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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.
  • 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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  • Stalled implementation at national level ’ unhelpful international environment
    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:50:28 +0000

    Civil Society sees ?room for improvement? in national implementation of 2030 Agenda as well as an unfavourable international environment.

    New York, 18 July 2017: During the Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) of 44 countries at the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, many civil society activists raised questions, criticizing government (in-)action as well as crippling framework conditions that slow down implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the national level.

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  • France: The SDGs are still seen as applying only to developing countries
    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:27:37 +0000

    The SDGs are not a matter of developing countries that would only concern France in its external relations. They also impact French domestic policies.

    The targets that risk not being met reflect the fact that they are not first and foremost issues related to environmental protection in the French context; instead, half of the targets that will be difficult to reach concern economic and social issues such as employment, poverty, educational inequalities, gender equality and official development assistance (ODA).

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  • Pursuing the SDGs in Jordan: Strengthening protections and ensuring inclusion
    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:24:34 +0000

    Jordan struggles to withstand the impact of economic and demographic shocks. Regional conflicts disrupt the country?s key trade routes and cause tourism revenues to drop; inflows of migrant workers and refugees contribute to strain government resources and the national infrastructure, and have exacerbated labour market challenges. These challenges underline the importance of developing clear priorities, policies and strategies in promoting the country?s development and ensuring the well-being of its population, particularly its most vulnerable segments. However, Jordan?s development policies and strategies have lacked consistency and continuity, with successive governments (most of which have remained in power for periods shorter than two years) often eschewing their predecessors? programmes.

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  • Whose Economic Empowerment’
    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:26:06 +0000

    Will national partnerships with private sector accelerate implementation if global obstacles remain?

    New York, 17 July 2017: On Monday, 17 July, the sponsors of the High-Level Panel report on Women?s Economic Empowerment are presenting a panel on ?Accelerating women?s economic empowerment to achieve the 2030 Agenda?, head-lined by the Secretary-General. They will be joined by a diverse Member State ?group of champions for women?s economic empowerment?. Given the knowledge and expertise of the High-Level Panel and the national level experience of the group of champions, they will have many examples of opportunities, but will they highlight the risks?

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  • ’We don't need 'trillions' to achieve the SDGs’
    Fri, 14 Jul 2017 23:07:15 +0000

    Civil Society activists critique first week of deliberations at High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

    New York City, 14 July 2017: With the first week of deliberations at the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development coming to a close this Friday at the UN in New York, civil society activists are criticizing a piecemeal approach to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Especially worrisome to activists is a growing gap between aspirational goals and a lack of proper and comprehensive means of implementation.

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