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Dominican Republic launches initiative to implement 36-hour workweek

Dominican Republic launches initiative to implement 36-hour workweek

On February 1, 2024, the Dominican Republic (DR) formally began the Voluntary Pilot Plan for Reduced Workweek, aiming to reduce the workweek from 44 to 36 hours, making the DR the first country in Latin America to advance with the reduction of the workweek and to test the four-day workweek for its workers, as announced … Read more

Colombia: Visit of the UN Security Council and Imminent coup d’État

Colombia: Visit of the UN Security Council and Imminent coup d’État

The United Nations Security Council is visiting Colombia from February 7 to 11, 2024, with the aim of monitoring the implementation of the Final Peace Agreement signed in 2016. In anticipation of this third visit of the Security Council to the country, the Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the country, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, expressed: … Read more

Mexico: President presents proposal for constitutional reform

Mexico: President presents proposal for constitutional reform

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) presented on February 5th, a package of constitutional reforms that includes at least twenty modifications covering diverse topics such as certain changes in the judicial system, the electoral system, fixing salaries, pensions, access to healthcare, student scholarships, prohibition of hydraulic fracturing technology, among other issues. With just four months … Read more

Guatemala: government agenda on labor policy 2024

Guatemala: government agenda on labor policy 2024

At a recent event of Guatemalan agricultural entrepreneurs, with the presence of five ministers of the new government (MAGA, Economy, Environment, Labor, and Communication), essential issues for the business agenda were discussed. Each of these officials was pleased to present the ministerial perspectives. The Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Miriam Roquel, stressed the importance … Read more

AI: big tech companies commit to respecting UNESCO recommendations

AI: big tech companies commit to respecting UNESCO recommendations

On February 5th, Today, GSMA, INNIT, Lenovo Group, LG AI Research, Mastercard, Microsoft, Salesforce and Telefonica signed a ground-breaking agreement to integrate the values and principles of UNESCO’s Recommendation on the Ethics of AI when designing and deploying AI systems. UNESCO’s Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence was the world’s first and remains its only … Read more

Wildfires, Business, and Public Policies

Wildfires, Business, and Public Policies

At the onset of the year, raging flames engulf significant portions of the jungles, forests, and prairies across the American continent. In Ecuador, data from the Secretariat of Risk Management reveals that, from January 1 to 31, 2024, a total of 102 forest fires have ravaged 14 provinces, 41 cantons, and 78 parishes, resulting in … Read more

Peru: Legal reforms harm Indigenous Peoples and the Amazon rainforest

Peru: Legal reforms harm Indigenous Peoples and the Amazon rainforest

Despite multiple national and international questions and warnings, on January 10, 2024, the president of Peruvian Congress signed the amendment of the Forestry and Wildlife Law number 29763. Previously, in mid-December 2023, Congress had approved three bills on the subject, even against the opinion of entities of the Executive Branch that had made several observations … Read more

President Milei and the Discovery of America

President Milei and the Discovery of America

The speech delivered by Argentine President Javier Milei at the January 2024 Davos Forum generated numerous comments, mostly highly critical. In the midst of a journey back to the 19th century, his depiction of a flourishing world shaped by heroic entrepreneurs and libertarian leaders, alongside with a multitude of fake data and unsustainable analyses lacking … Read more

Regional Conference on Migration 2023: a plan and some uncertainties

Regional Conference on Migration 2023: a plan and some uncertainties

Representatives of 11 member countries of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) met on December 6 and 7 in Panama, reaffirming their commitment to addressing migration issues with a human-centered approach. They aimed to consider the needs and specificities of each population group, continue promoting actions for safe, orderly, and regular migration, and bolster efforts … Read more

Global and regional developments in the regulation of Artificial Intelligence

Global and regional developments in the regulation of Artificial Intelligence

Ramiro Rosario, a counselor in the Municipal Chamber of Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, aimed to propose a rule exempting taxpayers from paying compensation for the theft of hydrometers. Perhaps out of technological curiosity, time-saving considerations, annoyance, or a combination of these reasons, he asked the ChatGPT tool to prepare a … Read more

75 years since the UN Declaration of Human Rights

75 years since the UN Declaration of Human Rights

Seventy-five years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Ricardo Changala reflects on the current reality. He highlights recent events such as the crisis in Palestine, the release of a former Peruvian president convicted of human rights violations, and the presidency in Argentina held by someone who opposes human rights. Changala emphasizes … Read more

Climate Summit (COP28) in an Oil Country?

Climate Summit (COP28) in an Oil Country?

Typically, at the Conference of the Parties (COP), now in its 28th edition, global leaders from countries that signed the original United Nations climate agreement (UN) in 1992 convene to discuss limiting and preparing for future climate change. However, several controversies have emerged even before its commencement. At the onset of COP28, the announcement of … Read more

COP28 begins in an extremely serious context for the entire planet

COP28 begins in an extremely serious context for the entire planet

On Thursday, November 30, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, COP28, commenced in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Although various activities related to the theme had been carried out in the preceding days, such as exhibitions, sectoral meetings, or the caucus of the Indigenous Peoples of the world, it was officially inaugurated on the specified … Read more

Murders of defenders of nature and indigenous territories persist

Murders of defenders of nature and indigenous territories persist

On November 26, 2023, Higinio Trinidad de la Cruz, an indigenous leader and recognized environmental defender in Mexico, was found lifeless with a gunshot wound. Higinio, from the indigenous community of Ayotitlán, was registered with the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists. Trinidad de la Cruz, who faced multiple threats for his activities, … Read more

Migrations: False Narrative, Discrimination, and Xenophobia

Migrations: False Narrative, Discrimination, and Xenophobia

In mid-November 2023, Mayor Enrique Antía, the highest authority of Uruguay’s Maldonado Department, expressed his concern regarding union actions in the construction sector: “They were Venezuelans, they told me. They come to work here, we provide them jobs, and yet they still set up a picket line. I found that troubling.” His statements faced strong … Read more

Intergovernmental Committee on Plastics ends without major progress in Kenya

Intergovernmental Committee on Plastics ends without major progress in Kenya

With the presence of almost 2,000 delegates from 161 UN member countries, as well as hundreds of observer organizations, technicians and scientists, but without much progress, the third meeting of the Intergovernmental Treaty Negotiating Committee (INC) culminated in Nairobi, Kenya, on November 19. According to data from the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), plastic production … Read more

A new legal battle has emerged in the fight against plastic pollution

A new legal battle has emerged in the fight against plastic pollution

On November 15, 2023, the New York State Prosecutor’s Office filed a lawsuit against PepsiCo, a major producer of soft drinks and snack foods. The suit alleges that the company’s disposable plastic containers have polluted the Buffalo River, posing a threat to public health. Moreover, it accuses PepsiCo of misleading the public by falsely claiming … Read more

Bangladesh: Struggle for Minimum Wage and Decent Working Conditions

Bangladesh: Struggle for Minimum Wage and Decent Working Conditions

For several years, Bangladesh has ranked as the world’s second-largest clothing exporter, following China. Between 2021-22, the textile sector generated approximately USD 42.6 billion, constituting over 80% of the country’s total exports. It employs over 4 million individuals, with women comprising about 60% of the workforce. Historically, working conditions in Bangladesh have been dismal, characterized … Read more