The future we need
JUL 19 - The present situation of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) is alarming and inhumane as the majority of the LDCs peoples are still deprived of even the bare necessities of life such as adequate food, healthcare, water and sanitation, housing, decent work, energy and education. The international political economy presents a pessimistic image of the current world order. The richest 10 percent of people on this planet hold 57 percent of global income, while the poorest 20 percent has less than 1 percent; this one percent also includes the share of the LDCs. LDC livelihoods, which are already inadequate, are further threatened by the expansion of corporate control over agriculture, forests and fisheries. Productive employment and decent wages are not available for a huge percentage of the LDC labor force, and 40 percent of youth— who comprise 60 percent of the LDC population—are unemployed. These economic burdens are further exacerbated by war, conflict, political instability, violence and women's oppression, which is prevalent in the LDCs. This is the result of a deeply flawed system of injustice, inequity, exclusion and marginalisation that deprives LDC peoples of the universal right to development, peace and freedom. It is all too clear that peace and political stability are prerequisites for sustainable development in LDCs, as development makes no sense for hot spots like Afghanistan, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where people live in constant fear for their lives every ticking second.
HR Alliance Celebrates 13th Anniversary
Human Rights Alliance celebrated its 13th Anniversary on July 13, 2012 in Kathmandu. Prominent human rights activist and former member of NHRC Sushil Pyakurel inaugurated the celebration by lighting 13 candles.
Representatives of founder member organizations of HR Alliance, prominent human rights activists, civil society leaders, representatives of development partners, Central Committee Members of HR Alliance, among others, were present during the occasion.
Chairperson of HR Alliance Ganesh B.K. welcomed the participants during the program. He pointed out that HR Alliance was established 13 years ago to ensure social justice and uphold the human rights of the people. He added that HR Alliance was established by 7 organizations that work in the field of human rights and social justice.
Since its formation, the alliance has conducted three National Conventions. After its second General Assembly, HR Alliance set up member organizations in 75 districts. Presently, it has more than 1500 member organizations.
After its third General Assembly, Human Rights Alliance launched the campaign "One Village Development Committee (VDC), One Human Rights Defender", whose goal was to institute one Human Rights Defender (HRD) in each of the VDCs and one HRD in each ward at the municipal level. Ganesh B.K further explained that HR Alliance has been establishing a network with various federations to ensure human rights and social justice.
Meanwhile, human rights activist Sushil Pyakurel extended his best wishes to friends and well wishers of HR Alliance. He stressed that the new generation must listen to experienced elder people and should analyze their guidelines and direction in order to move ahead. He recalled the human rights movement which started during the Panchayati regime. He said there could not be justice unless everyone internalizes their rights and upholds democracy and good governance. He noted that after the democratic movement of 2046, Nepal started to sign various treaties and conventions including civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
Electoral Education for Democratic Governance (EEDG) Project Launched
Jagaran Nepal, an organization working for women rights, peace & governance, and its implementing partner Himalayan Conservation and Development Association (HCDA) Humla jointly organized the launching of 'Electoral Education for Democratic Governance (EEDG) project among central level stakeholders on 29th June 2012 at SAP-Falcha Babarmahal, Kathmandu.
National Civil Society Consultation on Rio+20 Held
03 June 2012, Kathmandu - A half-day National Civil Society Consultation Meeting on United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) was organised by Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN), in collaboration with National Planning Commission (NPC) and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), on 3 June 2012 in Kathmandu today.