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New government gives green light to the region´s big sell-off
On 28 June, five days after the parliamentary coup that ousted President Fernando Lugo, a high-level business meeting was held at the Government Palace in Asuncion. The new head of state, Federico Franco, did not conceal his pride at having closed a deal with Texas-based Crescent Global Oil, giving it the go ahead to start operations in the vast Chaco region in northern Paraguay (…)
Indigenous forced labour persists in Chaco
Child labour, forced labour and debt servitude are still part of everyday life for the indigenous communities living in the Paraguayan Chaco. These are the main conclusions of a new study carried out by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). New evidence indicates that nothing has changed since the last United Nations mission to the country (…)
Floods leave thousands homeless
by Ana Luz Giménez Costa, from Asunción
In April 2012, the Chaco region of Paraguay registered the worst floods in the last 15 years. The National Emergency Secretariat reported that six people died and over 13,000 families were left homeless across the region. The heavy rains and the swelling of the Pilcomayo River have affected the communities living on the riverside and along the border with Argentina, as well as in Central Chaco (…)
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The International Labour Organization (ILO) organizes the International Labour Conference (ILC) annually. Among other agenda items, general discussion at the 102nd session will take place on "Sustainable development, decent work and green jobs
The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food called for the post-2015 development agenda to be urgently refocused on equality, social protection and accountability, as the efforts of the UN Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals to draft post-2015 targets to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) entered a crucial phase.
The world’s leading retail labels commit to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh before the midnight deadline. The Accord now covers more than 1000 Bangladeshi garment factories. Implementation starts now!
Many of the major companies file their sustainability reports without conscience. And their approach to the workers whose labour fuels their profits is criminal.Ask any CEO if they would like their sons or daughters to work in the textile factories in Pakistan, the mines in the Congo, manufacturing plants in Central America, or as beer women in Cambodia, and they shudder.
The decision was adopted in response to EU Commission consultation on unconventional fossil fuels in Europe