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New Report of the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Agenda-2030_engl_titel_smallIndependent monitoring and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its structural obstacles and challenges are key factors for the success of the SDGs. It is for this reason, the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development together with other civil society organizations and networks has produced the first annual Spotlight Report assessing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the structural obstacles in its realization. The report puts a spotlight on the fulfillment of the 17 goals, with a particular focus on inequalities, responsibility of the rich and powerful, means of implementation and systemic issues.

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Neuer Bericht: Deutschland & die UN-Nachhaltigkeitsagenda

Agenda-2030_dt_titelDie 2030-Agenda der Vereinten Nationen und ihre 17 Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung versprechen die Transformation unserer Welt. Sie gelten für jedes Land, für die Länder des globalen Südens und des globalen Nordens, und damit auch für Deutschland. Gemeinsam mit VENRO, Forum Menschenrechte, Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung, terre des hommes und Open Knowledge Foundation hat das Global Policy Forum nun den Bericht „Deutschland und die UN-Nachhaltigkeitsagenda 2016 - noch lange nicht nachhaltig“ herausgegeben. Darin ziehen 40 Expertinnen und Experten kritisch Bilanz über Deutschlands Beiträge zur Erreichung der SDGs sowohl zu Hause als auch global. Sie erkennen Schwächen und Anknüpfungspunkte für Reformen und fordern wirksame Schritte von Entscheidungsträgerinnen und -trägern in Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft.

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Reinventing Development

adams_un_reformTransformational changes are needed to make the UN into a body that advances the public interest through democratic governance and commitment to its founding values. These changes will not be easy to bring about, but Adams and Judd give us the guideposts we need to set off on this path in the field of development. For one thing is clear: A piecemeal approach won’t get us the UN we need. A reform agenda that’s worth pursuing will recognize the entrenched interests that support the status quo and take on critical issues of financing, adopting a values-based framework, integrating the three UN pillars—human rights, sustainable development, peace and security—into that framework, and developing a culture of accountability.

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Partnerships and the 2030 Agenda: Time to reconsider their role in implementation

On-Partnerships-GPF-input-to-discussion“Partnership” is a misleading term to cover every type of engagement between UN entities and non-State actors. It promotes a false sense of equality. Lumping CSOs and corporate actors together according to their non-State status ignores the profound differences in their orientation, interests and accountability. 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.

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Auf dem Weg zu globalen Unternehmensregeln - Der "Treaty-Prozess" in den Vereinten Nationen

Globale_Unternehmensregeln_TitelseiteEs war eine historische Entscheidung, als der UN-Menschenrechtsrat im Juni 2014 eine Arbeitsgruppe einsetzte, um ein rechtsverbindliches Instrument zu formulieren, mit dem transnationale Konzerne und andere Wirtschaftsunternehmen für Menschenrechtsvergehen zur Verantwortung gezogen werden können. Ein neues Arbeitspapier von Global Policy Forum und Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung liefert Basisinformationen zu den aktuellen Diskussionen im UN-Menschenrechtsrat, dem sogenannten „Treaty-Prozess“. Es skizziert die Vorgeschichte der gegenwärtigen Diskussionen, beschreibt politische Kontroversen und Konfliktlinien, erläutert die möglichen Inhalte eines Abkommens und formuliert abschließend einige Schlussfolgerungen für den weiteren Prozess.

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Progressive realization of economic and social rights: The role of tax policy

Max-available-res-in-tax-policy-300x135Maximum Available Resources, Non-retrogressoin and Minimum Essential Levels in Tax Policy” is the second in a series of advocacy tools on human rights and tax policy produced by the RightingFinance Initiative. The series aims to assist education and dissemination of standards on tax policy and human rights contained in a report produced by the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. Drawing on that report, this second publication lays out the normative foundations for maximum available resources, non-retrogression and minimum essential levels, how they apply to tax policy, and guiding questions for reflection.

