• This is a report of the workshop that was organised to widen the discussion on the concepts and critiques of the REDD programme  (Programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) to coincide with meetings of the UNFCCC in Bangkok from 3-8 April 2011.   Around 55 participants gathered together from Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, India, Nepal, and Japan. This included around 30 from local or regional NGOs, around 10 participants from indigenous peoples groups, and around 10 from peoples’ networks in Thailand.

  • China-Japan-South Korea FTA Accelerated

    Chinese Prime Minister Wen, Jia-Bao announced the completion of the joint studies on the Japan-China-South Korea free trade agreement this year. The announcement was made during the fourth Japan-China-South Korea Leader’s Summit held in Tokyo on May 22. In the meeting, China pushed for the trade negotiation to be started next year while all the investment pacts negotiations will be completed this year.

  • 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.

  • …As long as the current social-political and economic situations in our country prevail, as long as the government pursues the same economic policies and ways of governing, this collection will be useful.  But we wouldn’t want the former to continue; we’d just rather this book soon come down as a valuable piece of historical record.” – From the “Overview” of Yearbook 2010/TransitionsSince 2009, Focus on the Global South-Philippines Programme has published a yearbook to gather together, under a theme, articles/pieces that have been originally part of the past year’s issues of our e-

  • 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.

  • For generations, the peoples of the Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) have practised locally-developed, diverse forms of agriculture and fisheries. The majority of the country's population depends directly on small-holder agriculture and the natural environment for their livelihoods. Over the past decades, the country's decision-makers have adopted a development strategy aimed at rapid expansion of the monetary economy through exploitation of the country's natural wealth—land, forests, rivers, minerals and biodiversity.

  • National public consultation process on the negotiation framework of the EU-Thailand FTA was successfully conducted throughout Thailand. There were four open consultations in different regions of the country and one expert meeting in the capital. Altogether more than one thousand people were involved in the process. At the end, a comprehensive set of recommendations derived from all sectors was submitted to the government. This document was the first of its kind, and helped push the government to review its position and delay the negotiations.

  • NEW REPORT from Focus on the Global South in collaboration with Intercultural Resources

    Economic Liberalisation and Gender Dynamics in Traditional Small-Scale Fisheries: Reflections on the proposed EU-India Free Trade Agreement
    August 2010