SOCIAL WATCH E-NEWSLETTER - Issue 88 - June 08, 2012

Issue 88 -  June 08, 2012

Reflection Group proposes changes that “future justice for all will require”

Two weeks before the United Nations conference in Rio de Janeiro (Rio2012), 18 leading civil society activists and scholars from around the globe proposed concrete measures to effectively overcome the obstacles that prevent the world population to achieve a real sustainable development that enhances social equality and protects the environment.

In its report, the Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives “describes the root causes of the multiple crises” that suffers the planet, “reconfirms the framework of universal principles and rights, reconsiders development goals and indicators, and draws conclusions for the post-2015 development agenda.”

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Egyptian polls “very close to international standards”, despite initial reservations

Despite the previous reservations, the first round of the Egyptian presidential elections held last week “can be described as fair and very close to conforming to international standards of transparency,” according to a broad alliance of civil society organizations and individuals that observed the polls, reported the Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement (EACPE), national focal point of Social Watch in that Arab country.

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Malaysia: Penang’s environment threatened by unsustainable development

The Consumers Association of Penang (one of the national focal points of Social Watch) and the non governmental organization Sahabat Alam Malaysia warned that the beauty of this Malaysian state natural environment is slowly losing its shine due to the rapid pace of unsustainable development.

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Nepal: National civil society consultation on Rio2012

A National Civil Society Consultation on the United Nations Conference Rio2012 was organized in Kathmandu by Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN, focal point of Social Watch), in collaboration with the National Planning Commission and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.

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