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UN financing forum: A bitter awakening after 2015’s party of multilateralism

P1020394Aldo Caliari, Director of the Rethinking Bretton Woods Project at the Center of Concern, reports on the outcomes of the first ECOSOC Financing for Development Forum that took place April 18 to 20, 2016 in New York. The Forum was intended to be the centerpiece of a reinvigorated follow up to the Financing for Development process created by the Third Financing for Development Conference held in Addis Ababa in 2015. "[...] those observing the first event to follow up on [2015's] commitments were suddenly awakened to the bitter reality of transitioning from paper to the realities of implementation."

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'Panama Papers': When tax abuse is human rights abuse

CESR_Official_LogoI"As revelations in leaked documents from Panama’s Mossack Fonseca law firm send shockwaves around the world, the threat to human rights represented by international tax abuse has been thrown into stark relief. Dozens of political leaders from all corners of the globe have been implicated in large-scale tax evasion and avoidance through secrecy jurisdictions (tax havens), effectively robbing government coffers around the world of much-needed resources that might otherwise be used to fulfill the human rights of ordinary citizens," writes the Center for Economic and Social Rights in a recent blog.

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Regional Commissions should not set International PPP standards

On the occasion of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's Forum on Public Private Partnerships, the Addis CSO Coordination Group, a broad coalition of NGOs working on the issues of the Financing for Development Agenda since the first International Conference on FfD in Monterrey in 2001, has published an open letter. The authors challenge the attempt by UNECE to define international standards on PPPs as illegitimate and call for the issue to be raised during the upcoming FfD Forum in New York in April. There, contrary to the UNECE meeting, all country governments, including those from the global South will have a say.

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Obstacles to Women’s Rights and to the SDGs

20160308-UNSC-GWP-PanelDuring the United Nations observance of International Women’s Day 2016, Barbara Adams from Global Policy Forum and Social Watch addresses the obstacles to Women’s Rights: the unfair global trade and investment system and the lack of a debt workout mechanism deviate the resources that should ensure an universal social protection floor.

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Side-events during the HLPF in New York - Spotlight on Sustainable Development

GPF_Logo_4CkGPF, together with various partners including the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be co-hosting several side-events during the upcoming High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York, July 11 to 20, 2016. During the HLPF, the first issue of Spotlight on Sustainable Development will be launched. Also, national Reports from countries around the world will be presented. Feel invited to join us for these events (though participation requires registratin to the HLPF.

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Workshop "Das Nachhaltigkeitsforum der UN und die 2030-Agenda"

GPF_Logo_4CkUm die Umsetzung der im September 2015 beschlossenen 2030-Agenda für nachhaltige Entwicklung auf globaler Ebene zu überprüfen, findet vom 11. bis 20. Juli 2016 in New York das Hochrangige Politische Forum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, HLPF) statt. Das Forum soll jährlich auf Ministerebene und alle vier Jahre auf Ebene von Staats- und Regierungschefs – sozusagen als Weltnachhaltigkeitsgipfel, unter dem Dach der UN-Generalversammlung – zusammentreten.
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Five Western Donors Shape a Corporate Agenda for African Agriculture

unholy-alliance-cover_0The Unholy Alliance, Five Western Donors Shape a Pro-Corporate Agenda for African Agriculture, a new report released today by the Oakland Institute, exposes how a coalition of four donor countries and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is shaping a pro-business environment in the agricultural sector of developing countries, especially in Africa.

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UN Treaty Must Address Corporate Capture

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The Treaty Alliance has called on civil society organisations (CSOs) everywhere to take action to combat corporate capture. At the recent treaty Alliance gathering in Brazil they particularly called on CSOs to demand that the forthcoming United Nations (UN) binding treaty contains strong provisions that prohibit the interference of corporations in the process of forming and implementing laws and policies, as well as administering justice, at all national and international levels.

