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2013

Friends of the Earth International press releases 2013

UN land crisis report: high demand creating hunger and environmental destruction

DAVOS (SWITZERLAND) / LONDON (UK), 24 January 2014 – Commenting on a key United Nations report on global land use launched today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, highlighting risks to people and the environment from increasing global competition for land, Kirtana Chandrasekaran, Friends of the Earth International food sovereignty coordinator said:

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Water financialization exposed in new report on eve of WTO meeting

Water financialization exposed in new report on eve of WTO meeting

BALI (INDONESIA), December 2, 2013 – On the eve of a key World Trade Organization meeting in Bali [1], Friends of the Earth International launched a new report exposing how trade and investment strategies, including WTO negotiations, act as economic drivers of water financialization. [2]

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Warsaw climate talks: dirtiest climate conference on record

WARSAW, POLAND, November 22, 2013 – Commenting on the last day of the UN climate talks in Warsaw, where civil society organisations representing millions of people around the world walked out of the conference in an unprecedented protest, Jagoda Munic, chairperson of Friends of the Earth International said: “The only success of the dirtiest climate conference on record is the fact that civil society walked out and started a domino effect already reaching our home countries, where ordinary citizens are joining the struggle for climate justice.”

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Japan's Climate Inaction Strongly Denounced

WARSAW, POLAND, November 15, 2013 -- Friends of the Earth International today strongly denounced the Japanese government which stated at the UN climate talks that it is breaking its promises to reduce climate change-causing greenhouse gases. [1]

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Energy Road Map Offers Hope for Climate-Safe Planet

WARSAW (POLAND), November 7, 2013 – Today, ahead of United Nations climate talks where governments will discuss the world's energy system, Friends of the Earth International has released a new report outlining its vision of a climate-safe, sustainable and just energy system - and a road map to achieving it. [1]

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Sustainable Tropical Timber Mostly a Mirage, Says New Report

PENANG (MALAYSIA), October 25, 2013 – Deforestation of Southeast Asian rainforests and logging-related human rights violations are major problems compounded by global over-consumption of tropical timber products and by inadequate laws, according to a new Friends of the Earth International report released today. [1]

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Global Protests Target Coal - Warn of Dirty Energy's Impact on Climate

Today, 22 October 2013, protests are being staged across the world as a part of an international day of action against coal, the world’s largest dirty energy source.

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Visit to Palestine Exposes Environmental Injustices and Human Rights Abuses Under the Israeli Occupation

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (PALESTINE), October 14, 2013 – A four day high-level Friends of the Earth International visit to Friends of the Earth Palestine (also known as PENGON) concluded on October 13th, when Friends of the Earth International chair Jagoda Munic presented a report during a press conference in Ramallah.

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Urgent Action Needed As Scientists Warn On Scale of Climate Crisis

STOCKHOLM (SWEDEN), September 20, 2013 – Commenting on a forthcoming key science report on climate change, Friends of the Earth International warns that this report will confirm the need for urgent action to address the climate crisis. [1]

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Liberia Spending Too Little on Agriculture

Civil society raises concerns on prioritization of land allocation to foreign investors and insufficient public agricultural budget MONROVIA (LIBERIA), September 12, 2013 – The Liberian government is spending just two per cent of its budget on agriculture, despite Africa-wide consensus since 2003 that spending must be raised to ten per cent. [1]

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European investments assist land grabs in Liberia

European investments assist land grabs in Liberia

BRUSSELS (BELGIUM) / MONROVIA (LIBERIA), June 24, 2013 - European banks, pension funds and private equity funds have given financial assistance worth more than €450 million to Malaysian palm oil giant Sime Darby, responsible for environmental degradation and violations of national regulations in Liberia.

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Nigeria: Oil giant Shell criticized over Nigeria pipelines ‘sabotage’ claims

Friends of the Earth International and Amnesty International AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, 19 JUNE 2013 – Claims by Shell that sabotage is responsible for most oil spilt in Nigeria have come under fire. A Dutch agency found that the oil giant’s statements were based on disputed evidence and flawed investigations.

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Governments Urged to Limit Weed Killer Found in Humans

WASHINGTON DC / BRUSSELS (BELGIUM) June 17, 2013 – Friends of the Earth International today urged governments around the world to limit the use of the weed killer glyphosate, after laboratory test results released last week showed that people across 18 European countries have traces of the weed killer in their bodies. [1]

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El Salvador: Tourism Projects Threaten Mangroves and Communities

SAN SALVADOR (EL SALVADOR), June 5, 2013 – A proposal by the Salvadoran government to develop tourism projects along the country’s coastline threatens mangrove forests and local communities, says Friends of the Earth El Salvador / CESTA and social organizations and communities of Bajo Lempa in El Salvador.

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Free Trade and Investment Agreements Under Fire By Civil Society

WASHINGTON (DC), May 27, 2013 – Immediately following the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations in Lima, Peru [1] Friends of the Earth International announced its support for a statement signed by 130 civil society organisations criticizing the International Investment Agreements.

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European Banks and Pension Funds Fuel Land Grabs in Uganda

KAMPALA (UGANDA) / BRUSSELS (BELGIUM) May 21, 2013 – European banks and pension funds are funding palm oil giant Wilmar International, a company implicated in land grabbing in Uganda, according to new research released today. [1]

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Everest 'Climbing for Climate Justice' Expedition Aims to Break World Records

KATHMANDU (NEPAL) May 8, 2013 – A Nepalese expedition 'Climbing for Climate Justice' led by four-time world record climber Pemba Dorje Sherpa will ascend Mount Everest (Nepal) from May 10, 2013.

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World Bank Must End Support for Honduran Palm Oil Company Implicated in Dozens of Murders

WASHINGTON (DC), MARCH 19 2013 -- Today several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) condemned a statement by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, IFC [1] which defends the record of a Honduran palm oil company, Grupo Dinant, implicated in dozens of murders as well as other human rights abuses. The IFC statement explicitly admits to supporting training for the company’s armed security guards.

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Land grabs and human rights violations exposed in Liberia ahead of global development summit

MONROVIA, LIBERIA, February 1st, 2013 – Palm oil companies are grabbing more than 1.5 million acres of land in Liberia and are violating the human rights of local communities, warn Liberian NGOs including Friends of the Earth Liberia (SDI - Sustainable Development Institute), Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU) and Social Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development (SESDev).

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Dutch Court ruling against Shell a partial victory

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS, January 30, 2013 – Today a Dutch court ruled that Shell Nigeria is responsible for polluting farmlands in a landmark case brought by four Nigerian farmers and Friends of the Earth Netherlands.

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