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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.
  • Launch of Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017 in Geneva
    Mon, 23 Oct 2017 03:00:00 +0000

    Join the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNRISD and FES for the Geneva launch of the Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017 report. Carrying the subtitle ?Reclaiming policies for the public. Privatization, partnerships, corporate capture and their impact on sustainability and inequality ? assessments and alternatives?, the civil society ?shadow? report provides a wide-ranging independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. At the event, contributors will present and discuss key findings and recommendations of this year?s report.

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  • Finance: Abandon "failed policies" of privatisation and austerity
    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:47:16 +0000

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should change its priorities and finally let go of the outdated conditionalities of privatization, deregulation of markets, and "austerity" in social services, which in the past have engendered human rights violations, and instead make loans subject to a new set of conditions.

    This is the view of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Mr Alfred de Zayas (of the United States), in a report presented to the seventy-second session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

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  • The best and worst places to be a woman in Canada 2017
    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:41:26 +0000

    Yesterday, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released their ranking of the best and worst cities to be a woman in Canada. The report, by CCPA senior researcher Kate McInturff, is now in its fourth year and provides an important snapshot of the discrimination faced by women across the country?underemployment, a persistent wage gap, and life-threatening barriers when it comes to health, personal security, and more.

    It is also a wake-up call?a reminder that in the absence of meaningful government intervention, Canada?s gender gap has persisted.

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  • Poverty eradication to ensure peaceful societies society to ensure accountability of the SDGs
    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:57:22 +0000

    Peace is the main issue to be highlighted this October 17 during the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, explains Donald Lee, president of the international committee that is organizing simultaneous activities in Manila, Dublin, Dakar, New York, Paris and Guatemala.

    Thirty years ago Father Joseph Wresinski launched a Call to Action declaring that ?Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated.

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  • Launch of Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017 at the Civil Society Forum at the Annual Meetings of IMF and World Bank
    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 03:00:00 +0000

    This session will present findings and recommendations from the global civil society report "Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017" at the Civil Society Forum at the Annual Meetings of IMF and World Bank.

    Speakers will examine the impacts of privatization, public-private partnerships and corporate capture on 2030 Agenda implementation, and explore the IMF and World Bank's role in policy coherence and tackling inequalities.

    At the event, contributors will present and discuss key findings and recommendations of this year?s report.

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  • Spotlights instead of "shadow reports" is the tool of civil society to ensure accountability of the SDGs
    Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:30:16 +0000

    Roberto Bissio (coordinator of Social Watch) said that it is vital that NGOs play a watchdog role on the SDGs and this is even more important because the official assessment, evaluation and review of the SDGs is very week, currently the reporting process is voluntary and there is no assessment of the reports that governments submit. For example in the human rights framework with the Universal Periodic Review, what governments say is really scrutinize and recommendations are formulated officially as to what governments should do. This is not the case on the SDGs, not yet at least, and that is why precisely the watchdog, looking at what governments report and what governments plan with a critical view and pushing the agenda forward making sure that the promises are met is an important rol for NGOs.

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  • Haven no more
    Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:39:28 +0000

    Tax dodging happens because wealthy nations let it. It’s time for poorer countries to shape the rules. Tax dodging and illicit financial flows began to emerge as a major source of concern for civil society organisations around the year 2000. Since then, revelations that big multinationals such as Google and Starbucks have not paid their fair share of taxes ? even in rich nations ? have gone from a trickle to a flood. It is now common knowledge that tax dodging affects both industrialised and developing countries alike. Thankfully, tax now takes high priority on regional, national and multilateral policy agendas ? a significant step forward. But we still haven’t found a global solution to this most global of problems. International tax rules are in dire need of reform, but to be effective, developing countries need to be involved in shaping them.

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  • A very hard hitting solidarity action and an antifascist demonstration held in Budapest
    Tue, 10 Oct 2017 03:00:00 +0000

    Hungarian civil groups headed by the Hungarian United Left (MEBAL) called for a demonstration for 10 a.m. on 8th October 2017 in the heart of the previous Jewish ghetto of Budapest (i. e. on Klauzal Square, where 3 thousand killed Jews were piled up in 1944) in order to protest against the presently very powerful autocracy of the right-wing ruling power of FIDESZ and KDNP and the brutal police violence committed against Attila Vajnai, President of the European Left Workers Party 2006.

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