Environment - Tue Jul 24 2012
Equity is the Gateway to Environment Ambition: South Centre statement in UNFCCC
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.
Globalization - Mon Jul 23 2012
Developing countries very vulnerable to global economic crisis, UN role is vital: South Centre speech at UN
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.
Globalization - Thu Jul 12 2012
World economy in vicious cycle hindering transition, warns BIS
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.
Trade and Regional Integration /Economy and Financial Affairs - Thu Jul 12 2012
What now for European monetary union?
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.
Economy and Financial Affairs - Thu Jul 12 2012
Society, economic policies and future of finance sector
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.
Environment - Tue Jul 10 2012
The Rio+20 Summit and its Follow Up
The Rio+20 summit from 13 to 22 June was disappointing to many, but it could still succeed through the mandated follow-up actions. The South Centre’s Executive Director gives an in-depth assessment.
Environment - Tue Jul 10 2012
Rio+20: Summit Adopts Text, Ends With Positive Speeches
The Rio+20 Summit ended on Friday, 22 June late evening with the adoption, to loud applause, of the outcome document entitled “The future we want”. This was followed by closing speeches by several delegations, some of which lodged reservations and interpretations.
Environment - Tue Jul 10 2012
Food Issues in the Rio+20 Spotlight
Among the issues that caught the public imagination at the recent Rio+20 summit was the right of all people to good, nutritious food, and the need to support small farmers and promote ecologically sound agricultural methods. Martin Khor reports on the Sustainable Development Dialogue on Food Security.
Economy and Financial Affairs - Mon Jul 09 2012
Sustainable Development As An Answer To Economic And Financial Crises
Below is the speech delivered by Dr Yılmaz Akyüz, Chief Economist of the South Centre on the Sustainable Development Dialogue Roundtable on the Global Financial Crisis, UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012, in Rio de Janeiro on 16 June 2012.
Information and Communication Technologies - Mon Jul 09 2012
Rio+20: An Inside View on the Tough Fight Over Means of Implementation (Finance and Technology)
Although the developing countries, like the developed countries too, accepted the final draft of the outcome document prepared by Brazil, they were in fact very disappointed with the lack of ambition in the section on the means of implementation, with some rightly calling it a step backwards.

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