Transatlantic trade deal must not dilute environmental safeguards

Environmental Audit Committee publishes its report on the environmental risks of the Transatlantic Trade & Investment partnership (TTIP) Report: Environmental risks of the Transatlantic Trade & Investment partnership Report: Environmental risks of the Transatlantic Trade & Investment partnership (PDF) Inquiry: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Environmental Audit Committee Background A TTIP agreement, …

MEDIA RELEASE: Time to re-engineer the UN Staff Pension Fund

Ethical Markets has long advocated the UN Pension Fund take the lead by re-structuring its portfolio in line with its employees ‘ values ! I recall my meeting in 1998 at the UN H.Q. with John Ruggie and Georg Kell , arranged for me by my friend Maurice Strong .I …

Push for New Pact on Climate Change Is Plagued by Old Divide of Wealth

Push for New Pact on Climate Change Is Plagued by Old Divide of Wealth By JUSTIN GILLIS and CORAL DAVENPORTSEPT. 20, 2014 President Christopher J. Loeak of the Marshall Islands outside his home after tidal flooding. Credit Giff Johnson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images At 1 p.m. on Sunday, tens of …

Toward an Inclusive TPP Trade Pact

Toward an Inclusive TPP Trade Pact   By Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh*   NEW YORK, Aug  2014 (IPS) – The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have been hitting headlines recently, but not for all the right reasons. The media provides an incomplete picture of its implications, focusing mainly on its process …

Ten Reasons for Saying ‘No’ to the North Over Trade

Ten Reasons for Saying ‘No’ to the North Over Trade Analysis by Ravi Kanth Devarakonda and Phil Harris GENEVA/ROME, Aug  2014 (IPS) – India’s decisive stand last week not to adopt the protocol of amendment of the trade facilitation agreement (TFA) unless credible rules were in place for the development …

Strong US Majority Prefers Iran Deal says “Citizen Cabinet” Survey

Strong US Majority Prefers Iran Deal says “Citizen Cabinet” Survey   by Jim Lobe –  Via LobeLog, IPS Blogosphere*   Sixty-one percent of the American public prefers a deal permitting Iran to continue limited uranium enrichment and imposing intrusive inspections on its nuclear facilities in exchange for some sanctions relief, …

BRICS to launch World Bank and IMF rivals

With thanks to  our Advisory Board member,  author/economist,Frank Bracho, Venezuela ‘s former ambassador to  India ~ Hazel Henderson, Editor Americas BRICS to launch World Bank and IMF rivals Russia and Brazil throw weight behind proposal to rival Western-run institutions, a day before summit in Fortaleza. Last updated: 15 Jul 2014 …

[Climate Bonds] Now it’s 25! A dozen more banks sign on to “Green Bond Principles” + ICMA takes on Secretariat role. Can they make it 100 banks signed on by UN Climate Summit in Sept? Go on, Ban Ki Moon needs some good news.

Climate Bonds has posted a new item, ‘Now it’s 25! A dozen more banks sign on to “Green Bond Principles” + ICMA takes on Secretariat role. Can they make it 100 banks signed on by UN Climate Summit in Sept? Go on, Ban Ki Moon needs some good news.‘ The …

Earth Policy Institute: Can the World Feed China?

Can the World Feed China?  Lester R. Brown www.earth-policy.org/plan_b_updates/2014/update121 Earth Policy Release Plan B Update February 25, 2014 Overnight, china had a grain surplus and was exporting 10 million tons. What caused this dramatic shift? It wasn’t until 20 years ago, after I wrote an article entitled “Who Will Feed …

Government by big business goes supranational

  http://mondediplo.com/2013/12/02tafta Le Monde diplomatique, English edition, December 2013 Government by big business goes supranational The corporation invasion A new treaty being negotiated in secret between the US and the EU has been specifically engineered to give companies what they want – the dismantling of all social, consumer and environmental …