IFG Board News: Barlow to Participate in Plenary Discussion with German Chancellor on CETA & Globalization


Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow will be participating in a panel discussion with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on April 20. The panel will be part of a G7 Civil Society Dialogue Forum being hosted by the German NGO Forum on Environment & Development, VENRO (the Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid NGOs) and the German G7 presidency. During the panel, Chancellor […]

IFG Board News: This World Water Day, a Recovery Plan Is More Important Than Ever


Twenty-two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 to be World Water Day. In a world is facing a severe and growing water crisis without a roadmap, this day is more important than ever. Our collective abuse of water has caused the planet to enter “a new geologic age”— a “planetary transformation” akin to the retreat of the glaciers more than 11,000 years […]

IFG BOARD NEWS: Corporate Rule Bares its Fangs. Were Snowden’s Leaks Just the Tip of the Iceberg?


18th June 2014, The Asian Age Generously motivated by Vandana Shiva Upholding our laws to defend biosafety is in national interest. But this is not the motivation guiding the IB, whose report repeats the false claims of the GMO industry about Bt cotton. Intelligence agencies are supposed to protect the safety and security of a nation and its citizens from external threats. Tragically, we now […]

IFG BOARD NEWS: Botswana Using Water as “Weapon of War Against Basarwa”

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by Khonani Ontebetse Sunday Standard 08-06-2014 Botswana has drawn the attention of international human rights organizations and the United Nations, after it was recently classified, together with other war torn states in Africa and the Middle East, as one of the few countries that use water as a weapon of war. Former United Nations (UN) advisor on water, Maude Barlow, recently condemned the Government of […]

Trade Matters: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)—Impacts on Food and Farming


Center for Food Safety Report Warns TTIP Could Undermine Critical Food Safety and Environmental Regulations May 14th, 2014 CFS International Programs Director to Brief Congress Center for Food Safety (CFS) today released a report examining the potential food and farming impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a broad trade agreement currently under negotiation by the United States and the European Union. CFS […]

IPRs on Seed and Climate Change; Corporate Enclosures and the Recovery of the Commons through Seed Freedom


Seeds of Freedom Apr 23, 2014 The Asian Age by IFG Board Member Vandana Shiva The jurisprudence of intellectual property rights related to life forms is, in fact, a jurisprudence of ‘Bio Nullius’ — life empty of intelligence. The Earth is defined as dead matter. For thousands of years farmers, especially women, have evolved and bred seed freely with the help of nature to increase the […]

Our Land, Our Business! 180 Organizations Demand Shut Down of World Bank’s Business Rankings & Benchmarking


—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— EMBARGO April 10 2014, 10 am EDT MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Thomaselli (202) 471-4228 ext. 101 kristen[at]keybridge.biz Our Land, Our Business! 180 Organizations from around the World demand that the World Bank shut down its Business Rankings & Benchmarking OAKLAND, CA (April 10) – As the Spring meetings of the World Bank get underway in Washington, DC, 180 organizations, including NGOs, unions, farmer […]

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: A Matter of Life and Death


SouthViews, No. 103, 8 April 2014, www.southcentre.int By Martin Khor Of all the issues currently being negotiated on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, none are more important than the ability of patients to get life-saving medicines at affordable prices, which many fear may be a victim of the agreement. If you or some family members or friends suffer from cancer, hepatitis, AIDs, asthma or other […]

Great Lakes Could Become Carbon Corridor, Says Maude Barlow in New Report

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As governments approve tar sands oil and fracking projects around the Great Lakes, the Council of Canadians is warning that these extreme energy projects are putting the Great Lakes in peril. Council of Canadians Chairperson Maude Barlow outlines the web of pipelines, refineries and oil shipments that threaten the Lakes in her new report released today entitled, Liquid Pipeline: Extreme energy’s threat to the Great […]