Fuente: Bien Directo – Canal C

We demand the designation of  #DefensorDelNiñoYa

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12 years after the enactment of the Law for the Integral Protection of the Rights of Children and Adolescents (Law No. 26,061), the Ombudsman for the Rights of Children and Adolescents has not yet been appointed, a figure that should be implemented in within 90 days of its entry into force. The social organizations and prominent personalities in the cultural and social field undersigned express our deep concern.

Despite the commitment to childhood and adolescence assumed by the Bicameral Commission (composed of Carla Carrizo, Samanta Acerenza, Mayra Mendoza, Verónica Mercado, Florencia Peñaloza, Norma Durango, Juan Manuel Abal Medina, Sigrid Kunath, Pamela Verasay and Adolfo Rodríguez Saá ) the legal obligation remains unfulfilled. For that reason, it is essential that they advance with the call to tender for the designation of the Ombudsman for Children, before the end of this year.

It is essential that the designation be made within the framework of a transparent procedure that ensures that the position is covered not only by a suitable person in the subject, with a history in the defense of the rights of boys and girls but, fundamentally, offers a guarantee of an autonomous and independent action with respect to the public organisms with responsibility in the design, management and implementation of childhood and adolescence policies in our country.

Girls, boys and adolescents have the right to have their protection more than a speech.

Nora Cortiñas – Adolfo Pérez Esquivel – Osvaldo Bayer – Juan Carr – Aldeas Infantiles – Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ) – Asociación por los Derechos civiles (ADC) – Red Solidaria – Colectivo de Derechos de Infancia y Adolescencia – Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) – Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC) – Servicio de Paz y Justicia (SERPAJ) – Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género (ELA) – Fundación Huésped – ATE Nacional – Consejo Ejecutivo Nacional de CTA Autonoma – CTA Berazategui – CTA Moreno – CTA Solano – Infancia en Deuda – DNI – Asociación Síndrome de Down de la República Argentina (ASDRA) – AECheLaR-La Rioja– Fundación para el Desarrollo de las Políticas Sustentables (FUNDEPS) – Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer (FEIM) – Fundación Sur Argentina – Fundación Voz – Grupo Artículo 24 por la Educación Inclusiva – Haciendo Camino – Casasidn – Asamblea por los Derechos de Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes de General Pico–La Pampa – Asociación Civil Emprendedores Chepes–La Rioja– Asociación Civil para todos y todas de Gral. Villegas – Asociación Civil Una Mano que Ayuda – Cáritas Obispado de Quilmes – Cátedra abierta de estudios americanistas – Colectivo Cordobés por los Derechos de Niñas, Niños y Jóvenes – CECOPAL – La Minga – SERVIPROH – Programa del Sol – SEHAS –Fundación Che Pibe – Fundación Emmanuel – Colectivo cordobés por los derechos de niños niñas y jóvenes – Asociación por los Derechos de la Infancia (ADI)– Foro por la Niñez La Pampa – Fundación Ayuda a la Niñez y Juventud Che Pibe – PRADE –Práctica Alternativa del Derecho-Santiago del Estero – ANDHES (Abogados y Abogadas del Noroeste Argentino en Derechos Humanos y Estudios Sociales) Tucumán/Jujuy – Casa Osvaldo Bayer – Centro comunitario Infantil La Merced de San Miguel– Centro Cultural Villa El Libertador– Centro de desarrollo integral Pancita Feliz– Colectivo Cultural de Ing. Maschwitz – Conciencia comunitaria de Cañuelas– Consejo local de Niñez de Mar del Plata – Consejo Local de San Miguel – Cooperativa La Comunitaria – Coordinadora Popular Barrio Ludueña de Rosario – Crecer con Derechos de Vicente López – El Vallecito de la Guadalupe, Asociación Civil – El Granero de los Sueños –Escuela de Arte Comunitaria Cruzavias – Foro Hídrico Lomas – Foro Niñez de Vicente López – Foro pampeano por los derechos de los/as niñ@ – Foro por los Derechos de Berisso – Foro por los Derechos de la Niñez, Adolescencia y Juventud de la Provincia de Buenos Aires – Frente Barrial Solano– Fundación El Recodo del Sol – Fundación Proyectando Esperanza – Fundación Rumbos de Integración y Desarrollo Regional – Merendero La Buena Amistad Barrio 2 de Abril – Merendero Latinoamérica, Barrio 8 de Diciembre – Merendero Por un Barrio Digno, Barrio 2 de Abril – Merendero Sonrisas, La Isla Villa Fiorito – MTE –CTEP General Pico, La Pampa – Nodo Cultural Córdoba – PRODEMUR – La Rioja – Promoción de la Mujer Rural – Proyecto Protagonistas de San Miguel – Red Cultura Viva del Este Cordobés – Red Cultural de Chacras de Coria – Red Cultural Perdriel – Centros Angelelli – Red de Fotógrafos – Red de Médicos de Pueblos Fumigados – Red de Solano – Red Nacional de Cultura Comunitaria – Red Sierras Chicas –Fundación Protestante Hora de Obrar – UMEX-Mendoza – Crecer Juntos-Tucumán – Asociación Civil El Amanecer-Formosa

Source: Infobae

Daniel Passerini, the legislator anticipated that today, to be World No Tobacco Day, will raise the proposal of a complete ban on advertising to acquire parliamentary status.

