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Pressekonferenz: So geht Nachhaltigkeit!

Cover_So_geht_Nachhaltigkeit_online_kleinMit den Zielen für nachhaltige Entwicklung (SDGs) haben die Regierungen den neuen Rahmen für die globale Nachhaltigkeitspolitik der kommenden zwölf Jahre abgesteckt. Im SDG-Report 2018 finden Sie eine Bandbreite an Vorzeige-Aktivitäten, wie wir uns in Deutschland sozial gerechter und ökologisch sauber organisieren können. Für Journalisten bietet der diesjährige Bericht eine Fülle an Hintergründen für die bundespolitische Berichterstattung genauso wie an Geschichten, was alles auf lokaler und regionaler Ebene läuft. In 17 Beispielen wird gezeigt, was zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen und Initiativen alles für Nachhaltigkeit und Menschenrechtsschutz leisten, obwohl sie politisch häufig nicht unterstützt werden. Auf diese Weise wird die Agenda 2030 greifbar und konkret heruntergebrochen.

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Public Event: Changing Course for Sustainable Development

Flyer_-_FES-UNRISD_-_Launch_Spotlight_Report_2018“The world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development and fundamental policy changes are necessary to unleash the transformative potential of the SDGs.” This is the main message of the Spotlight Report 2018. At this event, co-organized by UNRISD and FES, some of the key findings and recommendations of this year’s global Spotlight Report will be presented and discussed from various perspectives.

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Briefing: Das HLPF 2018

GPF-Briefing_0818_HLPF_klVom 9. bis 18. Juli 2018 tagte in New York das Hochrangige Politische Forum (HLPF) der Vereinten Nationen. Es ist das zentrale UN-Gremium für nachhaltige Entwicklung und soll hauptsächlich die Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 und ihrer globalen Nachhaltigkeitsziele (SDGs) überwachen. Das HLPF ist ein zwischenstaatliches Forum, an dem alle 193 Mitgliedsstaaten der Vereinten Nationen teilnehmen können. Zusätzlich haben Vertreter/innen gesellschaftlicher Gruppen und Organisationen weitgehende Beteiligungsmöglichkeiten. Das Forum hat allerdings weder konkrete Entscheidungskompetenzen noch eine direkte Koordinationsfunktion gegenüber Regierungen und UN-Organisationen. Es dient in erster Linie dem Erfahrungsaustausch über Strategien zur Umsetzung der Agenda 2030, der Präsentation nationaler (Erfolgs-)Stories und der Analyse von Hindernissen und Rückschritten bei der Verwirklichung der SDGs. Jens Martens analysiert die Ergebnisse des HLPF 2018.

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Sustainable development needs fundamental policy changes

Spotlight_2018_cover_thumb“The world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development and fundamental policy changes are necessary to unleash the transformative potential of the SDGs.” This is the main message of the Spotlight Report 2018, the most comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The report is launched on the opening day of the High Level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York by a global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions. When UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda, they signaled with the title 'Transforming our World' that it should trigger fundamental changes in politics and society, argues the report. Yet, “three years after its adoption, most governments have failed to turn the vision of the 2030 Agenda into real policies. Even worse, policies in a growing number of countries are moving in the opposite direction, seriously undermining the spirit and the goals of the 2030 Agenda.” The Spotlight 2018 report focuses on policies that are needed and, as the authors underline, “possible”.

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Highjacking the SDGs? The Private Sector and the SDGs

Analyse78-en-v08klAt the United Nations (UN) summit in September 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was adopted by all UN member states. The Agenda gives a comprehensive framework for a global socio-ecological transformation. Along with governments, various actors have been involved in the development of the SDGs, and are now part of implementation strategies. This is the case for organizations (CSOs) and academia as well as the business sector. As a matter of fact, the 2030 Agenda gives the private sector a significant role. The call for business engagement in the 2030 Agenda has been answered by various corporations and corporate lobby groups. Already during the SDG negotiations, the private sector was intensively engaged through many different channels. Now, with the adoption of the goals, several corporations have pledged their support for the SDGs or evaluated the relevance of the SDGs for their own business activities. The idea of business involvement with the SDG is trending but so far there is little systematic analysis: In which way are businesses engaging with the SDGs? What is the actual impact on sustainability of businesses’ SDG activities? And which strategies are needed in order to better align business activities with the transformative Agenda of the SDGs?

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Side-event: Partnership or Business Case?

