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Global Greens News: March 2015

GG News in March 2015 includes a Global Greens statement for International Women's Day: Empower women. Empower humanity, the Lima Declaration by the Federation of Green Parties of the Americas and an invitation to the Asia Pacific Greens Congress in New Zealand in June. Also news and views from the Green world - Niger to Pakistan, Netherlands to Mexico - and links for elections coming up in Finland and the UK. Register to vote if you're eligible.


Global Greens News

March 2015

Empower women. Empower humanity

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, adopted in the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action. We also commit to strengthening the Global Greens Women's Network established following Dakar 2012. Read more (English)


L’onde de choc de Charlie Hebdo en 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 (French)


Press freedom in Egypt

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 (Arabic and English)


Lima declaration

The Federation of Greens of the Americas, meeting in Lima on 5-7 December 2014, issued a declaration on the state of democracy and the environment on the continent. The FPVA specifically condemn anti-democratic and anti-environmental actions including Nicaragua's inter-oceanic canal, Canada's support for mining in Latin America, and the Brazil-German nuclear agreement, amongst others.  Read more (Spanish)


Third Asia Pacific Greens Congress - please come!

The Asia Pacific Greens Federation hosts a Congress once every 5 years, bringing together members and supporters to actualise our collective green vision for the region. We are delighted to announce that the APGF Congress will be held in Wellington, New Zealand, 12-14 June 2015, and we invite you all to attend! Read more (English)


Pakistan Greens to contest local elections

The Pakistan Green Party will field more than 100 candidates in local government elections starting in May 2015. Localised campaigns will address the unique issues of each province. For example the KPK campaign focuses on deforestation, local economy and waste management as well as the opportunities of community solar heating which will also reduce firewood consumption. Read more (English)


Kampagne: Klimaschutz jetzt!

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 (German)


Greens on Greece

Syriza's win in the Greek elections on 25 January 2015 was a massive vote for change - for an end to austerity and a socially fair way out of Greece's debt crisis.

The Greek Ecologist Greens are part of the Syriza coalition. Read more


Wild animals banned in Mexico circuses. After years of campaigning, the Mexican Greens gained wide popular and parliamentary support to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. The Greens used scientific studies showing that circus animals suffer physically and psychologically when deprived of their natural development, their spaces and social groups; in addition to being trained in an abusive and cruel manner. Read more


North Sea Grid. GroenLinks (Netherlands) is proposing that North Sea countries work together to harness wind energy across the region. A new report concludes that the North Sea Grid project would help tackle climate change, reduce dependence on Russian gas imports and be an alternative to gas extraction in Groningen. It would also provide more jobs. Read more (Dutch)


AAP wins Delhi. India's new Aam Aadmi Party swept to power in the Delhi Assembly election in February winning 67 out of 70 seats despite the combined opposition of the established parties. The UKKP (Greens) have been developing a relationship with AAP with talks continuing; and at the same time exploring the potential for a national Green party in India. Read more


New Zealand Greens focus on climate and equality for 2015. Greens Co-Leader Russel Norman warns that New Zealand's climate pollution is set to increase by 50% by 2020 and commits the Greens to leading the fight for an energy efficient low carbon economy.  Read more


East African Greens strategic plan.  Greens from Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi met in Kampala, Uganda, on 12-13 February to plan for the next five years with support from Green Party of England and Wales and the Westminster Foundation. The strategic plan will help parties implement Green ideology within the eastern African region. Read more


Election success in Hamburg. Greens in the German state of Hamburg won 12.2% of the vote in elections on 15 February and are set to form a coalition government with the Social Democrats (SPD). Read more


Rwandan Greens leadership training. The Rwandan Greens completed leadership training in the Rusizi and Bulera Districts in February. The training covered a wide variety of subjects including political ideology, responsibilities of political parties in a democracy and gender and the role of women in economic devlopment. Read more


Planting trees in Morocco. At the Global Greens Congress in Dakar tree-planting was one of the initiatives encouraged. Greens in Morocco organised tree-planting in January. In the words of Wangari Maathai: 'when we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and hope'.


Fukushima anniversary, 11 March. On the 4th anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster Asia Pacific Greens are calling on their governments to commit to a nuclear-free world and move to clean equitable renewable energy solutions. Greens globally offer sincere condolences to the people of Fukushima and the wider region for the tragedy they have suffered. Read more


Global Greens meet in Brussels. The Global Greens Coordination will have a rare face to face meeting in Brussels from 18-21 March 2015. On the agenda - a roadmap for the Global Greens, fundraising, campaigns, communications and the next Global Greens Congress. The picture is from the last face to face meeting in 2013 when the statutes were finalised enabling the Global Greens to become a legally registered non-profit organisation.


Election watch. Elections that are definite and will be contested by Greens in the next three months include: Finland (19 April) and the UK (7 May) where the Scottish Greens, the Green Party of England and Wales and the Northern Ireland Greens will be participating. If you are eligible to vote in any of  these elections, either at home or abroad, make sure you register and vote!


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