SOCIAL WATCH E-NEWSLETTER - Issue 91 - June 29, 2012

Issue 91 -  June 29, 2012

Rio2012: Tough fight over financial resources and technology transfer

Rio2012 closure ceremony.

(Mark Garten/UN Photo)

Governments show a reasonable satisfaction on the delicate balance achieved in the outcome document for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio2012). But many of them are also deeply disappointed with the lack of ambition in the section on the means of implementation, considered a step backwards by some negotiators, according to the analysis of the Third World Network.

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“The Future We Want” without sexual and reproductive rights

Women rights organizations expressed deep disappointment and outrage over “The Future We Want”, the outcome document approved at Rio2012, reported Inter Press Service news agency. “The omission of reproductive rights” is “a step backwards from previous agreements,” said former prime minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland.

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Biodiversity and coherence in EU Common Agricultural Policy

Professor Mirjam Van Reisen, director of Europe External Policy Advisors, insisted on the “urgency of the question of the coherence of the EU Common Agricultural Policy” that remains unanswered, though the only solution to combine fair development, climate change curbing and biodiversity preservation should take place at the global scale.

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Tax revenue lost by States under investigation at seminar in Helsinki

Tax evasion by multinational corporations causes difficulties to developing countries. The most common method for companies to avoid taxes is to abuse transfer pricing. Profits are transferred to tax havens or to countries with low tax rates. This issue was analyzed at a seminar in Helsinki organized by the Tax Justice Network, the Service Centre for Development Cooperation (KEPA, focal point of Social Watch) and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs organised an international expert seminar in Helsinki.

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Florence 10+10: joining forces for another Europe

The next edition of the European Social Forum will be held in Florence, from November 8-11, ten years after the first one, that convened under the slogan "against war, racism and neo-liberalism" in the same Italian city. This time, this alliance of humanitarian and environmental movements, trade unions, non governmental organizations and other institutions committed with human rights and the world peace will dialogue in a very different situation.

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