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Medienworkshop "Großbaustelle Nachhaltigkeit"

CoverDeutschland ist noch meilenweit von einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung entfernt. Auf die neue Bundesregierung warten viele Baustellen, auf denen sich zeigen wird, ob sie es ernst meint mit der Erreichung der globalen Nachhaltigkeitsziele. Zu diesem Schluss kommt ein breites Bündnis von Spitzenverbänden, Gewerkschaften und Nichtregierungsorganisationen in seinem Bericht Deutschland und die globale Nachhaltigkeitsagenda 2017 – Großbaustelle Nachhaltigkeit. Er wird am 5. September 2017 in Berlin der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert.

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“We don't need 'trillions' to achieve the SDGs”

DSCF0660_smallWith the first week of deliberations at the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development coming to a close this Friday at the UN in New York, civil society activists are criticizing a piecemeal approach to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Especially worrisome to activists is a growing gap between aspirational goals and a lack of proper and comprehensive means of implementation.

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We Have to Reclaim the Public Policy Space for SDGs

logo-IPSAt the High-Level Political Forum which currently takes place at the United Nations in New York several events, for instance a SDG Business Forum, are devoted to the critical role of business and public-private partnerships (PPPs) in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. But many civil society organizations and trade unions warn in their joint report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017 that the various forms of privatization and corporate capture have become obstacles to implement the 2030 Agenda and its goals.

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World Bank plan to mobilize “trillions” will not help the poor

New York, 11 July 2017: The “leave no one behind” slogan and the proposition to increase funding “from billions to trillions” made by the development banks and the International Monetary Fund are the two policy messages most commonly heard at the debate around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that started yesterday at the United Nations. “You cannot have both at the same time” commented Roberto Bissio, coordinator of Social Watch, summarizing the analysis of the first SDG by the global Spotlight report, the major comprehensive independent assessment of the SDGs launched here yesterday.

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Civil society groups reclaim policies for the public

Spotlight_coverA global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions presents today the report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017. It is published on the opening day of the High Level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York. The report provides the most comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Resisting the tide of populist environmental neglect

"The threat of serious harm to the environment from human-made causes is undeniable and increasing. Military attacks, illegal resource extraction, exploitation of endangered species, toxic dumping, and a range of other activities jeopardize the natural world. While, the spectre of humanitarian and environmental disaster looms large, such as the collapse of the Mosul Dam, ongoing practices are already having a devastating impact, such as the poaching and exploitation of endangered species, and rampant unlawful deforestation. [...] It is timely to examine the possibility of using international criminal law as a complementary means to repress and redress grave environmental harm" writes Matthew Gillett.

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Support a Treaty on Business & Human Rights: Sign the new Statement of the Treaty Alliance!

static1.squarespace.comAll too often we hear about big transnational companies (TNCs) that violate human rights and about their victims lacking access to justice in their own countries. Most of the time, these crimes remain unpunished. But what if a UN Treaty on business and human rights would address this system of impunity and enable us to hold companies to account? Global Policy Forum and some European NGOs are supporting the call by the Treaty Alliance, a coalition of over hundreds of NGOs pushing for the UN treaty, to all states to constructively and proactively engage in the negotiations of the treaty. Please support this call and sign the new statement of the Treaty Alliance.

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Workshop: Corporate influence in the G20 and other international policy fora

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Transnational corporations and their lobby groups are using the G20 process as important opportunity to shape the global policy discourse and influence governmental decisions. The workshop at the Summit on Global Solidarity assesses the influence of corporations and neoliberal think tanks in the G20, the United Nations debates on business and human rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It discusses policies and safeguards to counteract corporate power and presents related civil society initiatives.

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‘OPERA’ in operation: sharing insights and learning on applying CESR’s monitoring framework

opera_webinar_homeStructural injustices in our socioeconomic systems – at the local, national, and global levels – are the root cause of many of the world’s most pervasive human rights violations. This is particularly true of chronic deprivations of economic, social and cultural rights, such as widespread poverty, hunger and death from preventable disease. Interdisciplinary approaches to human rights research can help uncover the injustice behind these deprivations, by providing more compelling evidence of the links between poor economic and social policies and their human rights impacts. To support activists and advocates in analysing public policies through the lens of human rights, CESR created ‘OPERA’, an analytical framework that systematically examines the normative standards and principles underpinning states’ obligation to fulfill economic, social and cultural rights.

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Advance chapter: The role of transnational corporations and extractive industries in seabed mining, and the impacts on oceans health and food security

Spotlight_Report_2017_-_ch14_-_advance_copyAs in 2016, the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will launch its "Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017" during this years High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July in New York. As an advance exceprt, the Group publishes the chapter on SDG 14 by Maureen Penjueli (Pacific Network on Globalization) on occasion of the Ocean Conference (June 5-9, 2017 at UNHQ, New York).

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Neues Briefing: Die G20 und die Agenda 2030

GPF-Briefing_0717_G20_und_Agenda_2030_CoverAm 7. und 8. Juli 2017 fand in Hamburg das Gipfeltreffen der G20, der Gruppe der 20 führenden Industrie- und Schwellenländer, statt. In der medialen Wahrnehmung war der Gipfel geprägt vom Auftritt des US-Präsidenten und den Konflikten in der Klima- und Handelspolitik. Andere Themen, darunter auch die Aktivitäten der G20 zur Umsetzung der Agenda 2030, traten demgegenüber in den Hintergrund. Beobachter/innen aus Wissenschaft und Zivilgesellschaft kritisieren insbesondere die unbeirrte Wachstumsgläubigkeit, von der die Gipfeldokumente geprägt sind, und den einseitigen Fokus auf private Investitionen zur Entwicklungsfinanzierung, beispielsweise im Rahmen der sogenannten „G20-Afrika-Partnerschaft“. Tatsächlich steht diese Schwerpunktsetzung im Kontrast zu den umfassenderen Ansätzen nachhaltiger Entwicklung, auf denen die Agenda 2030 der Vereinten Nationen beruht.

