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Demand sound UN goals, Nigeria urged


The action/2015 movement has urged the Nigerian government to use its weight to demand action on poverty, inequality and climate change at crucial negotiations next week in New York (17-20 February 2015). The negotiations in New York will set the overall vision of the next set of sustainable development goals – key agreements that will set global goals for the ...

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Trade unions join transition to greener economy

Jobs PR

Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2014 explores the employment challenges and opportunities of a transition to a sustainable economy Can the need to protect the environment be reconciled with the desire to safeguard jobs? Labor markets will shift to fit the demands of a greener economy as resources shrink and the climate changes. But with 38 percent of workers worldwide employed ...

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World Bank’s carbon market threatens forest people’s rights

Andy White

Lack of safeguards for indigenous land rights opened the door for accelerated deforestation and palm oil plantations across Indonesia; as Ebola recedes, Liberia faces the same threats   A new report finds that Indigenous Peoples and local communities control less than one sixth of tropical forests – despite living in or near the forests and safeguarding them – in eight ...

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The environment factor in Africa’s development

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, HOMEF

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), in a recent presentation made in Lome, Togo explores the myriad of environmental challenges militating the African continent’s progress A reading of the theme of this ITUC New Year School, Organising and Mobilising Workers for Africa’s Development, indicates that this is a clarion call for workers to interrogate what we term development and ...

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Giving a voice to the ‘missing’ women in India’s climate plans


Women have the power to put India on the course to a green sustainable future, specifically, poor rural women working in the agriculture sector. India’s economy is predominately agrarian and increasingly female dominated. 80% of all economically-active women are employed by the agricultural sector. As men are migrating to urban areas for employment opportunities, partly as farming is now a more risky ...

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Global campaigns make 2015 a significant year for sustainability

Malala Yousafzai

On Thursday 16 January 2015, we saw the launch of action/2015 – a historic campaign and global movement calling for the eradication of extreme poverty and inequalities worldwide within a generation – held all over the world. Around the world people took to the streets in rallies and marches to demand action – including Liberia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Indonesia, Uganda, Belgium, El Salvador, Costa ...

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Paper consumption on decline but footprint still high


In wealthy countries, paper is ubiquitous and is often fated to be discarded soon after purchase, with only a portion recovered for recycling. Although slow improvements have been made in production methods and in the recovery of paper products, additional progress is needed to reduce the industry’s environmental impacts, writes Michael Renner, senior researcher at the Worldwatch Institute, in the ...

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Sustainable development: Are corporations green or greedy?


Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2014 explores the shifting role of corporations in the UN’s global effort for sustainability As national governments flounder to resolve pressing global challenges, corporations are positioning themselves within the United Nations framework as efficient players and indispensable partners in international policy debates. But with their immense economic and political sway, can corporations be brought to the ...

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Bodo spill compensation raises hope for other communities -ERA/FoEN

Bodo Oil Spill - November 2008

The agreement by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) to pay 55 million (N15.3 billion) pound compensation to the Bodo community over two spill incidents in 2008 has continued to generate reactions. The latest comes from the Lagos-based Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), which has described the step as a welcome development that should open ...

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Bodo spill: Shell’s N16 billion compensation ‘inadequate’


Civil rights organisation, the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), has picked holes in the agreement by oil giant, Shell, to pay a penalty of about 55 million Pounds Sterling (about N16 billion) to 15,600 Bodo fishermen and community for the extensive crude oil spills of 2008/2009. The group nonetheless describes the development as a welcome news “for a New ...

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