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How economic transformation happens at the sector level

ODI - 2. April 2019 - 0:00
This paper explores the factors that shape the prospects of success in economic transformation at the sector level
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UN highlights profound implication of population trends on sustainable development

UN #SDG News - 1. April 2019 - 19:57
The United Nations is highlighting the important role that population trends play in promoting sustainable development, during the annual Commission on Population and Development, which began at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday.
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UN highlights profound implication of population trends on sustainable development

UN ECOSOC - 1. April 2019 - 19:57
The United Nations is highlighting the important role that population trends play in promoting sustainable development, during the annual Commission on Population and Development, which began at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday.
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Food and Land-Use Coalition (FOLU) Launched in China & India

UN SDSN - 1. April 2019 - 17:52

The Food and Land Use (FOLU) Coalition recently launched two new programs of work in India and China.

In China the FOLU Platform will be coordinated by WRI China and is building on the ongoing work of the FABLE Consortium, which is led by the Center for Agricultural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and brings together experts from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, Peking University, China Agricultural University and Tsinghua University.

In the framework of the FABLE Consortium, SDSN launched an ambitious program of work to  develop Indian decision support and data integration tools led by the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. In addition to these three institutions, the FOLU Platform in India also includes the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and the World Resources Institute (WRI) India.

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Ahead of Trump Meeting, Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sisi Seeks to Consolidate Power

UN Dispatch - 1. April 2019 - 17:02

The White House confirmed that Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is to meet President Trump at the White House on April 9. The invitation to the White House was offered amid a deepening crackdown on human rights and a further erosion of the rule of law in Egypt, nearly six years after al-Sisi ousted President Mohammad Morsi.

The White House visit comes as Egypt is facing yet another inflection point that could further ensconce al Sisi in power. At issue are a series of constitutional amendments that would effectively make al Sisi president for life and create what analyst Amy Hawthorne calls a “personalist dictatorship.”

Amy Hawthorne is the deputy director for research at the Project on Middle East Democracy and co-author of a recent Foreign Policy piece on the current tumult in Egyptian politics.. After years of crackdowns on political opposition, she explains why Egyptian politics is poised to enter a potentially more dangerous phase.

We kick off with an extended conversation about the circumstances that brought al Sisi to power, including the events of Egypt’s Arab spring and its aftermath.  We then discuss the implications of recent moves by al Sisi to further consolidate power.

We recorded this conversation a few days before it was announced that al Sisi was to visit Washington, DC on April 9th. If you are listening to this episode contemporaneously, Amy Hawthorne does a good job of setting the scene for that visit.  If you have 20 minutes and want to learn how al-Sisi has subverted democracy and undermined human rights in Egypt over the last six years, have a listen.

 

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Setting the wrong example

D+C - 1. April 2019 - 12:59
The international community must assume responsibility for refugees

One of 110 persons worldwide was affected. Almost 60 % of them did not cross the border but stayed in the country they are from. Filippo Grandi, the UN high commissioner for refugees, considers it unacceptable that 50 % of the refugees worldwide are not even 18 years old.

On the run, most people lose everything. They may have been prosperous and well-respected at home, but now they are paupers who depend on charity and are considered burdens.

The EU and the USA are building virtual and real walls to keep away people who are seeking protection. Australia even detains asylum-seekers on remote islands indefinitely. It is a scandal that high-income nations are disregarding Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its first sentence states: “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.”

Governments have closed borders in response to xenophobic sentiments among citizens who do not make a distinction between refugees and migrants in search of better paying work. The deep irony is that high-income countries actually need immigrants in view of their demographic trends. Their policies tend to be incoherent.

The human right to asylum is neglected in other places as well. Many Asian countries do not have specific laws on how to deal with refugees. Therefore, refugees’ legal situation is often precarious. Nine of 10 people who flee violence or disaster end up in developing countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan and Lebanon. Uganda is a major host country too: 1.4 million people have fled there, mostly from South Sudan, a state that has collapsed into civil war.

