Areas of Engagement


Marina Ponti, Social Watch | As the negotiations on the zero draft of the Third Financing for Development Conference (FFD3) progress civil society organizations, Governments and the UN met at the occasion of the roundtable entitled Towards a Private Sector Accountability Protocol for Sustainable Development1 to discuss the proposal of a Private Sector Accountability Protocol for Sustainable Development.

The outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) will affect the ability of states to fulfill their human rights obligations, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets being set for the post-2015 agenda. Both human rights and the SDGs are similar in that they are universal, and entail individual as well as common responsibilities, taking into account varying national capacities to achieve them.

Oakland, CA - As the World Bank prepares for its annual Spring Meetings, members of Our Land Our Business, a campaign of over 260 NGOs, farmer groups and trade unions from around the world, are publically posing three questions about the Bank’s role in land grabbing, climate destruction and the corporatization of agriculture.

These questions penetrate to the heart of the World Bank’s development model and throw its loudly and expensively self-promoted claim to serve the interests of the world’s poor into stark relief.

The large group of CSO organizations and networks that engages in the Financing for Development process conducted a thorough collective examination of the Zero Draft, expressing strong reservations on its capacity to offer a sound basis to advance the agenda for sustainable development and heighten the level of the existing commitments on financing for development.

FfD ZD – CSO Analysis & Recomm – 13 Apr 15

A group of academics and directors of policy institutes and think tanks (including SID) express their concern about the target of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They urge the negotiator to strenghten the targets as, the more measurable and specific they are, the more manageable and monitorable they will be.

Read the letter here



The 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59, 9-20 March 2015) concluded its work on Friday March 20th after two weeks of negotiations accompanied by high levels round tables, side events, parallel sessions, photo exhibitions, and a youth forum. Thousands of people, hundreds of events, and 273 NGOs statements uploaded on the UN Women's website.

Launch of policy brief 'Deliver Women Farmers Rights'

The policy brief was developed jointly with ActionAid International, Bonatadu, Femnet, Groots, Faith Victory Association, Resseau de Femmes, Society for International Development, and Widows and Orphans Movement.

Oakland, CA — Every spring for the last fifteen years, the World Bank has organized the “Conference on Land and Poverty,” which brings together corporations, governments and civil society groups. The aim is ostensibly to discuss how to “improve land governance.”

Whereas the 16th conference will take place in Washington D.C. from March 23 to 27, hundreds of civil society organizations are denouncing the World Bank’s role in global land grabs and its deceitful leadership on land issues.

Thursday March 12th the Post 2015 Women's Coalition launched their Vision Statement for feminist alternative approaches to sustainable development.  The Coalition made up of feminist, women's rights, women's development, grassroots, peace and social justice organizations from around the world have come to attend the 59th Annual Commission on the Status of Women to call in a collective voice for real progress in the lives of women.