Costa Rica

Presentation of the First Multiethnic and Multicultural Latin American March for Nonviolence

On July 18, the First Latin American Multiethnic and Pluricultural March for Nonviolence was presented virtually. It was an initial presentation that marked the starting point of multiple activities prior to the date on which the march will take place,…

Costa Rica’s active role in disarmament: a case for demilitarization

December 1 marked the 72nd anniversary of Costa Rica’s extraordinary decision to abolish its armed forces. Dr. Carlos Umaña, a Costa Rican from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), explains the background and reflects on the meaning of…

International community rallies to support open research and science to fight COVID-19

WHO and Costa Rica launch landmark COVID-19 Technology Access Pool Thirty countries and multiple international partners and institutions have signed up to support the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) an initiative aimed at making vaccines, tests, treatments and other health…

Ellen ‘t Hoen on the initiative of a global patent pool to combat covid-19

Ellen ‘t Hoen, is a lawyer who has been advocating for public health issues for more than 30 years, specializing in policies related to the pharmaceutical industry and intellectual property. She has worked as a consultant to governments, international organizations…

The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons premieres in Madrid

In a final event to mark Pressenza’s 10th birthday. Photos Ariel Brocchieri On Monday 23 September, as advertised, the documentary “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons” premiered in Spain, in Madrid, at the historic Cine Doré, and was…

Interview with Elayne Whyte Gómez, Costa Rican ambassador to the UN in Geneva

On June 6th, we at Pressenza premiered our latest documentary film, “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons”. For this film, we interviewed 14 people, experts in their fields, who were able to provide insight into the history of…

Interview with Carlos Umaña, IPPNW

On June 6th, we at Pressenza premiered our latest documentary film, “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons”. For this film, we interviewed 14 people, experts in their fields, who were able to provide insight into the history of…

A green and just transition requires democratized public banks – Costa Rica style

Public banks have far greater financial capacity than we think. We need to harness it for the good of people and planet. Thomas Marois for openDemocracy Public banks are resurgent, triggered by the failure of private finance to meaningfully confront…

Costa Rica, the 11th country to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

On the 7th of July, 2018, Costa Rica deposited its instrument of ratification for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. There are now 11 states parties and 59 signatories. Costa Rica was one of the early champions…

Ban treaty attracts new adherents

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), signed in September 2017, is attracting new adherents. The Treaty was adopted by 122 states to a standing ovation at the UN General Assembly. With Palestine joining the Treaty on 22…

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