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In Argentina, it is prohibited to place posters that can be seen from the outside of the premises in the places where tobacco products are sold. However, entities that campaign to avoid smoking say that today the law is mocked in different ways.

A survey carried out in May in Córdoba by the Foundation for Sustainable Policy Development (Fundeps) showed that the display of cigarette packets (usually framed with lights) is the main strategy of companies to promote their products. “Although the regulatory decree of Law 26,687 establishes conditions regarding advertising, nothing says about the exhibition,” said the entity.

Juan Carballo, Executive Director of Fundeps, informed La Voz that, after reporting this situation to head of the Health Commission of the unicameral, Daniel Passerini, the legislator anticipated that today, to be World No Tobacco Day, Proposal for a complete prohibition of publicity to acquire parliamentary status.

Fuente: La Voz del Interior

According to a survey in Chacras de la Merced, it is the main problem for the neighbors who live downstream of the plant. 80 percent believe that it works poorly and 83 percent are uneasy about the environmental situation in the sector.

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Most of the residents living downstream of the Bajo Grande Sewage Treatment Plant (Edar) consider that the most troubling and urgent solution is the contamination caused by the malfunction of the plant.

The data comes from a survey of 53 of the 120 families living in the neighborhood of Chacras de la Merced, in the eastern end of the city of Cordoba. The survey was carried out by the Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policies (Fundeps).

Juan Carballo, executive director of the foundation, explained that sought the opinion of the neighbors of the area, very impacted by the volleys of Edar.

To this plant come all the sewage effluents that, for years, are thrown to the river Suquía with deficiencies in the treatment. In that part of the city, the presence of foul smell is frequent and the Suquía resembles an open-air sewer. The survey was in December and data was processed in March.

Out of the 53 families surveyed, 34 (64 percent) of them gave the number one priority and urgency to the pollution caused by Bajo Grande. Open dumps occupied a second place, with 37.7 percent of responses.

Eighty-three percent of families do not feel comfortable with the neighborhood’s environmental situation.

For the majority of the inhabitants (75 percent), the main concern is the contamination of the river that produces Edar.

Meanwhile, 45 percent of neighbors consider air pollution to be a primary concern, while 26 percent consider it to be the soil, and cause the Bajo Grande plant to be the cause.

The performance

Although most of the neighbors (59 percent) do not know about the work and operation of Edar, 80 percent consider that it is not walking properly.

Regarding the direct effects of the malfunction, 46.5 percent consider it to be the contamination of the Suquía and 42 percent believe that they are the health problems.

At this point, 69 percent said they had any of the symptoms listed: 28 percent diarrhea; 49 percent fever and vomiting; 54 percent abdominal pain; 13.5 percent had bleeding in the stool; 43 percent weakness or fatigue; 16 percent anemia; 35 percent respiratory problems; 32 percent skin rashes; And 40 percent skin infections.

Seventy-seven percent were seen by a doctor after symptoms, and 78 percent were diagnosed of what happened, mostly related to gastroenteritis or allergy.

“It is important to mention the impossibility of proving the causality of the pollution generated by the plant and the symptoms that a large part of the neighbors of the neighborhood present. However, it is necessary to be attentive to the general state of health of the neighborhood, which includes a large percentage of gastrointestinal problems, warns the study.

Finally, the survey detected a lack of knowledge about the Edar expansion, although he believes that the situation will improve. And they consider that there must be instances of citizen control.

What is Edar. The first reports of the lack of treatment of sewage in the Lower Sewage Treatment Plant (Edar) date back to 1998. The residential connections to the sewage network totaled 165,000 and the sewage treatment plant was already Surpassed in its capacity. La Edar, inaugurated in 1987, had been planned for 77 thousand connections. In 2011, an expansion of the plant was enabled, but continues to pollute.

Fuente: La Voz del Interior

Seductive, rich and pleasant, sugar is an omnipresent ingredient in the Argentine diet. Faced with the alarming growth of obesity, lower consumption depends on a tangled dialectic between industry, science, government and civil society whose response is expected.

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In the sun of the creative momentum of the 1990s, the film portrayed the historic legal gestation against the Brown & Williamson Company in The Infiltrate, starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino. The argument was based on the company’s decision to add “coumarin” to cigarettes, a moderately toxic substance for the liver and kidneys that increases consumer addiction to cigarettes. A source of energy of easy and quick assimilation, disacárido formed by a molecule of glucose and one of fructose, extracted mainly of the sugar cane and beet, seductive and omnipresent, the sucrose is the most popular wild of flavor and it represents, in addition , The symbol of the new crusade for public health. Like the closely hidden secret of coumarin, the chemical composition of sugar, added in food and drink, is the focus of the current debate on food and disease. For the World Health Organization (WHO), 60% of Argentines are overweight and obesity in Argentina increased, between 2005 and 2013, by 42.5%. Moreover, according to the National Survey of National School Health of 2012, over a five-year period, in the group of adolescents aged 13 to 15 years, overweight increased from 24.5% to 28.6% and obesity Went from 4.4% to 5.9%. “The feeding of the baby with hypercaloric foods with high fat, sugar and salt content is one of the main factors that lead to childhood obesity. (…) Supplementary foods rich in fats, sugar and salt should be avoided”, cites the Commission To End WHO’s Child Obesity on its website. 

