Worlds apart: Access to essential medicines for pain relief

Worlds apart: Access to essential medicines for pain relief

We need to understand that the person battling addiction is facing an illness that needs public health policies just as much as those facing the end of life. The experience of pain, whether we experience it ourselves or we watch a loved one suffer, should remind us of the fragility of life and the need for compassion and empathy.

Focal Points for a Global Conversation

Focal Points for a Global Conversation

Currently, there is a lot of hope in promoting the common points of a global agenda of indigenous peoples, which combines questions and actions on identity, land, and development. Here are some insights from my conversations with over 50 indigenous leaders from around the world.

Children first?

Children first?

Our rulers and politicians have accustomed us to speeches where they say that boys and girls are at the center of their governments and policies, but the reality is different. That is why it is time to put children in the center of the state and not at the margin where they have always been.

Rights Without Borders

Rights Without Borders

The tragedy of forced displacement violates the fundamental rights of those who must abandon their families, their homes and their jobs in order to survive. It is imperative that recipient countries have policies that guarantee the life, integrity and, family reunification of those who are victims of forced displacement. 

Gentrification: Borders that amplify inequality

Gentrification: Borders that amplify inequality

In Latin America, gentrification processes affecting social and cultural rights of economically vulnerable populations are becoming more common. In light of these scenarios, there is a clear need to demand the state to carry out urban transformations at the same time it protects memory, cultural expressions, and other elements that characterize our neighborhood. 

Payments for environmental services: a conservation tool or nature’s commodification?

Payments for environmental services: a conservation tool or nature’s commodification?

Clean air, fresh water, food production, climate regulation, biodiversity protection and carbon storage are just a few of the ecological benefits we receive from nature. Should we pay for those services? How do we value them? Should we pay for the fact of preserving or because it helps humans?