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Sustainable Development in the Balkans

Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE), DEM (Friends of the Earth Macedonia), the Regional Environment Centre for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) and the Heinrich Boell Foundation co-organized the "Sustainable Development in the Balkans" conference in mid-June 2000 with additional financial support from the European Commission and the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe.

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The European Investment Bank and its relationship to IIRSA

Friends of the Earth International, November 2006: This article analyzes the role the European Investment Bank (EIB) is beginning to play within the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA). First we present a brief summary describing IIRSA and the European Bank, then we investigate how the IIRSA and the EIB are related, and lastly we analyze the support the European Parliament is giving to these types of initiatives through the European Parliament Resolution about Strengthening the Relationship between the European Union and Latin America.

The European Investment Bank and its relationship to IIRSA - Read More…

The European Investment Bank and the Environment - factsheet 4

The EIB Campaign Coalition coordinated by CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth International, September 2004: The European Investment Bank (EIB) is a major financer of large projects both inside and outside the European Union (EU). These include infrastructure, energy, water, extractive industries and transport projects, all of which can have long-lasting environmental and social impacts.

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The European Investment Bank: Basic Facts - factsheet 2

The EIB Campaign Coalition coordinated by CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth International, September 2004: The EIB states that its mission is to further the objectives of the EU by making long term finance available for sound investment.

The European Investment Bank: Basic Facts - factsheet 2 - Read More…

Hands off! - Why international financial institutions must stop drilling, piping and mining

Friends of the Earth International, December 2003: As 2003 drew to a close, the streets of Bolivia were crowded with people full of outrage and despair. They were protesting against the export of their national gas reserves.

Hands off! - Why international financial institutions must stop drilling, piping and mining - Read More…

Gambling with People’s Lives

Friends of the Earth International, September 2003: What the World Bank's new "high-risk/high-reward" strategy means for the poor and the environment.

Gambling with People’s Lives - Read More…

Cracking the WTO Code: Understanding Trade Terms

Friends of the Earth International: A quick reference dictionary to understanding trade jargon for anyone wanting to understand or change the international trade system.

Cracking the WTO Code: Understanding Trade Terms - Read More…

Cartoon Book - If This Is Development You Can Keep It

Friends of the Earth International: A collection of cartoons illustrating what ‘development’ means today.

Cartoon Book - If This Is Development You Can Keep It - Read More…

Position paper: No new rights for big business at the WTO

Friends of the Earth International, August 2003. We believe that efforts by major countries to launch investment liberalization negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) are deeply misguided and will inappropriately grant rights to multinational investors at the expense of citizens, communities, and the environment.

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the tyranny of free trade: wasted natural wealth and lost livelihoods

December 2005: This publication exposes the danger that current trade negotiations pose to people and their environments around the world. The privatization of forests, traditional knowledge, seeds and medicines undermines indigenous and community rights, as shown by case studies from Central America and Indonesia.

the tyranny of free trade: wasted natural wealth and lost livelihoods - Read More…

Stop The Gats! WTO's General Agreement on Trade and Services will Undermine Social and Environmental Sustainability

Friends of the Earth, August 2003: Friends of the Earth International opposes the continuation of the WTO’s General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) negotiations. GATS has the potential to create adverse environmental and social impacts in a wide range of sectors including energy extraction and production, transport, water, travel and tourism, construction, power generation, and waste disposal and sewage.

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Key findings: world bank extractive review

Friends of the Earth International, December 2003: An unofficial collection of key findings and recommendations from the final report of the World Bank Extractive Industries Review.

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Kafka's World: The European Investment Bank’s Information Policies - factsheet 3

The EIB Campaign Coalition coordinated by CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth International, 2003: As a public institution, NGOs believe that the European Investment Bank (EIB) should be open, transparent and accountable to the public, particularly concerning the projects it is financing. Timely access to information is essential regarding projects that can adversely affect people and the environment.

Kafka's World: The European Investment Bank’s Information Policies - factsheet 3 - Read More…

business rules: who pays the price?

Friends of the Earth International, August 2003: Through a series of case studies, this publication highlights the powerful influence of corporations on the World Trade Organization (WTO) process. Big business has unparalleled access to trade negotiators, and this has resulted in a set of trade rules and agreements that directly benefit transnational commercial enterprises – often at the expense of local communities and small businesses, as well as future generations and the environment.

