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Social Watch Philippines launched the Social Watch Philippines 2005 Report “Race for Survival Hurdles on the road to meeting the MDGs in 2015” and the Social Watch Annual Report 2005 “Roars and Whispers. Gender and poverty: promises vs. action” last September 8, 2005.

Prof. Leonor Briones of Social Watch, a member of the International Facilitating Group on Financing for Development (IFG), and a GCAP partner, presented her statement on behalf of NGOs and civil society at the Financing for Development Segment of the UN World Summit on September 14, 2005.

Last June 23 the General Assembly of the United Nations held hearings with NGOs, civil society organizations and the private sector, in preparation of the Millennium Summit+5 that will take place in September 2005.

Poverty, Human Rights and Security will be discussed by the heads of State and government of the world. Yet there are very limited opportunities for citizens to express themselves in this process. We need to make our voices heard.

Social Watch will launch its Annual Report 2005 this 14 September in New York. “Roars and Whispers. Gender and Poverty: Promises vs. Action” presents two new indexes to measure social development, and concludes that the targets set for 2015 as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will not be met.

Social Watch and Dignity International are pleased to announce that the application procedure to the LINKING & LEARNING PROGRAMME ON ESC RIGHTS FOR THE LATIN AMERICA REGION that will take place in Uruguay, from 7 to 15 November 2005 is now open. A limited number of partial or full funded scolarlships will be provided by the organisers. You can apply by filling the application form and sending it, before 5 September, to:

This week sees the launch of a major critical report on India's largest mining company, Vedanta Resources plc, based in London.

The Informal Interactive Hearings of the General Assembly with non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and the private sector were held on 23 and 24 June 2005, in preparation of the Millennium Summit+5 that will take place in September 2005.

The High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development took place at UN Headquarters in New York on 27 and 28 June 2005. The overall theme of the High-level Dialogue was "The Monterrey Consensus: status of implementation and tasks ahead".

Members of Social Watch participated in the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development.

Press Conference: Mr. Roberto Bissio, Social Watch Coordinator, Dr. Karina Batthyany, Social Watch Head Researcher, Ms. Rehema Kerefu-Sameji, Social Watch Tanzania, and Ms. Barbara Adams (moderator), Chief of Strategic Partnerships and Communications at UNIFEM, to discuss Social Watch's publication, "Advance Social Watch Report 2005: Unkept Promises. What the numbers say about poverty and gender."

[Webcast: Archived Video - 31 minutes]

You are invited to the launch of theADVANCE Social Watch Report 2005

"Unkept Promises What the numbers say about poverty and gender"

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