“We are the first generation that can end poverty and the last one that can take steps to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.” With these words, the former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon never tired of pushing a new reference framework that unites the fight against poverty and the drive to combat climate change. He achieved his goal in September 2015 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Social Watch Philippines (SWP), in partnership of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) conducted a policy discussion entitled 'Universal Social Protection Floor (USPF): What's in it for us?', last April 26 to be participated in by the International Labor Organization (ILO), key national government agencies, CSO representatives, academics,  civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

The USPF is a set of basic social security guarantees that covers essential health care, income security for children, for persons of working age but are unable to earn sufficient income due to illness, unemployment, maternity and disability as well as for older persons. Furthermore, the Philippines is a signatory to the attainment of the United Nations sponsored Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of which the implementation of the USPFs falls under (target 1.3 of Goal 1 on ‘ending poverty in all its forms everywhere.’)

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres challenged participants at the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 61) in March 2017: “Do not let us at the UN off the hook. Keep our feet to the fire.” Many civil society organizations (CSOs) are doing just that –  calling for more from the CSW.

At CSW 61, Dalia Leinarte, Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) said, “[l]inking the [CEDAW] Convention to the 2030 Agenda [for Sustainable Development] has great potential in advancing women’s economic empowerment and enables the Committee to support States in implementing the [Sustainable Development Goals] SDGs.”

All major presidential candidates promise in their platforms to increase the French development cooperation contribution to 0.7 per cent of GDP and yet "I bet you a bottle of champagne that whoever gets elected, when we gather again five years from now that promise will not have been met".

Jean-Michel Severino, the author of the bet, was speaking on behalf of Emmanuel Macron in a public debate about French international relations and development cooperation among representatives from the five leading presidential candidates, a contest so close that four of them are deemed likely to pass to the second and final round next May.

Eurodad published a new report on public development banks, entitled "Public development banks: towards a better model".

The report draws on a wide range of existing research and finds there are four main roles that public development banks (PDBs) can play to improve the impact of the financial sector on development.

Public development banks (PDBs) are enjoying a resurgence. The global financial and economic crisis has stimulated new interest in PDBs, particularly given the important role they play in providing counter-cyclical financing when private capital is in short supply. In recent years, several countries have established new national and multilateral PDBs, and at the global level they have been recognised for the role they play in the United Nations Financing for Development process.

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