- Published on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:10
El Salvador has had the highest rate of femicide in the world, with 2, 250 femicides between 2010 and 2013. Guatemala has the third and Honduras the seventh highest rate of femicides. In Guatemala, only 2% of murdered women's cases were investigated in 2013 and likewise in Honduras less than 2% were investigated. For cases that somehow make it to court in Guatemala, 90% of defendants are not convicted. It is much the same in El Salvador. In 2014 alone, between January and October, over 300 bodies of young women between the ages of 12 and 18 years old have been found in unmarked common graves.
- Published on Thursday, 11 December 2014 18:10
The People's Summit on Climate Change began yesterday after a week of sessions at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP20) that has turned this city into the current global capital of the climate crisis caused by an increase in industrial emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHG).
COP20 is intergovernmental while the alternative summit joins together representatives from the community, social movements and civil society organizations concerned about the lack of understanding between governments on putting a halt to GHG emissions.
The People's Summit has been taking place alongside COP since 2009 when the intergovernmental negotiations failed to come up with an agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol.
- Published on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 17:36
Source: World Rainforest Movement Bulletin Issue Nº 208 – November 2014
On 31 July 2014, the ‘Forestry Master Plan’ (FMP) was issued by Thailand’s Internal Security Operations Command and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. There was no consultation with the public or civil society before the drafting of this plan, nor was there any kind of referendum or public consultation after the plan was finalized.
The Forestry Plan aims to “resolve the problems of forest destruction, trespassing of public land and sustainable management of natural resources”. The over-arching goal of this plan is to “increase the forest cover” in Thailand from its current level of 33% of the country (17.1 million hectares) to 40% (20.5 million hectares) within 10 years.
- Published on Monday, 08 December 2014 15:02
La Via Campesina and GRAIN release two new documents on food and climate change ahead of the People's Summit on Climate Change in Lima, Peru.
With this year's UN Climate Change Conference under way in Lima, La Via Campesina and GRAIN announce the joint publication of two new documents that detail how a global programme to support food sovereignty can resolve the climate crisis and feed the world.
The documents show how the dispossession of peasants and indigenous peoples of their lands has laid the basis for destructive resource extraction and an industrial food system that is responsible for 44-57% of all greenhouse gas emissions.