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The European Investment Bank in the South - In whose interest?

January 2006: In the 1960’s the EIB started to finance projects in Africa and today about ten percent of the EIB’s financing is outside Europe, in countries from China to Brazil. This lending covers a wide spectrum of project investments including in energy, water, communication, industry and financial intermediaries. But in whose interests are these projects?

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GM Rice: a new threat to our food supply

Friends of the Earth International, September 2006: Rice is the most consumed cereal grain in the world, constituting the dietary staple food for more than half of the planet’s human population. About 80% of the world's rice is grown by small-scale farmers in developing countries.

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Who benefits from GM crops 2007 (portuguese) - executive summary

Friends of the Earth International, 2007: Our annual report on the state of the Genetically Modified Crops industry.

Who benefits from GM crops 2007 (portuguese) - executive summary - Read More…

Friends of the Earth Europe demands at cancun

Friends of the Earth Europe, September 2003: Don't let big business rule the world Key recommendations for the 5th WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancun

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The European Investment Bank's Role in Development - factsheet 5

The EIB Campaign Coalition coordinated by CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth International, 2003: The European Investment Bank (EIB), as the European Union’s (EU's) major financing institution, plays a key part in the EU's relationship with developing countries.

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The European Investment Bank: Invisible power in the European Union - factsheet 1

The EIB Campaign Coalition coordinated by CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth International 2003: The European Investment Bank (EIB) is one of the largest existing international financing institutions, with project lending larger than that of the World Bank.

The European Investment Bank: Invisible power in the European Union - factsheet 1 - Read More…

The European Investment Bank Case Studies: Theory and Practice - factsheet 6

The EIB Campaign Coalition coordinated by CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth International, 2003: Concrete examples of problems with the European Investment Bank (EIB) are highlighted in the following case studies, which support NGO demands for urgent reforms.

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clashes with corporate giants: 22 campaigns for biodiversity and community

Friends of the Earth International: Protecting biological diversity is critical - not just for the intrinsic value of a particular butterfly species or a specific rainforest, but for the vital role that biodiversity plays in people’s lives.

clashes with corporate giants: 22 campaigns for biodiversity and community - Read More…

TalkingTrade 5 bulletin

The trade environment and sustainability campaign Friends of the Earth International, 2005: Welcome to talking trade 5 the bulletin of friends of the earth international trade environment and sustainability program. this issue is packed with news about actions, trade negotiations and more.

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Protect yourself from destructive development: Handbook on JBIC's New Environmental and Social Guidelines

Mekong Watch & Friends of the Earth Japan, 2004: In developing countries today, there are many dams, power plants, irrigation systems, roads, pipelines, and other large infrastructure projects being built. Unfortunately, these projects sometimes cause problems for people who live near them, or they destroy the environment. Sometimes people lose their homes and land and must move to other places. Sometimes people lose their traditional ways of life when their environments are destroyed. Sometimes the projects damage people's health. Some of these projects are financed by the Japanese government, and more specifically, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation ( JBIC). JBIC is the bank that the Japanese government uses to give loans to governments in developing countries. JBIC also helps Japanese companies that are involved in development projects. The purpose of this guide is to give you information about two tools you may want to use if you are worried about projects financed by JBIC, or projects that may be financed by JBIC in the future.

Protect yourself from destructive development: Handbook on JBIC's New Environmental and Social Guidelines - Read More…

the world trade system: how it works and what’s wrong with it

Friends of the Earth International, August 2003: This report offers a deep analysis of the current drive to liberalise trade promotes inequality, is undemocratic, and degrades the environment, social structures and cultural diversity. Critically, the underlying principles on which the free trade system is based are fundamentally flawed. The present trading system promotes the free movement of goods, services and capital as a goal in itself, rather than ensuring that such international trade promotes sustainable and equitable development.

the world trade system: how it works and what’s wrong with it - Read More…

water for life and livelihoods: briefing paper

Friends of the Earth International, March 2003: This report is a detailed observation of the worlds growing crisis concerning fresh drinking water.

water for life and livelihoods: briefing paper - Read More…

nature for sale: the impacts of privatizing water and biodiversity

Friends of the Earth International International, January 2005: Friends of the Earth International is actively resisting the corporate take-over of nature’s wealth. We are fighting for people's rights - to water, land, seeds and knowledge. The 34 national stories gathered in this publication document not only the negative social and environmental impact of water and biodiversity privatization, but also how our member groups are actively resisting such privatization in their countries.

