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South Africa : "Our Resources, Our Future, Putting Local People First"

Declaration of the The Alternative Mining Indaba

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Having gathered at the Ritz Hotel, Cape Town on the occasion of the 5th Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI) from 4th to 6th February, 2014, express our deep concern in how development is shaping investment including extractives and the continued limited contribution of the extractive sector in the development agenda of African Countries especially to the lives of ordinary people.

The representative persons from organisations in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe met and reaffirmed their belief in a society that puts people first before profits. Once again we find ourselves confronted by corporate greed and the lack of government will in protecting the environment, social and economic well-being of communities.

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Ordinary people meet in Cape Town to propose alternatives to destructive mining

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b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_stoptnc_eventminingcaptown.jpg(Cape Town, 5 February 2014) While mining corporations and governments are meeting at the Mining Indaba Summit in Cape Town, South Africa, to talk about more ways to expand the mining industry, ordinary people from Africa and other parts of the world will gather on 4-7 February, to discuss and come together with proposals of sustainable and peoples alternatives to destructive extraction. The Peoples Dialogue a network of southern Africa and South American rural and popular activists and social movements, the Rural Women Assembly and the Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power will join the 5th Alternative Mining Indaba, together with hundreds of other people. These organizations understand that the extractive corporate model tearing through African countries in the name of economic growth and development is highly destructive. 

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Demands increase for international mechanisms to punish transnational corporations’ crimes

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_stoptnc_logo_international_treaty2.jpgGeneva (Switzerland), Bali (Indonesia) December 3, 2013 – Social movements, networks and organizations from the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity - who protested today in Bali and in Geneva against the corporate capture of the World Trade Organization (WTO) trade negotiations and the United Nations (UN) Human Rights system - are demanding binding regulations to punish corporate crimes.

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The True Food Prize Goes to the Haitians

[Salena Tramel | Article published on Huffingtonpost]

The Iowa state capitol is vibrating with activity this week in preparation for the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony that is set to take place on Thursday. The 2013 World Food Prize credits Monsanto in the fight against hunger through sustainable agriculture -- yet there is a disconnect between the spirit of the prize and the U.S. agrochemical giant's actual practices. Organizers of the Food Sovereignty Prize aim to bridge this gap by honoring grassroots social movements in their own ceremony that will take place on Tuesday in New York City.

Corporate Interventions in the Global South

Companies like Monsanto consistently expand into Global South countries where more than a billion people each year contend with hunger daily.

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Smallholder agri-investments : the new edition of the Nyeleni newsletter is now online!

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One of the biggest emerging battles over the future of food sovereignty is the corporatization of investment. Read the new edition of the newsletter and discover where, how and for who's benefit investments in agriculture are made. Read testimonies from Europe, Latin America and Africa. In 2014 a negotiation will take place in the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), to define the “CFS principles” on investment in agriculture. In the run-up to these negotiations a consultation is taking place in which all actors can participate. Discover how.

Click here to read the English edition.                                                                   

The Newsletter is published every three months on the www.nyeleni.org website.

Statement to the Human Rights Council for a legally binding instrument on transnational corporations

September 13, 2013

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_stoptnc_TNCcorporatescaled.jpgThe operations of many Transnational Corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises cause the devastation of livelihoods, territories and the environment of the communities where they operate; they pursue the commodification of essential services and of nature itself. Many TNCs and other business enterprises also violate or are complicit in violations of human rights and labour rights, erode the basis of food sovereignty, pollute water sources and lands, and plunder natural resources.

The Vienna+20 CSO Conference with 140 participants was held in Vienna on June 25/26 this year to commemorate the Second World Conference on Human Rights and address current challenges for human rights. This Conference called on States to urgently develop and institute binding systems of international regulation and norms for TNCs. States have the obligation to ensure, by establishing strong legal systems of accountability for violations of rights and effective remedy and justice for all affected people, including along the supply chain. The Conference strongly urged States to hold accountable those transnational actors, TNCs and other business enterprises that violate human rights. At the occasion of the recent UN regional forum on business and human rights in Medellín more than 100 CSOs from Latin America and other regions expressed the same concerns and called for a binding instrument. Likewise during a Round Table in the European Parliament in Brussels on September 5th, governments were also urgently asked for a binding instrument to address the accountability of TNCs and end their impunity.

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Karuturi guilty of tax evasion: Global flower industry giant found breaking the law in Kenya

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Nairobi, 19 April 2013

The Kenyan government has found Karuturi Global Ltd, the world's biggest producer of cut roses, guilty of tax evasion. This is the first time an African government has brought a large multinational company to court for transfer mispricing through a fully public process. A broad alliance of civil society movements and organisations are celebrating the Kenyan government's resolve to stop such behaviour and to do so transparently.

In late 2012, the Kenya Revenue Authority ruled that the Bangalore, India-based multinational used transfer mispricing to avoid paying the government of Kenya nearly US$11 million (EUR8 million) in corporate income tax, part of a larger set of tax disputes with government authorities that amount to a quarter of the firm's 2012 sales. On 4 April 2013, Karuturi appealed the ruling, bringing the proceedings into the public domain.

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Chile, interview about the Summit of the Peoples hold in Santiago

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The headquarters of the Chilean Workers Union (CUT), in Santiago, capital of Chile, was chosen to hold the press conference that the organizers of the Summit of the Peoples, to take place from January 25 to 27 in that city, carried out on Friday to make the public and open call to this event.

“We believe that where the presidents meet, where these important summits are held, our spaces are so or more important, because it is there where social movements, the peoples, are represented”, said Francisca Rodriguez, of the National Association of Rural and Indigenous Women of Chile (ANAMURI) and the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina) to Real World Radio.

The meeting will take place in the Urban Planning and Architecture School of the University of Chile, in parallel to the EU-CELAC Summit to take place in the same city.

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Campaigners Demand Reform of EFSA

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Firab – ECVC – CEO – Italian anti-GMO task force
Press release
 
Parma, 13 November – Campaigners today demonstrated outside a conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), held at its headquarters in Parma, Italy. Farmers, NGOs, students and local activists have gathered to denounce the industry-capture of our food safety system that EFSA plays a key role in.
 
José Manuel Benitez said: “EFSA is not fulfilling its mandate to ensure European citizens safe food and safe farming environments. European farmers and peasants demand a radical shift in EFSA’s modus operandi.”
 
The conference is celebrating 10 years of “transparency, independence and scientific excellence” but the campaigners say that EFSA experts and members of its management board have frequently been shown to have a conflict of interest with the food and biotech industry.

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10th EFSA anniversary: Two-day farmers and citizens initiatives

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Parma, Italy, Friday 9th November – Campaigners and farmers have joined forces to organise two days of action against the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on 12th and 13th November, challenging industry bias and reclaiming real food safety.

Organised by FIRAB, the Italian anti-GMO Task Force, the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) and Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), the events take place as EFSA marks its 10th anniversary and will start with a conference on Monday 12th November, looking at the science and politics of EFSA. On Tuesday 13th November there will be a flash mob outside the EFSA building at 10.30am.

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