EJN on the Move | Views

Debt activists demand radical change

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EJN joined some 50 South and North debt activists from 35 countries in Collevecchio, Italy, in June 2009 to develop consensus on a Global Platform on Responsible Financing. Hosted by CRBM, the meeting took place against the backdrop of the G8 Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Lecce, Italy. The Platform is part of the wider agenda of southern and northern groups to end debt domination and build new financial and economic systems nationally and internationally.

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Statement to African Ministers of Finance

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African ministers of finance meet in Cairo, June 2009In early June 2009, African ministers of finance, planning and economic development met in Cairo to discuss ways of dealing with the global financial crisis. It was a timely meeting. Not only is the world at large teetering under the weight of multiple systemic crises, but millions of people in Africa in particular are disproportionately affected by these events. EJN presents its statement to the ministers.

 

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SADC pledge on food crisis: All air, no force?

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Ms Tina Joemat-Petterson, South Africa's Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesSADC ministers said they will be ploughing greater resources into agriculture in order to produce more food for the region’s poor. Southern Africa has been hard hit by floods and drought, and the move indicates a growing recognition by leaders of the toll that climate change is exacting on the region’s most vulnerable peoples. But Simon Vilikazi, an EJN specialist on food security, wonders if it’s all air – and no force.

 

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Zim, Swaziland erode "fundamental values"

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SADC Council of NGOs (SADC-CNGO), Southern African Trade Union Coordinating Council (SATUCC) & Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCISSA), representing broad membership in all SADC Member States, met at the Parktonian Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa from 13-15 August 2008.

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