SOCIAL WATCH E-NEWSLETTER - Issue 129 - May 10, 2013

Issue 129 - May 10, 2013

In a highly publicized speech, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced in April that the new "highly ambitious" target of his institution will be "ending extreme poverty in the world by 2030." He said that developing countries have “a chance -- for the first time ever -- to end extreme poverty within a generation." Yet, that same goal was set 40 years ago by then World Bank president Robert McNamara and the target date was the year 2000. What's the excuse for a delay of 30 years?

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Magdalena Sepúlveda.

Interview with Magdalena Sepúlveda, Special UN Rapporteur for Human Rights and Extreme Poverty

What are the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights?

They are a set of human rights norms recently adopted by the UN Human Rights Council. They provide, for the first time, global policy guidelines validating specific obligations incumbent on States with respect to persons living in extreme poverty.
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High-level Panel. (Photo: NGLS).

A group of Southern NGOs, including many members of the Social Watch network, is gathering signatures in order to send this letter in the coming days to the members of the High Level Panel that is advising the UN on the content of a future Agenda for Development post-2015.

To add your signature to the letter please write to with your name, organization and country. The deadline is next Saturday 11th.

Download the letter in EnglishSpanishFrench and/or Arabic.
See the list of signatories hereRead more




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