Special Reports


5th Session of UN negotiations on Binding Treaty and Human Rights came to an end

The negotiations of the UN Human Rights Council Working Group towards a legally Binding Treaty on transnational corporations and human rights abuses perpetrated by them drew to a close Friday in Geneva, Switzerland. Several social movements and organizations, gathered in the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, welcomed the advance of the process. Nevertheless, they expressed concern…

Agroecology as the answer

The 46th session of the UN Committee on World Food Security  began this Monday in Rome, Italy. There, several national governments and different stakeholders will analyze policy recommendations for food security and nutrition, ending on Friday. Many side events were held in parallel to the official sessions, with civil society being represented by the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) for…

Organizations demand declaration of climate emergency in Chile

The Peoples´ Summit together with Fridays for Future Chile and the Civil Society for Climate Action (SCAC) were three of the coalitions which called over 100 thousand demonstrators to participate in the Global Climate Strike on September 27 in Chile. “This march was a historic event at national level for the struggle for a healthy environment”, stated members of the…

A global gallery of change

Transformative Cities, a project launched by a group of international organisations including Friends of the Earth International, the Transnational Institute (TNI), Right to the City platform and RIPESS, has recently published an Atlas of Utopias which shows that “change is happening”, Sam Cossar-Gilbert told Real World Radio. Cossar-Gilbert coordinates Friends of the Earth International’s work on economic justice and resisting neoliberalism,…

People in over 150 countries get ready to mobilise against climate change inaction

“Communities in the South are being hit by the impacts of climate change and dirty energy now. It's not a question of the future, it's a question of now, it's a question of survival now”, warned environmental activist Sara Shaw, from Friends of the Earth  , on Wednesday. “We are participating in these mobilizations to stand with people being impacted…

System change is urgently needed to face serious biodiversity crisis

“If we keep on allowing that those who defend the environment actually get killed, we can never hope to save the environment”, said environmental activist Nele Marien, of Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), a few hours before the beginning on Tuesday of an important meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UN CBD) that will take place…

Threats and abuses of the growing gas industry in Mozambique

Mozambique is rapidly becoming one of the Liquified natural gas (LNG) giants of the world. With little international media coverage, oil and gas monsters such as Exxon, Eni, Chevron, Shell and BP are rubbing their hands at the million dollar business prospects in this African country. Ongoing projects, whilst still in their exploration and construction stages, are already displacing local…

Plastic waste trade: one of the most cynical businesses in the capitalist world

“We are calling for an end to all plastic waste trade. We find that some of the developed countries are still trying to dump their waste into other countries. Do not dump your waste into developing nations”, (This is what said on Monday environmental activist Mageswari Sangaralingam of SAM - Friends of the Earth Malaysia in an interview with Real…

UN scientific report warns about historic environmental devastation

A scientific report issued on Monday states that the natural world is in a dire situation and that human actions have significantly altered nature in different parts of the world. “Human actions threaten more species with global extinction now than ever before. Around 1 million species already face extinction, many within decades, unless action is taken to reduce the intensity…