The diet

The figures reflect that in the Argentine diet there is a great deficit of vegetables and fruits, according to the degree in Nutrition Pilar Llanos, who is part of the Board of Directors of the Argentine Nutrition Society (SAN). At the same time, Llanos explains, there is an excessive presence of products that contribute high caloric density, such as flours (no fibers), sweet and savory cookies, pre-ready pastas and white baked goods. The presence of meat such as poultry, fish and red meats on many tables, continues Llano, “is replaced by industrialized products, pre-listed, easy and quick to consume and the children’s liking with the company of the empty calories provided by soda” . Argentina is the world’s leading consumer of soft drinks with 137 liters per capita per year, according to Euromonitor 2014, the world leader in market research. “It is proven how the food industry is promoting the broad consumption of goods whose regular consumption over time generates negative impacts on health,” says Juan Carballo, lawyer and Executive Director of the Foundation for Sustainable Policy Development (Fundeps). In Argentina, in particular, information on food packaging is low, no one reads the label in detail and the advertisements are simply persuasive.


In the face of an obvious problem, the dialectic of the discussion is complex. Industry, civil society, the state and the scientific community – which at first glance share the truth of Perogrullo that a diet of sugar, saturated fats and sodium is bad for public health – are not in agreement About what to do about it. The options are several: to impose a sugar tax like England in 2016, to make an international agreement such as the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control of 2003, to guarantee free enterprise, to sanction a strict rule on food labeling such as Chilean law 20.606, among many others. During the Round Table on the Implementation of the Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) held in Washington in May 2016, civil organizations throughout the Americas discussed barriers And opportunities in public health care. At the meeting, Carballo argued that there was insufficient voluntary standards and self-regulation on the part of the industry on advertising and marketing of food for children. 

The investigation

The omnipresence of sugary ingredients in the diet of Argentines is a rich, natural and pleasurable reality difficult to discuss. They are perceptions that cross all social groups, ages and sexes. Its long-neglected innocuousness is the object of study by scientific institutions and associations responsible for unraveling positions on how much sugar has to do with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) that cause morbidity and mortality. Things, a priori, are not so clear. Internal sugar industry papers published in 2016 in the journal Jama Internal Medicine by Stanton Glantz, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, suggest that studies that minimized the link between sugar and heart and slandered Saturated fats. Science, conditioned by industry, concealed a villain accusing another malefactor. “The industry operates through the financing of real research teams, some reliable, but also with ‘front organizations’ – adds Carballo – who have an institutional shell that is apparently respectable but that only have funding from the food industry sector. Its objective is to cast doubt on proven conclusions or to condition public policies”. 

The Coca-Cola Case

Although the influence peddling revealed in the documents dates back almost 50 years, more recent reports show that the industry continues to exert its influence in the science of nutrition. On January 4, The Praxis Project and the Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola for misleading the public by breaking down research linking sugary drinks with obesity, type 2 diabetes And the like. “Coca Cola has a long history of support and fruitful relationships with research and non-profit organizations in the countries where it is present,” said Francisco Do Pico, Coca-Cola Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Argentina. Always occur in a transparent context and in no case have conditions tending to favor topics of interest to the Company “. The company provides up-to-date information on its website www.transparency.coca-colacompany.com on the amounts of money it allocates to research activities. However, within its policy of transparency, all the academic institutions to which Coca-Cola funds are not yet explicitly disseminated. 

Interests crossed

Food, on the other hand, is closely linked to food production by industry; And to the regulation of the marketing of healthy products in the market, on the part of the State. In the middle of both actors are the facts obtained from scientific research. In spite of everything, gray areas appear everywhere. The journalist and author of the book Malcomidos, Soledad Barruti, last year published an article denouncing that the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) was in fact an NGO financed by corporations of the food industry that realized field studies in public schools of Buenos Aires, with Endorsement and funds from the city’s “My Healthy School” state program to investigate child habits in relation to food. “For me it is fundamental that we begin to ask who financed an investigation Who sponsors the nutritional and pediatric societies of Argentina? Why do I see stamps from the Argentine Nutrition Society (SAN) on salt packets if it is assumed That we have to consume less salt, which is fortified with iron? I think it suffices to say who paid the study and in what paradigm of nutrition is inserted.

The Cormillot case

A few hours after releasing the new list of Pricing, in August 2016, the national government returned in its footsteps and withdrew from the program the four “Cormillot” brand products that were introduced after Dr. Alberto Cormillot took over as an official of the Ministry of Health and advise in the development of the official policy of regulated prices. Dulcor foods licensed by Cormillot generated a state of suspicion about a potential conflict of interest in which the professional television would be both part and counterpart. “There can not be an official who has direct links to a food company that bears his name,” Barruti says or sells food products, diets or services around his name. 

