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Algeria Eliminates Last Antipersonnel Landmines
On 18 September 2017, Algeria celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty by destroying its last antipersonnel landmines. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines congratulates Algeria for fulfilling treaty obligation.   Algeria had reported retaining 5,970 antipersonnel landmines for training purposes, permitted under Article 3 of the Mine Ban Treaty. After
Source Algeria Eliminates Last Antipersonnel Landmines (ICBL) (19 September 2017)
Food Companies Threaten Environmental Activists
Despite committing to deforestation-free supply chains, the top 10 food and beverage companies lack policies to protect the activists and communities caring for the environment from intimidation, threats and attacks, according to a new Oxfam report.   Commercial farming of some everyday food ingredients, like soy and palm oil, are driving massive
Source Oxfam International (07 September 2017)
HIComment on UN-Habitat Review
In advance of a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on 5 and 6 September 2017, HIC and HLRN have reviewed the High-level Independent Panel assessing the performance and capacity of UN-Habitat and posing recommendations for its future. The Panel’s report considers UN-Habitat performance and capacity from four angles, including
Source HIC-HLRN (05 September 2017)
UN Finance-for-development Reform
KUALA LUMPUR—Growing global interdependence poses greater challenges to policy makers on a wide range of issues and for countries at all levels of development. Yet, the new mechanisms and arrangements put in place over the past four decades have not been adequate to the growing challenges of coherence and coordination
Source Jomo Kwame Sundaram, IPS (30 August 2017)
Anatomy of ISIL in the Middle East
  Most concerned observers and analysts have deplored the phenomenon known as ISIL, a movement in the Middle East asserting a particularly abominable form of governance that deviates majestically from the norms of international law and world order, while calling itself a “state.” The prevalence of ISIL has wide-ranging consequences and
Source Joseph Schechla,* Pambazuka News (29 August 2017)
Turkey: More Destruction of Sur, Diyarbakır
HLRN has received updated reports from local sources about the ongoing demolitions and forced evictions in the remaining neighborhoods of Sur District, Diyarbakır, in southeastern Turkey.   The focus now is on the present situation in Alibey and Lalepaşa neighborhoods. For more information on the context, consult the latest report on Sur
Source HIC-HLRN (25 August 2017)
Global Peasant Movement Convene at Bilbao
Global Peasant Movement Assesses and Responds to a Heated Political Moment     Four years ago, La Vía Campesina brought its peasant activists from around the world to Jakarta for its VI International Conference. The gathering was held in a padepokan, a Javanese center reserved for the teaching and exchanging of knowledge and
Source Huffington Post (28 July 2017)
No SDGs without Major Progress on Land
Land and the SDGs: Key takeaways from the 2017 HLPF and what we need to do next     This was the clear and strong message that was brought by the land community into the major global forum on the SDGs, the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), which is the central platform for
Source Luca Chinotti, International Land Coalition (28 July 2017)
UNHRC Resolution Links Human Rights to NUA
UN resolution seen as key win for New Urban Agenda’s contentious rights language     A new resolution from the United Nations’ top human rights body is being lauded by supporters in part because it solidifies contentious new language included in last year’s New Urban Agenda strategy on sustainable urbanization.   The UN Human Rights
Source Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope (27 July 2017)
“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs
As the UN High-Level Forum opens in New York, a global civil society report spotlights the role of big business in hindering development and deepening economic and social disparity.   Unbridled privatization, corporate capture and mass-scale tax abuse are blocking progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, argues a new report by a
Source HIC-HLRN (10 July 2017)


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