Tuesday 8 December 2009, 10.00

 The European Union immigration and asylum policies should line with development objectives and respect migrants’ human rights.
This Tuesday 8 December, the European Social Watch Report 2009, Migrants in Europe as Development Actors - Between hope and vulnerability will be launched in the European Parliament, Room A7F387, Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Bussels.


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.

Social Watch Report 2009 – Launch in New York

Social Watch Report 2009 – Launch in New York

The launch of People First, the Social Watch international report 2009, took place on September 25 in New York during the high level segment of the United Nations General Assembly. The event was followed by a lively discussion about the effects of the crisis at the global level. In this presentation Roberto Bissio, Social Watch Coordinator, speaks of the content of the publication as informed by 61 national reports included in it. His presentation focused on how these reports, that show the facts on the ground, differ from the modelling that ignores those facts, as well as on the proposals from civil society to deal with the crisis.
Listen to Roberto Bissio presentation.

Governance Structure of Social Watch

Social Watch is an international network of citizens’ organizations struggling to eradicate poverty and the causes of poverty, to ensure an equitable distribution of wealth and the realization of human rights. Social Watch is committed to social, economic and gender justice, and emphasizes the right of all people not to be poor.

The following strategy paper is based on the input from the various discussions in the 4th General Assembly of Social Watch, held in Accra in October 26 to 29, 2009. This strategy document elaborates and updates the strategy adopted in Sofia (2006) which outlined our principles, goals and objectives.

1. Background

Natalia Cardona Advocacy Coordinator Social Watch

131 nations have dennounced the developed countries for dismantling the Kyoto Protocol and setting new rules for negotiation at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bangkok. While the media has been shut out of negotiations, civil society has proven an extremely valuable link to those who are not allowed to be part of the discussions.

Jana Silverman Campaigns and Communications Coordinator Social Watch International Secretariat

The declaration emerging from the last G-20 Summit held in Pittsburgh in September 2009 once again falls far short of civil society’s expectations and of the needs by developing countries for resources and a new framework that enables them to restart their economies. Due to this, civil society and governments of the global South must continue to raise their voices for a more thoroughgoing set of reforms to the global financial and economic system. 

Jana Silverman and Natalia Cardona, Social Watch International Secretariat

In Pittsburgh and New York in September, the Social Watch 2009 Report was launched on a global level. The Report, titled People First, underscores the necessity for solid investments that can stimulate the world economy, and the need for thoroughgoing reforms of the world financial architecture, beginning with institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, so that national policy space is respected and there is policy coherence with regards to internationally agreed-upon  norms and commitments.

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