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The Taxcast: September 2018

Tax Justice Network - 20. September 2018 - 21:28

In the September 2018 Taxcast: we talk about 'Moneyland' and the transnational elite that have broken free of democratic control with journalist Oliver Bullough. Also, 10 years after the financial crash - how do we tackle the next one? Plus, we discuss the fifth aide of US President Trump to be convicted of, or admit criminal charges, and what it says about the spread of plutocracy.

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#UNGA: 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly

UNSDN - 20. September 2018 - 19:30

Every year, in September, global leaders and change-makers gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York for two weeks, to discuss the burning issues of our time and set the global agenda for the year ahead. The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly opened this week and the body’s annual high-level segment – formally known as the ‘general debate’ – begins on Tuesday, 25 September, where every country’s leader gets to address the world.

The busy agenda covers the full spectrum of international issues, including sustainable development, climate change, peace and security, human rights, public health concerns and gender equality.

Here are six things you might not know about the General Assembly (or “the GA” as it’s referred to around the UN’s many hallways) and this year’s high-level week:

1. The UN General Assembly: one country, one vote

Today, the UN is made up of 193 Member States (there were only 51 back when it was created in 1945), 40 per cent of which are lower, or lower-middle income countries. Each Member State has an equal voice, and a single vote. To name only a few of its critical functions, the GA discusses and votes (as necessary if there is no consensus) on a vast array of international policy matters; decides on the UN’s budget, and elects the non-permanent members of the Security Council, together with formally choosing whoever occupies the top job of Secretary-General.

>>> The meeting schedule is available here.

2. This is only the fourth time that the General Assembly is being presided over by a woman

Ahead of each session of the GA, a new President is elected. The President of the 73rd General Assembly is María Fernanda Espinosa, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador. Out of 73 Presidents, she’s only the fourth woman and the first Latin American woman ever to hold the office.

>>> Learn more about the women who have held that position with UN News’s photo story

3. The general debate this year will focus on global leadership and shared responsibilities

Every year, the President elect, in consultation with Member States and the Secretary-General, chooses a theme for the week of the general debate where Heads of State and Government make statements. The official theme for 2018 is Making the United Nations relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies.

In her letter explaining this year’s choice, Assembly President Espinosa invited world leaders to comment on the “continuing relevance” of the UN and “the importance of a shared vision”. The debate will start on 25 September and run for six days.

>>> Find out more in this General Debate FAQ.

4. During the general debate, Brazil speaks first, the United States speaks second and then…

The general debate, is not actually a debate. Member States take turns delivering speeches and are given a right of reply when required. Since 1947, the first country to speak has been Brazil because, according to the UN Protocol and Liaison Services, during the Organization’s early years, no one ever wanted to be the first to speak, and Brazil always ended up volunteering to go first. This has now become a tradition.

The second spot goes to the host country (the US), and then the order of speakers follows a complex algorithm reflecting level of representation, geographical balance, the order in which the request to speak was recorded, and other considerations.

Though speakers are kindly asked to keep their statements to under 15 minutes, world leaders often go well beyond that. The longest speech made during the General Assembly, to date, was made by Cuba’s Fidel Castro, who spoke for four and half hours in 1960 (although that wasn’t during the General Debate).

>>> Another icon of the GA is the President’s gavel. Find out more about ‘Thor’s Hammer’, as the Icelandic gavel is affectionately known, here.

5. A Political Declaration for peace is expected to be adopted in honor of Nelson Mandela

In December 2017, the General Assembly voted to hold a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of South Africa’s first democratically-elected President and world icon, Nelson Mandela. On 24 September, the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit will be taking place, and Member States are expected to adopt a Political Declaration which was drafted throughout the year.

The text declares 2019-2028 the “Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace,” and calls on all world leaders to “make the impossible possible” and “redouble efforts to pursue international peace and security, development and human rights”.

>>> Read the final draft of the Declaration here.   

6. The General Assembly will address dozens of other critical global issues and bring them to the forefront of the global geopolitical scene

In addition to the General Debate and other plenary sessions, the weeks of General Assembly include a long list of meetings and side events.

The 73rd session will include a high-level meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on 24 September; an event to renew international commitment and Action for Peacekeeping on the 25th; a high-level side event on Violence Against LGBTI Individuals, also on 25 September; a high-level event on Ending Tuberculosis on the 26th, a series of humanitarian-themed events including the Yemen and South Sudan responses, and many more.

>>> Every day, you can watch live broadcasts of most high-level events on Webtv.un.org.