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Side event at HLPF on July 18 "SDG-implementation: How are governments doing their part?"

Spotlight_coverAlternative “shadow” reporting is a well-established tool of civil society to hold governments accountable to their commitments. A number of CSOs have prepared shadow or spotlight reports to follow-up on their governments efforts to implement the 2030-Agenda. Stalled, or slipping back, is the theme that appears in many of the contributions. Natural and un-natural disasters, some of them of catastrophic proportions, appear again and again not just as an obstacle to faster progress towards the agreed goals, but in fact setting the clock back. Part of the reason for lack of progress has to do with an over-reliance on public-private partnerships, urged by the World Bank as a way to finance implementation of the SDGs. Come join the authors of national shadow reports in a conversation about their experiences.

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Side-Event during HLPF: Policy Coherence and Financing for Sustainable Development With Equality

The political and policy space for the follow-up and review of the ‘means of implementation’ as well as the their linkages with the broader Financing for Development agenda has been established with the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum). How can the FfD Forum make a meaningful contribution to the HLPF? How can be ensured that human rights and gender equality are regarded as starting points and necessary pre-conditions for the journey as well as ends in themselves? How can both processes (HLPF and FfD Forum) benefit from each other and what role is there for civil society to play, in particular feminist and women’s rights organisations? How can the public policy space be protected from conflicts of interest in the emerging multi-stakeholder processes and strong private sector focus? This side event will provide an interactive opportunity to discuss progress and challenges in delivering the 2030 Agenda and in particular the role of the FfD Forum and the HLPF as global policy spaces.

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Poverty eradication is possible, but not with present policies

New York, 11 July 2017: “The promise made by governments to eradicate poverty by 2030 is doable if countries cooperate to fight tax evasion and capital flights” argues an independent report submitted to the High Level Political Forum of the United Nations as an input to its debate today around the first of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Conversation with authors of the Spotlight 2017

Spotlight_coverA global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions present the Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017 report. The report provides a comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): "Reclaiming policies for the public: Privatization, partnerships, corporate capture and their impact on sustainability and inequality - assessments and alternatives". A a roundtable event on July 18 in New York the authors of the report will present findings and recommendations to participants for discussion.

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Advance executive summary: Sustainability under construction in Germany

Grobaustelle_Nachaltigkeit_ExSu_EnglOne year ago, a coalition of German CSOs – including GPF – published a first "shadow report" on the state of the nation regarding sustainability and its fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The publishers had to conclude that much remained to be done. One year later, they again take stock – and it will come as no surprise that the new report does arrive at very similar conclusions despite addressing different subject areas. In advance of the release of the full report on 5 September 2017 - just weeks ahead of a general election in Germany - the executive summary is available in English.

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Alternative to G20: The Global Solidarity Summit

AlternativgipfelAhead of the G20 summit in Hamburg, civil society organizations, scientists, activists and politicians gather for an alternative meeting, the Global Solidarity Summit in Hamburg on July 5 and 6, 2017. During 12 panel discussions and more than 70 workshops the organizers gathered scientists, activists and politicians from all over the world to analyze problems of the ruling policies, share alternatives and discuss strategies to realize a solidarity-oriented world. Global Policy Forum organizes two workshops.

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Workshop: Menschenrechte vor Profit! Warum wir globale Unternehmensregeln brauchen

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Handels- und Investitionsschutzabkommen erleichtern Unternehmen den Zugang zu Märkten und Rohstoffen und schützen ihre Interessen mit einklagbaren Rechten. Für den Schutz der Menschenrechte in der globalisierten Wirtschaft gibt es hingegen nur freiwillige Leitprinzipien. In einem Workshop beim Gipfel für globale Solidarität am 6. Juli in Hamburg wollen wir den aktuellen Prozess bei den Vereinten Nationen zu einem Menschenrechtsabkommen (Treaty) diskutieren, das verbindliche Regeln für Unternehmen schaffen soll.

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Tax competition and corporate tax avoidance "inconsistent" with human rights, says UN treaty body

CESR_Official_LogoIThe UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – mandated to oversee compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (binding in over 160 countries) – released its General Comment 24, the most recent authoritative interpretation of States’ human rights obligations in the context of business activities since the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were adopted in 2011. The Committee affirms: "Lowering the rates of corporate taxes with a sole view to attracting investors encourages a race to the bottom that ultimately undermines the ability of all States to mobilize resources domestically to realize Covenant rights. As such, this practice is inconsistent with the duties of the States Parties to the Covenant.”

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Funding Needs for UN’s 2030 Development Agenda Skyrocket – to Trillions of Dollars

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As the United Nations assesses the implementation of its 2030 Agenda for Development, including its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the estimated funding needs keep skyrocketing—from the initial millions and billions to trillions of dollars annually. The President of the General Assembly, Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji, said on April 18 that SDG financing, including the eradication of extreme poverty by 2030, is going to cost about $6 trillion annually —and then to a hefty $30 trillion through 2030. At the same time, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), which outlines the implementation of the 17 SDGs, points to an infrastructure gap of some $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion annually in developing countries, while estimates of the global gap generally range from $3 trillion to $5 trillion annually. But the international community—and specifically the least developed and developing countries—is unlikely to succeed in raising the funds needed to achieve the UN’s ambitious goals, including lifting some 550 million people out of poverty. Nor does the state of global economic growth augur well towards achieving all—or most—of the 17 SDGs.

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