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New UN Global Climate report ‘another strong wake-up call’ over global warming: Guterres

UN #SDG News - 28. März 2019 - 19:57
The increasing number of natural disasters and dangers linked to climate change, highlighted in a major UN report released on Thursday, represents “another strong wake-up call” to the world, which must be countered by finding sustainable solutions quickly, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said.
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Why right-wing populism is often linked to climate denial

D+C - 28. März 2019 - 15:18
Some of the world’s richest people no longer like globalisation

NASA, the US space agency, warned that the earth is heating up in February. That does not keep Mike Lee, a Republican senator from Utah, from making fun of people who demand climate protection. He says environmentalists, scientists and any policymakers who oppose him are only fear-mongering.

This stance is typical of US President Donald Trump’s party as well as other right-wing populist forces around the world, including, for example, Germany’s AfD. At D+C/E+Z we understand the term “populism” to stand for political movements that:

  • shy away from evidence-based debate,
  • make unfulfilled promises and
  • thrive on discrediting and hounding whoever opposes them.

They claim to directly represent “the” people, and feel free to declare that anyone who does not agree with them does not really belong to the nation.

It is striking that populist movements tend to deny climate change. There are several reasons. As Bruno Latour, the French philosopher, has argued, anyone who acknowledges that the planet is warming and that human action is the reason, must accept moral imperatives. Since the damage is huge and will only keep growing, human action must change to mitigate the phenomenon. Therefore, anyone who does not want to take such action, cannot accept scientific truth.

As Ingo Arzt pointed out in taz, the German centre-left newspaper, this applies in particular to political parties who emphasise nationalist policymaking. First of all, climate change is a global problem that requires multilateral action. Denying it is a problem at all, lets populists of the hook. Second, the established economic powers are the ones who have contributed most to causing climate change, so they are morally obliged to compensating victims. Of course, that is the last thing right-wing populists want, as Arzt wrote. Again, so they deny the truth.

Brooke Harrington, a professor of sociology at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, spelled out related thoughts in the Guardian, without however focusing on climate issues. Her topic was that many of the super-rich today support right-wing populists because they feel constrained by multilateral policymaking. In this perspective, the plutocrats who used to support globalisation because it meant freer movement of capital, are now turning against globalisation because international regulations are beginning to have an impact on laws concerning taxes, social protection and the environment. In Harrington’s words, they are “anarchists” who simply do not want to accept any rules all. They are not interested in the national sovereignty the populists they fund demand. They are interested in thwarting state power altogether, pitting many smal national entities against one another.

They real problme is that they have managed to turn the anger of people who suffer the downsides of globalisation away from themselves, by blaming a “globalist elite”.

P.S.: This month, the UN Enviroment Programme warned: "Even if the world were to cut emissions in line with the existing Paris Agreement commitments, winter temperatures over the Arctic Ocean would rise 3-5°C by mid-century." That is the result of a new report. Rapidly thawing permafrost could accelerate climate change further and derail efforts to meet the Paris Agreement’s long-term goals. “What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic,” said Joyce Msuya, the agency's acting executive director.



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New Trends in Global Trade Are Changing How Women Work Around the World

UN Dispatch - 28. März 2019 - 14:53

Global trade is changing how women work.

Supermarkets and major brands source much of their materials and manufacturing in the developing world as part of a “Global Value Chain.” This is a way of obtaining raw materials and bringing goods to market that has become more and more common among major global brands in recent years. One consequence of this trend in global trade and global sourcing has been to upend traditional dynamics around gender and work.

Stephanie Barrientos is a professor of global development at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester who studies the intersection between gender dynamics and global trade.

Her latest research examines how norms around work and jobs in the developing world are being changed by global sourcing from major brands. As Professor Barrientos explains, companies’ Global Value Chains are having profound implications for women and gender dynamics around work and employment in the developing world.

This conversation is a great introduction to key shifts in global trade over the past decade and some of the downstream effects of how large multinational companies operate.  If you have twenty minutes and want to learn how a brand like Cadbury Chocolates is affecting gender roles in places like Ghana, have a listen.


