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Equity is the Gateway to Environment Ambition: South Centre statement in UNFCCC
Tue Jul 24 2012 - Source: South Centre
Below is the statement by Martin Khor, Executive Director of the South Centre, which was presented at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) Workshop on Equity in Bonn on 16 May 2012.
Developing countries very vulnerable to global economic crisis, UN role is vital: South Centre speech at UN
Mon Jul 23 2012 - Source: Third World Network
The world economy is as fragile today as in 2009. Developing countries are very vulnerable to a slowdown caused by the Eurozone crisis. There has been no global reforms and the G20 is ineffective. Thus the role of the UN on global economic issues is vital. These are highlights of the speech by the South Centre’s Chief Economist at the UN General Assembly High Level Thematic Debate on the State of the Global Economy in New York on 18 May.
World economy in vicious cycle hindering transition, warns BIS
Thu Jul 12 2012 - Source: Third World Network
Five years after the outbreak of the financial crisis, the global economy is caught in a vicious cycle in which adjustment efforts of governments, households, business and financial sectors are worsening prospects for each other, and the path for balanced self-sustaining growth remains a difficult, and unfinished task, warns the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in its annual report, released Sunday.
What now for European monetary union?
Thu Jul 12 2012 - Source: Third World Network
The Basel-based Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has joined a growing chorus of global institutions and leaders calling on the eurozone countries to quickly act to bring about more financial and fiscal integration, and strengthen the institutional foundations of the currency union itself.
Society, economic policies and future of finance sector
Thu Jul 12 2012 - Source: Third World Network
The future of finance, and in particular, saving it from a popular backlash against the global financial crisis and related crisis-management policies, has rightly become a matter of great concern. There is broad agreement that finance, as in the past, has the potential to do good, which should be harnessed by all. However, it is essential to minimise its potential to do harm.
  • We need a change in paradigm
    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:17:37 +0000
    Photo: UN Web TV

    ?Social Protection is a Human Right. Every right has a right holder and a duty bearer. We know who the right holders are: every human being, particularly those more in need of social protection: The right to be protected and cared is a right of children, the elderly, the sick, the people with disabilities" said Roberto Bissio, coordinator of Social Watch, speaking on behalf of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF) in the side event: ?Global Partnership on Universal Social Protection: Ending Poverty by 2030? held during the HLPF on July 10th.

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  • Public-private partnerships as the answer ... what was the question’
    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:33:33 +0000

    In discussions at the UN about achieving Agenda 2030, it has become de rigueur to highlight the role of the private sector.

    It is often introduced as the discovery of the idea that private sector investment and financing is indispensable to achieving Agenda 2030.

    For developed country diplomats and their associated experts this new celebrity treatment appears to be an article of faith, at least during negotiations on economic matters in the UN.

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  • Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world ’ A false start’
    Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:04:59 +0000

    Reflections on the 2017 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. In his opening remarks, the UN Secretary-General said that 20 years ago ?there was the idea that globalization would not only increase global wealth, but that it would trickle-down and would benefit everybody in our planet?.

    He went on to describe that at the present time, ?globalization and technological progress have dramatically increased global trade and global wealth. It is true that the number of absolute poor has been reduced and that living conditions have improved all over the world but it is also true that globalization and technological progress together have been factors in the increase of inequality?.

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  • Human rights crisis in Venezuela
    Thu, 03 Aug 2017 12:29:42 +0000
    Photo: PROVEA

    The measures adopted by the Venezuelan government, in the context of the election of the Constituent Assembly and protests by those who question it, further aggravated the human rights situation in that country.

    On July 30, the government again responded with violence to demonstrations against it. On this occasion, ten people died, raising the number of people killed in protest situations to 119 in the last four months.

    According to investigations by the Public Prosecutor?s Office, a considerable percentage of these deaths resulted from shots fired by police and military officials. Other deaths are due to the actions of armed civilian groups that respond both to sectors of the opposition that propose an insurrectionary response and to para-state groups. In situations of protest, the state response must be based on the principle of protecting life; this emanates from states? international human rights obligations.

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  • Destructive effects of illegal gold mining trigger campaign in Ghana
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:16:30 +0000
    Women salt winners at work

    For the third time in 10 years the government of Ghana is involved in a drive to stop illegal artisanal and small scale gold mining, popularly called 'galamsey'. Unlike the previous times the state is supporting rather than leading the campaign against 'galamsey'.

    There is currently a campaign spearheaded by the media against the activities of illegal gold mining in Ghana. This campaign has not only called for all unsanctioned and unregulated small- scale gold mining activities to be brought to a halt, but has also led to calls for the operations of legalized small-scale gold miners to be stopped as well. Ghana's policy makers have taken up the cause and have taken a series of actions aimed in the short term, at addressing the challenges posed by illegal small-scale gold mining, 'galamsey'.

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  • Inequality will not be solved by attention-grabbing private sector initiatives ’ it requires serious transformation of power relations and resource distribution
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:45:40 +0000

    On the last official day of the UN High-Level Political Forum, civil society express concern that ‘vision without implementation is hallucination’.

    New York, 19 July 2017: Despite soaring rhetoric, glossy reports and slick presentations, the fact remains that implementation on the ground is “stalled”, as highlighted in a series of civil society national reports as part of the global Spotlight Report initiative.

    Increasingly, civil society is expressing concern that the SDGs are being used not as a roadmap for social, economic and environmental transformation, but as a vehicle to entrench inequitable power relations.

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  • HLPF 2017: Invitation Event ’ ’SDG-implementation: How are governments doing their part’’
    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:52:20 +0000

    ?SDG-implementation: How are governments doing their part??
    The experience of Civil Society shadow (or spotlight) reporting. How it is key for meaningful participation and accountability

    Alternative ?shadow? reporting is a well-established tool of civil society to hold governments accountable to their commitments. A number of CSOs have prepared shadow or spotlight reports to follow-up on their governments efforts to implement the 2030-Agenda. Stalled, or slipping back, is the theme that appears in many of the contributions.

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  • HLPF 2017: Invitation Event ’ ’Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017’
    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:26:18 +0000

    Conversation with authors of the Civil Society Report
    Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017

    Reclaiming policies for the public: Privatization, partnerships, corporate capture and their impact on sustainability and inequality - assessments and alternatives

    The 2017 edition focuses on privatization, partnerships, corporate capture and the impact they have on sustainability and inequality. The articles and textboxes cover all sectors of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. According to the report, it is time to counter privatization trends, reclaim public policy space and take bold measures to strengthen public finance, regulate or reject PPPs, and weaken the grip of corporate power on people?s lives. These are indispensable prerequisites to achieve the SDGs and to turn the vision of the transformation of our world, as proclaimed in the title of the 2030 Agenda, into reality.

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