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UN Conference in Nairobi ignores agreements ahead of Summit of the Future

The United Nations Civil Society Conference, taking place this Wednesday and Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya, ahead of the Summit of the Future to be held in September in New York (United States), ‘seeks to reinstate a corporate-driven agenda rejected by States and social organisations in the Summit process.’ ‘It is a crude attempt by the Office of the Secretary General…

Feminism, Environmentalism, Regional Integration: Interviews at Foz do Iguaçu Conference

Social movements, trade unions, and progressive government representatives met in February 22-24, 2024 in Foz do Iguaçu, in the tri-border area between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay in the Southern Cone. And why did they meet? To hold the Conference on the Integration of Latin American and Caribbean Peoples, organized by multiple political subjects throughout 2023. The conference was attended by…

Darwin Torres

Building the region from the bottom-up

More than 3000 people from 26 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean gathered in the city of Foz de Iguazú, just a few steps from the triple border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay,  to participate in the Conference for the Integration of the Peoples.  From 22-23 February,  organisations and grassroots movements of the region: peasants, trade unions, students, feminists,…

Continuing the feminist struggle in the face of attacks on democracy

Dismantling and resisting patriarchy is essential to Food Sovereignty, forest management and democracy and in the struggle against oppressive economic systems and political institutions. Below are interviews with three people leading the charge toward a more just, equitable, and feminist world that centers gender justice.  How do patriarchy and other oppressions stand in the struggle for democracy and forests and…

30 years standing: anniversary of the struggle against Chevron-Texaco in Ecuador

On November 3rd 1993, a group of Indigenous People and peasants from the northern Ecuadorian Amazon filed a lawsuit against one of the world's most powerful transnational oil companies, Texaco (now Chevron), for environmental crimes. At that moment, the Union of People Affected by Texaco (UDAPT) was officially created. The lawsuit is the founding milestone of an organisation that has…