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Reversing the fragility of growth in Africa

INCLUDE Platform - 28. März 2019 - 13:17

Fragility of growth is multi-dimensional and complex in nature. It is associated with conflict, insecurity and political instability, and it is on the rise in the African continent. Fragility is a cause of (and caused by) poverty and inequality. It is expensive and impedes the achievement of high and inclusive growth. Overall, there is a need for interventions to support poverty reduction, equality and broader based growth. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution: how we address fragility depends on the country context. Macroeconomic stability and economic growth are important, but not sufficient, to address fragility. More context-specific immediate programmes must be established to rebuild national unity and tackle embedded inequalities, especially those related to gender. Political ecosystems should also be redesigned to deal with faulty distribution systems and elite capture.

These are some of the key messages from the 2019 Senior Policy Seminar, entitled ‘Fragility of Growth in African Economies’, organized by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) in partnership with the Zimbabwe Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. The Seminar took place in Harare on 21 and 22 March 2019 and was attended by nearly 100 high-level officials from 30 African and other countries. It featured four synthesis papers presented by global experts, including Prof. Andrew McKay (University of Sussex), Prof. Alemayehu Geda (Addis Ababa University), Prof. Anke Hoeffler (University of Konstanz), Dr Janvier Nkurunziza (UNCTAD) and Prof. Nicholas Ngepah (University of Johannesburg). The papers, which can be accessed here, were commissioned under the programme ‘Promoting Leadership for Economic Policy in Fragile and Post-Conflict States in Africa’, an initiative of AERC with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The Seminar culminated in the presentation of a joint communique, which can be accessed here.

The sources of fragility of African economies are multifaceted. Conflict, insecurity and political instability are most often associated with fragility, although high dependency on natural resources also appears to be a significant factor, as Prof. McKay argued during the Seminar. Other invited scholars, including Prof. Hoeffler, agreed that there are many definitions of fragility and added the political environment to the debate, as well as climatic shocks, youth unemployment and the low level of diversification of economies. Fragility is also gendered and context specific. Even though a country as a whole may not be ‘fragile’, some sectors or regions, or even individuals, may be exposed to the manifestations of fragility, negatively impacting on the performance of the economy as a whole. Given the multi-dimensional and highly complex nature of the concept of fragility applied to states, there is a need to think about it in more dynamic, adaptive and long-term way.

Fragility is on the rise in Africa, and it is expensive. In 2016, according to the Fragile States Index, 6 out of the 10 most fragile countries were in Sub-Saharan Africa. A number of these countries featured on this list 10 years earlier as well. One of the factors causing this is conflict. Prof. Geda estimated the average economic cost of conflict on the continent at USD 70 billion. The costs are even higher if you consider shrinking human capital and markets, swelling corruption and political exclusion. Fragility is also a trap. Whenever an economy is caught in this trap, it faces two possibilities: sustained growth or continuous decline and eventual collapse, as pointed out by Prof. Hoeffler and Dr Nkurunziza in their joint paper. Addressing fragile growth is, therefore, critical for achieving inclusive and sustainable development in Africa, and, thus, realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

To address fragility, it is important to recognize its multiple dimensions and the country-specific drivers. This involves looking at the source, type and extent of fragility, its gender dimensions, the country’s resource endowments, its state and institutional capacity, party politics and the country’s leadership. Therefore, there is no single strategy to transit from fragility. Economic growth is important in the long term, but, as Prof. Ngepah pointed out, there is an immediate need for programmes that build national unity and tackle inequality. Security is a necessity, followed by human and financial capital. To provide a source of revenue for the government and, consequently, reduce dependency on aid, countries should introduce light, gradually increasing and transparent taxation for all and invest in long-term capacity building, as well as mobilize domestic resources through remittances, argued Prof. Hoeffler. There is also a great need to create (decent) jobs for as many people as possible. Therefore, governments should promote sectors with high employment potential, while at the same time investing in education and encouraging skilled diaspora to return to the country. The development of agricultural value chains through models that reduce risks, such as contract farming, raise agricultural productivity and support exports of added value products is one possible strategy, as suggested by Jane Mariara from the Partnership for Economic Policy. Based on her research, conducted in the frame of the INCLUDE programme, contract farming complemented by social protection programmes is key to increasing productivity and making the sector more inclusive. Furthermore, improving physical infrastructure (including digital connectivity) and the business environment, as well as strengthening institutional capacity are equally important. An integrated approach to balance development and reverse fragility requires good leadership and a new political ecosystem, which should ultimately lead to inclusivity. 

