The climate conference once again left a bitter taste in the mouths of those who followed the progress of the negotiations. Maybe a more "positive" mobilization would yield a more effective strategy for achieving an ambitious agreement?
189 countries met in Warsaw last month with a view to taking joint decisions concerning the future of the planet. Despite good intentions, this great gathering began to look like a stalemate in chess with all the pawns left staring at each other and refusing to advance. It really is so hard to move beyond individual interests.
The French Development Agency (AFD), represented by Grégory Clemente, and the NGO GERES, represented by Alain Guinebault, signed a funding agreement on 18 September with Jean-Michel Marlaud, the French ambassador in Afghanistan, in the amount of €10 million, to carry out a four-year rural development programme in central Afghanistan.
Find GERES at Convergences, the global solidarity forum
Aubagne, 9 September 2013. Long neglected, access to energy is now recognized as key to human development. Convinced of the importance of meeting the global challenge of access to energy for all, GERES looks forward to seeing you at the Convergences forum on 18 September 2013 at the side event on Energy Access in Africa, organized jointly with the NGO Africa Express.
GERES/IRAM position paper on biofuels in Africa
Seeing the vigorous campaign waged against industrial biofuels by many international solidarity NGOs, GERES and IRAM can only share the criticisms voiced. The devastating impacts that biofuel crops grown in intensive monoculture for non-local use can have on both people and ecosystems, which include deforestation, land grabbing and threats to food security, are now widely recognized.
Nevertheless, GERES and IRAM want to turn the spotlight onto farmer biofuels.