Side_Event_HLPF_2018__Business_and_SDG_invitationAmong civil society organizations (CSOs), the increased involvement of the private sector in sustainable development has received mixed responses. Some CSOs welcome more business involvement as a necessary recognition of responsibility and a shift in the understanding of the private sector’s role in society. As a result, various partnerships between CSOs, governments and the private sector have emerged. Other CSOs view the growing involvement of the private sector in sustainable development critically. The democratic legitimation of this trend as well as the budgetary rationale of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) is being questioned as governments hand over more of their duties and power to private companies, particularly in the social sector. Some CSOs view this as a further push towards the privatization of public goods and services and worry about a new form of greenwashing with the SDGs. At a side-event to the 2018 HLPF, we will discuss: What are the activities and strategies of private sector actors in SDG implementation? Does private sector involvement lead to more sustainability and better implementation of the SDGs? Does it positively affect business models and behavior in the long run? What are criteria and political frameworks for private sector engagement in SDG implementation? What are recommendations for the private sector, governments and civil society organizations with regard to sustainable development?

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Warnings of a new global financial crisis

South-Centre-Logo-with-tagline_EN-e1501254200582"There are increasing warnings of an imminent new financial crisis, not only from the billionaire investor George Soros, but also from eminent economists associated with the Bank for International Settlements, the bank of central banks. The warnings come at a moment when there are signs of international capital flowing out of some emerging economies, including Turkey, Argentina and Indonesia. Some economists have been warning that the boom-bust cycle in capital flows to developing countries will cause disruption, when there is a turn from boom to bust," analyzes South Centre's Executive Director Martin Khor.

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Remedies for Cross-Border Human Rights Violations: A Status Report on the Binding Treaty on TNCs and other Business Enterprises

gpf_logo_4cTo implement the 2030 Agenda many in the international community have proclaimed a need to go from “billions to trillions” of dollars. Certainly, the transformation of our world requires fundamental changes in the way our societies produce and consume goods and services. At the international level, instruments to hold corporations accountable for human rights abuses and the violation of social and environmental standards are weak. Victims of human rights violations by corporations often face insurmountable barriers to access justice. A regulation gap exists especially with regard to corporations operating transnationally. Against this background, the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution of 26 June 2014 establishing an open-ended intergovernmental working group (OEIGWG) to elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate within the scope of international human rights law and the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises deserve to be called historic. At this public event the panelists will discuss how a binding treaty could overcome obstacles for remedy in cases of cross-border human rights violations by TNCs. It will further inform about the state of the treaty process and next steps to be taken.

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New Briefing: Procedure and Format - Options for an UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Briefing_UN_Treaty_Procedure_and_FormatIn 2014, following a resolution initiated by Ecuador and South Africa, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations decided by a majority vote to establish a process to create a human rights treaty to regulate business activity. Since 2015, the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights has convened three times, and substantial discussion about the scope and content of the prospective treaty has taken place. It is now time to explore the possible forms of such an instrument and set out the options for the way forward in the process. Good rules and procedures can make treaty negotiations move more effectively forward and open doors to getting the best advice and text into an agreement. The substance of an agreement and the procedures to achieve that agreement are closely inter-connected. Consequently, this paper has three parts. The first and second parts look at the choice of contents and format of the agreement. The third part provides options for the institutional settings needed with regard to a bureau, the HRC Secretariat, the relationship to other UN entities and processes, and the financial questions to be solved. It also elaborates on the options for the drafting process itself with regard to the drafting of the text, the structure, and the timetable of negotiations. The third part further assesses the options for participation of civil society organizations and business.

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Neuerscheinung: Die Agenda 2030, Geberprioritäten und ein neuer Funding Compact der UN

GPF-Briefing_0318_GeberprioritatenkDie Vereinten Nationen (UN) und viele ihrer Sonderorganisationen befinden sich seit Jahren in einer strukturellen Finanzierungskrise. Es besteht eine zunehmende Diskrepanz zwischen den Anforderungen der Mitgliedstaaten an die UN und den ihr zur Verfügung gestellten Mitteln. In den letzten Jahren konnte ein Trend weg von Pflicht- und flexibel einsetzbaren Beiträgen der UN-Mitgliedstaaten hin zu freiwilligen und zweckgebundenen Mitteln einer Vielzahl von Gebern beobachtet werden. Im Zuge dieses Trends verfügen die einzelnen Geber, ob öffentlich oder privat, über einen wachsenden Spielraum zur Einflussnahme auf die Arbeit der UN-Organisationen. Besonders deutlich ist dies im Fall der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO). Als Reaktion auf die Finanzierungsprobleme schlug UN-Generalsekretär António Guterres im Juni 2017 im Rahmen des Reformprozesses zur Neustrukturierung des UN-Entwicklungssystems die Schaffung eines sogenannten Funding Compact vor, eines Finanzierungspaktes zwischen den Mitgliedstaaten und dem UN-Entwicklungssystem.

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Mehr Partizipation? Gestärkter Multilateralismus?