The triumph of sucrose

The Science and Technology of Foods race belonging to the Department of Productive and Technological Development of UNLa (University of Lanús) in November 2016 made a survey of preferences of food consumption with sugar in Argentina. The work revealed that 92% of Argentines that incorporates sweet foods daily to their food does it because it is rich and 82% of them because it is pleasant. “It is a matter of Food Education to make the institutions aware that they do not include foods such as snacks and snacks in the diet of schoolchildren”, summarizes the licensed Llanos, of SAN-. Perhaps a first step would be to take letters in spaces where, like schools, the state has a strong role. School kiosks could be the seed of a distinct food profile associated with the educational process. A place where the private sector, without being a bad word, can participate along with civil society. The naturalness of the presence of sucrose in the Argentine diet, as a triumph of pleasure against the antithesis of good health, makes the consumption of drinks and sugary foods is part of the status quo of the daily menu. An idea prevails: each is responsible for himself without prejudice to the State, civil society and science – that is, concepts similar to those that slide tobacco smokers. Several ethics result from a chemical purification process whose success depends on the percentage of sucrose contained in its crystals. 

The position of the industry

Groups of companies represented by the Latin American Alliance of Food and Beverage Associations (Alaiab), meeting in Washington D.C. In 2015, expressed their disagreement with “those approaches that seek to pigeonhole the private sector as an actor … incompatible with the development of public health-related policy proposals … Alaiab believes that the so-called ‘Conflicts of interest’ should not delay the proactive dialogue. ” “It is clear that the chambers and companies of Copal,” says Daniel Funes de Rioja, president of the association, “have worked for the quality of the food we produce.” We and the ministries of Health and Agroindustry recently celebrated an agreement to promote habits Healthy life and provide adequate information to society through labeling and advertising. ” The meeting, to which no civil society organization was invited, was a step of coordination between the State and business. On the legal and parliamentary level, the debate is still pending on deep marketing and labeling laws, two sensitive issues for the industry. Rumors that a law establishing front labeling of containers with large, easily visible black seals warning of foods high in sugars, sodium, saturated fats, and calories (as in Chilean law) may spark off criticism. “We believe that this is an absolutely wrong law,” adds Funes de Rioja, “since it not only has distortions from a technical point of view, but also from a practical point of view.” Our country, unlike Chile, is a world exporter Many times technical norms are created without scientific-sanitary basis that imply trade barriers. ” The companies gathered at Copal claim to do research to document the ingredients and the effects that certain foods can have. “All of this is done with the highest scientific solvency,” explains Fines de Rioja, “which are chambers or companies with entities such as the Argentine Nutrition Society, for example, and other academic institutions with which we work.”

Source: La Voz Del Interior

Demonstrators warned that the proposed changes respond to “economic interests over the preservation of the environment”

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Members of various environmental, social, scientific and political organizations yesterday carried out a massive mobilization in the streets of our city to raise their rejection of the project of the ruling party that promotes modifications in the Law of Territorial Ordering of Native Forest. As it is known, the legislative treatment of the initiative of the Union coalition for Cordoba was postponed for February 2017 with the aim of seeking greater consensus. The march of the day began at the intersection of Cañada and Colón and then went to the Plazoleta del Fundador, near the Legislature, where a musical festival “For life and in defense of the native mountain” took place.

One of the artists who spearheaded this activity was the actor José Luis Serrano, creator of the character Doña Jovita, who for some weeks has been at the forefront of questioning the project. Meanwhile, the Coordinator in Defense of the Native Forest denounced that the changes promoted by the Province respond “to economic interests over the preservation of the environment”. In addition, he warned that “currently only 3 percent of the native forest remains, which puts at risk the lives of people who are affected by floods caused by the disruption caused by the dismantle.” For its part, the Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policies (Fundeps) prepared a document objecting to the Native Forest Bill, in its understanding that it is not “normatively adapted to the minimum environmental protection budgets enshrined in our National Constitution and The environmental laws that refer to this matter, both procedural and substantive aspects.”

From Fundeps criticized that in the proposal oficialista:

… the conservation of the native forest existing in the province according to the map of law 9.814 is not guaranteed; No technical and scientific basis is taken into account; No legal minimum parameters are observed, which weakens the protection mechanisms of the native forest; And a real and effective access to the right to citizen participation in the process of updating the Territorial Ordering of Native Forests is not assured.

Likewise, it was indicated that:

… the restrictive definition of native forests given by the project excludes fachinales, arbustales and bush; Mining, chemical dismantling and through the use of fire, and rolling, are allowed in high forest conservation categories; And does not incorporate all the layers of infractions in the OTBN map.

Source: Hoy Día Córdoba

In the last decade, progress was made in the regulation and implementation of public policies on gender and communication. However, in the last year far from further progress these measures are in a serious state of uncertainty, with clear weakening.

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From the shadow report presented by the Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policies (FUNDEPS) and the Civil Association Communication for Equality, the actions implemented to fight violence against women in the media were presented, based on the obligation Assumed Argentina to modify the sociocultural patterns that perpetuate discrimination against women.

After a long walk, starting in 2009, a new normative framework came into force that protects women from media and symbolic violence in the media. To this, the public policies generated by the Public Defender’s Office and the AFSCA, among other spaces, were added to combat these forms of inequality. This meant a clear breakthrough in the State’s role of guaranteeing rights, although it was still perfect in both standard and implementation.

