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News from Belo Horizonte

1 April 2011

Members of UNANIMA International are sending letters of support to ask for justice for the evicted communities of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais in Brazil.

The following update comes from Maria José Meira, ccv, who is supporting the communities there.

Youth Campaign Continues

1 April 2011

Simon Peter Aziabah from Ghana sends this report regarding his follow-up to UNANIMA’s STOP THE DEMAND youth workshop last May.

Financing for Development

1 April 2011

At the recent two-day meeting of the United Nations group concerned with Financing for Development, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Catherine represented UNANIMA and delivered an oral intervention on the implementation of a financial transaction tax as an innovative source of financing for development.

World Water Day

1 April 2011

At the UN there is a growing sense of urgency that water should be central to any discussion on energy or food. Two of the primary uses of water are agriculture and energy production. Water and energy policies often conflict with each other since the production of energy requires much water and the production of potable water requires much energy. It was recommended that the next Earth Summit (at Rio in June 2012) should create structures for urban water governance given the crucial linkages among water, energy, and food. Later that day, at an event on water and urbanization, we learned that with the predicted rise of the human population, the population of cities is expected to rise dramatically in developing countries, and up to 2/3 of the world’s population will live in areas of inadequate water supplies exacerbating an already fierce competition for water for agriculture, industry, energy production, and domestic/sanitary uses.

Action Needed

1 April 2011

Concern about human rights violation at Goldcorp mine in Guatemala.

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