"Dignity", a ship of the
Freedom Flotilla.
(Photo: Free Gaza Movement)

Sources: WAFAPetraPalestine Chronicle.

The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PNGO), which represents hundreds of civil society organizations and is a focal point of Social Watch, condemned in a statement issued this Saturday the Greek government decision of banning a ship travelling with the Freedom Flotilla II from sailing to Gaza, describing it as “unfortunate.”

Félix Díaz. (Photo: Agencia Walsh)

Source: CELS

On June 25, members of the Toba-Qom indigenous community “La Primavera” of Formosa held an unprecedented event: the election of its representative before the national government and provincial authorities. The Centre for Legal and Social Studies (Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales, CELS), focal point of Social Watch, participated as supervisor in this process, which resulted in the election of Félix Díaz. 

(Photo: IRRI Images/
Creative Commons

Source: African Agenda (Third World Network-Africa).

Calls from the developing countries that suffer the worst impacts of climate change seem to fall on deaf ears in the negotiations on the road to the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the UNFCCC next November in Durban, no matter how strident they sound, warned this week Africa Agenda, Third World Network-Africa’s bimonthly magazine.

A doctor from the WHO attending
to three women in Jammu and
Kashmir, Pakistan.
(Garhi Habibullah/UN Photo)

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan

Empowering women and advancing their rights can lead to progress on a range of issues, including the fight against poverty, hunger and violence. This was stressed this week by the head of UN Women, the U.N. agency tasked with promoting women’s rights in Pakistan, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.

Protesters at Tahrir square

Sources: Counter Balance (in English), ANND (in Arabic)

 A group of 67 civil society organizations from across 12 Arab countries raised concerns about the European Union (EU) and United States backed financial aid packages for Tunisia and Egypt, on the grounds that it could damage the process of democratic transitions and divert their revolutions’ economic and social justice goals.

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