Source: UN News
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SID Blog: Strategietage für (Jugend-)Organisationen: Globale Lebensstile, 23.-25.11.2018 Haus Wasserburg http://dlvr.it/QkqwxM 

Twitter - 20. September 2018 - 18:48

SID Blog: Strategietage für (Jugend-)Organisationen: Globale Lebensstile, 23.-25.11.2018 Haus Wasserburg http://dlvr.it/QkqwxM 

SID Blog: Solidarität und Mitgefühl für Flüchtlinge http://dlvr.it/QkqwwV 

Twitter - 20. September 2018 - 18:48

SID Blog: Solidarität und Mitgefühl für Flüchtlinge http://dlvr.it/QkqwwV 

SID Blog: Entwicklungsminister Müller fordert mehr Anstrengungen zur Bekämpfung der Armut http://dlvr.it/QkqwtK 

Twitter - 20. September 2018 - 18:48

SID Blog: Entwicklungsminister Müller fordert mehr Anstrengungen zur Bekämpfung der Armut http://dlvr.it/QkqwtK 

Youth2030: The United Nations Strategy on Youth

UNSDN - 20. September 2018 - 18:33

A world in which the human rights of every young person are realized; that ensures every young person is empowered to achieve their full potential; and that recognizes young people’s agency, resilience and their positive contributions as agents of change.

The Secretary-General tasked his Envoy on Youth, in conjunction with the UN system and youth themselves, to lead development of a UN Youth Strategy. Its aim: scale up global, regional and national actions to meet young people’s needs, realize their rights and tap their possibilities as agents of change.

The strategy is ambitious. It will guide the UN system in stepping up support for the empowerment of young people, while ensuring that the Organization’s work fully benefits from their insights and ideas.

Investment in four areas will consolidate the position of the United Nations as a global leader in engaging with youth. It will become a pioneer of knowledge, a dynamic source of innovation, a catalyst for solutions and a champion of accountability. The strategy’s thematic priority areas reflect all three pillars of the UN system: sustainable development, peace and security, and human rights.

Young people today want the sustainable, peaceful world envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Realizing their aspirations depends on realizing their rights—to empowerment and development, participation and choice. They offer 1.8 billion reasons for the United Nations to stand by their side.

The High-Level Event “Youth2030”

The official launch of Youth2030: The United Nations Youth Strategy, will take place on Monday, 24th September 2018 at a High-Level Event  at the United Nation in New York.  The Strategy will be presented by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Learn more and follow us: https://trello.com/b/SnqDyO0k/youth-strategy 

Source: Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

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6 things to know about the General Assembly as UN heads into high level week

UN ECOSOC - 20. September 2018 - 17:56
Every year, in September, global leaders and change-makers gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York for two weeks, to discuss the burning issues of our time and set the global agenda for the year ahead. The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly opened this week and the body’s annual high-level segment – formally known as the ‘general debate’ – begins on Tuesday, 25 September, where every country’s leader gets to address the world.
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4 Jahre Suche nach den 43 Verschwundenen

BfdW - 20. September 2018 - 17:34

Mit der Kampagne „Ayotzinapa. Die Hoffnung liegt in der Wahrheit“ machen Partnerorganisationen von Brot für die Welt und andere auf das Verschwindenlassen aufmerksam. Nach vier Jahren liegt der Fokus der Familienangehörigen auf dem Recht nach Wahrheit und auf der Suche nach den 43 Studenten.

Kategorien: Ticker

SID Blog: Die schmutzige Spur des Elektroautos -- Neuerscheinung und Ausstellung von INKOTA http://dlvr.it/Qkpv42 

Twitter - 20. September 2018 - 15:42

SID Blog: Die schmutzige Spur des Elektroautos -- Neuerscheinung und Ausstellung von INKOTA http://dlvr.it/Qkpv42 

Head of Office (m/f), Iraq

epojobs - 20. September 2018 - 15:08

The German Red Cross (GRC) is part of a worldwide community assisting victims of conflicts and disasters and people affected by social or health related crises. The Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement provides vulnerable people with assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions and adheres to the seven Fundamental Principles of the Movement: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality. The German Red Cross assists in disaster response, re-habilitation and capacity building projects on appeals of their sister organizations within the Movement.
To coordinate GRC project activities in close cooperation with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS), GRC is currently seeking an experienced Head of Office.

Program Overview:

Iraq is suffering from an enormous internal displacement crisis with over 3.3 Mio IDPs dispersed in the country, in addition to over 245,000 Syrian refugees. Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria and the IDP crisis in Iraq, the IRCS was engaged in relief operations. The GRC started supporting the IRCS in its relief activities in September 2014. Since then, the German Red Cross has worked together with the IRCS to provide basic needs and emergency relief, financed by the German Federal Foreign Office (AA), in response to the Mosul crisis. In addition components addressing Community Based Integrated Programming have recently started. While the focus of current funding, set to expire at the end of September 2018, was on IDPs in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and the disputed areas under the KRI authority, future activities focus on Ninewa. GRC will assist returnees in Sinjar and Telafar, as well as the Ninewa branch to recover from the conflict.