However, in December 2015, as one of the first measures of the national government under management, the Executive Branch amended the Law on Audiovisual Communication Services (LSCA) and its implementing authority, pillars of the normative framework in communication and gender. Furthermore, the perspectives of the 17 Convergence Principles announced by the National Communications Entity (ENACOM and ex-AFSCA) with a view to drafting a new project to regulate communications and the National Plan of Action for Prevention, Assistance and Eradication of Violence against Women 2017-2019, are not very encouraging.

This is compounded by the uncertainty that exists over the continuity of the Public Defender’s Office, a body created for the protection of audiences by the Audiovisual Communication Services Act and recently recognized by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, since it is not foreseen Another similar in projections of the new legislation announced. In addition, the period of the current defender Cynthia Ottaviano ended on November 14 and has not been announced its renewal or any new designation.

In order to achieve a more just and equitable society, it is essential to ensure that content and media programming stop promoting a culture of discrimination and violence.

*Coordinator of the Human Rights Area-Gender and Sexual Diversity Axis of the Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policies (FUNDEPS).

Source: “Backwardness in gender policies”, Página 12

As part of the public hearing on the regulation of the Forests Law, held this Tuesday in the provincial legislature, the Solidarity Party of Cordoba issued a statement rejecting the draft of the Union for Cordoba (UPC) and demanding “the possibility of discussing A participatory Forest Law project, in open forums that ensure that all voices are heard”.

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Communiqué: From Solidarity Party Córdoba we have been collecting the concern of the neighbors and neighbors of the whole province before this attempt of the Government of the Province to approve a New Law of Forests, between roosters and midnight, behind the backs of the society. Our party does not endorse the voracious commercialization of the forests and their ecosystems that the pro-government project seeks to enable.

We live in a province that has already devoured 96% of its forests. We can not afford to compromise even further the future generations of Cordovan people in return for the profit of a very few, who curiously are the mentors and facilitators of this project. It is not possible to compensate for a rise in the rural property tax with laws that allow the exploitation of previously restricted areas. We ask our government not to pay political agreements with our forests and the biodiversity that lives in them.

We oppose the abolition of the arrest warrant for ginning. Reducing fines to forest looters by 33% also does not seem an option, when the current penalties are already in many cases assumed by the speculators who choose to commit a crime and charge the fine as a cost to their business project.

We warn the legislators that our province has already shown symptoms of the environmental disaster to which we are advancing on public policies that only contemplate the profits of large agricultural producers and real estate speculation: desertification and its land storms (we should say of Soil), the water crisis in some regions or the terrible floods that have claimed lives in others. All these phenomena that besides the environmental impact, have had a deep social effect that strikes, above all, the most unprotected.

We therefore call for the possibility of discussing a participatory Forest Law project in open forums to ensure that all voices are heard. We accompany the demands of the Peasant Movement of Cordoba in this regard. We endorse the criticism made to the CARTEZ project by the Córdoba Environmental Forum, the DiverSus Research Diversity and Sustainability Center, the Multidisciplinary Plant Biology Institute (CONICET-UNC), the IDEA Civil Association, the Institute of Diversity and Animal Ecology (CONICET And the Center for Ecology and Renewable Natural Resources (FCEFyN, UNC) and the Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policies (FUNDEPS).

Source: Diario Tortuga

The Province called a table to update the map of law 9.814. The different positions of the rural sectors and the environmentalist and ecological NGOs do not reach an agreement that allows to raise a project. According to expert studies, the province has 3.6 million hectares of native forest.

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As in 2009, when the law that created it was enacted, the territorial planning of the native forests (OTBN) of Cordoba continues to pose irreconcilable differences between the rural sector and environmentalism.

This year, the Province convened a table to update the map of Law 9.814, which paints these ecosystems in three colors, according to their state of conservation and permitted activities. But in this space, the different positions of the rural sectors and environmentalist NGOs and environmentalists do not reach an agreement that allows to raise a consensual project for the Legislature to approve.

A few days ago, the Argentine Agrarian Federation (FAA) made clear its position that Cordoba’s OTBN is “oversized” and requires a sincere.

“We believe that the forest cover ‘native forest’ in the province should not exceed two million hectares, corresponding to the red category between 500 thousand and 600 thousand, and to the yellow category around 1.5 million hectares,” a document Presented at this dialogue table. But according to expert studies, the province has 3.6 million hectares of native forest, or 1.6 million hectares more than the FAA.

The work was carried out in 2009 by the ecologists Marcel Zak and Marcelo Cabido, and it is the scientific study of the native forest more detailed Cordobés to date. The count includes open forest, scrub in different states and halophyte ecosystems (saline environments).

The current provincial map adds four million hectares, that is 1.9 million hectares more than the idea of ​​the FAA. “The very serious distortions that originated in the initial map and throughout the regulatory stage of the law plus arbitrary and discretionary management by the enforcement authority resulted in a misclassification of conservation categories,” they point out from the FAA.

One of the FAA’s arguments for reducing the protected area is the same as the one outlined by the Confederation of Rural Associations of the Third Zone (Cartez) a few weeks ago: the human being must manage the land with degraded autochthonous environments such as scrubland, For the forest to return.

Environmentalists argue that these shrubs provide most of the ecosystem services by which the law decided to protect forests such as maintaining soil fertility, regulating water and climate and sequestering carbon dioxide responsible for climate change.

