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Container ship, Singapore (Ruben Schade)
Trade is back on the policy agenda of civil society and Green parties throughout the world. But this time around the political battles are not centring on the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, as was the case at the turn of the millennium. And the main question is not about the effects of trade liberalization on developing countries. Nowadays, trade is high on political agendas because many industrialized and emerging countries are engaging in a competitive race to establish deep... Read more
James Shaw, NZ Greens MP
Despite all the rhetoric of ‘free trade’, historical evidence shows that deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) are designed to advance the interests of multinational companies above all else. The TPP is a multilateral trade agreement being negotiated between New Zealand and eleven other Pacific/Asian countries, including the United States. However, those negotiations are being conducted almost entirely in secret. Members of New Zealand’s right-wing National government have... Read more
Red rice paddy field, Japan
Greens Japan wants to see the TPP negotiations stopped and instead work towards a different structure for a more fair and eco-friendly Asia-Pacific region Read more
Mining La Oroya, Peru - ISDS dispute case
International trade cabals will override democracy, labour and eco protections, say US Greens Read more
Global Greens
The Global Greens are seeking a committed, capable and energetic person to be the new Coordinator of the Global Greens. The successful person will work collaboratively with Greens globally and play a central role in the development of the world’s most progressive political movement. The position is based in Brussels. Read more
Accords de pêche
Les accords de pêche consistent en une délivrance de quotas pour un nombre de navires ciblés et sur des espèces, contre une contribution financière établie sur un nombre d’années et versée par tranche. Mais, si ces accords sont très attendus au niveau des budgets des pays africains grâce aux ressources financières qu’ils génèrent, ils ne rencontrent pas l’assentiment des acteurs de la pêche aussi bien artisanale qu’industrielle. Pour eux, il serait impensable de discuter des accords de pêche... Read more
Genocide meeting in a armenian church. Photo: Grig24
April 24 is the day the world remembers the genocide of about a million Armenians killed by the Ottoman government. A hundred years and four generations since that time, the pain of these atrocities is still felt by the global community.   The Global Greens calls on the governments and people of Turkey and Armenia to use this opportunity to genuinely begin the healing and reconciliation process through civic dialogue and normalising diplomatic relations.   Important measures for improving... Read more
Party leader Ville Niinistö
The Finnish parliamentary election took place on Sunday 17th of April, 2015. The Finnish Greens got an outstanding result: 8,5 % and 15 seats. This is an increase of 5 seats from the previous election. More than 250 000 Finnish people voted for the Greens in Finland. - We won, says Ville Niinistö, chair of the Finnish Greens. - Our result was better than ever before. We gained seats in new areas, for instance in Central Finland and Eastern Finland. A positive thing is that we got the first two... Read more
Mapamundi_Gall–Peters. Illustration: Strebe
Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. It marks the 45th anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.  The Global Greens network will join them. Our member parties will take part in the activities that are being organised around the world. Like Earth Days of the past, Earth Day 2015 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. The fight for a clean environment is urgent. Our... Read more
足立力也(緑の党グリーンズジャパン国際部) 緑の党グリーンズジャパンは、日本のTPP参加に反対してきました。また、TPPの枠組み自体に対しても批判しています。 TPPは、日本の農業に深刻な打撃を与え、食料自給率をさらに低落させ、食料主権を失わます。とりわけ、日本の農家の大多数を占める小規模農家は壊滅的な影響を蒙ります。 また、TPPは物品の関税撤廃だけでなく、?非関税障壁」の撤廃も目指しており、人びとのいのち・健康や安全や生活を守るために確立されてきた安全性や公共性のルールを根こそぎ破壊するものです。ISD条項(外国企業が投資先の国の対応によって損害を受けた場合、その国を訴えることができる)は、そうした規制やルール破壊の強力な武器として使われることになります。発効後 4 年間秘匿とする義務を負う秘密保持契約も、市民の知る権利を侵害し、公正・透明な貿易ルール~かけ離れた性格を表わしています。 貿易は、互いの国の生産者の生存が維持できる所得の保障という公正の原則、消費者の健康や安全の確保、環境と資源の保全という原則に立って行なわれるべきです。私たちは、TPPの参加交渉を打ち切り、東アジア... Read more
On 16 April 2001, the Global Greens Charter was adopted by consensus at the first Global Greens Congress in Canberra, Australia. Today is the 14th Anniversary! It is a good day to remind ourselves of the main principles supported by Greens from all around the world: ecological wisdom, social justice, direct democracy, nonviolence, sustainability and respect for diversity. In this link you can read the Global Greens Charter in different languages. Read more
GGC at work
The Global Greens Coordination (GGC) adopted five priorities to guide the Global Greens' work for the next three years at their face to face meeting in Brussels on 18-21 March. The priorities are:  communications, federation/party support and development, campaigns, website and database management and fundraising. As well, the meeting discussed a wide range of other issues including - the fourth Global Greens Congress which will be held in Europe early in 2017 combined with the European Greens... Read more
GG join the Earth Hour
This Saturday March 28th is Earth Hour - at 8:30 pm local time in whatever place you are join citizens and institutions from all over the world and switch off the lights at home or in your office and pledge to work for climate action. Earth Hour this year is especially important in the lead up to the 21st UN climate meeting in December. It is a chance to send a strong message to governments that they must tackle climate change urgently. Earth Hour started in 2007 as a lights-off event to raise... Read more
Global Greens meeting
The Global Greens network is organising a coordination meeting in the social and sustainable space called ‘Mundo B’ (placed in Brussels) from Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21th of March. We are expecting 20 people from all around the world to participate in our discussions, including representatives from the four Green federations (Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and America). One member of the Global Young Green steering committee is also coming to represent the view of the young greens. Amongst the... Read more
March 11, 2015 marks the 4th year anniversary of the Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. The Asia Pacific Greens are calling for governments to commit to a nuclear free world and to move to clean equitable renewable energy solutions. Read more
Adamou Garba, Niger
The shocking murder of the Charlie Hebdo journalists in January reverberated around the world and in Niger precipitated violent protests in several cities, unheard of in a country known for religious tolerance. This comes on top of a Boko Harem insurgency in the north-east and an ongoing political crisis following President Mahamadou Issoufou's failure to form a government of national unity. Read more
Wattle (mimosa) blossom (John)
Global Greens Statement: On International Women's Day 2015 the Global Greens call for renewed commitment by governments everywhere to the goal of equal participation by women and men in power and decision-making. This is necessary for women's interests and perspectives to be represented and essential for democracy. Read more
Freedom this way (by Niclieden)
The Egyptian Green Party believes that the Global Greens will commit a grave mistake if the press crisis in the Arab region is confined to the issue of the Al-Jazeera Satellite channel journalists. If the only interest is in the release of foreign journalists many negative consequences for press freedom in the region will be ignored. Read more
After years working to create environmental awareness in Mexican society, the Green Party of Mexico (Partido Ecologista Verde de México, PEVM) gained wide popular and parliamentary support to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. All political parties in Mexico overwhelmingly endorsed this democratic decision. It displays a remarkable and encouraging development of human society in developing a consciousness of love and respect for life in all its forms and manifestations; something... Read more
The European Greens are organising a joint climate campaign in the lead up to Paris 2015. But instead of horror stories and alarmism the message will be positive - 'We are changing climate policy. We are not waiting for governments to act.' Read more

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