The "Eco-Blog" - Now with my novel, Kamikaze to Croydon, by Martin J. Frid
Updates From The CBD Conference In Pyeongchang, South Korea
The COP12 conference in South Korea is currently discussing all kinds of matters related to biodiversity, from falcons and sharks to illegal logging and "Action for a World Living in Harmony with Nature":
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of
Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) from 1973 is contributing to: realizing the Strategic
Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020); achieving the 20 Aichi Biodiversity
Targets; and celebrating the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity's
vision of a world living in harmony with nature...
The CBD Alliance is in Pyeongchang, and publishes daily pdf editions of ECO, a newsletter with more alternative views and NGO's criticism of the lack of progress, and its impact on - for example - indigenous peoples:
For example, groups of Korean activists who are opposed to the Winter Olympics to be held here in Pyeongchang in 2018 have not been able to voice their concerns, as tight security keeps just about everyone out of the conference area.
A large range of topics are being discussed including how to implement the Nagoya Protocol for Access and Benefit Sharing, that was finalized four years ago at the CBD conference in Japan. However, shame on Japan for not yet ratifying this important tool. The Mainichi has more:
Nagoya Protocol on biodiversity comes into effect, Japan yet to ratify
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Nagoya Protocol on
biodiversity, which is aimed at facilitating the equitable sharing of
benefits from the utilization of genetic resources, entered into force
Sunday with more than 50 countries having ratified it. The protocol was adopted in October 2010 at a
conference held in the central Japan city. Tokyo signed it in 2011 but
has yet to ratify the pact due to opposition from pharmaceutical
companies and other businesses that fear joining the framework would
increase their financial burdens. The first meeting of the parties to the Nagoya
Protocol will begin Monday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where the 12th
meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological
Diversity is being held. The protocol came into effect 90 days after the
number of ratifying countries topped 50 in July. At present, 54
countries have ratified the pact, according to the Montreal-based
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Achim Steiner, executive director of the U.N.
Environment Program, said in a statement the Nagoya Protocol "will
create greater equity and transparency for both providers and users of
genetic resources which will enhance the contribution of biodiversity to
development, poverty eradication and human well-being." The Japanese government aims to complete domestic
procedures to ratify the protocol by 2015. Environment Minister Yoshio
Mochizuki told a press conference Friday that Tokyo is seeking to join
the pact as soon as possible.
The debate about the Trans-Pacific Partnership just got a little bit more huffy (cool adjective I just invented) as The Huffington Post leaked links to documents that US trade negotiators have tried to keep away from the public eye that were released by Public Citizen. And of course, the same is true for every other country that joins the TPP. The international tribunal will be able to overrule any national legislation that is not in line with the TPP rules. Forget about national legislation, that is so old-school. Democracy? I don't think so.Say your country has environmental laws and consumer protection rules, that are not so much appreciated by some multinational corporation, be it chemicals, energy, cars, food, or medicines.
The Trans-Pacific deal has Intellectual Property (IP) provision rules that would prevent the development of useful new products in the
technology space, blocking the release of new products.
If national rules do not confirm with TPP negotiated terms, the for…
Activists from some 40 Japanese NGOs held events yesterday on January 26 aimed to "further the cause of proposing sustainable alternatives to the neo-liberal worldview". The World Social Forum was held in the Arakawa district of Tokyo, as part of a global day of action.
A series of workshops were held on social justice and greater economic equality. Below is the translated version of their call for action, as well as a list of the workshops. Japanese WSF website here, international WSF website here (English).
Our Call for Action - "Why Does It Have to Be in Arakawa?" At multiple venues in the Arakawa district, we will be hosting a forum centered on a series of workshops pertinent to the topic of "neo-liberalism" and its alternatives. In every January since 2001, the "World Social Forum" in which social movements from literally around the world come together to demand globalization of hope and solidarity, and reject the globalization based on war an…