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In der Einschätzung des HLPF gehen die Meinungen in Politik und Zivilgesellschaft auseinander. Manche sehen in ihm das potentielle Spitzengremium für globale Umwelt-, Entwicklungs- und Wirtschaftspolitik und eine demokratischere Alternative zur G20, andere halten es lediglich für ein weiteres Forum zum Austausch diplomatischer Gemeinplätze. Im kommenden Jahr wird das politische und mediale Interesse am HLPF auf jeden Fall steigen. Denn im September 2019 tagt das Forum erstmals als globaler Nachhaltigkeitsgipfel auf Ebene der Staats- und Regierungschefs. Außerdem steht ein erster „Review“ seiner Arbeit an. Bei unserem Workshop wollen wir über die Funktionen und die Agenda des HLPF informieren und eine erste Zwischenbilanz seiner Arbeit vornehmen, um vor diesem Hintergrund die politische Relevanz, die Potentiale und den Reformbedarf dieses Gremiums einzuschätzen. Dabei wird es auch um die Frage gehen, welche Reforminitiativen von der deutschen Politik ausgehen können.

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Lunch Briefing: WHO sets the Global Health agenda?

WHO_sets_lunch_briefing_coverTo coincide with the World Health Summit and the Grand Challenges Conference of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Berlin, Global Policy Forum, Brot fuer die Welt, medico international, and MISEREOR invite you to discuss the benefits, risks and side-effects of the WHO’s engagement with philanthropic foundations, and reflect on how the WHO can be strengthened in order to fulfill its responsibilities. Speakers will include representatives from the German Ministry of Health, the WHO (tbc) and international civil society.

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Konferenz: Mehr Mut zu Multilateralismus

Logos_Mehr_Mut_zu_Multilateralismus_2018_kleinVor dem Hintergrund eines schwierigen multilateralen Umfelds ist die Bundesregierung bereit, mehr globale Verantwortung zu übernehmen. Laut Koalitionsvertrag sei es die „überragende“ Aufgabe deutscher Politik „auf Regeln basierende internationale Kooperationen, Institutionen und Organisationen [...] zu stärken und weiterzuentwickeln. Unser Ziel ist eine gerechte Gestaltung der Globalisierung im Sinne der Agenda 2030“ für nachhaltige Entwicklung. Die Eröffnung der 73. Generalversammlung der Vereinten Nationen nehmen wir zum Anlass, mit Vertreterinnen und Vertretern von Regierung, Bundestag, Wissenschaft und Zivilgesellschaft darüber zu diskutieren, wie die Bundesregierung ihrem selbstformulierten Anspruch gerecht werden kann, solidarisch, multilateral und partnerschaftlich zu handeln. Schlaglichtartig werden wir zentrale Politikfelder analysieren und erörtern, inwiefern deutsche Politik zur Erarbeitung und Umsetzung multilateraler Abkommen und Lösungsansätze beiträgt bzw. diese erschwert oder gar verhindert. Zu diesem spannenden Austausch laden wir Sie herzlich ein.

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SDG-implementation at national level: What's the point of national reports?

20180713_HLPF_Side_Event_National_Reports_InvitationThe national voluntary reporting to the High Level Political Forum of ECOSOC is a practice that has gained traction, as dozens of governments are volunteering each year to participate and contribute their VNRs. A number of CSOs have prepared their own shadow or spotlight reports to follow-up on their governments efforts to implement the 2030-Agenda. Rising inequalities and the need to substantially change policies to achieve the SDGs is a common theme in many of them. Is there a meaningful dialogue between the official and the alternative reports? What is the value of the whole exercise? At a side-event und July 13 in New York, we aim to share experiences of CSO shadow reports on national implementation and engage government and CSO-representatives in a discussion on national implementation, CSO participation and accountability.

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Conversation with the authors of Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018

Spotlight_2018_cover_thumbThe world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development. Fundamental policy changes are necessary to unleash the transformative potential of the SDGs. In particular, there is a need for more coherent fiscal and regulatory policies and a whole-of-government approach towards sustainability. These are the main messages of the Spotlight Report 2018, the most comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Spotlight Report 2018 describes policies, resources and actions that are necessary to implement the 2030 Agenda. It highlights strategies and approaches which depart from business-as-usual and prioritize fulfilment of human rights and respect for planetary boundaries.

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Treaty Alliance letter to UN Member States

TA_letter_June2018On the occasion of the current open informal consultations in Geneva on a legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (“UN-Treaty”) more than 430 civil society organizations globally have signed a letter to UN Member States. They call on all UN Member States to engage without delay in this stage of the process in active and constructive negotiations of the substance of the treaty to improve the human rights of communities and people affected by the operations of TNCs and OBEs and their access to effective remedy, and to put an end to corporate impunity for human rights abuses.

