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NAFTA renegotiation threatens family farmers and the environment

by William Waren, senior trade analyst Donald Trump’s effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement puts sustainable family farms and the environment at risk. Family farm groups from Mexico, Canada, and the United States have issued a joint statement, declaring that: “The Trump administration has stated its clear intention to continue its trend of putting multinational corporations’ narrow interests first by using the same blueprint that shaped the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).” As Food and Water Watch observes, “it’s clear the Trump agenda has morphed into something decidedly anti-rural…”…

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Collaborating to Serve Refugees in Challenging Times

This week UUSC organized a convening in Zagreb, Croatia of civil society organizations – many of them UUSC partners – serving Syrian refugees along the Balkan Route. Twenty-six representatives from 16 organizations came together to discuss how they can better coordinate their work, to problem-solve challenges that they face, and to expand their networks in neighboring countries in order to continue serving refugees. It was a privilege to provide the space and hear reflections and feedback from organizations on the front lines of this crisis, many of which experience scrutiny…

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OECD, It’s Time for Export Credit Agencies to Stop Funding Fossil Fuels

by Kate DeAngelis, international policy analyst Precisely as the world’s attention is focused on addressing climate devastation at the 23rd United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, the largest public drivers of fossil fuel financing are meeting a mere 320 miles away in Paris. The irony couldn’t be starker. Representatives of the very same countries singing their own praises in Bonn are fomenting climate disaster from Paris, at a meeting of export credit agencies (ECAs) at the Organization of Cooperation and Development (OECD) Export Credit Group. Export credit agencies have…

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Blog Homepage Feature International Justice 

Balkans Convening Aims to Offer Support to Partner Refugee Organizations

This week, UUSC’s Director of Programs, Research and Partner Support, Danielle Fuller-Wimbush is in Zagreb, Croatia to hold a three-day convening of our partners and other non-governmental organizations advancing refugee and migrant rights in the region. It’s an opportunity for 15 organizations serving refugees along the migrant route that cuts through Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, and Hungary to share strategies and better coordinate their critical work across multiple borders. The Balkan Route, pre-March 2016. Source: Eurostat, Frontex Since the spring of 2015, thousands of families have risked their lives to seek…

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Blog International Justice 

You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream, for Fair Ice Cream!

“Si Se Puede!” (Yes we can!) were the exclamations resounding outside of Ben and Jerry’s scoop shack in downtown Burlington, Vermont on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. After years of organizing and escalation, Vermont dairy farm workers can finally taste the sweet victory of fair ice cream. “This is a program that gives the workers a seat at the table, that provides dignity and a real voice,” CEO Jostein Solheim said, standing with a group of dairy farm workers. Ben and Jerry’s leads the way to become the first company to…

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Blog International Justice 

Paris Agreement: Be a citizen supporter

Back to the Updates Blog November 9, 2017 From Salote Soqo Focus Areas: Environmental Justice & Climate Action Topics: climate change The United Nation’s climate negotiations are underway here at the Conference of the Parties (“COP23”) in Bonn, Germany. As the global community drafts roadmaps for achieving goals set in the Paris Climate Change Agreement, I’m again inspired by our shared responsibility to advance the rights of those whose livelihoods are being destroyed by the impacts of climate change.   Sign the “I Am Still In” pledge to tell countries…

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Blog International Justice 

From the frontlines of UN climate talks

It’s begun! The world has gathered for critical climate talks and to evaluate the implementation of agreements to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to climate change. UUSC and our partners are on the frontlines of this year’s Conference of the Parties (“COP23”) in Bonn, Germany. We’ll be sharing updates and opportunities to advocate for the rights of marginalized populations who are disproportionality at risk of losing their homes – and entire ways of life – due to our warming planet. In true Pacific spirit, Fiji opened COP23 with a traditional…

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