Climate finance is a key element of a global agreement to address the impacts of climate change. Billions of dollars will flow to developing countries and it is essential that this money goes to meeting the needs of those most vulnerable to these devastating impacts and is not lost to corruption and poor governance. It is also important to recognise that the amounts of funding, the number

Our Vision for 2012-2014

The emblematic centrepiece of Focus work will be Whose New Asia? Understanding the political, economic, social and ecological challenges of the New Asia; building resistances, alternatives and solidarity

Asia is home to immense natural and productive resources such as land, water, forests and a diverse natural environment. It is a region of tremendous wealth, modern cities, industrial capacity and growing urban centers, especially with China and India rising as economic powers. However, the region can be best described as a paradox: despite the abundance, Asia is known for its large pockets of poor people and overwhelming inequalities within and between its rural and urban areas. Income inequalities are severe in sub-regions (Chavez, 2011).

Results of an Investigation by Rep. Walden Bello, Chair of the Committee on Overseas Workers’ Affairs (COWA), House of Representatives, PhilippinesMay 25, 2011After the referral to the Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs (COWA) of a speech by Deputy Speaker Erin Tanada on the plight of 11 OFWs in Los Angeles, California, USA, the Chair of the Committee conducted an investigation of the case while in the United States during the congressional break.

On April 24, 2010, the Universal Declaration of The Rights of Mother Earth was proposed and launched at the People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Ensuring the rights of Mother Earth, the Declaration recognizes that all living beings have the responsibility to uphold the balance of the natural world and protect Mother Earth’s harmonious functioning.

Despite the ongoing multiple crises of employment, food, finance, energy and climate, most Governments have not eschewed trade liberalisation. Due to an interplay between geo-politics and the rise of emerging economic powers and their multinational corporations, Asian countries have set aside the WTO Doha Round failure and have preferred to engage in a complicated web of ambitious bilateral and regional Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). The rapid spread of FTAs in Asia has made it the global hub for trade liberalisation.

Essay collection presented by the Reclaiming Public Water Network
November 2007

The Focus Annual Report 2006 has just been released.