Social Watch E-Newsletter - Issue 259 - May 27, 2016

Issue 259 - May 27, 2016

All countries have responsibilities in the new 2030 Agenda

Every country and every region has something to do in the new global Agenda 2030, said Social Watch coordinator Roberto Bissio in Berlin, interviewed by Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft (IPG). Bissio said that the new agenda is more comprehensive. The rich countries are not only required to provide aid but also to introduce changes at home and to look at the footprints they leave, the impact of what they do internally in the global atmosphere, the oceans and the economy. "It is also an Agenda that provides major opportunities for us as citizen groups to interpelate our governments and ask policy makers what are you doing about this agenda that is relevant for all of us." Read more

Misleading "partnerships" in the 2030 Agenda: It is time to reconsider

"Partnership" is a misleading term to cover every type of engagement between UN entities and non-State actors, says the Global Policy Forum in a Background Note issued this week in New York and Bonn. Lumping CSOs and corporate actors together because of their non-State status ignores the profound differences in their orientation, interests and accountability and promotes a false sense of equality. Before considering ways to enhance the effectiveness of partnerships between UN entities and non-State actors and establishing a system-wide delivery support, more fundamental questions should be addressed. This Background Note poses necessary questions and offers perspectives both from the work of Global Policy Forum as well as from previous proposals on partnerships offered by some Member States. Read more

The commodity slump has cooled the global land rush. But land rights are still under pressure, requiring action at local to global levels.
The commodity price hikes of 2007-2008 and the ensuing wave of transnational land deals for agribusiness investments in low and middle-income countries placed land rights at the centre of international development discourses. In many agrarian societies land underpins livelihoods, social identity, political power and the collective sense of justice. Land is also a recurring source of conflict. So addressing land rights issues is a welcome development priority.
But pressures on land rights in low and middle-income countries are changing, for three reasons. Read more



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