Clear links exist between fragility and inclusive development. The presentations and discussions during the Seminar revealed that, firstly, fragility is a trap that sustains exclusion and adverse incorporation. For example, it is more difficult to achieve higher and sustained growth in poor and marginalized societies. In addition, high poverty headcounts associated with lower growth makes it more difficult to improve livelihoods and build resilience. Similarly, social and economic exclusion increases fragility and, in some cases, leads to conflict. Secondly, fragility drives or leads to exclusion and adverse incorporation. For example, fragility decreases savings, investment and tax revenue. Overall, fragility is linked to inequality, a reduction in growth and poverty reduction, and inefficiencies in the economy, which hinders inclusive development. 

You can find more information about the 2019 Senior Policy Seminar here.

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Three new colleagues join The Broker

The Broker - 28. März 2019 - 12:32

The Broker is growing! This month we are pleased to welcome three new colleagues: Anika Altaf, Arthur Rempel and Samenda Bauer. Below is a brief introduction to all three.

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“The flow has not stopped”

D+C - 28. März 2019 - 10:18
Agadez in Niger is a transit hub for many African refugees – both on the way north and on the way back

You were born in Agadez and have been observing the situation there for many years. The city has become known internationally as a transit hub for refugees heading for North Africa and Europe. How many refugees are in the city, and where do they come from?
It is impossible to put a precise number on the size of the refugee and migrant population in Agadez. More than 2,500 from Sudan alone are estimated to be waiting for recognition as refugees. They have a tough time here because they are accused of being former rebels, either from Darfur or the war in Libya. In either case, they are stigmatised. The Sudanese are housed at 15 kilometres outside the city. They do not get the health care or psychosocial care that they desperately need. There have even been suicide attempts. Elsewhere in Agadez, hundreds of migrants are stuck in ghettos. The migrants come from West Africa, the majority of refugees from East Africa.

You make a conscious distinction between refugees and migrants. What is the difference?
The migrants here in Agadez are on the move because they are searching for a better place to live. The refugees – many of whom come from Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia – are returnees from Libya and waiting for a residence permit or recognition as refugees.

How come the migrants are stuck in ghettos, as you said?
They have not been able to move on for nearly two years. They have been stuck here since Law 036/2015 came into force. Since then, it has been illegal to transport migrants or give them shelter. Accommodations have been closed and vehicles confiscated. Nigerian security forces are now controlling known routes, borders and even cities like Agadez. Anyone found trafficking is jailed, and the migrants are handed over to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

What part does EU policy play in all this?
The EU is behind all of the mechanisms introduced to curb migration and restrict freedom of movement. Europe is moving its external border to Agadez and using its Trust Fund for Africa as an economic tool for something that resembles extortion, seriously undermining the development efforts of countries like Niger. In our country, 11 projects are currently ongoing, with a total value of € 229 million. Nearly all of them relate to migration and some, like the establishment of a “joint investigative team” and a “rapid reaction force”, are directly aimed at preventing the movement of potential migrants. These measures cause massive harm to the local population.

Does that mean no one now gets any farther north?
No, it does not. Despite the risk, some traffickers will always transport refugees. Sometimes, migrants gather dozens of kilometres south of Agadez and use trails through the desert. At the border, accomplices of the traffickers pick them up and take them to Sabha in Libya.

Crossing the Sahara was always dangerous. Has it now become even more dangerous?
Yes, the risks have increased considerably. The known routes are now policed, so the traffickers use trails that are not marked on any maps – and those trails are longer and more dangerous. Migrants and traffickers die if they lose their way or their vehicles break down. They die of thirst. Some migrants have also been abandoned in the desert. In the past two years, there have been at least 60 fatalities in the Nigerian and Libyan desert.

