Areas of Engagement
As global leaders examine progress in reducing poverty, the time is right to explore if and how livelihoods have improved. What factors determine livelihoods? Which issues will most affect them by 2030? And how can global living standards be sustained?
Livelihoods are constantly at risk. Local and global crises, demographic shifts, climate change, new technologies, and other challenges impact livelihoods in many ways.These challenges vary dramatically across countries and communities.
Public interest Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), social movements and Indigenous Peoples repeated their demands and concerns related to the ICN 2 process in a new statement to the Informal Meeting on ICN 2 with Non-State Actors, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) on July 11, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Following almost six days of razor-sharp disputes between Member States on various themes and language across the 17 SDGs, the Co-Chairs, Ambassadors Macharia Kamau of Kenya and Csaba Korosi of Hungary, nervously sought agreement from the members of the OWG. The OWG consists of 70 countries that speak either independently or as part of country groupings.
Dear Trade Ministers and Ambassadors to the WTO,
We are writing today to urge WTO Members to condition the entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) to the conclusion and fulfillment of the Development mandate under the Doha negotiations.
Middle class as a driver of change?
I am quite skeptical about all the emphasis which is being put around the middle classes as new development actor. There is also an academic problem in defining it in a global way. Personally I find more interesting and exciting the issues of inequality and citizenship. There is a new global interest in inequality given the raised levels of awareness about its dynamics (inequalities of wealth and inequalities of income), and differences with the previous century.
Eleven years ago, African states made formidable progress by jointly adopting the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa, also known as the Maputo Protocol - regarded as one of the most progressive women’s and human rights instruments in the world.
Issues at stake
Looking at the African common position, the most critical issues for Africa are industrialization, science innovation and technology, people centered development, the environment and natural resource management, peace and security and financing and partnerships. Peace and security is one critical area where divergences of interests and positions are more likely to emerge at national level. Countries like Brazil and China for instance consider it as an internal issue that the global agenda should not step in.
Women’s rights and civil society organisations from over 14 countries in the continent recently gathered in Kampala Uganda to discuss and draw a road map towards ensuring gender equality in the post 2015 development agenda and determining what they would want to see for the African continent.
In a position paper to Sam Kutesa, incoming president of the United Nations General Assembly, delegates to the conference deliberated on what they felt was important to them as African and the entire region.