19 October Oct 2018 1614 19 October 2018
A small step forward for human rights
Today ends the week of negotiations at the UN in Geneva for the Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights, an instrument that could protect the rights and the environment of many communities around the world.
9 November Nov 2016 1204 09 November 2016
Marrakech climate summit: are expectations too high ?
The Paris Agreement set the overarching framework for dealing with climate change in the decades to come. But alone it will not solve the problem. Now, at Marrakech summit, nations must define the rules for the accord and to lay out a viable plan for providing at least $100 billion a year to developing countries to support climate action.
5 October Oct 2016 1032 05 October 2016
Historic moment in Strasbourg: EU consent to Paris Agreement
The EU ratification will trigger the entry into force of the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal.
19 May May 2016 1212 19 May 2016
Green Week 2016: Do we need another week of discussion?
According to the World Bank, the global community is badly prepared for a rapid increase in climate change-related natural disasters that by 2050 will put 1.3 billion people at risk. With this year's edition of Green Week approaching, it is time for less talk and more climate action.
9 May May 2016 0902 09 May 2016
Industry is making progress on CSR
Since the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, people are placing increasing pressure on companies to address their social and environmental risks and footprint. To gauge how industry is progressing, every year, Ethical Corporation publishes a comprehensive picture of global business sustainability.
3 March Mar 2016 1643 03 March 2016
Inequality, the environment, and protecting future generations
The African, Carribean and Pacific group of states (ACP) and the EU’s trade and development cooperation treaty, the Cotonou Agreement, is up for renegotiation by June of this year. Civil society organisations are calling for an agreement that tackles inequality, and includes the commitments made at COP21.
11 January Jan 2016 1644 11 January 2016
2016: Global Challenges
From Cologne to Yemen, we’re only 12 days in and already conflict, migration, women’s rights, climate justice, and human rights issues are set to dominate our 2016 headlines. In the age of information, it’s hard to pinpoint the key global challenges facing us. To simplify things, here is Vita International’s birds-eye view of the top 6 global challenges facing us this year.
21 December Dec 2015 1057 21 December 2015
Disaster risk reduction makes development more sustainable
The need to recognize disaster risk reduction as a central, cross-cutting issue for achieving sustainable development and eradicating poverty has been a key topic during the last Rome Investment Forum 2015, an international event aimed at promoting a more visionary idea of social and economic sustainability
16 December Dec 2015 1259 16 December 2015
Olivier De Schutter: “The commitments made in Paris are insufficient to protect the most vulnerable peoples”
Despite the diplomatic euphoria, most civil society organizations do not hide their skepticism towards the agreement reached in Paris. In this interview to Vita International, Olivier De Schutter, co-chair of the the former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food and co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on sustainable food systems, explains why.
14 December Dec 2015 1233 14 December 2015
Climate change is not waiting for the next step in 2020
The Paris conference outcomes commented by Corrado Clini, former environment minister of the Italian Goverment and visiting professor at the Department for Environmental Sciences and Engineering of Tshingua University (Beijing).