Stories written by Raúl Pierri

Montevideo Consensus Urges Countries to Change Abortion Laws

Representatives of 38 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean meeting this week in the Uruguayan capital urged governments in the region to consider modifying their laws on abortion, which are among the most restrictive in the world.

Q&A: “We Cannot Accept Crumbs When it Comes to Rights”

Latin America and the Caribbean cannot hope to have truly advanced, progressive policies in sexual and reproductive health as long as women do not have the right to decide to interrupt their pregnancy, says Mariela Castro.

Latin America’s Youth Face Hurdles to Jobs and Safe Sex

Shortcomings in the educational system in Latin America and the Caribbean fuel inequalities that remain hurdles to access to the labour market and safe sex for a large part of the region’s youth.

Uruguay – Second Country in Latin America to Adopt Gay Marriage

Activists in Uruguay hope the passage of the “Equal Marriage Law” Wednesday will help bring about recognition that society is heterogeneous.

Carlos Seré: “Investment along the entire value chain is key.” Credit: Courtesy of IFAD.

Q&A: “Smallholder Agriculture Needs to Be Seen as a Business”

The countries of the developing South should remove the barriers still faced by small-scale farmers, because smallholders play a key role in economic growth, says Carlos Seré, the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) chief development strategist.

Women’s Groups Say Uruguay’s New Abortion Law Falls Short

The Uruguayan Congress passed a law Wednesday decriminalising abortion, making it one of the few countries in the region where abortion is allowed in cases other than rape, incest, malformation of the fetus or danger to the mother’s life. But activists who backed the bill are not pleased with modifications introduced in the final version.

New Threats, Same Old U.S. Hegemony

Although it admits that it cannot be a long-term solution, Washington insists on strengthening the armed forces in Latin America, to confront “new threats,” including citizen insecurity. But activists argue that it is only another means of maintaining control over the region.

Inequality, the Achilles’ Heel of Latin America’s Economies

The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean were able to cushion the jolt of the global economic and financial crisis by means of anti-cyclical policies, but they need to remain vigilant and pay attention to social inequality, their most vulnerable flank.

Mercosur leaders express solidarity with Argentina

SOUTH AMERICA: Mercosur Bloc – More Politics, Better Integration

The leaders of South America's Mercosur trade bloc decided to set up a committee to facilitate the incorporation of new members, adopt a mechanism to defend democracy in case of a coup, and ban vessels from the Malvinas/Falkland Islands from docking in member countries' ports.

Global Crisis Makes U.N. Reform Imperative

Reinventing the United Nations is crucial to protect the poorest inhabitants of the planet, at a time when the global economic crisis, the effects of climate change, and food insecurity are undermining development efforts.

Uruguayan President José Mujica addressing the seminar organised by IPS and the World Bank.  Credit: Ignacio Castañares/IPS

MEDIA-LATIN AMERICA: The Seduction of Power

The governments and big private media groups in Latin America are waging a war to win over public opinion, the ultimate arbiter of legitimacy, and the only solution would appear to be to strike up an alliance.

URUGUAY: Coming Together to Tackle Climate Change

Fighting the front line battle against global warming, with the participation of all sectors of society, is the cornerstone of a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) pilot project in Uruguay that is drawing attention from the rest of the world.

Nancy Pelosi with colleagues Ed Markey (left) and Steny Hoyer.  Credit: Raúl Pierri/IPS

CLIMATE CHANGE: Lawmakers Push for a Deal

With only one day to go to the end of the climate change talks and no agreement in sight, it looks like it will ultimately be up to national legislators to effectively implement whatever agreement is forged here in the Danish capital.

Evo Morales and French farmer activist Jose Bove.  Credit: Raul Pierri/IPS

CLIMATE CHANGE: Chavez, Morales Lash Out at Wealthy North

Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela had harsh words for rich countries Wednesday, accusing them of driving the COP 15 talks to the brink of failure out of "selfishness" and supporting a "culture of death."

Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, climate hero. Credit: Raúl Pierri/IPS

CLIMATE CHANGE: The World Needs a Hero

Climate change is becoming an increasingly colossal problem, and civil society, fed up with fruitless negotiations, seems to have found its David: Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed.

March in Copenhagen urging world political leaders to stop talking and act now.  Credit: Nasseem Ackbarally/IPS

ENVIRONMENT: Sun Greets “Flood for Climate Justice”

The sun came out in Copenhagen Saturday for the first time this week. But even though its rays were too weak to temper the bone-chilling cold, it shone brightly over the 5,000 people who braved the weather to participate in a demonstration organised by Friends of the Earth International (FOEI).

Delegates of the chief negotiating groups in tense press conference. Credit: Raúl Pierri/IPS

CLIMATE CHANGE: The World Is Bogged Down in Copenhagen

Poor countries will suffer horrendous impacts if an agreement isn't reached by the end of the climate change summit in Copenhagen. That was the warning launched by the developing South Friday during the talks that remained as bogged down at the end of the first week as at the start.

Tuvalu wins Ray of the Day prize.  Credit: Ana Libisch/IPS

/CORRECTION/*CLIMATE CHANGE: “The G77 Is More United Than Ever”

"If there's ever been a time in which the G77 has been more united than ever, that time is right now," was the categorical statement made by Venezuelan negotiator Claudia Salerno to TerraViva, after a tiny island nation in the south Pacific stirred things up at the COP15 climate meetings.

CLIMATE CHANGE: World Bank Touts Carbon Market

The World Bank proudly defended the global carbon market in the Danish capital Tuesday for its "contribution" to efforts to mitigate climate change, in spite of criticism from civil society.

Wheat is among Latin America's crops that could suffer as a result of climate change. - Mauricio Ramos/IPS

Latin America Between Hope and Realism

Representatives of Latin America's governments are arriving in Copenhagen calling for an aggressive pact with teeth to fight climate change, though there are still minor differences among them when it comes to priorities.

Cattle and birds on Uruguayan prairie.  Credit: GEO report

CLIMATE CHANGE-URUGUAY: Adaptation Is the Name of the Game

Uruguay must start focusing on efforts against global warming, and work in a coordinated manner with its South American neighbours, said one of the scientists consulted for the First Regional Report on Climate Change produced by Tierramérica, which was released Thursday.

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