“To want to exclude vegetation structures from the OTBN simply because they have not reached their state of maximum tree development is not correct, according to the criteria proposed by the different resolutions,” said a document signed by members of the Cordoba Environmental Forum, the Peasant Movement of Cordoba , The Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policies (Fundeps), several institutes of the National University of Córdoba and the Conicet. They also argue that the law does not allow recategorization to classifications of lower value, as they propose from the rural sector.

The ruralists want silvopastoral production. Environmentalists argue that silvopastoral activity in the yellow zone should be subject to an environmental impact assessment process and that the law does not allow the selective clearing or implantation of exotic pastures.

Fuente: La Voz del Interior

The company Massalin Particular reported that the increase responds to face a scale in its costs.

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On Tuesday, the company Massalin Particular reported that, in order to face the increase in costs, decided to increase 5% in the price of their products. “The company continues to look for ways to give sustainability to its operations in the country, strongly hit by the spectacular increase in taxes that went into effect last May and the consequent cut in sales,” said the owner of Marlboro in a statement. .

Today the tax burden reaches 80% of the sale price of cigarettes, adds the firm. Among the main brands that the company marlboro marketed, it will cost $ 46 in its KS version and $ 47 in its version box; Philip Morris, which will cost $ 43 in its KS version and $ 44 in its version box, and the Chesterfield brand that will remain at $ 33 in its ks version and $ 35 in its version box.

Other brands such as Benson & Hedges, Parliament and Virginia Slims sold $ 52 in its box version of 20 cigarettes.

Social organizations submit to the CEDAW Committee a report that reflects the failings of the Argentine State in the protection of women from the consequences of smoking

Within the framework of the 65th session of the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) that takes place in Geneva, the Inter-American Heart Foundation Argentina (FIC Argentina), O ‘Neill Institute for the National and Global Law of Health, the Foundation for the Study and Research of Women (FEIM), the Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policies (FUNDEPS) and the Free Alliance of Smoke Argentina (ALIAR) presents a shadow report where they ask the Committee to recommend to the Argentine State to advance with measures that prevent and reduce the consumption of tobacco among women.

The shadow report “The control of tobacco in Argentina: the adoption of measures to protect the health of women”, concludes that the current tobacco control legislation in Argentina does not comply with the obligations in force in the Convention on the health of women and girls The recommendations emphasize the need for Argentina to ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control so that it has more tools that seek to protect the health of women. In turn, the organizations recommend that all tobacco advertising be prohibited and that tobacco taxes be increased through an effective and sustainable policy in the medium and long term. It also means that the government prohibits the use of additives and flavors in cigarettes and that it promotes the adoption of tobacco control policies at the national level with the objective that the provinces have a minimum standard of protection for women’s health.

In this line, Belén Ríos, lawyer of FIC Argentina and member of the Argentine delegation together with the references of Amnesty International, the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS), of the Committee of Latin America and the Caribbean for the Defense of Rights of Women (CLADEM), among others, said: “Since 2010, the number of women who die per year due to smoking is increasing.

This reflects the lack of tobacco control policies that protect the health and lives of women. We hope that the Committee will collect our recommendations and urge the National State to adopt measures that protect women and girls from the consequences of smoking. At the same time, they hope that it will advance with the prohibition of full publicity of tobacco advertising for tobacco companies that point to many of their marketing campaigns to girls and women. ”

He added: “In addition, there was a formal oral presentation by NGOs to the Committee yesterday, where some of the priority topics included in the reports prepared by civil society were reviewed, for the first time in history, tobacco control. It was one of the most outstanding issues, which reflects the need to move forward with measures that protect women’s health from the consequences of this epidemic. ”

FIC Argentina also participated in the preparation and presentation of another report carried out with 18 organizations that account for the advances, setbacks, failures and omissions of the Argentine State regarding its obligation to respect, guarantee and enforce the rights contained in the Convention. CEDAW. FIC Argentina collaborated in the development of the health section for the real situation in our country, in the context of the risk factors of noncommunicable diseases and their consequences in women. The Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the expert body that oversees the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination.

Fuente: cba24n.com.ar

Organizaciones de la sociedad civil y movimientos sociales de todo el mundo están difundiendo un manifiesto en el que proponen un nuevo modelo de desarrollo para el anunciado Banco de BRICS, una institución de financiamiento y desarrollo que está siendo fomentado por los gobiernos de Brasil, Rusia, India, China y Sudáfrica. La declaración se produce después de la reciente cumbre de los presidentes de los BRICS celebrado en Ufa, Rusia. Las organizaciones establecen que es necesario repensar el desarrollo.

