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Of Foxes and Chickens

1503080209_magicfields_publication-archive_1_1Despite this democratic deficit, the Council has had real achievements along with failures both of commission and omission. In this critical analysis of the Security Council, James A. Paul, former executive director of Global Policy Forum, examines its history of successes and failures, idealism and arrogance. Long a major figure in the NGO community at the UN, Paul founded the NGO Working Group on the Security Council, convening frequent meetings with Council ambassadors.

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Deutschland bleibt eine Großbaustelle in Sachen Nachhaltigkeit

CoverDeutschland ist noch meilenweit von einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung entfernt“, bilanzieren elf Spitzenverbände, Gewerkschaften und Nichtregierungsorganisationen in ihrem neuen Bericht Großbaustelle Nachhaltigkeit – Deutschland und die globale Nachhaltigkeitsagenda | 2017: 42 Expertinnen und Experten analysieren in dem Bericht wichtige Baustellen deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspolitik von der Steuergerechtigkeit, über Armutsbekämpfung, Gesundheitsvorsorge, Kohleausstieg bis hin zu Gewaltprävention. Messlatte ist die im Jahr 2015 von der Staatengemeinschaft verabschiedete Agenda 2030 mit den 17 Zielen für nachhaltige Entwicklung (SDGs).

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Politische Gestaltungsmacht für die sozial-ökologische Transformation

13630Mit der Agenda 2030 treten die Staaten dafür ein, bis zum Jahr 2030 die sozial-ökologische Transformation von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft auf den Weg zu bringen. In den letzten Jahrzehnten hat jedoch die Kombination aus neoliberaler Ideologie, Lobbyismus, unternehmensfreundlicher Finanzpolitik sowie Steuervermeidung und -hinterziehung den öffentlichen Sektor und seine Fähigkeit geschwächt, lebenswichtige Güter und Dienstleistungen bereitzustellen. Andererseits wurden dadurch eine beispiellose Anhäufung von privatem Vermögen und eine zunehmende Marktkonzentration ermöglicht. Es ist höchste Zeit, diesen Entwicklungen zu begegnen, politische Gestaltungsmacht zurückzugewinnen, die öffentlichen Finanzen effektiv zu stärken sowie Macht und politischen Einfluss von Unternehmen zu beschränken.
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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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Neues Positionspapier der Treaty Alliance Deutschland

TreatyAlliance-D_Positionspapier_CoverSeit Juni 2014 arbeitet eine Arbeitsgruppe des UN-Menschenrechtsrats an einem verbindlichen UN-Abkommen, mit dem die Staatengemeinschaft die Aktivitäten von Unternehmen mit Blick auf die Achtung der Menschenrechte regulieren soll. Das Abkommen (UN-Treaty) soll den Schutz betroffener Individuen und Gemeinschaften vor Menschenrechtsverstößen durch Unternehmen verbessern und ihnen Zugang zu Rechtsmitteln ermöglichen. Vom 23. bis 27. Oktober 2017 wird die Arbeitsgruppe zum Abkommen zum dritten Mal in Genf tagen. Die Verhandlungsleitung durch Ecuador wird bis dahin einen Vorschlag für Elemente des zukünftigen Abkommens vorlegen. In einem breiten Bündnis deutscher Nichtregierungsorganisationen, der Treaty Alliance Deutschland, hat das Global Policy Forum ein Positionspapier zum UN-Treaty-Prozess erstellt. Darin fordert es die Bundesregierung an einer konstruktiven Mitarbeit in dem Prozess auf und stellt Elemente vor, die ein zukünftiges Abkommen enthalten sollte.

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Special Issue: Resourcing International Organizations

Cover_Journal_Global_PolicyThe contributions to this special issue of the Global Policy Journal highlight critical issues in the study of Resourcing International Organizations (IOs), including resource diversification, the complexity of related actor constellations, and organizational differentiation that goes hand in hand with resource diversification. The findings documented in the contributions reveal how IOs seek to obtain and allocate funds, and how resourcing-related concerns pervade their organizations. It also illustrates the value-added of an approach to the study of IOs that hones in on their administrations, their capacity for strategic action and their inter-connectedness, in short, an ‘administrative governance perspective’. The central message is that IO resourcing matters both practically and analytically. Global Policy Forum contributed to this special issue an article on Private Funding and Corporate Influence in the United Nations.
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Living and Working Conditions in Marikana Five Years After the Massacre

platinum_for_the_world.final_Like in Marikana, miners and communities living near mines are often confronted with severe human rights problems ranging from labour rights violations, land evictions, water and air pollution, lack of consultation and the violent shut down of protest through police and public or private security forces. Mining companies take advantage of low or inadequately enforced labour, social and environmental standards. Bench Marks Foundation has been documenting these sorts of abuses in the mining industry in South Africa and other African Countries for many years. The new publication “Platinum for the World Market, Iron Shacks for the Workers” by Brot für die Welt and Bench Marks Foundation looks at the situation in Marikana five years after the massacre of 34 workers in 2012. It illustrates that Lonmin and BASF are still far off from living up to national and international standards on responsible business conduct. The case is emblematic for the global mining industry and shows that corporate social responsibility is failing.

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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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