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water justice for all: global and local resistance to the control and commodification of water

Friends of the Earth International, January 2003: This report highlights the inequities in the way that water is consumed around the world.

water justice for all: global and local resistance to the control and commodification of water - Read More…

Extracts from the EIR draft report version II

Friends of the Earth International, August 2003: From chapters 7, 8, 9: CONVERGING ISSUES AND DIVERGING VIEWS, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS from the World Bank Groups Environmental Impact Report.

Extracts from the EIR draft report version II - Read More…

Summary of OED Draft Review of the World Bank Group’s Activities in the Extractive Industries: Factoring in Governance

Friends of the Earth International, January 2003: This report offers a devastating critique of the Bank’s basic strategy in the extractive industries in most of the countries in which it operates. If implemented, OED’s recommendations would require a radical transformation of the Bank’s current operations in the extractive industries.

Summary of OED Draft Review of the World Bank Group’s Activities in the Extractive Industries: Factoring in Governance - Read More…

towards sustainable economies: challenging neoliberal economic globalisation

Friends of the earth International: This report analyses how neoliberal economic policies are failing people in many different ways. The report highlights that inequality is on the increase and many millions are unable to meet even their most basic needs.

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towards sustainable economies: challenging neoliberal economic globalisation - Portugese

Friends of the earth International: This report analyses how neoliberal economic policies are failing people in many different ways. The report highlights that inequality is on the increase and many millions are unable to meet even their most basic needs. Este trabalho é o resultado de um diál- ogo de dois anos entre os membros do ATI que vivem em circunstâncias econômicas e políticas diversas no Norte, Sul, Leste e Oeste.

towards sustainable economies: challenging neoliberal economic globalisation - Portugese - Read More…

five years on: A Review of the OECD Guidelines and National Contact Points

OECD Watch, 2005: The Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (Guidelines) are a set of voluntary principals and standards adopted by governments to which multinational enterprises operating in or from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries are expected to adhere. - English/French/Spanish

five years on: A Review of the OECD Guidelines and National Contact Points - Read More…

What you need to know about ‘NAMA’ - Final

Friends of the Earth International,October 2004: Why the WTO’s non-agricultural market access negotiations threaten both environment and development

What you need to know about ‘NAMA’ - Final - Read More…

Flying with Big Business: The European Investment Bank and The Aviation Industry

A report by Friends of the Earth International & CEE Bankwatch Network with contributions from Milieudefensie, Za Zemiata and HACAN ClearSkies, November 2003: The report examines the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) financial supporting of the aviation industry and looks closely at three case studies: 1. Schiphol Airport Extension, The Netherlands 2. Heathrow Airport Extension, United Kingdom 3. Sofia Airport, Bulgaria

Flying with Big Business: The European Investment Bank and The Aviation Industry - Read More…

strategic guide: strategic tips for filing complaints with international financial institutions

Friends of the Earth International and International Accountability Project, April 2004: This brochure is designed to provide an overview of some strategic considerations at stake in deciding whether to file a claim to the World Bank Inspection Panel, or to utilize any of the accountability mechanisms at other international financial institutions. It also provides guidance for claimants and their allies on navigating the process and strategic engagement after a claim has been filed.

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What's wrong with world trade and what you can do about it

Friends of the Earth Europe, January 2001: This paper presents the growing consequences associated with global trade.

What's wrong with world trade and what you can do about it - Read More…

nature: poor people’s wealth - the importance of natural resources in poverty eradication

Friends of the Earth International, July 2005: There is a direct and critical link between environmental degradation and rural poverty. Our groups on the ground and the communities they work with can also bear witness to the fact that neoliberal economic globalization has increased environmental devastation and poverty among natural resource dependent people. In this publication, we will illustrate the tragic cycle between the over-exploitation of the environment; loss of cultural, political and economic self-determination; inequity; hunger; and poverty.

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