All too often, the reasons of flight are not considered. It is essential, however, to understand who bears what responsibility. Political violence and natural disasters are the main reasons that drive people from their homes, and these phenomena do not tend to respect national borders, because relevant issues interact in complex ways. It is often neglected, for example, that environmental problems exacerbate violent strife. At the same time, natural disasters are particularly devastating in crisis regions.

We are dealing with global problems. They require collective action by the international community. On this agenda, taking care of refugees is an important item.

For several reasons, high-income countries must rise to their responsibility in particular. They have the most money, the best infrastructure and the strongest capacities. They have made the greatest contributions to causing climate change. That so many countries lack truly democratic governance is linked to the established powers’ geostrategic considerations, their resource needs and weapons exports. The long-term impacts of colonial rule matter as well. The governments of rich nations tend to lecture others on what needs to happen. But they are not leading by example.

 

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Panel Discussion: Prevention, Liability and Rights of the Victims

Global Policy Forum - 1. April 2019 - 12:19

The transformation of our world as proclaimed in the title of the 2030 Agenda requires fundamental changes in the way our societies produce and consume goods and services. However, far too often, corporate profits are systematically fed by poor working conditions, low environmental standards and even by human rights abuses and violations. Instruments to prevent and hold corporations accountable for human rights abuses and the violation of social and environmental standards are weak. Against this background, the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution of 26 June 2014 establishing an open-ended intergovernmental working group to elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate the activities of transnational corporations. In July 2018, the Chair of the working group published a zero draft for the prospective treaty. Preventative measures, including but not limited to mandatory human rights due diligence, linked with legal liability, and the clarification and definition of the rights of affected and threatened communities will be three central elements of the prospective treaty. In a panel discussion on April 15 in New York, we will discuss how the zero draft addresses these topics.

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Unpacking the aid chain: Do donor rules help or hinder advocacy efforts in Kenya?

INCLUDE Platform - 1. April 2019 - 12:15

The research programme ‘New roles of CSOs for inclusive development’ investigates the assumptions, solutions and problems underlying the civil society policy framework ‘Dialogue & Dissent’ of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The  research  groups  are  sharing  their  findings  in  a  series  of  blogs.  This  contribution  is written by Emma Frobisher from  the  Research  Group  ‘Enabling  rules  for  advocacy  in  Kenya ‘. 

Donor aid funding for civil society development often flows from donors based in the global North to international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), who in turn distribute the funding to civil society organizations (CSOs) in the global South, who ultimately fund community-based organizations (CBOs). This downward flow of funding is called the ‘aid chain’. The institutional design of the aid chain (i.e. how the chain is organized) involves a system of rules, responsibilities and requirements for all the stakeholders involved. This design inevitably has an impact on the ability and scope of the various actors to operate and, essentially, on how development work plays out on the ground. Our research study, ‘Enabling rules for advocacy in Kenya’, looks at three CSOs in Kenya who are being funded by the Dutch Government to implement human rights advocacy projects. Specifically, we examine the interaction of the various rules facing each of the actors in the chain, including who is in and who is out, what their roles and obligations are, and how their performance is defined, measured and rewarded.

Figure 1. A simplified representation of the aid chain

Our research in Kenya has illustrated the vast range of results that can occur as a result of donor aid rules. In a context where funding for development advocacy is hard to come by, donors offer financial resources that would otherwise not be available, and this enables local advocacy to take place. One member of a CBO described the funding as a ‘lifesaver’, explaining that it enabled the group to lobby the local government for their rights for the first time. Donors also play a crucial role in sharing their knowledge with CSOs through training and by expanding CSOs’ networks by introducing new contacts, all of which helps strengthen the capacity of activists. Further, donors and Northern CSOs are able to support the work of local activists to help them achieve their goals and offer them protection in instances where they find themselves under threat. The research has also demonstrated that the presence of an international NGO in the aid chain brings added value to advocacy in the global South. For example, NGOs not only support CBOs to perform advocacy themselves, but also run international campaigns to raise awareness overseas, thus helping put pressure on the local situation ‘from the outside’.                                

