Financing the African Water Revolution

by Sara Löwgren Stockholm World Water Week – August 26th  2018 During the first day of the annual World Water Week, one of the most anticipated sessions was the Falkenmark Symposium. In the crowded conference room, scientists, politicians, the World Bank, ambassadors, development organizations, technical experts, and many more gathered to discuss the African Water Revolution. More...

On the World Social Forum – Tunisia, March 26-30

by nathan thanki The dust having finally settled following the first ever World Social Forum in the Arab world, which took place at El Manar University in Tunis from March 26-30, we must ask ourselves some tough questions about the future of the Forum. The event was highly anticipated, with many activists from a variety of social movements being drawn to and intrigued by post-revolution Tunisia,...

The Arms Trade Treaty has come to its end but states parties fail to adopt an agreement.

By Angeline Annesteus The UN conference on the Arms Trade Treaty comes to its end but as always a lot can happen in the last minutes of the negotiations. Yesterday, the chair of the negotiations released a new draft text but it is full of potential loopholes. Many different areas of the text would need to be reconsidered in order for the treaty to meet its overall goal and objective: a robust,...

The Arms Trade Treaty and the P5’s dilemma

By Angeline Annesteus   With one day left to conclude the first ever Arms Trade Treaty, the African states, CARICOM, NGOS, and other delegations urge the P5 to close the remaining gaps in the treaty text that is now under negotiations. The whole point is that nobody is supposed to be making profit by transferring arms to governments or any armed group that will use them to attack civilians....

The Arms Trade Treaty’s running behind schedule and under serious threats!

By Angeline Annesteus   The opening week of the Arms Trade Treaty was characterized by procedural matters and wrangling because the Arab Group (Egypt) asked for Palestine to be recognized as a state, which Israel obviously refused. The past three weeks, states got down to some important discussions but did not have the basis for negotiations on most of the key elements of the treaty. As...