Interviews


Lights and Shadows

Assessment of the UN COP14 on Biological Diversity

With certain advances in the recognition of the role of indigenous people and local communities in terms of the conservation of biological diversity, the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity came to an end in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Nevertheless, some environmental organizations  … Read more

VICTORIES AND BREAKTHROUGHS

Diego Montón, representative of Via Campesina, assesses approval of UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants

24 hours after the historical decision by the Third Committee (on cultural, social and humanitarian aspects) of the United Nations General Assembly in favor of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas, the representative of Vía Campesina, Diego Montón, assessed from  … Read more

An expert look

Friends of the Earth International at UN negotiations on biological diversity

The 14th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) started on Saturday in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, under the theme “Investing in biodiversity for people and planet”. The event will take place through November 29th. Environmental activist Isaac Rojas, Friends of the Earth International´s Forests and Biodiversity  … Read more

At close range

Comando Jungla murders Mapuche community member in Araucanía, Chile

On November 14, at dawn, the Comando Jungla attacked Mapuche community Temucuicui. There were helicopters and tankettes surrounding the territory. As a result of the armed attack by the command, Camilo Catrillanca, a 25-year-old Mapuche man, grandson of Lonko Juan Segundo Catrillanca, of the Temucuicui traditional community and son of  … Read more

Failed model: greenwashing

Serious accusations against the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, which is holding its annual meeting

“It´s a sham” saying that the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is solving the serious socioenvironmental effects of this industry, said Nigerian environmental activist Rita Uwaka. “There are more environmental abuses, human rights abuses in countries where most of these RSPO certified companies exist”, she added. The annual conference  … Read more

“It´s necessary to investigate the criminal structures behind Berta´s murder”

Interview with Reinaldo Villalba, member of the International Verification Mission, about the trial over Berta Cáceres murder

“The fact that Berta Cáceres´ relatives and COPINH don´t have a legal representantive in this first trial is something extremely serious. This has been an arbitrary decision made by the Court, as a response of Cáceres´ family insisting on including the masterminds of the crime in this trial as well”,  … Read more

“We want a living rural world”

Friends of the Earth Spain demands an end to industrial cattle farming and promotes sustainable family and small-scale practices

On October 27-28, Friends of the Earth Spain, together with La Vía Campesina Europe and other agrarian, cattle farming, environmental and consumption groups celebrated “The Days of Action for Good Food” demanding changes in the food system based on policies that promote healthy food for the people and the planet.  … Read more

Drop by drop

Uruguay: signatures collected to repeal irrigation law

In 2004, Uruguay was the first country that enshrined the access to drinking water as a human right and a common good, not a commodity, in its Constitution. The irrigation law passed by the Parliament in 2017 authorizes private companies to bottle and sell water, that is, against what is  … Read more

The process continues

Progress at Working Group for a Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights considered a “victory” of the civil

The resolutions and conclusions of the Intergovernmental Working Group submitted by Luis Gallegos, permanent representative of Ecuador at the UN and chair of the negotiations, were approved, but the representatives of the European Union were the only ones there who did not agree with the conclusions. Now the chair will  … Read more

Close to the victims

Kwami Kpondzo from Friends of the Earth International: “We are here to say to the world that enough is enough”

“As Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), we are here (at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva) because we are working with communities, and those communities are affected by transnationals corporations, so we need a Binding Treaty to hold accountable those transnationals which violated human rights”, said Kwami Kpondzo, from  … Read more