Protests at Gotagogama in front of the Presidential Secretariat © Diwanka Randula Podduwage

Hemantha Withanage, Chair of Friends of the Earth International, explores the debt crisis and the dynamics that led to protests in Sri Lanka — from an international debt crisis to rampant hunger, poverty, and political turmoil, caused by an undemocratic, neoliberal regime. After over 100 days of public protest, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa finally…

Food systems for people

Civil society boycotting summit calls for true food systems transformation. From 26 to 28 July in Rome the United Nations will hold a Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), a pre-cursor to a VIP New York summit in September 2021. The summit claims it will provide “game-changing” solutions for the transformation of food systems through its “open…

UNFSS counter mobilisation poster

Civil society and Indigenous Peoples’ organisations will launch a global counter-mobilisation against the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit from 25 to 28 July 2021.  Rome, Italy. 19 July 2021.  Over 300 global civil society organisations of small-scale food producers, researchers and Indigenous Peoples’ will gather online (25-28 July) to protest against the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit.…

Karin Nansen laying out a Gender justice flag

Karin Nansen reflects on Friends of the Earth International’s past, present and future as we strive for system change.  Our 50th Anniversary is an opportunity to assess our contributions to environmental justice, learn from our history, analyse the current international context and challenges ahead, and look forward to the part we can play in the…