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TTIP documents confirm major risks for environment, consumer safety

ttipleaks-live-BOSGreenpeace Netherlands is releasing a package of leaked TTIP negotiation texts to provide much-needed transparency and trigger an informed debate on a treaty threatening to have far-reaching implications for the environment and the lives of almost a billion citizens in the EU and US. This is the first time the public will have the chance to compare the EU and US negotiating positions.

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200+ Friends of UNRISD call to support the Institute

UNRISD_0.8AMore than 200 academics, policy and decision makers, practitioners and advocates signed on to a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, asking for his urgent political backing to efforts now under way to mobilize UN and other sources of funding for UNRISD. UNRISD is still collecting signatures; please read the letter and show your support by signing on today.

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Wirtschaft Macht Politik

DeckblattIn den vergangenen Jahren haben sich die ökonomischen, sozialen und ökologischen Krisenerscheinungen weltweit verschärft. Immer deutlicher wird, dass eine Politik des business as usual keine Option sein kann. Gefordert ist eine aktivere Rolle der Politik auf nationaler und internationaler Ebene, um die „große Transformation“ hin zu einer zukunftsgerechten Entwicklung weltweit zu ermöglichen. Aber bislang blieben die dazu notwendigen politischen Durchbrüche weitgehend aus. Die Beharrungskräfte gegen die „große Transformation“ haben häufig weiterhin die Oberhand. In einer neuen Publikation zeigen Brot für die Welt, das Global Policy Forum und MISEREOR an konkreten Beispielen, wie privatwirtschaftliche Akteure den Diskurs in bestimmten Politikprozessen beeinflussen und damit immer wieder versuchen, die Durchsetzung verbindlicher Unternehmensstandards im Umwelt-, Sozial- und Menschenrechtsbereich zu verhindern. Folgende Themenbereiche stehen dabei im Zentrum: Die Diskussionen über die 2030-Agenda für nachhaltige Entwicklung sowie über Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte in den Vereinten Nationen, die internationalen Klimaverhandlungen, die Verhandlungen über TTIP und die internationale Agrarpolitik.



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Implementation of the Global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in and by Germany

csopapergermany201603Following a participative and comprehensive process over several years, in September 2015 the United Nations (UN) adopted the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs must now be implemented in and by all countires, including Germany. A wide coalition of Civil Society Organizations there thinks that fundamentally different approaches must be taken in areas of political action. "Germany must accept its responsibility for sustainable development and implement the 2030 Agenda in accordance with its five principles (people, planet, prosperity, peace, partnership)."

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Multi-stakeholder partnerships in the 2030 Agenda

In support of the upcoming ECOSOC Partnership Forum (March 31, 2016), researchers Marianne Beisheim and Nils Simon have prepared an independent paper to inform and stimulate a debate around "ways to improve, inter alia, transparency, accountability and the sharing of experiences of multi-stakeholder partnerships and on the review and monitoring of those partnerships." The paper defines and differentiates types of multi-stakeholder partnerships, identifies reasons for their successes and/or failures, briefly recaps the history of the UN’s involvement in those partnerships and points out recent developments in the context of the 2030 Agenda. Finally, the paper outlines options for improving the overall governance and specifically the accountability, transparency, and measurement of results of multi-stakeholder partnerships at the UN.

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PPPs and the 2030 Agenda

2288desaworkingpaper148In light of the emphasis given to public-private partnerships as a mechanism to finance infrastructure projects and highlighting the need for capacity building and knowledge sharing at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, a recently published working paper by the Department of Economic & Social Affairs at the UN Secretariat reviews the extant literature on the subject and identifies areas requiring better understanding and institutional innovation for ensuring value for money, minimizing contingent fiscal risk and improving accountability. "An institutional capacity to create, manage and evaluate PPPs is essential to ensure that they become an effective instrument of delivery of important services, such as infrastructure. There is also a need for a common definition of PPPs and internationally accepted guidelines, including uniform accounting and reporting standards."
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