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The last few weeks of May have been quite intense on the global governance side. The Financing for Development  Forum in New York (22-26 May), the World Health Assembly in Geneva (22-31 May) and the G7 in Taormina (26-27 May) - to mention a few among the various events on the UN agenda -  followed one to the other.

Regrettably, a common thread running through these events is evident - which is the confirmation that the United Nations and the broader global governance are going through a regressive – rather than progressive - historical moment. 

SIGN the Treaty Alliance Statement

To be successful, the next session should encourage constructive negotiations between States about concrete and detailed elements of the future treaty, so too for the establishment of a road map for their completion, says the Alliance in a recent statement.

The SID Secretariat is pleased to announce that Larry Cooley has been elected President of the SID International Governing Council.

Development Volume 58.4 on Sustainable Industrial Transformation is out now!

Volume 58.2/3 explores what process of rural transformation will likely emerge from the context of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development: whether this transformation will be driven by agro-business and therefore succumb to its predatory nature towards land, resources and rights or whether it will be centred around rural and grassroots communities’ interests and demands.

The Nominations and Election Committee of the SID Governing Council is pleased to announce that a new Governing Council has been elected for the period 2017-2020. A full list of the new members and their brief bio-notes can be found here.

Trade unions and campaigners from around the world are boycotting the latest World Bank consultation on PPPs, due to close tomorrow (28 February).

Research shows that PPPs – agreements between the public and private sector to provide infrastructure and services normally delivered by the state – are risky and expensive and contain numerous hidden costs. Currently, most governments leave information about future debts, or contingent liabilities, out of their accounting books, making PPPs look cheaper and more efficient that traditional public procurement.

Sugar tax in Mexico. Salt limits in South Africa. Plain packaging in Australia. National health insurance in Ghana. Mandatory motorcycle helmets in Vietnam. Health care in the United States of America. They’re just some of the hundreds of examples of the vital role the law plays in safeguarding and promoting good health around the world.

In an unprecedented and historic move, the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly recently granted observer status to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The resolution was submitted by France, Albania, Colombia, the Netherlands and Tunisia and was adopted during the seventy-first session of the General Assembly. The resolution sets out the ICC’s position as observer in the General Assembly from 1 January 2017 on.

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