How many migrants do you think reach their destination?
That is very hard to say because they take so many different routes. The number of refugees heading for Libya and Europe has certainly declined in recent years. But the flow has not stopped.

Do many people return to Agadez after trying to get away from your city?
Yes, indeed. Last year alone, about 28,000 came back from Algeria. Many also return from Libya. They are brought here by the UN refugee agency UNHCR or the IOM. If they report to the authorities voluntarily, they are given a returnee package and even get access to education or training. But I do not believe that will solve the problem. Many of those who return to their homeland will come back to Agadez – not to travel on to Libya but to get a second aid package under a new name. The EU and African states cannot build relationships of trust and mutual respect as long as the right of people in the south to freedom of movement is not respected.

Ibrahim Manzo Diallo publishes the online newspaper Aïr Info and heads the private radio station Sahara Fm. He
also works as a policy consultant.

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Consumption might be unsafe

D+C - 28. März 2019 - 9:50
Zambia allows import of genetically modified food

There is a debate in Zambia about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). According to the National Biotechnology Authority (NBA), the law allows the importation of genetically modified foods after the NBA has made risk assessments and given clearance. “As regulators we do not promote or hinder genetically modified organisms. Our job is to regulate and provide information based on scientific evidence on gene technology, therefore helping people make informed decisions,” says Paul Zambezi, the NBA board chairperson.

So far, the NBA has authorised 24 applications regarding the placement of products containing GMOs on the Zambian market. One of them is for cornflakes by the US Kellogg’s Company, for example. In addition, three applications for medical research – two on HIV and one on malaria – using GMOs have been approved too. Genetically modified animals and seeds are not yet allowed in Zambia.

The import of genetically modified food into Zambia is met with strong opposition. It has a long history: in 2002, when Zambia faced a severe drought, then President Levy Mwanawasa’s government rejected the import of GMO maize. Recently, the Zambia Alliance for Agroecology and Biodiversity, an advocacy network of faith, farmer and civil-society organisations, issued a statement on behalf of 30 organisations accusing the NBA of attempting “to radically change the country’s no GMO status.”

Zambian NGOs point to the reservations issued by the Third World Network, an independent non-profit international research and advocacy organisation. It warns that the safety of genetically modified foods is unproven. “On the contrary, there is sufficient scientific evidence to suggest it is unsafe.”

Humphrey Nkonde is the assistant to the editor in chief at Mission Press and a media researcher based in Ndola, Zambia.


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Third World Network – Biosafety Information Centre:

Zambia Alliance for Agroecology & Biodiversity:


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How to Create More Environmental Value AND More Economic Value

SCP-Centre - 28. März 2019 - 9:46

What does a small producer of jeans have in common with a large manufacturer of jet engines, a green government building and one of the world’s most efficient water systems?

They are all creating extra value with circular business models while simultaneously reducing negative environmental impacts.

The CSCP coordinates the R2Pi Project – Transition from Linear 2 Circular, funded by the European Union, which aims to enable organisations and their value chains to transition to more sustainable business models. In February, the CSCP and R2Pi conducted several workshops in Brussels to help business leaders and policy makers rethink business models and co-create business tools and policy measures to implement sustainable and circular strategies. The workshops gathered stakeholders from multinational corporations, sector associations, policy makers and civil society.

During the workshop, one focus was on businesses and examples of successful circular business models that have been investigated during the project. Some of the case examples include:

The R2Pi project presented lessons learned from the cases as well as explanations of various patterns of circular business models across different parts of the value chain (diagram below).

The CSCP and R2Pi support policy makers and engage with stakeholders in creating policies that enable the circular transition, and the workshop went on to co-create policies measures in key sectors: food, electronics, plastics, textiles, constructions and water.

The compiled results of these and other engagements will be available later this year in the final results of the R2Pi Project in our Circular Economy Business Guidelines and Policy Packages.

For further questions, please contact Raymond Slaughter.

Photo: © shutterstock / tai11


Der Beitrag How to Create More Environmental Value AND More Economic Value erschien zuerst auf CSCP gGmbH.

