BANGKOK - The latest offer of the European Union to cut its region's greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent is "too low an ambition" and "will help kill the planet," climate justice activists claimed Sunday.
In a protest action outside the venue of climate talks here, advocates from various parts of Asia expressed dismay over the EU's proposal and demanded that "real solutions" to the climate crisis begin with deep, drastic and domestic emissions cuts by rich industrial countries, especially European countries and the United States.
In Essential Services and Natural Resources at Risk: Selected Cases of Water Privatization in Asia, JSPMDD looks into the experiences of six countries – Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Philippines – in privatizing the water industry. Each case presents the privatization measures, government’s role, policies and laws, the involvement of international financial institutions and the privates sector, struggles and campaigns against privatization and the impacts of privatization on various sectors.
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The World Bank further elbowed its way into the climate change negotiations and infrastructure when in 2010, the 16th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) invited the World Bank to serve as the interim trustee of its Green Climate Fund, the operating entity that will manage the financial mechanisms of the Convention.
Peoples' movements and organizations in many countries of the world, especially in the global South opposed this move, and justifiably so.
The World Bank is tainted by a history of financing projects that produce or heavily use fossil fuels. Over the past 61 years, the Bank financed 745 such projects worth $69.82 billion in 34 na-tions in the Asia Pacific region. Yet, while recog-nizing that using fossil fuels emit up to 70 per-cent of climate-destabilizing greenhouse gases today, the World Bank has never explicitly owned up to its share of the current climate cri-sis and perhaps none is forthcoming.
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In Essential Services and Natural Resources at Risk: Selected Cases of Power Privatization in Asia, JSAPMDD looks into the experiences of nine countries – Bangladesh, India, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the Philippines – in privatizing the electricity industry. Each case presents the privatization measures, government's role, policies and laws, the involvement of international financial institutions and the private sector, struggles and campaigns against privatization and the impacts of privatization on various sectors.
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We are movements and organizations from Asia, waging struggles on various fronts and arenas to defend our rights, resist policies and projects that cause harm and destruction, and to fight for immediate priorities and demands, as well as profound transformation of our societies.
We envision a social and economic system:
• that is aimed at providing for the needs of people and aspirations for a humane, empowering and liberating life in a manner that respects the earth's capacity to regenerate, and to sustain life based on the integrity of natural systems;
• that is based on and promotes equity, parity, solidarity and mutual respect among people and nations regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, culture, capabilities and class;
• that promotes sharing of land, water, forests, atmosphere, eco-systems and territories based on the principles of stewardship and not private ownership, and the rights of all people to equitable and responsible access to, and use of the commons;
• where there is equitable and democratic control of economic resources;
• where there is peace based on justice, and not the overcoming of conflict through the use of deception and military might.