However, the institutional design of the aid chain can pose a number of problems for advocacy efforts, because being part of an aid chain inevitably comes with certain rules set by donors, which have implications for the ability of CSOs to conduct advocacy. Firstly, our research has shown the extent to which fixed-term project-based funding can cause serious sustainability issues which result in CSOs lacking long-term focus. It is commonplace for CSOs to have high staff turnover, which jeopardizes their stability. The precarious nature of funding means that CSOs often spend large amounts of time on fundraising, with staff frequently engaged in writing proposals in the hope of winning donor grants. Furthermore, donor expectations in relation to value for money and results-based quantitative outcomes can drive CSOs to implement short-term, easy-to-predict measurable activities, often to the detriment of more strategic, long-term plans that factor in the complexities of local contexts. Donor demands for accountability mean that there is a lot of administrative work involved in projects, which is evident in Kenya where the staff of CSOs dedicate a large portion of their time to writing reports for the donor instead of performing advocacy work. In addition, our findings reveal the paradox of being part of an aid chain, which can sometimes undermine a CSO’s connection with their constituents. In multiple cases, the organizations have drifted towards the priorities of their donors and away from the concerns of their beneficiaries, leading to a feeling from the grassroots that these organizations are puppets of the donors. Hence, it is evident that while the aid chain can enable development advocacy to occur, its institutional design can significantly constrain the ability of CSOs to fulfil their advocacy roles.

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“Aid should be effectively used to achieve worlds development goals” – Civil society

Reality of Aid - 1. April 2019 - 4:51
 

Bangkok, Thailand-    Resources allocated for development should be used effectively to achieve internationally-agreed sustainable development goals (SDGs). This was the message that members of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) echoed loud and clear during their self-organized side event at the Asia Pacific People’s Forum on Sustainable Development (APPFSD).

These resources (called Official Development Assistance (ODA) or simply ‘aid’ allocated by governments for poverty eradication in developing countries) will only fulfil its purpose if used based on development effectiveness principles. A number of realities however have been hampering this and CSOs call for urgent overcoming of these challenges.

Emily Davis of the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (APDEF) acknowledged that “ODA as a financing flow is shrinking at country level but still plays an important role in financing the SDGs – though it may be smaller compared to other sources for financing such as domestic public and private resources, and remittances. In some countries it is a small slice of the pie but in small island developing states, least developed countries and the Pacific, it plays a large role. Since the SDGs need huge amounts of financing to achieve, governments are looking towards strengthening their financing frameworks and mechanisms for collaboration with the private sector to increase resources.”

Atama Katama of the Borneo Dayak Forum and also the CPDE Asia Focal point quoted The Reality of Aid 2018 Report: “It is a moral, if not legal, obligation to allocate aid at the level of the longstanding ODA target of 0.7% of providers’ Gross National Income.” Atama also raised concerns on how ODA is increasingly being used to attract the private sector to invest in development and directly finance their initiatives, and to militarize development. Expounding on militarization of development, Atama shared on the situation of West Papua, wherein military personnel are building ODA-funded infrastructure.

Urantsooj Gombusuren of the Center for Human Rights and Development-Mongolia shed light on how ODA is being used to fund resource grabs by corporations through mining projects. “These projects worsen inequality and poverty in Mongolia because mining brings revenues only to a few corporations and their executives, and pollution and environmental destruction to entire communities.” She added that “institutions are weak in Mongolia and civil society are not part of decision-making on how to use ODA.”

Jiten Yumnam backs this up with their own experience in Northeast India.  He narrated how ODA-funded projects likewise contribute to land and water grabs and false solutions to climate change. “Dams are being built purportedly as solutions to climate change. But what they do is grab indigenous people’s territories and resources.” These projects also lack transparency and accountability. “Free prior and informed consent is hardly obtained prior to project implementation.” He added that “ODA is being used by Japan to promote its interests in the contiguous areas of Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Northeast India, to counter China’s influence in the same area.”

Speakers and participants agreed that in order to contribute to the realization of the SDGs and to lessening inequality, exclusion, and disempowerment, the use of ODA must follow the principles of development effectiveness principles: democratic country ownership of national development priorities, focus on results, transparency, and accountability. This means that the people of developing countries are fully informed of and are the main decision-makers in the policies, programming, actual usage, monitoring and evaluation of ODA; that ODA is not just efficiently being delivered but actually brings about development; and that governments are accountable to the people.