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Building capacity for the Paris Agreement's enhanced transparency framework

ODI - 28. März 2019 - 0:00
Capacity building is essential to enable developing countries to implement the Paris Agreement's stringent transparency requirements.
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Prindex comparative report

ODI - 28. März 2019 - 0:00
In the largest dataset of its kind, this collection presents the clearest, most definitive picture of how secure people feel in their homes and properties.
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Global perceptions of urban land tenure security: evidence from 33 countries

ODI - 28. März 2019 - 0:00
This report investigates the correlation between demographic, economic and spatial characteristics and perceived tenure insecurity.
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Women's perceptions of tenure security: evidence from 33 countries

ODI - 28. März 2019 - 0:00
This report uses household-level data from 33, mostly developing, countries to analyse perceptions of tenure insecurity among women.
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Leveraging sport for sustainable development at the United Nations

UNSDN - 27. März 2019 - 21:50

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) Under-Secretary-General Mr. Liu Zhenmin lays out plans to advance the sport for development and peace agenda along with international partners.

Sport remains a firm fixture on the UN agenda. In the past two years, UN entities and other intergovernmental stakeholders have taken bold actions to promote attention to sport as a platform and a catalyst for sustainable development. Just last year, Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, issued a report to the UN General Assembly that outlined the growing attention to sport for development across the UN system, sporting community, and among Member States.1

UNDESA is excited to team up with international players charged to move forward on the agenda of sport for development and peace (SDP). As of 2017, DESA has been playing an integral role in supporting Member States to move the agenda forward. Our work has focused on drawing the attention of Member States to the various tracks of engagement on sport for development and peace and supporting the mainstreaming of these tracks into relevant intergovernmental discussions in the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and its advisory bodies, and in the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development.

Guiding the UN dialogue on sport for development, and the policies it engenders, are recently established frameworks of action aimed at exploring the benefits that sport has to offer for realising the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. At the forefront, are the Kazan Action Plan adopted at MINEPS VI in 20172, and the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity (2018-2030) (GAPPA)3. Central to these frameworks is the prioritisation of a range of SDGs and related targets to which sport and physical activity make – or have the potential to make – a significant contribution.

These two frameworks have gained much traction among stakeholders within and beyond governments. Realising their full potential requires coherent and collaborative action within and beyond the UN system. Recognising this, the UN Secretary-General last year put forward an update to the United Nations Action Plan on Sport for Development and Peace that proposes using the overarching policy commitments of the Kazan Action Plan as a basis to align work streams on sport policy, sport for development and peace and sport integrity across the UN system.4

The General Assembly of the United Nations has endorsed and encouraged this approach.

In December 2018, the General Assembly adopted by consensus resolution A/73/24, “Sport as an enabler of sustainable development.”5The resolution welcomes the growing attention by the international community to exploring and leveraging the role of sport and physical activity to attain development objectives and the enjoyment of human rights. It calls upon Member States, with the support of the United Nations system, to explore ways and means to integrate sport into various development objectives and encourages stakeholders to draw on the Kazan Action Plan and GAPPA to advance the consolidation of sport in cross-cutting development and peace strategies.

The resolution also called upon the relevant entities of the UN system to strengthen and systemise interagency collaboration in line with the updated United Nations Action Plan on Sport, to maximise the potential of sport and physical activity to contribute to the achievement of international agreed development goals.

DESA is pleased to take on this challenge. We look forward to all the strides we will make, together with colleagues across the UN-System and the wider Sport for Development and Peace community to ensure that we use every opportunity to draw on sport’s contribution to sustainable development.

1For further reading on expanding intergovernmental dialogue and growing convergence on policy and action on sport for development, see United Nations Document A/73/325 available here in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian.

2The Kazan Action Plan is available here in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian.

3More information on the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 is available here in English, Portuguese and Russian.

4The updated United Nations Action Plan on Sport for Development and Peace is outlined in United Nations Document A/73/325 available here in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian.

5United Nations General Assembly Resolution, A/73/24 is available here in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian.

