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Up coming Events

23-24 May 2016:   Humanitarian summit – Istanbul Turkey

6-7 June 2016: First annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs – New York

23-27 May 2016: 2nd Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

27-29 May 2016: Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA)

28 May 2016: International Day of Action for Women’s Health

11-20 July2016:  High Level Political Forum – New York…

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News for April

Dear Readers,
Make every day an Earth Day!
International Mother Earth Day April 22 was an opportunity to highlight the interdependence between people and variety of species with which we share this planet. “Trees for the Earth was the Theme of the 2016 Earth day. This year’s observance brings hope of a better future for all Since World leaders from 175 Countries signed the Paris Climate Agreement on the Mother Earth day while 15 countries ratified. There were celebrations, excitements and rejoicing: – Never before had so many countries signed an international agreement on its first day , never before the world had been agreed to address a critical global threat as is climate Change. France the host country of Climate Agreement was the first to sign. When US Secretary of State John Kerry holding his darling granddaughter signed, it was the echo of the 193 young Students paraded in …

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April events

6-8 April
         
Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) High-level Symposium, Brussels
 
         
11-15 April
         
49th Session of the Commission on Population and Development, New York
 
         
18-22 April
         
15th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration, New York
 
         
18-20 April
         
ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development, New York
 
         
20-22 April
         
Fourth High Level Forum on UN Global Geospatial Information Management, Addis Ababa

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Can Corporations stop being people’s enemies?

In the current unjust Socio-Economic System, maximizing shareholder value at all costs is the motto of most corporations which creates impoverished societies. There is growing income inequality in the world with some CEOs (some developed Countries) getting 300 times more salaries than the minimum paid worker in the same company! How can it be justified, morally, ethically or from a human rights point of view?

Most multinational corporations reduce their expenses by shifting the production offshore to countries of the Global South where cheap labor and low government regulation exists. When corporations avoid paying their fair share of taxes, governments around the globe are forced to raise rates for other types of taxes (such as sales taxes) and reduce investments in public services. All this comes at a time when people worldwide are struggling with reduced purchasing power. As a result, mounting corporate riches based on cheap labor and relentless …

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UN Financing for Development news- Regulatory framework fails to match hope placed on private companies, new studies

Negotiations towards the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, to be held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on July 13-16, are in full gear. In line with ongoing trends in the landscape of development assistance, deliberations thus far have shown a strong promotion, especially by Northern countries, of increased reliance on private sector sources for development funding. Two new studies set out to interrogate what does this mean for the language on human rights accountability of the private sector that we should expect to see negotiated in the conference, and whether expectations are being met by reality.

As put by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, “As businesses assume an ever-expanding role in the development and economic spheres their adherence to the human rights responsibilities outlined

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Next at the UN – Post 2015 Negotiations

Post–2015 negotiations
* 20–24 April: Means of implementation and global partnership for sustainable development
* 18–22 May: Follow–up and review
* 22–25 June: Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document
* 20–24 July, 27–31 July: Intergovernmental negotiations on the
outcome document
* 25–27 September: UN Summit: Delivering on and Implementing a
Transformative Post–2015 Development Agenda*//*

* Financing for  Development -  FfD3 negotiations

* 15–19 June: Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document
* 13–16 July: 3rd Conference on Financing for Development in Addis – Ethiopia

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