Global North

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the Global North

  1. (geopolitics) The regions of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union member states, Israel, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and four of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, excluding China, regarded as half of a socioeconomic and political divide opposite to the Global South.
    Antonym: Global South
    • 2022 December 19, Patrick Greenfield, Phoebe Weston, “Cop15: historic deal struck to halt biodiversity loss by 2030”, in The Guardian[1]:
      EU member states, the UK and other countries from the global north pushed for ambitious conservation targets in the final text, with co-hosts Canada saying that the success of the summit depended on the headline target to protect 30% of Earth by the end of the decade for nature, known as 30 by 30.
    • 2023 November 20, Damian Carrington, “Revealed: the huge climate impact of the middle classes”, in The Guardian[2], →ISSN:
      “In the global north, when you don’t factor in emissions inequality, you can end up with ‘yellow vests’ protest situations,” Chancel said, referring to tax rises on diesel in France in 2018 that prompted mass demonstrations of the “gilets jaunes”.


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