaigners focusing on climate justice, we tend to think wind energy is a good thing. And so it can be – but not when it robs indigenous people of their land. 

Last year, the World Development Movement’s climate campaigner Kirsty Wright went to the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, and met indigenous activist Bettina Cruz Velazquez. Bettina told Kirsty how wind farms run by multinational corporations are being built without the consent of the indigenous people who own the land.

2 December 2011

WDM supporters and activists have been increasing the pressure on Chris Huhne before he sets off for Durban, urging him to go to the talks calling for climate finance to be delivered as grants through the UN and not loans through the World Bank.

2 December 2011

Scottish climate change minister, Stewart Stevenson, will be joining the UK government delegation to the UN climate talks in Durban any day now. In preparation for this we’ve been calling on him to use his influence as part of the delegation to urge the UK government to stop forcing climate loans onto already indebted countries.  

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