Indigenous peoples organizations, NGOs, citizens of countries on all continents, members of the Global Forest Coalition (Global Forest Coalition, GFC), express our strong support and solidarity with the Colombian peoples convened by the “Popular and Agrarian Strike”, especially rural people, workers and local communities suffering the impacts of agricultural and trade policies on their livelihoods and means of production, as well as the violation of their fundamental rights, which have forced them to mobilize massively through the country’s farmlands, roads and cities.
The Agricultural Strike and the actual popular mobilizations in Colombia, have given current visibility and relevance to the debate about the unsustainable economic and social model inflicted in that country, not only among the Colombian population, but internationally, just like us, individuals and organizations constantly looking at what happens on that territory. Read more »
In this new issue of the Global Forest Coalition’s newsletter in intergovernmental forest-related policy processes: the editorial addresses the main happenings during the last United Nations Forum on Forests were market based approaches gained new ground; followed by an article that gives an overview of what the last climate negotiations in Bonn were about providing a critical view on what seems to be coming next; the next article deals with the ‘Cilmate Space’, an important space given to civil society, indigenous peoples and other organizations who have been actively involved in climate change issues during the last World Social Forum held in Tunis. Former Ambassador of Bolivia to the UN, Pablo Solón, makes a reflection on what this space meant for the different struggles occuring in our days. The following report written by a Guatemalan activist, sums up what the post2015 and Sustainable Development Goals processes emerging from Rio+20 have meant for civil society including a deep analysis on why the way these processes are currently proposed are not likely to give any of the expected results. The last article is based on the happenings during the last GE trees biotech Conference held in Asheville, North Carolina where GE trees proposals are increasingly meeting with public opposition.
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