Duration: 01.12.2018 – 31.12.2019, with possible extension

Location: Baghdad, with frequent travels to KRI and other regions 

Responsibilities and Tasks:
The Head of Office will be responsible for the overall coordination of GRC activities in the different branches of IRCS. She/He will manage the GRC office and staff and take up a key position in facilitating coordination and cooperation with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society and other movement partners, further developing a strategic direction of GRC´s engagement with the National Society.

Representation/Partnership:

  • To represent the German Red Cross in Iraq towards IRCS, the government and other partners (movement components, donors, German Embassy, INGOs, …), including national and international media;
  • To maintain a close cooperation and ensure regular liaison with movement partners and other stakeholders at the appropriate levels;
  • To maintain a co-operative working relationship with the host National Society; providing guidance and support in the strategy development process, OD, quality assurance, management, reporting, gender mainstreaming and finance.

Programme/Strategy:

  • To support GRC delegates in Iraq in coordination and liaison with IRCS, Partner national Societies and other humanitarian stakeholders;
  • To identify new project and partnership opportunities and support their development;
  • To keep a close coordination with the GRC Office in Beirut and GRC HQ.

Other:

  • To manage the office in Iraq, including personnel, security, fixed assets, financial assets and other resources;
  • To support GRC delegates and the local team and the project activities, including implementation, monitoring and reporting, development of new proposals, evaluations and other tasks as required.


Required Skills:

Management/Partnership:

  • Proven experience working with local partners, including in an advisory and coaching role, and engaging in high-level strategic discussions;
  • Solid programmatic, financial and organisational planning skills;
  • Experience in managing a team of expatriate and local staff;
  • Proven abilities in decision making and problem solving- to foresee various options and objectively assess viability to these options;
  • Previous experience of working for the Red Cross / Res Crescent Movement and proven experience in working closely with a RC/RC National Society are an asset.

Technical Experience:

  • At least 5 years working experience in the field of Emergency Relief and Development Projects in protracted crises;
  • Profound experience with donor funded projects, e.g. ECHO, DEVCO, Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ);
  • Experience of working in the MENA region is an asset.

Security/Language/Personal skills:

  • Experience in working in a difficult and volatile security context and awareness of the risks associated with this mission;
  • Oral and written fluency in English is required, knowledge of German and/or Arabic is an advantage;
  • Excellent communication skills, resolution skills and intercultural sensitivity, including managing expectations of different stakeholders in a balanced and diplomatic manner;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member;
  • Ability and agreement to adhere to the Red Cross Red Crescent Fundamental Principles
  • Ability to work fast and effectively in a multi-cultural, complex environment;
  • Ability to complete a thorough medical screening process 'working abroad under specific climate and health conditions';
  • Ability and agreement to adhere to the Red Cross Red Crescent Fundamental Principles;
  • Readiness to go on assignment without partner;
  • Valid Driving Licence.

GRC offers you a compensation package according to the collective employment agreement of the GRC as well as an expatriation allowance during your mission. We will provide you with an accommodation. In addition to a full insurance package (health insurance for residence abroad, private accident insurance, private liability insurance, luggage insurance) GRC is as well covering a home flight within a 12-month period of assignment, regular R&R and medical check-ups before and after your mission as well as Psychosocial Support Service. Before your assignment you will benefit from a comprehensive briefing package and will be able to complete a variety of trainings throughout your assignment.

Kindly apply by submitting your application by using the GRC online application system DRK HRnet (https://drkhrnet.drk.de) until 12.10.2018.

Please indicate Ref. No. 2018-106 with your application.

Further information on our recruiting procedure can be found on our homepage.
(https://www.drk.de/en/be-involved/international-vacancies/)

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Politische Bildung: Wie die imperiale Lebensweise ein gutes Leben für alle verhindert http://dlvr.it/QkpggD 

Twitter - 20. September 2018 - 15:00

Politische Bildung: Wie die imperiale Lebensweise ein gutes Leben für alle verhindert http://dlvr.it/QkpggD 

Politische Bildung: Imperiale Lebensweise http://dlvr.it/Qkpgc1 

Twitter - 20. September 2018 - 15:00

Politische Bildung: Imperiale Lebensweise http://dlvr.it/Qkpgc1 

Politische Bildung: Climate Justice not yet? Klimagerechtigkeit unter erschwerten Bedingungen http://dlvr.it/QkpgZ4 

Twitter - 20. September 2018 - 15:00

Politische Bildung: Climate Justice not yet? Klimagerechtigkeit unter erschwerten Bedingungen http://dlvr.it/QkpgZ4 

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