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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

Read more..

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

Read more..

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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Asia’s Green Urbanization as Global Neoliberal Affront, Water as its Power Chess Piece PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:27

 

Last August, ADB released its 2012 Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific with a special chapter on Green Urbanization. In this report, ADB exalts Asia-Pacific’s sonic-paced urbanization as compared to other regions, such as Europe, North America and Latin America and the Caribbean. In less than a century, the report says that 51% of the region has already been urbanized with China, Bhutan, Laos, Indonesia and Vietnam leading the way.

 

This, the ADB claimed, is a sign of Asia’s economic prowess asserting itself in the global scene besides its apparent robustness in the midst of the struggling economies of the US and some European countries.  ADB even alludes to urbanization being an indicator of human development as it states that, “It is generally accepted that city growth has made urbanites happier, healthier and smarter.”

 

A curious statement considering the gross inequality and increased incident rates of theft and murder that come with urbanization as illustrated by UN studies on the state of cities around the world and in Asia. It is also worth mentioning that 60% of the world's most polluted cities are in Asia and 67% of all Asian cities would not even pass the European Union’s air quality standard, which ADB admits in the same report.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:46
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Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance Calls On Governments To Stop Large Scale Mining PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimberlie Olmaya Ngabit-Quitasol   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 09:25

Large scale mining, especially leaks of toxic water, has devastating impacts on the environment and people’s lives, destroying rivers and agricultural lands. CPA states all levels of government have to close down large scale mining firms urgently and introduce a shift to small-scale, environmentally friendly mining.

 

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) reiterates call for a total mining ban saying that the recent leakage of toxic waste from Philex Mining Corporation’s tailings dam 3 during the onslaught of incessant monsoon rains in Luzon is enough proof that responsible large-scale mining is a myth.

 

On August 4, Philex Mining Corporation announced that they were able to plug the leak from tailings dam 3 after affected residents of Barangay Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet reported that mine wastes were flowing down Agno river. The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Cordillera ordered Philex to stop operations pending the repair of the dam. As of press time [14 August 2012] Philex operations is still on hold.

 

CPA Chairperson Windel Bolinget in an interview stressed that Philex and other mining firms have been boasting that their tailings containment facilities could withstand any weather condition but the leak of tailings dam 3 says otherwise. He said the collapse of Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company’s tailings dam 5A is yet another incident that belies the myth of responsible mining.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 September 2012 09:33
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High Tipaimukh Dam Negotiations Sans Peoples PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jiten Yumnam   
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 06:10

"Diplomacies works best with peoples and not in absence of them."

 

Two interesting sequential events marked the end of August 2012. The formation of a Sub-Group and finalization of Terms of Reference between the Governments of India and Bangladesh on 28 August 2012 for joint surveys to assess the impacts of the proposed 1500 MW Tipaimukh Dam over the Barak River in Manipur and then India offering Bangladesh a grant of US dollar 200 Million out of one Billion US dollar stipulated aid just a day later[i].

 

One wonders why the grant decision has to come around the time of finalizing the terms of agreements on Tipaimukh Dam joint surveys. Under the terms of reference, each country is envisaged for assessments in their respective sides[ii]. No one knows the contents of the terms of agreements, except some media reporting that Bangladesh has been offered a handsome stake in Tipaimukh Dam project.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 September 2012 07:23
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Casebook On Water Advocacy Strategies In Asia PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 06:58

Background

The commitment of States to the human right to water has been reaffirmed in the recently convened United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). These developments may bode well with rights-holders in member States where there are stricter domestic judiciary processes and regional human rights systems. However, this is not the case with most developing countries in Asia, which has been and has increasingly become the playground of Water Barons, such as Veolia and Suez—all under the banner of promoting the human right to water, and even climate resilience.

 

Thus, there is a need for a pluralistic approach to realize HRTW in Asia at national, regional and international levels, especially when it has a diverse range of political, economic, social and cultural contexts. There are also new shifts in power geometries that influence the impact that civil society and community-based organizations’ interventions can achieve towards realizing equitable access to safe, drinking water and genuine democratic governance of these resources.

 

As an open platform of Asian CSOs advocating on people’s right to water, Water for the People Network (WPN) provides space for reflection, sharing and learning, as well as for joint initiatives. WPN will then be releasing a casebook on water advocacy strategies in Asia in March 2013. This is in time for the Asian Development Bank’s Asia Water Week in Manila, Philippines.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 09:15
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Oppose India-Bangladesh Compromise on Tipaimukh Dam PDF Print E-mail
Written by Aram Pamei   
Monday, 03 September 2012 10:00

PRESS RELEASE

29 August 2012, MANIPUR, NE INDIA--The Citizens Concern for Dams and Development (CCDD) would like to express our serious concern with the formation of Sub Group between the Governments of India and Bangladesh for conducting joint surveys to assess the issues of Tipaimukh Dam and to facilitate an early construction of the proposed 1500 MW mega dam over Barak River at Tipaimukh Village in Manipur.

 

More concerning is the fact that the Sub Group of the two countries had finalized a Term of Reference (TOR) for assessment of Tipaimukh Dam issues on 28 August 2012 at New Delhi, India, where each country is envisaged for assessments in their respective sides. The CCDD would like to outline clearly that any decision on Tipaimukh Dam construction cannot be bilaterally decided only by India and Bangladesh as the land, rivers, forests and all resources in Manipur belongs to all indigenous peoples of Manipur, and hence, their rightful rights to participate and involve in all decision making processes affecting their land, rights and survival is mandatory and is their undeniable rights.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 03 September 2012 10:49
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Asia CSO Strategy Meeting on the Right to Water in Hanoi, Vietnam PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 July 2012 06:20

Twenty seven representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) from Bangladesh, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Manipur, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam, USA and Tajikistan, representing women, peasants, agricultural workers, fisherfolks, indigenous peoples, workers, academia, environmental and support NGOs and networks gathered at the “CSO  Strategy  Meeting  on the Right  to  Water:  Challenges  and  Imperatives  for Rio+20  and  Beyond” on June  10, 2012 at  La Thanh Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam. This event was organized by Water for the People Network (WPN), IBON International and Asia Pacific  Research  Network  (APRN),  in  partnership  with  the Sustainable  Rural  Development  and  Unitarian  Universalist  Service Committee (UUSC).

 

With the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development convening in June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil twenty years after the historic Earth Summit,  CSO representatives from Asia have come together to have a critical understanding of the Green Economy agenda that is being negotiated on in  Rio+20  and  its  impact  on the people’s  right  to water  (RTW);  map  and  assess  the current  CSO  advocacy  strategies in pushing for the realization of the RTW at the local, national, regional and international levels; and develop an action plan and key messages in addressing urgent water issues during and after Rio+20. The strategy meeting was preceded by Asia Pacific Research Network’s Biennial Conference, “Rio for People,” from  June 4-7, 2012.

 

Key presentations were given by Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron of IBON International, Nguyen Thi Diu of Vietnam Rivers Network (VRN), Erdenechimeg Dashdorj of Center for Human Rights Development from  Mongolia and Rachel Ordu Dan-Harry of UUSC.  This  was  followed  by  a  presentation  and critiquing of  the  Right   to   Water  Modules. Focused group discussions on the challenges of realizing the right to water in Asia and a plenary session to strategically plan for  the network’s next steps in the post-Rio+20 scenario were also conducted.

 

Download the outcome document and presentations here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 07:46
 
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