Indigenous communities and civil society groups challenge big business and ASEAN on CSR Framework; calls for greater corporate accountability

Wednesday 29 February 2012Date: 26 November 2011 Keyword/s: indigenous peoples (IPs), corporate social responsibility (CSR), ASEAN, ancestral lands, human rights violations (HRVs), displacement Amidst the current worldwide economic crisis and the growing resentment against the so-called corporate greed, representatives of civil society groups and indigenous communities expressed their concerns over the wanton disregard by big businesses of the human rights of indigenous peoples, migrant workers and other (...) Read more >>

International Mission urges government to stop land-use conversion in Hacienda Looc

Wednesday 29 February 2012Author/s: Ronalyn Olea Source: Bulatlat.com Type: News Article “We used to call Hacienda Looc a paradise, with its fertile soil and rich marine resources. The outsiders came and saw its beauty and our problems began.” – Isabelo Cailaya, fisherfolk leader. MANILA — Delegates of an international solidarity mission called on the government to stop the biggest real estate developers from wreaking havoc on the lives of farmers and fisherfolk of Hacienda Looc in Nasugbu, Batangas. In an (...) Read more >>

Trans-Pacific Partnership: NGOs warn against corporate influence on trade talks

Wednesday 29 February 2012The 11th round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP begins in Melbourne, on Thursday. Nine countries, including the US, Australia and New Zealand and smaller countries like Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam, are trying to hammer out a trade blue print. In the past, the talks have stalled over US demands on greater patent and intellectual property rights. Civil society groups are warning against allowing corporate influence, to drive the talks... with outcomes that may (...) Read more >>

Stand in solidarity with the workers and people of India!

Wednesday 29 February 2012Date: 28 February 2012 Type: Solidarity Message Keyword/s: workers of India, neoliberal policies, imperialist countries, exploitation We, of the Philippines’ genuine, militant and anti-imperialist labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno, express our warm solidarity with the workers and people of India who are holding the biggest strike in the history of their country. The workers of India are showing the world a remarkable unity – cutting across the public sector, banks, ports and docks, railways, (...) Read more >>

No to Military Intervention in Syria; No To Military Strikes against Iran

Wednesday 29 February 2012Source: International Movement for a Just World (JUST) Type: Campaign Statement Keyword/s: military intervention, Iran, Syria, West Asia, nuclear energy program The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) invites citizens of the world to join a global campaign aimed at averting a colossal catastrophe in West Asia. The campaign themed, NO TO MILITARY INTERVENTION IN SYRIA; NO TO MILITARY STRIKES AGAINST IRAN will mobilise signatures from people in every continent to (...) Read more >>

Statement on River Management in South Asia

Monday 27 February 2012Source: SANSAD Type: Statement Keyword/s: rivers, South Asia, river management, Commercial Approach, Ecological Approach, dam construction The South-Asian region is one of the most populous regions of the world. About half of this region is covered by the basins of three of the largest rivers of the world namely: the Ganges, the Brahmaputra and the Meghna. This area covered by the basins of the three rivers termed as GBM region comprises parts of China, India, Nepal, Bhutan and (...) Read more >>

Overseas Development Assistance

Monday 27 February 2012Author/s: Anil Singh Source: SANSAD Type: Analysis Keyword/s: Official Development Assistance (ODA), foreign aid, external aid, India "The key to poverty reduction in poor countries is sustained economic growth, which depends far more on a country’s own policies and on world trade and financial systems than on foreign aid." Radelet, Stephen To access the complete paper, click on the file (...) Read more >>

Voluntary Action in India: Past and Present

Monday 27 February 2012Author/s: Anil Singh Source: SANSAD Type: Analysis Keyword/s: development measures, human development, non-governmental agents, voluntary sector Development at the societal level is an elusive and multi-faceted concept. Theories regarding its meaning and the appropriate strategies to achieve it abound today, and it is the subject of much discussion and debate. The issue is further complicated by the fact that the actors in the development arena are many and act based on different (...) Read more >>

Poverty in South Asia

Monday 27 February 2012Author/s: Anil Singh Source: SANSAD Type: Analysis Keyword/s: poverty in South Asia, human rights, social development, good governance, gender, trade, military expenditure At a time in which the world boasts breathtaking advances in science, technology, industry and wealth accumulation - massive poverty and obscene inequality are terrible scourges of our times. Like slavery, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And (...) Read more >>

Measuring South Asia’s progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Monday 27 February 2012Author/s: Andrew Jackson and Anil Singh Source: SANSAD Type: Analysis Keyword/s: millennium development goals (MDGs), South Asia, poverty, environment degradation In September 2000, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, world leaders came together to adopt what would become known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight goals provide a concrete, time-bound, measurable framework for tackling various dimensions of extreme poverty and environment degradation. They (...) Read more >>

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