On June 29, ministers from around the world gathered at the UN General Assembly to discuss climate change received an unprecedented statement by social movements of climate-impacted communities from the global South as well as faith, labor, environmental, and anti-poverty groups representing tens of millions of people from around the world.
With his critiques and statements on injustice among human beings and his positions in favour of the poor, of workers and of all those excluded, Pope Francis, from the outset of his Pontificate, has pleasantly surprised militants of people’s movements around the world, in contrast with his two predecessors.
Nothing less than a systemic transformation of our societies, our economies, and our world will suffice to solve the climate crisis and close the ever-increasing inequality gap.
From July 6-10, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, aiming to advance on the debate towards the building of a binding instrument related to human rights and transnational corporations. The meeting takes place a year after the UNHRC adopted the proposal submitted by Ecuador and South Africa to develop such an agreement. The social movements that supported and exerted pressure for this instrument to become a reality will be present again in Geneva to carry out mobilizations parallel to the UNHRC meeting, more precisely from July 6 to 10.
French company Total, the largest company in France and one of the most important oil corporations in the world, will be denounced by Friends of the Earth International in Geneva, Switzerland, during the first week of July, due to its human and environmental rights violations in Nigeria.
The mechanisms of financialization of nature are promoted by transnational corporations, financial institutions and multilateral organizations as a way to defend nature and as a solution to the global climate crisis. Several of the mechanisms that operate under this logic are already being imposed in several countries. One of them is the so called “non-recoverable fund”, i.e. projects that do not aim at generating profit. The analyses and voices against them didn´t take long to appear and there are more and more arguments against them.
The 2015 Goldman Prize awarded to Honduran activist Berta Cáceres shed light on the social struggle of the country, six years after the Coup D´Etat, and was granted in a moment of mobilizations by the people against corruption, which is common in other countries of the region, such as Guatemala.
Academic Katherine Reilly, assistant professor at the Communications School of Simon Fraser University, Canada, and Master´s Degree Student Belén Febres Cordero of the same university, have just published their paper "Real World Radio (2003-2013): the role of communication in resistance in the changing geopolitical framework of Latin America" (below, in Spanish).
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