EU civil society organisations call on the EU to contribute substantively to the negotiations on the Zero Draft Treaty on Business and Human Rights
Today civil society groups from the EU member states have gathered at the UN in Geneva to support the Intergovernmental Working Group tasked with developing a binding instrument to ensure that businesses respect human rights. Last year valuable time and energy was wasted by attempts to hold up the process. We look forward to being able to get to grips with the real challenges, in the light of the very real dangers that communities, workers, activists and human rights defenders face now if they challenge business interests.
Responding to the release of the IPCC report, leaders of Catholic development agencies launch an urgent call, as there isn’t much time available to tackle the crisis without running into terrible consequences.
A resolution voted by the EP today joins a growing number of actors who are actively supporting the UN Binding Treaty, however the EU has not engaged enough so far. Ahead of an important decision in the Council on 10 October regarding the EU’s participation in the process, it is time to step up!
CIDSE network analyses the radical and urgent change needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C, looking at the energy and agriculture sectors and society as a whole.
Political leaders and grassroots activists from around the world unite to signal urgent need for increased ambition on climate change and sustainability. On July 5 and 6, the Vatican will host a major international conference on protection of the environment. The occasion of the conference is the third anniversary of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on care of the Earth, our common home.