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Highlights and Headlines from 2010

Posted by in Community Rights, End Dirty Energy, Fair Trade, Featured, Freedom to Travel to Cuba on 4th January, 2011 | No Comments

DSCN11712011 is finally here. So now seems as good a time as any to take stock of everything we’ve accomplished in the past year, to draw together our challenges and victories and lay them out there for you to see. Since there isn’t space enough to showcase everything, we’ve selected a few of our favorite highlights from 2010 to share with you:
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COP16 in Cancun: A Student’s Final Adventure

Posted by in Community Rights, Global Exchange News & Events, World News & Events on 22nd December, 2010 | 2 Comments

Julianne (l) with Global Exchange's Shannon BiggsAs one of the many interns who has passed through the doors of Global Exchange, I experienced more than I expected while working there.
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Getting the Message from the UNFCCC: “Just Go Home.” . . . and ORGANIZE!

Posted by in Community Rights, World News & Events on 11th December, 2010 | 1 Comment

cancun_gate_by_ShtigMonths before civil society boarded planes or hopped on busses and bikes destined for Cancun (yes, we met up with a small contingent of cyclists arriving from West Virginia) — it was clear that we weren’t really very welcome.
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Bolivia Decries Adoption of Copenhagen Accord II Without Consensus

Posted by in World News & Events on 11th December, 2010 | No Comments

BoliviaSummitLogoLast night in the wee hours, a regressive, non-binding, dangerously unbalanced climate agreement was pushed through with “consensus” by all delegations except Bolivia. Following is the statement of response from the Bolivian government.
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Outrage at the UNFCCC

Posted by in World News & Events on 10th December, 2010 | 1 Comment

Around 1:00 on the last day of COP16, a dozen or so activists staged an action at the Moon Palace in Cancun to protest the silencing of civil society voices by the UNFCCC. Their mouths taped over with signs reading”UNFCCC,” they locked arms in front of the escalators leading to the closed chambers where high-level negotiations were taking place.
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Rights Versus Markets: The Heart of the Debate in Cancun?

Posted by in Community Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, World News & Events on 9th December, 2010 | 2 Comments

Respect rightsIn the middle of week two at COP16, protests have begun to erupt, both inside the halls of the Moon Palace, and outside in the streets of Cancun. When la Via Campesina, the world’s largest movement of peasant and smallholder farmers, called for a global day of action yesterday, people around the world responded. The day of action was called ’1000 Cancuns’.
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Globalizamos La Lucha, Globalizamos La Esperanza

Posted by in Community Rights, Global Exchange News & Events, World News & Events on 7th December, 2010 | No Comments

DSCN1155The “1000 Cancúns Global Day of Action for Climate Justice” took place December 7th, with actions happening around the world. Here’s a wrap up of Global Exchange’s participation, on the ground in Cancun.
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The Caravans Arrive – is Cancun Ready?

Posted by in World News & Events on 4th December, 2010 | No Comments

DSCN1091As the final leg of the caravan rolled towards Mexico City the final stop was around the sacred land of Chichén Itzá.
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Menagerie in Cancun: Of Snakes, Rats, and a Trojan Horse

Posted by in World News & Events on 4th December, 2010 | 4 Comments

DSCN1099On the ground in Cancun, Jeff Conant, writes for Global Exchange and is collaborating media outreach with the Global Justice Ecology Project and the Indigenous Environmental Network during COP 16. He writes, “Between the armored vehicles patrolling the outside and the labyrinthine and exhausting process to get anywhere near the inside, a clear attempt has been made to marginalize civil society, if not to neutralize it altogether.”
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Sun, Sand and Climate Negotiations? My Introduction to the Moon Palace

Posted by in World News & Events on 3rd December, 2010 | No Comments

DSCN1003Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange’s Director of the Community Rights Program, is credentialed as a NGO observer to the UNFCCC. She writes, “There’s something unsettling about the juxtaposition of negotiating the fate of the climate in the middle of the tequila-shooting, beach-clad dancing frenzy that is Cancun.”
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