“El modelo actual de desarrollo en muchos países emergentes y en desarrollo se basa en las estrategias y políticas específicas para la exportación de materias primas. Este modelo conlleva daños sociales, es ambientalmente insostenible y genera desigualdades dentro y entre países. Si el Nuevo Banco de Desarrollo quiere cambiar esta realidad, debe comprometerse con los cuatro principios siguientes”, dice el manifiesto. El primer principio es que el nuevo banco debe promover el desarrollo para todos, ya que cuando no se satisfacen las necesidades de las personas, las inversiones no generan desarrollo. Para las organizaciones, el NBD debe apoyar un desarrollo incluyente, accesible y participativo con las opciones de las comunidades; debe apuntar a la pobreza y las desigualdades, eliminar barreras de acceso a las oportunidades, respetar los derechos humanos, las culturas locales y el medio ambiente. Además, el NBD debe priorizar las inversiones transformadoras que no se limiten a gran megaproyectos a gran escala y centralizados. En su lugar, debe centrarse en la infraestructura social para las poblaciones más pobres y excluidas, proporcionando acceso a los servicios públicos, vivienda, educación y el florecimiento de las economías locales. El segundo principio es que debe ser transparente y democrático, es decir, accesible al público en general. Por lo tanto, el NBD debe garantizar que la información bajo su custodia, la elaboración de las políticas internas y el manejo de sus operaciones sea transparente, accesible y participativo, para que las comunidades que sean afectadas por las actividades de NBD tengan acceso a la información y la posibilidad de influir y moldear las decisiones de las inversiones. El NBD también debe construir estructuras de gobierno democráticas, transparentes y representativasque aseguren un tratamiento equitativo y no discriminatorio entre los proveedores y los beneficiarios. “El desarrollo no es exclusivo de los Estados, aunque éstos corresponde larendición de cuentas y la definición de responsabilidades. El NBD debe proporcionar espacios a otras partes interesadas – incluyendo, de manera pero no exhaustiva, a sindicatos, movimientos sociales, comunidades y organizaciones no gubernamentales – para que participen en la elección, diseño, implementación y seguimiento de los proyectos NDB “, expresa el texto de la nota. Fijar reglas “fuertes” y garantizar que sean respetadas, este es el tercer principio propuesto. El nuevo Banco de Desarrollo debe garantizar que las comunidades y Establecer reglas “robustas” y asegurarse que sean respetadas es el tercer principio propuesto. El nuevo Banco de Desarrollo debe garantizar que las comunidades y el medio ambiente comparten los beneficios de sus actividades, y no sean afectados negativamente por ellos. Las políticas y procedimientos internos del NBD se deben desarrollar con los más altos estándares de protección de los derechos humanos y el medio ambiente y, por lo menos, debe ser compatible con el derecho internacional. Si la legislación interna de un país en el que se realizan las inversiones es diferente de las políticas NBD, se sugiere que la norma aplicable debe ser la que ofrece el más alto nivel de protección del medio ambiente y para las comunidades. Las políticas y procedimientos internos del NBD deben ser elaborados conforme los más altos estándares de protección de los derechos humanos y del medio ambiente y, por lo menos, deben ser consistentes con el derecho internacional. Si la ley doméstica de un país donde las inversiones se realizan con diferencias de las políticas del NBD, se sugiere que la norma aplicable debe ser aquella que ofrezca el más alto nivel de protección ambiental y para las comunidades. El NBD también debe instituir mecanismos para una mayor rendición de cuentas y responsabilidad, incluyendo mecanismos independientes para asegurar que sus estructuras cumplan con sus propias políticas, que recursos estén disponibles para las comunidades puedan reparar daños generados por los proyectos y que la institución pueda extraer lecciones de su propia experiencia y mejorar a partir de ella. Para las organizaciones y movimientos sociales que firman el manifiesto, un buen punto de partida en este sentido son los Criterios de Efectividad de Mecanismos de Reclamo no Judiciales, de los Principios Orientadores de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas [ONU] para Empresas y Derechos Humanos. El cuarto y último principio es que debe promover el desarrollo sostenible, que es la espina dorsal del mandato del NBD. “Teniendo en cuenta los cambios climáticos y sus actuales efectos dañinos sobre el desarrollo y la tendencia a su agravamiento para el futuro, las inversiones del NBD deben promover soluciones a largo plazo que sean sostenibles y con capacidad de recuperar los daños (resiliencia). Esto significa respetar los derechos de las comunidades sobre sus territorios y un medio ambiente limpio, rompiendo el actual modelo de extracción contaminante, depredadora e intensiva en recursos naturales que se están realizando en los países en desarrollo hace demasiado tiempo”. Firman el manifiesto: Rede Brasileira Pela Integração dos Povos (Rebrip) – Brasil; Conectas Derechos Humanos – Brasil; Friends of the Siberian Forests – Rusia; Centre for Applied Legal Studies– África do Sul; Ecoa – Ecologia e Ação – Brasil; Consumer Unity and Trust Society [(CUTS International) – Índia; OT Watch – Mongólia; Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy & Development (Fenrad) – Nigéria; Jamaa Resource Initiatives – Quênia; ActionAid International; Rivers without Boundaries – Mongolia; Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – EUA e Suíça; Global Network for Good Governance (GNGG) – Camarones; Plataforma de Derechos Humanos – Dhesca – Brasil; Friends of the Earth US – EUA; Foundation for the Conservation Of The Earth (Focone)- Nigéria; Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad – Colombia; Foro Ciudadano de Participación por la Justicia y los Derechos Humanos – Argentina; Instituto de Pesquisa y Formación Indígena (Iepé) – Brasil; Social Justice Connection – Canadá; Coordinadora de Comunidades Afectadas por la Construcción de la Hidroeléctrica Chixoy (COCAHICH) – Guatemala; Fundar, Centro de Análisis e Investigación – México; Actions pour les Droits, l’Environnement et la Vie (Adev) – República do Congo; e Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Particpation – África do Sul. También: Fórum da Amazonia Oriental (Faor) – Brasil; Movimiento Ciudadano frente al Cambio Climático (Mocicc) – Perú; International Rivers – International Fundación para el Desarrollo de Políticas Sustentables (Fundeps) – Argentina; Otros Mundos – México; Sexual Minorities Uganda (Smug) – Uganda; Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente (Aida) – Regional; Rede de Cooperação Amazônica (RCA) – Brasil; Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería (Rema) – México; Lumière Synergie pour le Développement – Senegal; Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR) – Perú; Centro Terra Viva – Estudos e Advocacia Ambiental – Moçambique; Inclusive Development International – EUA; Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales – Argentina; FIAN International – Brasil; Accountability Counsel – EUA; Justicia Asbl – Congo; L’Association des Jeunes Filles pour la Promotion de L’Espace Francophone – Guiné Equatorial – Conakry; Forest Peoples Programme – Reino Unido; Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) – Líbano; International Accountability Project Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute – África do Sul; ONG Hadassa – Gabão; Institute for Economic Research on Innovation – África do Sul; y la Anistia Internacional.

