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MMS & the UN May 2015

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The highlights of the meetings in May were: Inter governmental negotiations for the post 2015 Agenda with SDGs at its core and second the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3).

For decades, development policy was shaped by the notion that the poor countries of the Global South needed money from the wealthy North in order to advance in their development. At the latest since the 2008/09 financial crisis this view of things has begun to change. Unlike previous years the global civil society is trying to unify their efforts to speak in one voice the concerns for example the CSO statement on global tax standards and norms:

https://www.globalpolicywatch.org/blog/2015/05/14/cso-statement/

The NGO Committee on FFD organized a side event with the title “Do we have the courage to put people and planet at the center? – challenges for FfD”. The background note was …

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BIG Money BIG Promises!

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 …

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