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Neues Briefing: Regeln zu Wirtschaft und Menschenrechten - Wirtschaftslobby gegen jegliche Verbindlichkeit und wie die Politik darauf reagiert

Briefing_0518_Wirtschaftslobby_NAPIn den letzten Jahrzehnten haben Regierungen eine Reihe von Maßnahmen initiiert, um Unternehmen zur Einhaltung von Menschenrechten in ihren Aktivitäten zu bewegen. Seit Jahren versuchen Interessenvertretungen der Wirtschaft, verbindliche Regeln im Bereich Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte international und national zu verhindern – mit Erfolg. In Deutschland zeigte sich dies im Jahr 2016, als die deutschen Unternehmensvertretungen alle Hebel in Bewegung setzten, jegliche Verbindlichkeit im deutschen Nationalen Aktionsplan für Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte (NAP) zu verhindern. Ein neues Briefing von Brot für die Welt, Global Policy Forum und MISEREOR veranschaulicht, wie die Wirtschaftslobby die Einführung einer menschenrechtlichen Sorgfaltspflicht der Wirtschaft verhinderte. Es zeigt auf, wie die Unternehmensverbände versuchen, ähnliche Regelungen auf internationaler Ebene, darunter dem Europarat, bei der OECD und im Menschenrechtsrat der Vereinten Nationen abzuwehren.

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Looking forward: How can the FfD Follow-up live up to its full potential?

Flyer_How_can_the_FfDF_live_up_to_its_full_potential_smallThe Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) has defined the follow-up process for the Financing for Development process as well as the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This includes assessing progress, obstacles, challenges as well as new and emerging topics of relevance, and “provide policy recommendations for action by the international community” (para. 131). At a side-event during the 2018 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follo-up, participants are invited to provide their insights into their assessment of previous FfD Fora, their link with other international processes, and discuss with participants about opportunities and challenges, also with view to the upcoming High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development of the General Assembly in 2019. The format of the side event will be highly interactive. After a short framing presentation, the moderator will facilitate active dialogue with a small panel of respondents and the audience.

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New Working Paper: The UN Foundation - A foundation for the UN?

The_UN_Foundation_onlineThe United Nations face a funding dilemma. On the one hand, member states continue to transfer new responsibilities to the UN system, not least in implementing the 2030 Agenda and their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); on the other hand, they do not match these mandates with adequate resources. Some see the way out of this financial mess in reinforced UN partnerships with private donors and their foundations. The UN Foundation (UNF) plays a special role here. It was established by US billionaire Ted Turner two decades ago principally to champion and support the work of the United Nations.The Global Policy Forum, in cooperation with the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, has taken a closer look at the work of the UNF and its special relationship with the UN in a new working paper. It describes the origins and the evolution of the UNF and its relationship with the UN. It shows that, in pursuing this aim, the Foundation appears to have developed a business model and growth strategy that primarily promote its own priorities, activities and expansion, while the direct financial support to the UN decreased significantly. The UNF’s support of the UN must also be seen in context. Ted Turner and the UNF leadership have a clear vision of the way to tackle global problems and the role the UN should play, centred solidly on public-private partnerships and multi-stakeholder approaches. The UNF has been among the driving forces behind the opening of the UN towards the business sector. The working paper examines benefits, risks and side effects of these trends, and ends with a few findings and conclusions.

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Neuerscheinung: Ungleichheiten verringern! Schlüssel zur Verwirklichung der Agenda 2030

Ungleichheiten_verringern_WebklDie Regierungen haben ein eigenständiges Ziel zur Reduzierung von Ungleichheiten sowohl innerhalb als auch zwischen Ländern in den Katalog der 17 SDGs aufgenommen – eine der größten qualitativen Neuerungen der Agenda 2030 gegenüber den MDGs. SDG 10 ist Ausdruck des in den letzten Jahren enorm gesteigerten Interesses in Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Politik am komplexen Phänomen der sozialen wie ökonomischen, der horizontalen und intersektionalen Ungleichheiten. Mit dem vorliegenden Arbeitspapier werden SDG10 und die daraus zu ziehenden Schlussfolgerungen genauer unter die Lupe genommen. Es beschreibt die verschiedenen Formen ökonomischer, sozialer und politischer Ungleichheiten und die damit verbundenen Indikatoren. Und es erörtert, welche Ansatzpunkte und Politikinstrumente es gibt, um Ungleichheit zu reduzieren – und damit der Verwirklichung der Agenda 2030 einen Schritt näher zu kommen. Denn ohne die Verringerung von Ungleichheiten innerhalb und zwischen Ländern werden sich auch die anderen Ziele der Agenda 2030 kaum realisieren lassen.

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