Source: sportanddev

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Open Position: Internship in Communications and Content Management, New York

UN SDSN - 27. März 2019 - 18:30

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.  It is directed by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, SDG Advocate, and has offices in New York, Paris, and New Delhi.

SDSN’s National and Regional networks support the localization of SDGs and their implementation, develop long-term transformation pathways for sustainable development, promote education around Agenda 2030, and launch solution initiatives.


The SDSN is seeking a proactive, dynamic, hands-on, and creative intern to assist the national and regional SDSN networks team in the design and execution of an intra and inter-networks communication and engagement strategy. This entails tasks along the broad spectrum of online communications, content management and engagement-creating tools. The intern will be expected to craft original material as well as update or reposition existing materials for an array of platforms and audiences.


The Networks Intern will be expected to work 15-20 hours/week, and will be responsible for:

  • Draft and edit news posts, press releases and emails for a multicultural, global audience
  • Develop content for social media and SDSN’s internal communication channels, and draft visually appealing posts
  • Monitor social media and draft responses to community posts/comments/inquiries
  • Draft, reformat, and upload content into a private online platform for SDSN network members
  • Assist in the management of the SDSN members’ online community
  • Engage with network contacts in various countries to source content such as photos, videos, and written pieces for communications initiatives
  • Assist the SDSN Team with content migration between two web platforms

Eligibility to work in the United States required.
Current undergraduate or graduate student in sustainable development (or similar), marketing or communications required.  Only applicants with these specializations will be considered.

The candidate must be proficient in the use of social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) and have experience preparing content for upload to different platforms (i.e. Canva or other design software).

The candidate should be able to manage multiple tasks, be well-organized, and work well both as part of an international team and independently. Impeccable command of English (oral and written) is required. Proficiency in other languages (Spanish, Portuguese) is an asset.


Duration: 6 months

Entry date: As soon as possible.

Compensation: $15-18/hour, depending on experience (15-20 hours/week)

We are seeking candidates who are available 20 hours per week, though applicants who are available only part-time may be considered. Please note that the expected work, if part-time, would be 15 hours per week and an appropriate schedule can be discussed during the interview process. The internship will be compensated.


To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter before April 15, 2019, via our HR Portal.

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Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)

Women - 27. März 2019 - 18:27
Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD): Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality

“This year, the APFSD will address the theme “’Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” and on the cluster of SDGs to be reviewed at the HLPF – in accordance with General Assembly resolution 70/299:

• Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
• Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
• Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
• Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
• Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
• Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

The APFSD agenda will address
(1) Regional perspectives on the implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including in depth review of the theme and cluster of goals; and
(2) Strengthening implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific, including the consideration of a draft regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific.” For more information access here.

Local: Bangkok

Date: 27-29 March 2019

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Raj Kumar: The Business of Changing the World

Devex - 27. März 2019 - 17:43
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CSOs and the 2019 Senior-Level Meeting: Reflections on the Role of Civil Society in Promoting Effective Development Co-operation

Effective Co-operation - 27. März 2019 - 17:21

Across the world, poverty and inequality are rising, inflicting unspeakable suffering on billions. We need new, more sustainable approaches to development, the kind that trickles down to the poorest of the poor, and promotes people’s rights, women’s empowerment, and environmental protection.

Responding to this need, various stakeholders have come together to draft the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and adopt the 2030 Agenda. They envisioned a world where there is zero poverty and hunger, access to education, health, clean water, affordable clean energy, and decent work, a world that is home to sustainable cities and communities and responsible consumption and production. They pledged to leave no one behind: not the women and children, not the indigenous people, not the persons with disabilities.

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation and the 2019 Senior-Level Meeting

Eleven years before 2030, so much work is left to be done. As determined by the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), there is a need to shift gears, and accelerate the efforts of all development actors to attain the SDGs. More resources must be mobilised, more partners must be involved.

The HLPF convenes again this July 9 to 18 in New York, to discuss how to facilitate this “shifting of gears”, and ensure the attainment of the sustainable development goals on time. Meanwhile, on July 13 to 14, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation will host the 2019 Senior Level Meeting (SLM), following up on the 2016 High-Level Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, which sought to align the GPEDC’s work and commitments with the HLPF.

