A roadmap to “climate-smart agriculture” (see references) was designed for agriculture ministries of both developed and developing countries who met at the Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (The Hague 31 October to 5 November 2010). The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is thus preparing the ground for a UNFCCC decision to move towards including soils in the carbon markets, reports Susanne Gura.
FAO has been pivotal over the past two years to send policymakers down the road to climate-smart agriculture, where farmers make money by sinking CO2 in their soils which therefore should be included in carbon markets. With this policy, FAO helps the North to evade from reducing emissions. The burden of mitigation is shifted onto developing countries. The carbon market risk is added to the risk of climate change ...
Weakening of workers' rights in most regions is being aggravated by severe crackdowns on freedom of speech and assembly, according to the 2016 Global Rights Index. Restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly, including severe crackdowns in some countries, increased by 22%, with 50 out of 141 countries surveyed recording restrictions.
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14 years after their previous strategy on gender mainstreaming, the WBG has decided to develop a new Gender Equality (GE) Strategy. This briefing document presents WIDE+ critical reflections and key recommendations to enhance the new World Bank Group's (WBG) strategy on Gender Equality.