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It is classical syndrome of hate-mongering governments to nervously seek and blame “others” for responsibilities and failures that have endogenous roots. Since the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 in the US, Donald Trump’s administration has hunted for scapegoats in his relentless attempt to shift blame for the increasing number of American deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) is only the last scapegoat in this sequence – after the Obama administration, China and the US media. The blame-game is a well-known trick, but it’s not really credible.

Cancelling all debt payments owed by low-income countries to other governments, multilateral institutions and private lenders would free up to US$ 25.5 billion to fight coronavirus in 2020 alone. Extending the cancellation to apply to payments due in 2021 would make another US$ 24.9 billion available to help save lives now and in the future.

The call comes to us from the Italian network of the People's Health Movement and from the Dico32 Campaign. The Italian mobilization does not act in isolation, but in the scenario of a European mobilization with the unequivocal title: “Our health is not for sale”.

The six points of the network: The joint action of European civil society in the field of public health is structured around a platform based on six main points:

Never before has a virus blocked the planet’s gear the way COVID-19 did.  Three months after the first outbreak, it is dominating our lives and immagination: but instead of acting as a leveler, this time the virus is acting as an amplifier of the long-existing economic and social inequalities that cross societies, multiplying the danger of the virus and triggering a vicious circle with potentially devastating consequences.

It is clear that the re-emergence of a more vehement brand of identity politics is bringing a new urgency to politics and political participation. In seeking to bring to the fore stories of the changes and how they are impacting and influencing political participation, this journal issue seeks to challenge its readers to reflect on the necessity of building just and fair societies.

Despite the ongoing pandemic of COVID 19 that is ravaging the world today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is continuing to negotiate an outcome on fisheries subsidies. While Geneva, where WTO’s headquarters are located, is under lockdown and putting on hold all face-to-face meetings, WTO is willing to proceed with negotiations in the most non-transparent, non-inclusive and ad-hoc manner. 

 

The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) launched the 2019 Arab Watch Report on the Right to Food, which explores from a comparative perspective the political food economy in the Arab region as well as alternati

 

 

We, the undersigned, urge you to ensure that development aid for education is used to support the public provision of free, quality education that benefits all without discrimination of any kind, such as discrimination based on socio-economic disadvantage, caste, gender identity, race or disability.

Spotlight on financial justice - understanding global inequalities to overcome financial injustice exposes the role of financialization – or the expansion of financial actors’ power over the global economy – as a key contemporary driver of global inequalities, spanning from unequal acce

 

(Geneva, 15 July 2019) The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) unanimously adopted last Thursday a new resolution on the right to education and in doing so firmly recognised the Abidjan Principles on the right to education. This is the first formal recognition to date by States of this new instrument, the Human Rights Council being made up of 47 States elected by their peers. 

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