Tag: World – Development and Aid

A Friendly Critique of the Break Free Climate Actions

Article – Robert J. Burrowes I have enjoyed reading accounts and seeing photos of those committed and courageous climate activists who participated in the recent Break Free from Fossil Fuels actions conducted at various locations in 13 countries from 4-15 May 2016. See ‘Break Free … A Friendly Critique of the Break Free Climate Actions Robert J. Burrowes I have enjoyed reading accounts and seeing photos of those committed and courageous climate activists who participated in the recent Break Free from Fossil Fuels actions conducted at various locations in 13 countries from 4-15 May 2016. See ‘Break Free from Fossil Fuels’. https://breakfree2016.org/ Much of what was done was creative (some of it demonstrating considerable flair) and, mostly, how it was done reflected a sound understanding off nonviolent principles and dynamics to which virtually all activists adhered. In this regard I must acknowledge the thoughtful ‘action agreements’ signed by participating activists, the conduct of nonviolence education workshops, the police liaison, legal briefings and arrest support, and the widespread recognition that secrecy and sabotage have no part to play in nonviolent actions for them to be strategically effective. My friendly criticism is directed at those key organisers who planned the nonviolent actions without understanding how to make the commitment and courage of those who were mobilised have maximum strategic impact on the ongoing climate catastrophe. I understand that it takes phenomenal...

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The Climate Talks in Paris will Fail: Why

Article – Robert J. Burrowes As expectations build for a global consensus to emerge from the United Nations climate conference in Paris, starting on 30 November 2015, that could agree to taking action to limit any rise in global temperature to 2 degrees celsius, I would like to explain … The Climate Talks in Paris will Fail: Why? Robert J. Burrowes As expectations build for a global consensus to emerge from the United Nations climate conference in Paris, starting on 30 November 2015, that could agree to taking action to limit any rise in global temperature to 2 degrees celsius, I would like to explain why these expectations are misplaced. And what we can do about it. The essence of the problem is that most people and organisations are asking elites to take action on their behalf rather than taking action themselves. Not only is this a fearful and powerless approach, it reinforces the widespread delusions that elites have the power in this regard and that they are responsive to our pleas. Neither of these is true. We have the power and elites only respond when we create the circumstances that compel them to do so. And not otherwise. Hence, it is the action that we take, as individuals, communities and organisations, that generate the outcomes we want. As a nonviolent activist, I have never asked elites (or their...

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New Forum Group Harnesses Diversity

Press Release – Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Suva, FIJI,10 April 2015 — Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, is looking forward to hosting the seven distinguished individuals making up an important new sub-committee on the new Framework for Pacific …New Forum Group Harnesses Diversity Suva, FIJI, 10 April 2015 — Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, is looking forward to hosting the seven distinguished individuals making up an important new sub-committee on the new Framework for Pacific Regionalism. Secretary General Taylor said “The sub committee members bring a wide range of skills and experience to our work and will make it easier for Pacific Leaders to make informed decisions on the most pressing priorities for developing the region.” Ms Teresa Manarangi-Trott of the Cook Islands, she pointed out, was a founding member of the Pacific Islands Private SectorOrganisation: “She has experience in strategic priority setting and high-level advisory work, and knowledge of economic management, public policy and sustainable development.” Ms Manarangi-Trott said she was keen to encourage the subcommittee to maintain a balance between the bigger and the smaller island states: “Small Island States have many challenges and needs and the sub-Committee will ensure equal treatment with larger island priorities”. Another sub committee member, Mr William Kostka of the Federated States of Micronesia, she recalled, “is Co-Founder of the Conservation Society of Pohnpei and the Micronesia Conservation Trust. He...

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Tokelau pays a courtesy visit to the PM of Samoa

Press Release – Government of Tokelau Ulu o Tokelau Aliki Faipule, Siopili Perez meets the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi during his courtesy visit to the PMs Office today.Tokelau pays a courtesy visit to the PM of Samoa Ulu o Tokelau Aliki Faipule, Siopili Perez meets the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi during his courtesy visit to the PM’s Office today. The Ulu o Tokelau during his visit, thanked the Prime Minister for the opportunity to meet with him, and conveys his elder’s gratitude with the support that his offered to his country. The Prime Minister shared the common interests of the two nations and extends his appreciation to Tokelau for its support. The Prime Minister was presented with traditional Tokelauan gifts by the Ulu o Tokelau. The Ulu o Tokelau was accompanied by the first lady, Tase Perez and General Manager, Jovilisi Suveinakama with support from Miti Ngau-Chun and Mika Maiava. Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Rotary New Zealand: CYCLONE PAM – VANUATU – Bulletin No. 4

Press Release – Rotary New Zealand World Community Service It is now almost 4 weeks since Cyclone Pam tore through some of the 83 islands of Vanuatu killing eleven people. There has been a flurry of activity by relief agencies including Rotary to delivery aid to the 22 islands most affected. 1,000 Rotary Emergency …CYCLONE PAM – VANUATU – Bulletin No. 4 It is now almost 4 weeks since Cyclone Pam tore through some of the 83 islands of Vanuatu killing eleven people. There has been a flurry of activity by relief agencies including Rotary to delivery aid to the 22 islands most affected. 1,000 Rotary Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) have been distributed. The people who fled to evacuation centres were told to return home 2 weeks after the cyclone. Around 75,000 of the country’s 225,000 people have been affected to some extent and 96 per cent of food crops are destroyed. The people of Vanuatu are resourceful. Most houses are constructed with traditional materials such as bamboo, local timber and pandanus for the roof. These materials can usually be sourced from a family’s garden for easy reconstruction. The traditional communal houses, nakamals, are designed to withstand the pressure of a cyclone and generally suffer little if any damage. As agencies turn to the reconstruction phase, attention will be on the needs of individuals. Most rely on their gardens and...

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