Sand-bagged over cash
The international convention on desertification is plagued by differences of opinion on financial resources and funding mechanisms
Doubts cloud desertification convention
Developing nations fear that the lack of a proper financial mechanism may hinder the world in its battle against desertiflcation
"Desertification is a global problem"
Ambassador BO KJELLEN has seen it all, from diplomacy and development to even sports. A "family man", as he describes himself, …
Is your government signing away your future rights to the world's natural resources?
Battle for turf
If the South wants to protect its interests against the power of the Bretton Woods institutions and WTO, it will need its own, equally powerful forum
Polluter says' principle
GEF should have been a liability fund, rather than a 'guilt fund' set up by the North to make up for the global damage it had caused
MAIght of OECD
A no-holds-barred treaty on investments would hand over the world on a platter to MNCs
Free, not fair
Does a country have the right to demand that its domestic standards on environmental protection be applicable to all countries?
After almost 10 years of fighting for or against a forest convention, there is not even a common view on why forests are under threat and what …
Developing countries are wary of the proposed treaty as chemicals like DDT are still used in many malaria-prone regions for vector control
Northern countries still see desertification as a local problem caused by population pressures rather than international trade patterns and …
To energise the biodiversity convention, the world will have to first deal with difficult countries like the US
Climate change negotiations get emotional because carbon dioxide emissions are closely related to individual lifestyles - and to national …
To bring back bees, European commission to impose temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticide use in farms
Move to be reviewed after two years