Fuente: Adital, Noticias de América Latina y Caribe

Crece la cantidad de ONG en el país. Hay más de 16 mil registradas y otras 80 mil en informalidad. En Córdoba son casi nueve mil las que están en regla. El medio ambiente, los derechos humanos, los animales y la salud son algunos de los temas que más preocupan. ¿Qué impulsa a ser solidarios? Testimonios de los que decidieron no cruzar los brazos.

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Luciana tiene 10 años. Camina 
a orillas del río Ceballos, que recorre la ciudad del mismo nombre, mientras sostiene 
una bolsa con botellas de plástico en su mano. Son desechos que el río va dejando a su paso. “Mucha gente viene acá y tira basura. Estamos haciendo una campaña para que no lo hagan más. Creo que pueden cambiar educándose, tomando conciencia”, dice esta pequeña scout que se sumó hace un año a ese grupo, que realiza tareas comunitarias todos los sábados.”A mí me gusta ayudar a los demás, por eso lo hago”, responde feliz.

Así como Luciana, otros niños, jóvenes y adultos aportan su tiempo por una causa que vale la pena. Están los que deciden armar grupos o foros en las redes sociales, los que se juntan en plazas, en su casa u otro lugar, y los que se organizan en una ONG, una organización no gubernamental. Parece que la frase tan repetida “los argentinos somos solidarios” no es sólo eso.

Según Adrián Manzi, psicólogo ­social y estudioso del tema, “el ar­gentino tiene una mirada social para crear situaciones y sortear problemas. La cultura solidaria está arraigada porque es una forma de sobrevivir, 
de estar vinculados. Desde que llegaron los inmigrantes árabes, españoles, italianos, judíos siempre tendieron 
a asociarse.”

Pero, ¿a qué llamamos solidaridad? Para Marco Leone, psicólogo y director de Aprendizaje Para el Cambio (APC) “es el amor por lo que uno no conoce. Uno tiene inquietud de pensamiento y cuidado por lo que conoce, pero también por lo que no conoce. En realidad, la solidaridad es la emoción que hace que el otro me importe aunque no lo conozca ni tenga una relación directa con él”.

La ayuda social aumenta con las ONG. Según el Centro Nacional de Organizaciones de la Comunidad (Cenoc), dependiente del Consejo Nacional de Coordinación de Políticas Sociales, existen más de 16 mil ONG registradas, pero hay un sinnúmero de otras que aún no lo están. Según la Afip, se estima que son más de 80 mil.

Sin embargo, paralelamente al crecimiento de estas, y según un estudio de TNS Argentina, la colaboración de los argentinos con las organizaciones y entidades sin fines de lucro disminuyó respecto del año pasado: del 15 por ciento bajó al 13 por ciento, contra el 87 por ciento que no colabora.

Este descenso, dice el informe, puede estar relacionado a una percepción positiva sobre el bienestar social, que se traslada en una falta de involucramiento por parte de la sociedad.

De todas formas, las ganas de ayudar están, porque según TNS Argentina tres de cada 10 argentinos se muestran interesados en participar en tareas voluntarias en los próximos 12 meses (31 por ciento), cifra que más que duplica a la proporción de argentinos que actualmente realizan tareas voluntarias. Y son las mujeres, las que llevan la delantera con el 34 por ciento, contra 27 por ciento de los hombres.

Según la Organización de las Naciones Unidas, una Organización No Gubernamental es cualquier grupo no lucrativo de ciudadanos voluntarios, que esté organizado a nivel local, nacional o internacional, con tareas orientadas y dirigidas por personas con un interés común. Realizan una variedad de servicios y funciones humanitarias, llevan los problemas de los ciudadanos a los gobiernos, supervisan las políticas públicas y alientan la participación de la comunidad.

Están organizadas en torno a determinados objetivos, grupos de personas, o temas tales como los derechos humanos, el medio ambiente o la salud. Funcionan como asociaciones civiles, fundaciones, clubes, bibliotecas populares, centros de jubilados, cámaras, federaciones, cooperadoras, entre otras. El campo de acción de una ONG puede ser local, nacional o internacional. Una de las más antiguas es La Cruz Roja, fundada en 1863.

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