Posted on January 22, 2005 - 11:20pm :: ISD-Societal Change | Movements
By Angela T. Lopez
January 18, 2005 | The Philippine Star

TF! Editorial Comment: The Karangalan Conference will have been held by the time this comes out but the work will have just begun towards undertaking the concrete actions out of which optimism grow for the Filipinos. History, it has been said, is written by the victors but who articulates our present? This power, and the responsibility, while frequently co-opted by the moneyed and influential, must go to those who seek hope, especially for the poor and marginalized. This is not the case in current day Philippines, the so-called "sick man of Asia." The article however shows that hope is everywhere in evidence for those who wish to build a positive future for all; and not just for a few.
Posted on January 22, 2005 - 11:18pm :: ISD-Societal Change | Movements
Diego Cevallos
Jan 20, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: The World Social Forum continues to be one of the most visible movements of global civil society coming together to create a better world. The struggle in the forums has been to move from criticism to creativity and to enhance inclusivity to ensure a greater diversity of voices and viewpoints as discussed in the article below.
Posted on January 22, 2005 - 11:16pm :: ISD-Societal Change | Movements
Gustavo González
Jan 17, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: As a high-profile gathering of global civil society under the banner of "another world is possible", the World Social Forum throws a yearly spotlight on many of the world's most pressing concerns but also on civil society itself. And here we still find confusion over the identity of civil society (including NGOs)--their essential nature and the crucial role they play in greater society. The failure to distinguish cultural power wielded by civil society from political power gained through an electoral system or from the economic power asserted by corporations leads to all kinds of misconceived notions about who civil society represents, sources of legitimacy, and effective options for social change among others. The article below discusses Latin American civil society and the difficulties NGOs have in challenging the status quo.
Posted on January 22, 2005 - 11:14pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Society
Thalif Deen
Jan 17, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: The merit of the Millennium Development Goals is that they have finally put a spotlight on poverty as the core issue, where so much past effort has been concentrated on symptoms. The connections between poverty and major issues such as terrorism and environmental degradation are also being clearly made. The article below discusses the outputs of a new UN report and plan of action aimed at poverty alleviation--a report that has nevertheless come under criticism from civil society for being overly academic and lacking genuine participation among others.
Posted on January 22, 2005 - 11:13pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Nature | Politics
Stefania Bianchi
Jan 17, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: Across the globe, civil society groups are often at the forefront in advocating environmental and social justice, and human rights among others. This mode of action often pits civil society against corporate interests whose narrow view of maximizing profits comes at a high cost to communities, people and nature. In the article below, chemical corporations are resisting EU efforts to regulate and in some cases ban dangerous chemicals in Europe.
Posted on January 22, 2005 - 11:01pm :: ISD-Philippines | Human
January 18, 2005 | Sunstar

TF! Editorial Comment: The youth are a natural constituency for promoting a sustainable future. In the article below, a group of young people in Panay island, concerned about the dangers of coal-fired power plants, are capitalizing on the their love for the environment to educate themselves and raise awareness in their communities.
Posted on January 22, 2005 - 10:55pm :: ISD-Philippines | Nature
By Benny G. Enriquez
January 17, 2005 | The Philippine Star

TF! Editorial Comment: Biodiversity conservation efforts most often fail due to lack of support from local communities. Top-down approaches which see locals as part of the problem rather than the key to success are being discarded in favor of effective participatory efforts. The article underscores this approach and offers hope that some, if not many of the Philippine's diversity hot spots can be properly managed and protected.