SOCIAL WATCH E-NEWSLETTER - Issue 86 - May 25, 2012

Issue 86 - May 25, 2012


Risk of a full-blown crisis is serious for Europe and for the rest of the world

Demonstration after the elections
in Greece.
(Photo: Popicinio_01/Flickr/CC)

The economic crisis in Europe is deepening and may get worse, with worrisome effects on the rest of the world, warned Martin Khor, executive director of South Centre, in his most recent column for The Star, one of the leading Malaysian newspapers.
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Demanding climate justice

More than 20 international and regional civil society organizations and networks and some 130 from countries all over the world launched the “Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice”, with the aims of countering “moves by powerful governments, international institutions and global corporations that will bring more harm to people and planet”, and “to fight for global measures that will stave off catastrophic climate change and enable people to deal with present and future impacts”.
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Rio2012: Latin American and Caribbean civil society consultation in La Paz

After the informal negotiations earlier this month at the UN Headquarters in New York on the way to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio2012), several civil society organizations decided to hold next week a consultation in La Paz, Bolivia, to discuss the Latin American and Caribbean agenda at the meeting and to prepare the simultaneous People’s Summit.
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Canada: Federal documents reveal 29,600 job cuts by 2015

The total number of federal core public service job losses over the next three years will be 29,600 —far more than the 19,200 estimate that is now commonly cited, says a new analysis by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), one of the national focal points of Social Watch in that North American country.
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Economic Partnerships with Europe can thwart Africa’s industrialization efforts

The Economic Justice Network, a coalition of Ghanaian civil society organizations, has cautioned African countries involved in the negotiation of the Economic Partnership Agreements not to succumb to the pressure from European Union to sign the agreement as it has the potential of disintegrating the regional economies, reported several communications media.
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Egypt: Presidential elections are not free, warns EACPE

The Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement (EACPE, focal point of Social Watch in the Arab country) is not monitoring the presidential elections this week because of the restrictions placed on non governmental organizations by the government.
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