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Author: 
Roberto Bissio Coordinator, Social Watch International Secretariat

According to the World Bank, in January 2010 there were 1.5 billion people living in extreme poverty. Thus, the goal of reducing poverty and hunger to half by 2015 — the first of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — will be impossible. Furthermore, the lack of significant progress on trade, debt, aid and technology transfer (goal 8) prevents the creation of an adequate environment to achieve the objectives 1 to 6.

SOCIAL WATCH
RAPPORTO 2009

"Il Ruolo dell’Italia nella governance mondiale: tra delusioni e speranze della società civile”
L’evento è realizzato dalla Coalizione Italiana Social Watch in occasione della presentazione del nuovo Rapporto Annuale Social Watch “People First”
Da Pittsburgh a Copenhagen: il bilancio dei risultati dei recenti vertici internazionali. Quale ruolo l’Italia può e deve giocare in vista dei prossimi appuntamenti internazionali del 2010? Non più promesse ma urgenti e concreti impegni è la richiesta unanime della società civile italiana. A discuterne esponenti governativi, parlamentari, rappresentati di organizzazioni internazionali e della società civile italiana.

WEF/Monika FlueckigerThe impact of trade liberalization on the realization of human rights
Geneva, 5 February 2010

Dear Mr Lamy,

We appreciated your speech of 13 January 2010 and willingness to engage in a discussion on the contested and controversial relationship between human rights and trade during the 11-13 January 2010 Colloquium on Human Rights in the Global Economy, co-organized by the International Council on Human Rights and Realizing Rights in Geneva.

Originally published in YES! Magazine
by Tanya Dawkins
Ajamu Baraka is the executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network, a coalition of more than 250 human rights and social justice organizations working to hold the United States accountable to international human rights standards. YES! Magazine board member Tanya Dawkins talked to him about housing, direct action, and why human rights are relevant during the recession.

Roberto Bissio, coordinator of Social Watch, spoke at DAWN's Development Debates 2010. The panel organized by Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) took place on January 19th 2010 at Mauritius, Africa. It also counted with the participation of Rosalind Petchesky who talked about Gender Identity, Sexuality and Feminism, and Rodelyn Marte that made a presentation on HIV/AIDS and Women.

After many years of indiscriminate mortar shelling and endless human rights abuses, the poor people of Somalia are left with little hope or expectations of peace and stability. The destruction that has been inflicted on the Somali people is unprecedented in the recent history of Africa as the perpetrators are rarely called to account for their crimes.

Source: IFIs Latin American Monitor
Representatives of over 40 Latin American civil society organizations gathered in Montevideo on 10-11 December 2009 to discuss and propose alternatives to the current financial system in a panel organized by Social Watch Uruguay.

Author: 
Natalia Cardona

In 2010 at the United Nations, in New York, many events have gender and women’s rights as their theme or are solely focused on gender. These occasions provide an important thread of continuity for Social Watch’s work on gender and women’s rights. While these events are diverse in their nature all have significant importance to gender issues and to the status of women at the international level.

Statement by the Third World Institute, a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council

11 December 2009
Commission on the Status of Women
Fifty-fourth session

 

First published by The Times of India

NEW DELHI:  In a scathing indictment of the parliamentary committee system, an independent report has said that leave alone acting as watchdogs, committees were vulnerable to manipulation. The report — Evaluating Parliamentary Committees and Committee System — prepared by the National Social Watch Coalition elaborates with examples how committees have been used by the government to serve its ends.

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