Covid-19


First draft of the United Nations Global Biodiversity Framework is out

“We still have a long way to go” to halt the destruction of nature, says Nele Marien, Forest and Biodiversity Coordinator at FoEI

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the first draft of its global action plan that aims to halt biodiversity loss by the end of the decade. The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework draft 1 was presented on 12 July 2021 and will undergo further refinement during online negotiations  … Read more

Pressure mounts on the WTO for a people’s vaccine to combat Covid

“Every day the EU and countries like Australia block this waiver would be costing lives”

“The US’s recent decision to back the waiver of intellectual property rights of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) shows that people power works,” said Sam Cossar, Co-coordinator of the Economic Justice and Resisting Neoliberalism program of Friends of the Earth International (FOEI). “The pressure is really now on the European  … Read more

Pressure on the WTO for Intellectual Property waiver on COVID vaccine

Interview with intellectual property lawyer Sangeeta Shashikant from Third World Network

“Today high income countries are vaccinating 25 times faster than the lowest income countries,” warned the Coordinator of the Development and Intellectual Property Programme at Third World Network (TWN), Sangeeta Shashikant, on Thursday. “Intellectual property waivers are a must in the context of a pandemic,” she added in an interview  … Read more

African Peoples Tribunal demands a radical shift in the way transnational corporations operate

“This was a trend-setting event,” says Amos Yesutanbul Nkpeebo from Friends of the Earth Ghana

The African Peoples Tribunal, organised in Lagos and online by Friends of the Earth Africa, saw testimonies on cases from 10 African countries. The 24-28 November event ended with a call on governments to urgently ensure that human rights are respected and protected. It also denounced the collusion between governments  … Read more

New report makes ten proposals for how to pay for the covid-19 pandemic and a just transition

Interview with Ben Tippet, researcher from TNI and author of the report

“The world is currently facing a series of existential and interlocking crises… But as we know from the long history of inequality that exists in the world, people won’t suffer these crises equally, some are already bearing the brunt much more than others, and it is predominantly those in the  … Read more

Costa Rica: Government environmentalism deepens crisis

Coecoceiba/Friends of the Earth Costa Rica article.

This first article, of a series of three, analyzes the current sociopolitical situation. We will share our vision of what kind of environmental management is proposed by the current government. In a second article, we will analyze some of the proposals and policies that the government has followed or put  … Read more

Agriculture in Gaza: impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on a sector already suffering from Israeli occupation

Obstacles, challenges and potential ways out for Palestinian farmers

Farming in Palestine, an essential activity for the national economy, was already suffering from military attacks and the Israeli blockade. The sector now faces further damages due to the COVID-19 pandemic and government response measures, including lockdown. “Palestinian farmers are unable to access the necessary agricultural inputs, lands and markets  … Read more

Beyond the pandemic: online discussion organised by the Continental Day for Democracy and against Neoliberalism

Interview with Tica Moreno, World March of Women Brazil: “Having a horizon of transformation towards a new society is possible"

On 22 September, the Continental Day for Democracy and against Neoliberalism (La Jornada Continental), will hold an online discussion entitled “Popular dialogues: unity, democracy and life for our peoples”. Taking place at 4pm in Central America (12am midnight CET), the discussion will be broadcasted live on their Facebook page in  … Read more

Covid-19 in the Gaza Strip

How the Israeli military siege and environmental pollution are impacting public health

“The Israeli occupation’s attacks on Palestinians have massively damaged health facilities and targeted health workers.  The ongoing, direct attacks have caused thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatalities, which increases the burden on hospitals,” warned Palestinian researcher in health systems, Aisha Yousif Elbasuoni. Meanwhile, environmental engineer Balqis Khozundar lamented that  … Read more