The side event titled “Making the SDGs Happen in Asia Pacific: Exploring the Development Effectiveness of ODA People’s Empowerment, Inclusion, and Equality in the Region” was organized by CPDE members The Reality of Aid Network, Borneo Dayak Forum, Center for Human Rights and Development, and Center for Research and Advocacy Manipur organized the workshop on March 25 ahead of the UNESCAP-organized Asia Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development.#

Reference: Lyn Angelica Pano |Global Coordinator |Email: lpano@realityofaid.org  
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Scoping and design for taking forecast-based early action to scale: three case studies

ODI - 1. April 2019 - 0:00
Three types of humanitarian financing-delivery systems and what they can teach us about scaling up mechanisms for forecast-based early action.
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HPG Integrated Programme 2019–2021: inclusivity and invisibility in humanitarian action

ODI - 1. April 2019 - 0:00
HPG's 14th Integrated Programme of work will ask if the humanitarian sector is delivering on its stated commitment to address suffering with impartiality.
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At Arab League Summit, Guterres reaffirms strong link between UN and people of Arab world

UN ECOSOC - 31. März 2019 - 14:40
Attending the Summit of the League of Arab States in Tunis, Tunisia, on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, recognized the critical importance of the region on the international stage and called for even stronger cooperation between the UN and the Arab States.
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Older Persons’ Rights to Education and Social Protection

UNSDN - 29. März 2019 - 23:39

As the issue of ageing gains more significance across countries, so too is the need to protect the fundamental rights of older persons. Starting from the human rights discourse on older persons, initiatives need to be grounded in the acknowledgement of their contribution to the society.

The Tenth Working Session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG10) will be held from 15 to 18 April 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York. Interactive expert panel discussions will serve as a platform for representatives of Member States, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to discuss measures to protect the human rights of older persons in the focus areas, “Education, Training, Life-long Learning and Capacity-building” and “Social Protection and Social Security, Including Social Protection Floors.”

Deliberations will also take place on the normative elements put forward for OEWG10, “Autonomy and Independence” and “Long-term and Palliative Care,” and almost 20 side events will convene on issues ranging from ageism to artificial intelligence. In preparation for the OEWG10, the UN System agencies and bodies and NGOs put forward analytical summaries of contributions on substantive inputs and an informational web-based seminar.

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published working documents on the substantive inputs on the focus areas, “Education, Training, Life-long Learning and Capacity-building” and “Social Protection and Social Security (Including Social Protection Floors),” and on the normative elements, “Autonomy and Independence” and “Long-term and Palliative Care.”

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP) co-hosted a webinar on 13 March 2019 and invited the Chief of Programme on Ageing at UN DESA Amal Abou Rafeh, the Chair of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People Ken Bluestone, and the Team Leader on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at OHCHR Rio Hada, to offer practical guidance on OEWG10.

Panelists shed a light on the role of NGOs and Member States in the African group in furthering the conversation and advocacy on legally binding human rights instruments and stressed the need to give due consideration to older women and other marginalized groups. As an official UN calendar event, OEWG10 will serve to help mainstream the human rights of older persons.

Source: UNSDN

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Steering Committee Members Endorse Programme and Continue Planning for the Upcoming 2019 Senior-Level Meeting

Effective Co-operation - 29. März 2019 - 23:33

Hosted by the Government of Uganda, the 17th Steering Committee meeting of the Global Partnership was held on 26-27 March in Kampala, Uganda. Steering Committee members from all over the world, representing diverse constituencies, discussed preparations for the upcoming 2019 Senior-Level Meeting to be held on 13-14 July at United Nations headquarters in New York, in the margins of the 2019 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

In his opening remarks, HE Mr David Bahati, Uganda’s State Minister of Planning stressed that ‘effective development co-operation is critical to deliver the African development agenda’. Mr Bahati reaffirmed Africa’s continued engagement in the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation.

