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In the struggle for environmental human rights, Honduran activists demand their government to sign and adhere the  Escazú Agreement. 

Even though Honduras took part in the negotiations for the long overdue agreement, which represents a legal instrument that provides States with sufficient tools to defend human rights in the face of the great challenges of the extractive model and climate change, it never signed it. 

With the new government in office activists now hope that the agreement will be implemented, but still face massive backlash.

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Colombias president Gustavo Petro announced the possibility of a economic emergency rises. 

Previously to his statement the Colombian Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) declared that the rainy season may extend until December, causing floods and landslides. 

Due to the pandemic, the heavy rains are even more likely to cause an economic emergency. 

To prevent a disaster, the president has mentioned the possibility to update the risk maps and enable voluntary relocations.

 

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Did you know there are more than 2,000 fair trade producer organizations in more than 70 countries ? Tens of thousands of fair trade products are on the market, including coffee, tea, chocolate, flowers, fruit, vegetables, grains, apparel, artisan handcrafts, and more. Fair trade began with the sale of handcrafts and other artisan goods in the 1940s. The first fair trade coffee company in the US, Equal Exchange (a worker-owned cooperative) was launched in Boston in 1986. IRTF brought their coffee to Cleveland, made it available to faith congregations and grocers. Quickly, NE Ohio became one of the top markets for fair trade coffee in the country. Learn more about fair trade and see the schedule of upcoming fair trade sales, including the annual Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In & Expo, at www.OhioFairTrade.com.

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Gustavo Petro is off to a fast start. In his first two weeks in office, the new Colombian president has already reestablished relations with Venezuela, replaced several top security officials, and moved to restart negotiations with one of the country’s most notorious rebel groups. And, with ambitious tax reforms and climate policies on the docket, he shows no signs of slowing down. Petro’s reform agenda is a chance to steer the country away from poverty, corruption, and a decades-long war on drugs that has led to nearly half a million deaths without putting a dent in coca production. But experts say the impact of these policy shifts could go well beyond Colombia’s borders, offering new approaches for major issues from the international drug trade to the crisis in Venezuela.

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Colombia's new president said Saturday he was suspending arrest warrants and extradition requests for members of the left-wing guerrilla group the National Liberation Army (ELN) in an effort to restart peace talks to end nearly 60 years of war. The announcement is part of a principal campaign promise by newly elected Gustavo Petro, a former member of the M-19 insurgency, who took office on Aug. 7 on pledges to bring "total peace" to the Andean country. "This resolution initiates a new possibility of a peace process in Colombia," Petro said after attending a security council meeting in the province of Bolivar.

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