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Invitation to sign on statement to denounce corporate takeover of Climate Summit.

We call upon all fellow social movements, peoples organizations and environmental and climate justice movements to sign on this statement and join us in this call to action.

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_climatechange_agricultura-cambio-climatico.jpgOn the 23rd of September, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, will host a Climate Summit in New York, bringing political leaders, big business and a highly select few civil society representatives. The Summit has been surrounded by a lot of fanfare but proposes voluntary pledges for emission cuts, market-based and destructive public-private partnership initiatives such as REDD+, Climate-Smart Agriculture and the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. These are all false solutions of the green economy that seeks to further commodify life and nature and further capitalist profit. The undersigned social movements that all together represent more than 200 million people around the world, denounce this corporate take over of the UN and the climate negotiations process and call for a deep systemic change.

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Hundreds of women demand a People-Centered Agenda for SADC

Via Campesina Africa, WoMin and Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) Press Release 

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_SADC_MARCH_BYO_2014.JPG(Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, August 18, 2014) – Women and Mining (WoMin), Via Campesina Africa and Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) contributed to demands made to the SADC Head of States during the just ended SADC People’s Summit held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from the 15th to the 16th of August 2014.

The RWA, WoMin and Via Campesina delegates were part of the more than 2,500 delegates drawn from grassroots movements, community and faith-based organizations, women’s organizations, labor, student, youth, economic justice and human rights networks and other social movements.

The Peoples’ Summit was convened under the leadership of the Southern Africa People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN) and Peoples Dialogue at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair grounds in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe under the theme ‘Reclaiming SADC for People’s Development-SADC Resources for SADC People’. This political position responds to our shared analysis that the SADC development agenda is increasingly determined by corporate interests, which are privileged above the region’s 260 million people.

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Call for mobilization towards the Lima Peoples’ Summit

In Lima change the system, not the climate!

Lima, Peru –  December 9 – 12, 2014

Social movements and organizations, trade unions, peasants, indigenous peoples’ communities, women and environmentalist organizations, gathered in Lima, Peru, on the 12h and 13th of August, invited by the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), to support the organization of the Peoples’ Summit that will take place in parallel to the COP 20 of the UNFCCC, from 9 to 12 December 2014. We commit to work together and mobilize ourselves in this process. In this sense, we emphasize the call to participate in the demonstration organized by the Peoples’ Summit on December 10 in Lima.

The climate crisis that affects the planet is a consequence of the capitalist system, its extractive model of production and consumption. This is a model that destroys nature, privileges the interests of transnational corporations, and tramples the rights of peoples.

The climate crisis shows the exhaustion of this system. Confronted with its structural crisis, capital now seeks new ways out that allow its continuity, in order to produce greater concentration of wealth and power, guaranteeing profits for corporations and ruling classes.

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India: Farmers Support GOI's pro-Farmer position at WTO, call for Agriculture out of WTO

To: Shrimati Nirmala Sitharaman,
Minister of State Finance
138, North Block, New Delhi
Dear Shrimati Nirmala Sitharaman:
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To: Shrimati Nirmala Sitharaman,
Minister of State Finance
138, North Block, New Delhi
Dear Shrimati Nirmala Sitharaman:

We are a network of farmers’ organizations in India, comprising of farmers movements from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Maharastra.

We appreciate the Government of India’s uncompromised stand in the WTO and commitment to food security. At the WTO General Council the Government of India has postponed the Trade Facilitation Agreement indefinitely until a solution on public stockholding has been found.  We appreciate the roles the Government of India and you have played in this position, and we will extend support to the Government of India for any pro-farmer and pro-poor position you have in the WTO. However, our position since the Uruguay Round has always been that there is no place for agriculture in the WTO, and Indian farmers have been the champion of this fight, both at home and internationally.

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