The Senate hasn’t approved any major multilateral treaties since 1997.
Palestinian Chairman Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the United Nations, told of the worst of times
So Rio+20 wasn’t a success.
At a press conference in Durban, South Africa, officials from a diverse set of countries will join civil society leaders to call for innovative sources of finance, including a tax on financial transactions and a fee on emissions from maritime shipping, to be part of a deal in Durban which raises billions of dollars to help fill the Green Climate Fund.
As UN climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, go into their final week, Janet Redman, co-director of IPS’s Sustainable Energy & Economy Network, provides a quick update on the talks.
Developed nations, led by the United States, the UK, and Japan, try to turn Green Climate Fund into “Greedy Corporate Fund”
Janet Redman, IPS, joins 163 civil society organizations from 39 countries in denouncing a proposed scheme to give corporations direct access to UN Global Climate Fund financing.
The deal has been discussed since Shalit was captured in 2006, now the time has come for 1028 families to be reunited.
With the bid for Member State status at the UN, no longer is the failed U.S.-controlled “peace process” the only diplomatic game in town.
“The success of Libya’s uprising will have a great deal to do with the willingness of its leadership to break its dependency on the United States and NATO,” said Bennis in an article on Alternet. She asks, “whether events so far are ultimately a victory for the Libyan people, or for NATO. Given recent models of U.S. and NATO involvement in overthrowing dictatorships, we don’t have a lot of examples of how it can be both.”
The success of Libya’s uprising will have a great deal to do with the willingness of its leadership to break its dependency on the United States and NATO.
IPS expert Phyllis Bennis says that with Hillary Clinton ordering spying on UN leaders, Bush style politics are still around.
The United Nations is not just about governments. Civil society has played an increasingly important role in UN deliberations.
It’s time for the UN to step up to the plate and help resolve the conflict.
UFPJ Talking Points #59: U.S. trying to “legalize” permanent occupation of Iraq; Shifting discourse on Israel-Palestine