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 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%. 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, although global GDP ballooned in that time from $US 22 trillion to 72 trillion.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.Inequality corresponds with high social tensions and political instability – with the
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 – …
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 …