Steering Committee members underscored the need for the Global Partnership Senior-Level Meeting to drive home the message that effectiveness, in collaboration with the Financing for Development process, is fundamental to achieving the 2030 Agenda. The representative of Bangladesh, one of four Global Partnership Co-Chairs, highlighted that if ‘financing’ is the fuel, ‘effectiveness’ is the car; the destination, is the 2030 Agenda. In other words, SDG implementation and development impact cannot be sustainable if resources are not spent effectively.

To this end, members deliberated on the substantive content, evidence and tools on ‘effectiveness’ that will be showcased at the Senior-Level Meeting. Following a day and a half of in-depth discussions, members endorsed the overall programme, objectives and sessions for the Senior-Level Meeting, and set a plan of action for delivering a successful meeting in July.

The Steering Committee took decisive action on numerous pending issues. Among them was the decision to permanently create a fourth Co-Chair position (previously in a pilot phase) to represent the six non-executive Steering Committee members, elevating the Global Partnership to a key global body in development co-operation with a truly multi-stakeholder leadership.

Furthermore, the results of the Global Partnership’s third monitoring round, which will be captured in a 2018 global progress report, will underpin the SLM by providing a robust evidence base to guide discussion on where progress has been made and where unfinished business remains.

The Global Compendium of Good Practices and Knowledge-sharing Platform, alongside initiatives to apply effectiveness in different contexts – including a tailored approach to monitoring effectiveness in fragile and conflict-affected situations as well as South-South Co-operation contexts, will also be shared at the SLM.

The Committee also endorsed key principles for effective private sector engagement in development co-operation, to be launched at the SLM, which aim to make private sector partnerships more effective and geared towards sustainable development outcomes.

In closing, looking forward and beyond the SLM, members actively engaged and discussed the need for an inclusive, engagement process to tap into the development co-operation community and source ‘emerging effectiveness issues’ that will inform the Global Partnership’s work beyond July 2019. More details on this process are forthcoming.

Please find here all relevant background materials and meeting presentations.

Read more about the upcoming Senior-Level Meeting here.

Follow the discussions at @DevCooperation #SLM2019 #GPEDC #DevCoop

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SDSN Black Sea holds meeting in Baku

UN SDSN - 29. März 2019 - 19:25

On March 16 and 17, 2019, members of SDSN Black Sea and the SDSN global leadership participated in the 7th Baku Global Forum, organized by the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC). This important global event gathered more than 400 top diplomats, current and former heads of state, Nobel prize winners, and other regional business, scientific, and political leaders in Baku, Azerbaijan, to discuss approaches to “A New Foreign Policy.”

SDSN Director Prof. Jeffrey Sachs discussed the challenges of sustainable development with a distinguished group of experts. Watch the full discussion here:

SDSN Black Sea also organized a morning side event on Sunday, March 17, together with the NGIC, the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), the World University Consortium (WUC), and the Black Sea University Network (BSUN), to discuss global leadership issues, with a special emphasis on the SDGs. In this context, participants explored the essential qualities, role, strategies, and initiatives needed for effective leadership by universities to address the critical challenges confronting humanity today. All participants agreed that WAAS and WUC should cooperate with BSUN and SDSN Black Sea in areas of common interest and especially in the implementation of the SDGs in the Black Sea.

In the afternoon, the Executive Board of BSUN, the Leadership Council of SDSN Black Sea, and honorable guests convened for a joint meeting on the topic of “Education, Science and Innovation for supporting the Implementation of the SDGs in the Wider Black Sea Region.” Participants engaged in a vivid discussion on scientific research and innovation, as well as awareness-raising and outreach for the implementation of the SDGs in the wider Black Sea region. Representatives from both SDSN Black Sea and BSUN member universities shared their case studies on SDG implementation.

A number of suggestions and conclusions were derived by the end of the meeting, including the following long-term priorities for the SDSN Black Sea:

  • Develop a common program of study such as a Black Sea Studies Master’s program
  • Host an annual conference with young people, inviting external participants and public authorities
  • Assist the improvement of SDG-related measurements and monitoring procedures through the development of an observatory for collecting and managing data in the Black Sea region
  • Focus on the ecological management of the Black Sea and to promote the use of sustainable energy sources
  • Organize a meeting in Bucharest in 2020 on the impact of Danube river to the Black Sea. All the countries within the wider watershed of Danube river would be invited to participate.

