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The social costs of IMF policies in Ecuador

Global Policy Forum - 14. Oktober 2019 - 11:14

Protests on the streets of the Ecuadorian capital Quito erupted in the beginning of October 2019 following the abandonment of state subsidies on the price of gasoline and diesel. The cutbacks are part of structural reform conditionalities that secured the government of Lenín Moreno a loan of US$ 4.2 billion by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). These conditionalities are very likely to contribute to the worsening of the social situation in the country. The uprisings should therefore also steer the view towards the role of the IMF, its loan policies and subsequent social effects thereof.

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How to Achieve Sustainable Management of Dry Forests in Cameroon

SNRD Africa - 13. Oktober 2019 - 21:33
Global restoration initiatives for climate change mitigation actions and livelihood options
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UN chief condemns deadly Burkina Faso mosque attack

UN ECOSOC - 13. Oktober 2019 - 17:34
UN chief António Guterres has strongly condemned Friday’s attack on a mosque in northern Burkina Faso, in a statement released on Saturday.
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On the Status of the Displayed Project Information

SNRD Africa - 13. Oktober 2019 - 14:05
The list of member projects and the respective map have been updated
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Reducing disaster risk, a good investment, and ‘the right thing to do’, says Guterres

UN ECOSOC - 13. Oktober 2019 - 13:00
There is a strong economic case for climate resilience and reducing the risk of disasters, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, which falls on Monday.
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How do we reduce disaster risks for the conflict-affected?

ODI - 13. Oktober 2019 - 0:00
As conflicts become more protracted around the world, cutting disaster risks from climate change in those places will require a different approach.
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After this year’s Climate Action Summit, what happens next?

UN ECOSOC - 12. Oktober 2019 - 17:43
People across the world need to embrace “fundamental change” in order to combat climate change and meet the target of restricting the increase in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius, Claudio Forner, from UN Climate Change in Bonn, told UN News in an interview that took place following the Climate Action Summit.
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City mayors ‘world’s first responders to climate emergency’, UN chief tells Summit

UN ECOSOC - 11. Oktober 2019 - 18:33
City bosses are “the world’s first responders to the climate emergency” UN chief António Guterres declared on Friday, at an international mayors’ summit in Copenhagen.
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Why Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Won the Nobel Peace Prize

UN Dispatch - 11. Oktober 2019 - 15:25

Ethiopia’s young Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has been awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. In conferring the honor, the Nobel Prize Committee said the Ethiopian leader was awarded the prize “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.”

These peace efforts between Ethiopia and Eritrea began in earnest in 2018, culminating in a truly remarkable moment 0n June 26 that year, when Eritrean leaders flew to the capitol of Ethiopia for peace talks. This was the first a high level meeting between these erstwhile foes in nearly twenty years. In the late 1990s, the two countries fought a brutal war and despite a ceasefire agreement, the two countries remained actively hostile to each other. But in June 2018, that suddenly–and swiftly– began to change. Peace was breaking out in the Horn of Africa — and the peace agreement they signed has held.

This can help explain why Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

At the time, I spoke with Michael Woldermairam, an Assistant Professor of International Relations and Political Science at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University who explained how these two irreconcilable foes so quickly came to the peace table. What changed, he explained, was a change in leadership in Ethiopia that brought the reformer Abiy to power in April 2018.

If you have 20 minutes and want to learn the background to the Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict and how this peace agreement came to life, have a listen to the Global Dispatches podcast episode. 

 

Get the Global Dispatches Podcast. Download using these links to listen later Apple Podcasts  |  Spotify  |  Stitcher  | Google Play Music​  | Radio Public As Prime Minister Abiy sought peace with Eritrea, he also began a deliberate process of democratic renewal in Ethiopia

Since taking office in April 2018, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has accelerated a process of political opening, including a greater freedom of press, the release of political prisoners and other meaningful reforms.  At a moment when authoritarianism and democratic backsliding are on the rise around the world, it is significant that the Nobel Peace Prize committee honored Abiy Ahmed, who is leading a meaningful democratic renewal in a recently authoritarian country.

But Ethiopia’s transition to a liberal, open and multi-party democracy has not been without challenge.

On June 22 this year, an a general tried to orchestrate a coup attempt, which resulted in two high profile assassinations. That coup attempt, which failed, came on the heels of inter-communal clashes that forced nearly 3 million people from their homes.

On the line to help explain why Ethiopian politics is at a pivotal moment now is William Davidson, senior Ethiopia analyst with the International Crisis Group. He offers listeners some helpful context and background for understanding the current situation, including what is driving change and the counter-reactions to the process of democratic renewal.

If you have 20 minutes and want to learn about the ongoing democratic renewal in Ethiopia, have a listen to this Global Dispatches podcast episode 

 

Get the Global Dispatches Podcast. Download using these links to listen later Apple Podcasts  |  Spotify  |  Stitcher  | Google Play Music​  | Radio Public

The post Why Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Won the Nobel Peace Prize appeared first on UN Dispatch.

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Opening Statement of the Treaty Alliance: Time for constructive engagement from the EU and Member States on the content of the Revised Draft of the Binding Treaty

Global Policy Forum - 11. Oktober 2019 - 14:02

59 member organizations of the Treaty Alliance demand in their joint opening statement for the upcoming negotiation round in Geneva constructive engagement from the EU and Member States on the content of the Revised Darft of the Binding Treaty. More than ever, citizens are mobilizing for action to stop climate change and corporate activities damaging our shared environment, health and future. Fires in the Amazon point to complicity of mining, agribusiness and the food industry in demand and supply of products and materials causing deforestation and violence against human rights defenders and indigenous peoples. These events show why an international agreement is needed to respond to the harm that transnational corporations and global value chains can cause, and to address the insufficient regulation by national governments of transnational corporate activity. The Inter-Governmental Working Group (IGWG) gives us a timely opportunity to make progress with a legal instrument at the international level which can complement and reinforce national and regional rules, such as with the multiple developments regarding mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence.

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Consolidating the Participation of Women in Forest Landscape Restoration

SNRD Africa - 11. Oktober 2019 - 13:41
Global restoration initiatives for climate change mitigation actions and livelihood options
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Turning the Tide

Devex - 11. Oktober 2019 - 12:14
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Window on the World

DEVELOPMENT - 11. Oktober 2019 - 0:00

Four ways to improve the World Bank’s proposal for a Sustainable Development Finance Policy

ODI - 11. Oktober 2019 - 0:00
A few areas of the draft proposal for a World Bank Sustainable Development Finance Policy need reconsidering to make its incentives work.
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How the arts and sciences can work together to improve disaster risk reduction

ODI - 11. Oktober 2019 - 0:00
A new earthquake resilience scenario in China shows the arts can turn scientific evidence into compelling messages and help reduce the risk of disasters.
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Public finance and development: six things to read in October

ODI - 11. Oktober 2019 - 0:00
Addressing geographical accessing quality public services; the latest on the ‘shake-up of global tax’; the Africa Debt Monitor and more.
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Dr. Jan Kimpen, Chief Medical Officer, Philips

Devex - 10. Oktober 2019 - 14:49
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