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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Voices Against Water Corporatization Loudly Heard in the People’s Global Camp (PGC) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 05:23

 

Voices Against Water Corporatization Loudly Heard in the People’s Global Camp (PGC)

Bali, Indonesia - Civil society organizations, youth, peasants, unions and other grassroots organizations around the world joined forces in the recently held People’s Global Camp (PGC) from December 3-6, 2013 to demand a total junk of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in parallel with its ongoing 9th Ministerial Meeting.

Organized by the Indonesian People’s Alliance (IPA), the PGC aims to consolidate people’s collective response against the WTO by providing a space to various grassroots organizations to exchange experiences, learn and plan actions that are seen significant to promote national sovereignty and insist alternatives to the current trade regime. Workshops and fora were conducted to directly expose and oppose WTO policies in migration, women, indigenous people, agriculture and water to name a few. Water for the People Network (WPN), one of the organizations which conducted their self-organized activities, gave emphasis on water resources’ privatization leading to treatment of water as a commodity being traded in the market.

Speakers from Bangladesh, the Philippines and Pakistan were able to show how water resources’ privatization affects families and communities in their countries. Wali Haider of Roots for Equity emphasized the kinds of water problems prevalent in Pakistan. These include the water used for agricultural purposes, inaccessibility to safe drinking water, and the construction of dams and commodification of water. At present, natural resources are tradable and access to it is largely premised on the people’s capacity to pay.  He also elaborated on the construction of dams and the displacement of the fishing communities around it and concluded with a strong call on resisting water corporatization and the plunder of natural resources.

In addition, Sonny Africa of Water for the People Network (WPN), shared the history of water privatization case in the Philippines. He started by pointing out how water is treated as a commodity and how it allows companies to profit. Manila’s water privatization is the biggest privatization case in the world. It is in this premise when he added that corporatizations owning the water services in Manila are successful in profiting millions out of their “water industry”. He concluded by saying that “Water is a human right and a public service which should be owned and controlled publicly”.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 05:26
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Water for the People Network's Invitation to People's Global Camp (PGC) in Bali, Indonesia PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 08:11

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PH water rates among Asia’s highest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Arnold Padilla   
Friday, 21 December 2012 06:10

We already know that power rates in the Philippines are the most expensive in Asia. What we do not know yet which will certainly make our collective blood pressure rise is that water rates in the country are also among the highest in the region. Using the same 2011 survey conducted by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) on power rates in major Asian cities, I found out that the water rates in Cebu City and Manila rank fourth and fifth, respectively behind Sydney, Singapore and Jakarta. Yes, we are paying more expensive water than more developed cities like Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, Seoul and others. (See Chart 1, click on image to enlarge) (Download the JETRO survey here)

 

I bring this up after hearing the news that the private water concessionaires of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) have been allowed again to jack up their rates next year. A report by the BusinessWorld said that by January 2013, the ordinary customers of Maynilad Water Services Inc. or those with a monthly consumption of 30 cubic meters will see their bill increase by ₱22.52. Meanwhile, the customers of Manila Water Co. Inc. with the same level of monthly consumption will bear a ₱6-spike in their water bill. What a way to greet the New Year for some 13.3 million people in Metro Manila and nearby provinces who get their water from Maynilad and Manila Water.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 21 December 2012 06:27
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Water sector stakeholders nationwide vow to oppose privatization PDF Print E-mail
Written by IBON National   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 06:01

Water district unions from Luzon, Vizayas and Mindanao and consumers, as well as representatives from peasants, workers, indigenous people, fisherfolk, women and environment advocates came together last November to hold a national anti-water privatization assembly.

 

Attended by over 120 delegates, the "Water is Life" national conference was aimed at opposing ongoing efforts to further privatize the water sector, such as pending bills at the Senate and Congress such as the Senate Bill (SB) 2997. Also known as the Water Sector Reform Act of 2012, the bill outlines the privatization of water through public-private partnerships (PPPs), which consumers and water district employees say will create monopolies in the merging of water districts, and lay-off thousands of water utilities employees.

 

Spearheaded by the Water Systems Employees Response (WATER), Water is Life, Solidarity Opposed to Privatization Alliance (STOP) and the Water for the People Network (WPN), the conference was held at the UP College of Social Work and Community Development.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 06:13
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Media Coverages on Hmar People’s Objection to Oil Exploration in Tipaimukh Region of Churachandpur PDF Print E-mail
Written by Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur   
Monday, 03 December 2012 07:24

Public hearing on oil exploration in Hmar Hills meets cold reception

The Refinery News, 22 November 2012

http://refinerynews.com/public-hearing-on-oil-exploration-in-hmar-hills-meets-cold-reception/

Special Report by Lalramsan Hmar

 

After an incident at Nungba where a Public Hearing was boycotted by the villagers, the state government has taken measures so as to check any repeated incident by deploying huge numbers of army personnel, police and IRB.

 

One of the journalists who attended the hearing said that the way uniform personnel roamed around and asked the identity of people is like we are in the midst of military show down. Answering why there was so much security, T.T Zuola, OC of Tipaimukh Sub-Division said that they were informed that some group have planned to dismantle the bridges and tried to create disturbance they were told to be presented with his men.

 

Henii Paul, an IRB officer at Jiribam had said that he came to the place with 20 IRB, 15-20 Assam Rifles, 21 police and DC’s security 12-15 in numbers were present at the village today. Before the hearing, a group of journalists and activists met chairman of the Joint Action Committee, Lalawilien Hmar who is also the president of Hmar Inpui (Hmar Supreme House). During the interaction, the chairman said: “The aim of Jubilant Oil Gas Pvt. Ltd trying to explore our land that too without informing the inhabitants is unwelcome and we will fight for our rights to safeguard our land and forest from deforestation.’

 

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Let the Last Free-Flowing Stretch of the Teesta Run Freely PDF Print E-mail
Written by International Rivers   
Friday, 23 November 2012 07:34

The Teesta River has become a contested battleground between the government and the indigenous Lepcha and Bhutia communities in Sikkim, India. The government of India hopes to dam the last free-flowing 13 kms (8 miles) of the Teesta River for hydropower. Already over 71 kms (44 miles) of the river – which flows through earthquake-prone, ecologically and geologically fragile terrain – is either in reservoirs or diverted through tunnels for hydropower generation.

 

The Lepchas were the earliest inhabitants of Sikkim. The Dzongu tribal reserve, part of the Kanchenjunga biosphere reserve, is an indispensable part of their sacred landscape, a landscape in which rivers – including the Teesta – and mountain peaks are places where life originates and where the souls of their ancestors reside. The Lepchas – now a minority in their own land – have sustained strong resistance in the form of a long and peaceful protest to save their sacred river and prevent the desecration and defilement of their sacred landscape. To protect their cultural identity, Dzongu is recognized under the Indian constitution as a reserve for the indigenous Lepcha tribe.

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