The 2019 Global Partnership SLM will make a significant contribution to this year’s HLPF by showing evidence that effective partnerships and cooperation in all forms and places are a driver for achieving all the SDGs. For example, under SDG 17, Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development effective partnerships are seen as being key to strengthened domestic resource mobilisation, implementation of official development assistance (ODA) commitments from developed countries, debt sustainability for developing countries, and adoption of investment promotion regimes for least developed countries; transfer of technology, innovation, and knowledge to developing countries; capacity building; promotion of a better trading system; and enhancement of policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development.

SDG 17 also notably targets multi-stakeholder partnerships “that mobilise and share knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.” It goes on to encourage and promote “public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.”

The GPEDC and Civil Society

As representatives of civil society and in our particular capacities as co-chairs of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), we look forward to participating in the 2019 Global Partnership SLM, and meeting fellow CSO representatives.

The SLM, we believe, is an important platform for knowledge exchange and critical reflection regarding the world’s progress on the SDGs, as well as better ways to promote effective development cooperation.

Through the SLM, the Global Partnership acknowledges civil society’s historical role in advocating alternative approaches to development, and the principles that underpin the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

It gives CSOs a voice in the conversation on effective development cooperation, placing them in the same space as policymakers and duty-bearers, multilateral and bilateral organisations, non-state actors, private sector, the media, and all other actors that hold a stake in development. Moreover, SLM offers an intergovernmental structure to include civil society in the decision-making.

The SLM is also an opportune moment for monitoring progress as regards the effective development cooperation commitments of the aforementioned actors, in relation to the SDGs. 2019 marks the second year of GPEDC’s implementation of its work programme, which has witnessed true effort to promote development effectiveness.

The Role of Civil Society

Ahead of the SLM, we hope that our fellow representatives of CSOs are more committed than ever to the principles of effective development cooperation. Stronger participation from our ranks is more critical than ever, with growing threats to the attainment of sustainable development.

At CPDE, we lament the emergence of two harmful trends in effective development cooperation: the corporate capture of development, and shrinking and closing civic spaces. By the first we mean the growing role of big business – multinational and transnational corporations and international financing institutions (MNCs, TNCs, and IFIs) in the conceptualisation and implementation of development initiatives. Most often, these corporate-led initiatives pursue profit at the expense of communities’ interests, as well as the planet’s.

The second, meanwhile, refers to attacks on members of the civil society which come in overt and covert forms, all intended to discourage the people from asserting their rights. Repressive measures range from burdensome transparency and accountability requirements, to cases of harassment, arrests, and murder.

Actively confronting these trends, by consolidating our membership and calling the attention of duty-bearers responsible for regulating the private sector and protecting civic spaces, is one way by which CSOs can show their commitment to effective development cooperation. In the face of repression and the excesses of the private sector, CPDE rallied its constituencies and held governments to account for their particular commitments to human rights, which form part of the sustainable development agenda.

Moreover, CSOs advance their own effectiveness by strengthening their training programme for CSO effectiveness. At CPDE, an open platform that unites CSOs from around the world on issues of EDC, we have regularly conducted and supported capacity-building efforts for our members, designed to help them conduct better policy research, advocacy campaigns, communications, and program management around development effectiveness.

Finally, CSOs can strengthen commitments through the direct implementation of initiatives that contribute to behavioural change. For our platform, last year marked a breakthrough as we supported 44 country actions, each of which, we hope, made a unique contribution to the domestication of the development effectiveness framework, as articulated in the Istanbul Principles: human rights and social justice; gender equality and equity; people’s empowerment, democratic ownership and participation; environmental sustainability; transparency and accountability; equitable partnerships and solidarity; knowledge-sharing, and positive sustainable change.

An Invitation

By harnessing the power of the civil society, better prospects emerge for advancing people’s development needs. We then invite fellow members of the civil society to take advantage of the 2019 Global Partnership Senior-Level Meeting as a venue for advancing our causes, and urge other development actors to heed our voice.

May we always be able to find time and create similar spaces for meaningful partnerships and conversations, for the people and the planet.#

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