Group photograph of the participants at the BSUN – SDSN Black Sea meeting.

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Next SNRD Africa Conference

SNRD Africa - 29. März 2019 - 14:31
Save the date for SNRD Africa’s next big get-together in Ivory Coast
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Security Council Tightens Screws on Terror Financing

UN Dispatch - 29. März 2019 - 14:23

The Security Council unanimously passed a new resolution intended to crack down on the financing of terrorist groups. Resolution 2462, approved on Thursday, requires states to take concrete steps that would make it more difficult for terrorist groups to fund their operations.

In a time in which the Security Council remains divided on some key issues around the world, this resolution demonstrates that combating terrorism is something that the entire council can work together to productively address.

This move by the Security Council is the latest iteration of its evolving response to terrorism.

In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, the Security Council passed a sweeping resolution, binding under international law, to compel states to take concrete actions against terrorist groups. The resolution passed less than two weeks after the attacks and to this day is one of the most radical actions ever taken by the Security Council.

Security Council Resolution 1373 called on states to freeze terrorist financing, pass anti-terrorism laws, prevent suspected terrorists from traveling across international borders, and ordered that asylum seekers be screened for possible terrorist ties. It did this all under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, thereby making these dictates binding under international law. This was the first time the Security Council forced all UN member states to revise national laws to comply with an international standard. (Usually, that is done through the treaty process. Not top down from the Security Council–but such was the sense of urgency at the time.)  The resolution also created a UN body called the Counter Terrorism Committee to monitor and support its implementation.

As the threats from terrorism evolved in the subsequent years, the Security Council would update and revise its approach to fighting terrorism.

In 2014, under the leadership of the Obama administration, the Security Council sought to expand common efforts to disrupt the travel and funding of foreign terrorist fights. At the time, this included hundreds (or perhaps thousands) of people from around the world who flocked to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS. Another resolution three years later provided guidance and compelled countries to take action against foreign terrorist fighters after they returned to their home country. In March 2017, another resolution highlighted the links between the illicit trade in cultural artifacts and the financing of terrorism, which was a key source of funding for ISIS and other terror groups.

The resolution passed on Thursday seeks to further strengthen global cooperation in disrupting the financing of terrorist groups.

Resolution 2462, drafted by France, tightens requirements on states to criminalize the provision of financial support for terrorist groups and individual terrorists. It also highlights the need for governments to work with private financial institutions to improve the traceability around financial transactions and calls on states to create financial intelligence units capable of doing the kind of forensic accounting that can disrupt terrorist financing.

From the Indo-Asian News Service 

It also expresses concern at the continuing use by terrorists and their supporters of information and communications technologies, in particular the internet, to facilitate terrorist acts, as well as inciting, recruiting, funding, or planning terrorist acts.

Therefore, the resolution calls upon all countries to enhance the traceability and transparency of financial transactions, including assessing and addressing potential risks associated with virtual assets and as appropriate, the risks of new financial instruments, including but not limited to crowd-funding platforms.

It also encourages member states to apply risk-based anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulations to virtual asset service providers, and to identify effective systems to conduct risk-based monitoring or supervision of virtual asset service providers.

This move by the Security Council demonstrates that on some issues, particularly terrorism, the Security Council can be a valuable forum for codifying global cooperation in the face of threats to international peace and security.

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What will it take for universal social protection to avoid the gender inequality trap?

OECD - 29. März 2019 - 11:28
By Alexandre Kolev, Head of the Social Cohesion Unit, OECD Development Centre This blog is part of a special series marking the intersection between the 2019 Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI)/ the 2019 SIGI Global Report and work on Social Protection  The author reflects on points raised in Development Matters blogs on the same topic by Shahra Razavi, … Continue reading What will it take for universal social protection to avoid the gender inequality trap?
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Yasmine Sheriff, Director, Education Cannot Wait

Devex - 29. März 2019 - 9:22
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Nicolette Henry, Minister of Education, Guyana

Devex - 29. März 2019 - 9:21
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