UN high level meetings tackle post-2015 agenda amid global South, CSO concerns
Several UN high level meetings were held in New York from 23 September to 8 October to assess the progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and negotiate the successor framework to the MDGs for 2015.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon convened the high-level event, “MDG Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact.” He introduced the “new partnerships” that the UN is promoting to change the development landscape and mobilize resources to advance the MDGs.
This was followed by the “Special Event on achieving the MDGs.” Member states agreed that the new set of goals need to balance the three pillars of sustainability, namely the economic, ecological, and social aspects of development. They also agreed on holding intergovernmental negotiations to achieve consensus on the goals and the overall post-2015 framework.
The first High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) …
Into the lion’s den: Confronting the World Bank on privatized water
Washington, D.C., October 11—Corporate Accountability International (CAI) and IBON International joined forces in Washington, D.C. this week to challenge the World Bank Group on its role in privatized water utilities.
CAI is a membership organization with a 35-year track record on protecting human rights, public health and the environment from corporate greed and abuse around the world. It is currently pursuing a campaign to challenge corporate control of water.
IBON on the other hand has consistently opposed water privatization since the 1990s and is the secretariat of the regional Water for the People Network (WPN) with members in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mongolia, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. WPN challenges water-related policies, structures and institutions that compromise the people’s right to water. The network also proactively seeks community-based, pro-people solutions to such problems.
Shayda Edwards Naficy, CAI’s international water campaign …
Girls’ Rights are Human Rights
In December 2011 the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 October the International Day of the Girl Child, thus recognizing girls’ human rights and the particular challenges that girls face. In reserving a day for advocacy and action by and for girls, the UN has demonstrated its commitment to end gender-based inequality, discrimination, neglect, violenceand the economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls across the globe.
The Canadian and US girl activists who conducted the campaign to create this special day of observance purposefullychose the date 10/11/12 (month/day/year) in order to highlight that the fact that life often changes dramatically for the worse for girls aged 10-12 years. In many societies, negative cultural …
News from the United Nations…
The month of September is busy with various meetings including the beginning of the 68th UN General Assembly which is still going on. Due to the remodeling of the UN building, the spaces are extremely limited and access to the UN building is highly restricted especially when the heads of states are around.
A short review of the past events: 1. Sept 5th International Day of Charity was observed in honor of Mother Teresa on her 16th death anniversary. Interestingly the proposal came from the Civil society of a communist country, Hungary! Several speakers spoke on the occasion high lighting the need for volunteerism, and philanthropy for caring for fellow human beings and for systemic change as well.
2. Sep 6thfor the high level forum on the culture of peace, the Patriarch of Serbia spoke and the …
The 68th General assembly of the United Nations.
Not only governments are fully committed to meeting the Millennium Development Goals — the private sector also wants to step up to the challenge.
World leaders on Wednesday agreed on how to kick off the debate on the post-2015 framework through a common set of goals for both rich and poor nations. The outcome document that will set the agenda for the next two years envisions a multi-stakeholder approach that includes the private sector and philanthropy to boost total investment in achieving the MDGs to $2.5 billion.
The document adopted at a special event during the 67th session of the U.N. General Assembly calls for “a strengthened global partnership” that will draw from all resource pools, public and private, and specifically calls on firms “to engage in responsible business practices” for sustainable development.
Private sector development has long been considered a key …