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After years of intense debates, the Human Rights Council adopted the historical resolution on “Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity”, including the mandate to appoint an Independent Expert. This represents a huge breakthrough in the struggle for human rights for all groups.

As coordinator of the Stop Child Labour coalition, Hivos signed a Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector Covenant today together with 55 businesses, their trade organisations, the Dutch government and several other NGOs (see press release in right sidebar). The parties have agreed to work together to prevent discrimination, child labour and forced labour in their garment and textile manufacturing facilities in countries such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Turkey.

Less than a year ago, the White House was lit up in all colors of the rainbow to celebrate the historic Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage across the US.

Smallholder farmers are the fundament of our food system. In most regions, they provide for over 70 percent of the food that is being consumed. And like any other entrepreneur, they need access to finance to grow their business. But while the global community heavily relies on them to ensure future food security for a growing population, investors are reluctant to provide the necessary investments.

On Thursday May 12, government representatives from all over the world are gathering for the Anti-Corruption Summit: London 2016, which aims to agree on a package of practical steps to expose and fight corruption.

Climate parade in Amsterdam, 29 November 2015

In association with the Climate Action Network and other CSOs.

Solar SIster montage

As of March 1, 2016, Hivos became the legal host of our longstanding partner ENERGIA (International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy).

A historic climate agreement was adopted in Paris on 12 December 2015. Historic because all 195 nations participated and indicated the steps they will take to drastically reduce CO2 emissions.

IRA-Mauritania (Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement Mauritania), an organisation dedicated to abolish slavery in Mauritania, will receive the Human Rights Tulip Award on International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2015. The prize of 100,000 euros, awarded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the Dutch Government, is devoted to courageous and innovative human rights defenders worldwide.

Modern slavery

Climate change will define what the world will look like in the future. Not merely with regards to environmental impacts, but also socially and politically. Scarcity of natural resources can also lead to conflicts and security issues.