The fight back against industrial agriculture and for a just and sustainable future for farming and peasant farmers took a leap forward this week as the largest-ever European Forum on food sovereignty concluded.
The seeds have been sown for an international agreement that could put human rights before corporate interests, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) met this week in Geneva to discuss a set of legally-binding rules for transnational corporations in relation to human rights known as "the UN treaty".
Friends of the Earth Europe welcomes first reports that Belgium challenges the use of corporate courts as proposed in the EU-Canada trade deal, CETA.
Promoting gas as a long-term clean and sustainable energy solution is playing Russian roulette with climate change, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, following a Plenary vote in the European Parliament today on the "EU strategy on LNG and gas storage".
Reacting to today's near collapse in talks to agree on CETA, the proposed EU-Canada trade deal, Paul de Clerck, Economic Justice programme coordinator at Friends of the Earth Europe said: "Today's failure to finalise the agreement shows how controversial this deal is. The plug should be permanently pulled on both CETA and its US counterpart, TTIP."
At the beginning of this October, Estonia hosted a School of Sustainability Training of Trainers workshop. It was a long time since the last visit of Friends of the Earth network, and Friends of the Earth Estonia exitedly took the chance to share this moment together with other groups. The meeting took place in a remote countryside in Western Estonia, by the Baltic sea – and even chilly October winds could not keep hard-core nature lovers from wading in knee-deep freezing water, trying to capture the very last fragments of summer.
Luxembourg/Brussels, 18 October 2016 – Friends of the Earth Europe sees the lack of agreement on the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) as yet another sign that this trade deal should not pass. Two years after the negotiations ended, opposition is only getting stronger. Following Wallonia's continued refusal to support the deal at today's specially convened Council meeting of trade ministers, Paul de Clerck, economic justice programme coordinator at Friends of the Earth Europe said:
Safeguarding Europe's declining wildlife, and the right of European citizens to enjoy nature, needs real protection on the ground – not a complex renegotiation of EU nature conservation laws, argues Friends of the Earth Europe.
90,000 citizens called on the European Union to support a binding treaty on business and human rights today, and to participate in international discussion on the issue in Geneva on the 24th October.