1 March 2011

The eight Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) developed by the United Nations (UN) in 2000, aim to encourage development by improving social and economic conditions in the world's poorest countries.
However, it is widely accepted that the MDGs will not be met due to unfulfilled political and financial commitments.
Sub-Saharan Africa is a sad example of these dysfunctions.

1 March 2011

A report setting out constructive arguments for the EU incorporating social and environmental criteria in the new standards brought about through Basel III. The report explores the impacts of the standards on banks’ risk management, decision making processes and financial stability and looks at how the regulation can stimulate the financial sector to contribute to a more ecologically and socially sustainable, economically just and peaceful world.



1 March 2011

A report looking at the role Banks and other financial institutions play in allocating financial resources, drawing importance on banks actively assessing and managing their impact on social and environmental sustainability in order to serve, rather than harm the public interest.

 

 

 

 

1 February 2011

The report reveals that the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops across Europe continues to decline – with an increasing number of national bans, and decreasing numbers of hectares dedicated to GM crops.

Globally, the research highlights how even pro-GM Governments in South America have been forced to take steps to mitigate the negative impacts of GM crops on famers, citizens and the environment.

1 February 2011

 

Today, energy savings is a purely voluntary policy that European countries have largely ignored. Friends of the Earth groups around Europe are calling for binding EU energy saving targets, and strong and social policies at the local and national level to ensure that every country contributes to saving energy.

1 December 2010

Growing demand for meat, animal feeds and agrofuels in Europe is contributing to the continued destruction of the Amazon and Cerrado habitats in Brazil. 'From Forest to Fork' takes the most recent data available and finds that the European Union is the fourth biggest global importer of Brazilian meat and one of the main markets for Brazilian soy. It calls for Europe to reduce its dependence on imported soy animal feeds and meat.

1 December 2010

The much-touted biofuel crop jatropha isneither a profitable nor a sustainable investment, according to this report.

1 December 2010

This briefing analyses the agreement made at the COP16 climate negotiations in Cancun and specifically the role of the European Union. It analyses how the deal in Cancún measures up to what science and justice demand and looks at what the EU must do over the coming year before the COP17 UN climate negotiations in South Africa to ensure progress towards an agreement on tackling climate change in line with what the planet and the people need.

1 November 2010

The report details presents 10 guiding principles, proposed to ensure a sound EU-Budget with clear targets, improved efficiency and accountability. The second part flags the three most detrimental environmental challenges that the budget must address in order to place Europe on a sustainable development path. In the third part, it presents concrete steps for reforming the major European funding instruments and policies so that they can catalyse the transition.

1 November 2010

The report details the complexity of nanotechnology and demonstrates that current uses fail to deliver benefits for global warming, resource depletion and pollution, but instead increase energy use and create environmental risks. Nanotechnology will not significantly increase energy efficiency, or help tackle climate change in its current form.

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