MMS-UN news- March

 Some of the highlights of the events at the UN are:

 March 3-5 2014 : 9th Session of Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals: This session was the first negotiation session, after a stocktaking phase from March 2013 to February 2014. The co-chairs of the OWG came out with 19 focus area which further was classified in to 8 clusters.
Cluster 1 – Poverty eradication – Promote equality Cluster 2 – Gender equality and women’s empowerment
– Education – Employment and decent work for all – Health and population dynamics
Cluster 3 – Water and sanitation – Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition
Cluster 4 – Economic growth  – Industrialization  – Infrastructure  – Energy
Cluster 5 – Sustainable cities and human settlements – Promote Sustainable Consumption and Production
– Climate Cluster 6 – Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas – Ecosystems and biodiversity Cluster

Deglobalization is the way.

“Deglobalization’ is the way to reduce inequality” says Pablo Solon  former ambassador of Bolivia to the UN.

  • The race of globalization is leaving the majority of the world’s population far behind. According to UNICEF, the richest 20% of the population gets 83%of global income, while the poorest quintile has just 1%.[1] This trend is getting worse. A new UNDP report called “Humanity Divided” estimates that 75% of the world’s population lives in societies where income distribution is less equal now than it was in the 1990s,[2] although global GDP ballooned in that time from $US 22 trillion to 72 trillion.[3]For developing economies in Asia, the Gini coefficient – which measures income inequality on a scale from zero to one where one is worst – rose from 0.33 in 1990 to 0.46 in 2010.[4]Inequality corresponds with high social tensions and political instability – with the

TWN Info Service on UN Sustainable Development


        North-South debate in the UN within context of Sustainable Development Goals By Bhumika Muchhala (14 March 2014)

– Developing countries voice various concerns and priorities on differentiation, means of implementation, global partnership and a narrative in the 9th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals –

The first of five intergovernmental consultation sessions in the second phase of the United Nations Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) took place on 3-5 March in New York.  The eight OWG sessions thus far constituted the “input” phase.  They took place over the course of one year, from March 2013 to February 2014.

The OWG is a key process for the follow-up of the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 (Rio+20).  The Co-chairs of the OWG are Ambassadors Macharia Kamau of Kenya and Csaba Korosi of Hungary.

On 21st February, the

Post 2015 Development Agenda- Challenges

One of the two  Key note presenters- Celine Paramunda,  at CSW 58

 a parallel  event by the Intentional Council of women


2 scenarios, 1. I met  Lakshmi   in Chennai, who lost their  land  to Hundai  car manufacturing  company  under the promise of getting a job  2.  Rani is a widow in AP S.India struggles to raise her 3 kids ever since she lost her husband- he is one among the 270 000 farmers who  committed suicide as they were  pushed in to  debt trap by GMO- seed company . There are 100s and thousands of stories like this. As we move from MDGs to SDGs the question is: What does development mean for these people?

“   the current framework do not address several structural issues. We cannot expect to make progress unless we address these underpinning barriers to gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights”    Lakshmi Puri –   …

The United Nations and the Ekraine issue

 UNITED NATIONS, Mar 5 2014 (IPS) – When the crisis in Ukraine moved into the august chambers of the Security Council last week, it was virtually dead on arrival. After two meetings last Saturday and Monday, the Council remained politically deadlocked, unable or unwilling either to adopt a resolution or come up with the lowest common denominator: a presidential statement with the concurrence of its 15 members “We have a predictable standoff in the Security Council, just as it happened in most previous phases of this long-running rivalry.” — Stephen Zunes Still, James Paul, who served for more than 19 years as the executive director of the New York-based Global Policy Forum, does not rule out the significance of the United Nations in the ongoing political turbulence in Ukraine. “This is a situation where multilateral diplomacy is needed and peacemaking is urgently required,” Paul told IPS. The United Nations can