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One is never too old to hawk fruits in Fort Portal

The second People’s Summit on Food was held on November 30 and December 1, 2017. It was hosted by Uganda’s Fort Portal Municipality, in cooperation with Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC), IIED and Hivos, and brought together politicians, farmers, street vendors, civil society, church leaders, nutritionists and youth.

The 2017 Human Rights Tulip has been awarded to Mexican human rights defender Graciela Pérez Rodriguez. Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra presented her with the prize this afternoon in The Hague, two days ahead of Human Rights Day (10 December).

The COP23 in Bonn ended nearly two weeks ago, and during the event a number of commitments were made and initiatives sparked.

On 28 November 2017, Edwin Huizing, executive director of Hivos, opened the Open Contracting Global Summit together with Gavin Hayman, director of the Open Contracting Partnership, María Zuleta, vice chair of the Open Contracting Partnership’s advisory board, and Hans Docter, director of Sustainable Economic Development at the Dutch foreign ministry. He welcomed the attendees with these words:

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, and everybody in between,

Update 30 November 2017: At the end of the Open Contracting Global Summit on 29 November, Transparency International and its partners HivosCoST – the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative, Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) and 

Kenya’s creative sector has often been referred to as a sleeping giant. While the country’s economy is the biggest in Eastern Africa, its growing fashion and creative industry continues to face serious challenges in regional and global expansion.

Defending the rights of journalists, enabling freedom of the press and protecting freedom of expression are crucial building blocks of democracy. However, press freedom is increasingly under siege around the world, with ever more journalists facing threats of violence or imprisonment for carrying out their duties.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 17 December 2017. Applicants must ensure that their grant proposals are in word or pdf format and that they are sent by email to: collaborationgrants@hivos.org (see submission information below).

Two years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) held from 6 to 17 November in Bonn, Germany, will focus on advancing the aims and ambitions set forth in Paris. It will draw attention to the progress in development of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) of governments and the reviews of these plans in 2018.

On Wednesday, the Turkish judge ruled that two human rights trainers and six human rights activists belonging to the so-called Istanbul 10* may await their trial in freedom.

 

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