AUSTRIA, BELGIUM AND IRELAND RUNNING AWAY FROM THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AT COP 20 IN LIMA
Today was the opening of the UN Climate negotiations held this year in Lima, where all countries in the world are meeting for two weeks to find a series of agreements to tackle climate change. While many countries have pledged financial contributions to help others with less resources to mitigate their emissions, to adapt to climate change and to face climate disasters, three European Union countries have remained silent.
SHORT-SIGHTED INTERESTS PREVAIL IN 2030 CLIMATE AND ENERGY PACKAGE DECISIONS
After several months of suspense, the European Council finally adopted, in the middle of the night of October 23rd, the 2030 Energy and Climate Package. Until the last day certain member states threaten to veto the proposal if some short-sighted domestic political demands were not taken into account.
Read the full article in EU News 3 as well as the APRODEV opinion published on Euractiv.
RELIGION & DEVELOPMENT - A Discussion Paper
The relation between development and religion has become a hot issue during the past ten years or so. For a long time, not much attention was given to the topic as some in the secularising ‘West’ predicted that the role of religion in society would fade away, while it was a non-issue in the South where no separation is made between development and religion which permeates all realms of life. Read more
ACT ALLIANCE PR - UN SCIENCE PANEL SHOWS IMPORTANCE OF CLIMATE ACTION NOW
Climate scientists in the UN panel on climate change (IPCC) are wrapping up their latest meeting, held in Copenhagen over the past week. Their fifth report is fresh on the table, and it is full of predictions about our future. Read ACT Alliance press release
THE ROLE OF DFIs IN LAND GRABS
APRODEV Policy Brief looks at the involvement of DFIs in investments where land grabs have been reported and analysis the internal guidelines of DFIs to assess whether sufficient safeguards are in place to guard against involvement in land grabs. Read the policy brief: The Role of European Development Finance Institutions in Land Grabs -