Areas of Engagement


Independent monitoring and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its structural obstacles and challenges are key factors for the success of the SDGs. It is for this reason, a global alliance of civil society organizations and networks has agreed to produce an annual Spotlight Report assessing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the structural obstacles in its realization. The report puts a spotlight on the fulfillment of the 17 goals, with a particular focus on inequalities, responsibility of the rich and powerful, means of implementation and systemic issues.

On July 17-22, 2016, UNCTAD member countries will meet for UNCTAD XIV, a conference that will decide the work program of the institution for the next four years. Center of Concern joined organizations of the Civil Society International Steering Committee towards UNCTAD XIV in a letter calling for governments to ensure that the UNCTAD 14 mandate is consistent with supporting developing countries in using trade for their own development purposes.

by Anne van Schaik, FoE Europe & Lucia Ortiz FoE International | Thursday, June 16th marks the 5th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Yet, violations of human and environmental rights continue, and access to justice remains as difficult as it ever was.

Civil society organizations demand to stop land grabbing by the Argo-industrial Company Socfin and to protect the human rights of the communities

Press Release

Nutritional Health Alliance, Mexico | The Food and Beverage Industry is vigorously opposing Mexico's tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and is spreading misinformation about its impact around the globe, using industry-funded studies, to discourage other countries from adopting similar fiscal measures.

Press Release, Global Justice Now, 7 June 2016 | On Tuesday lunchtime the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to accept a highly critical report made by the EU Development Committee on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition – an aid initiative that has received £600 million from DFID.

By Martin Khor (Executive Director, South Centre)

The recent World Health Assembly discussed the manifold global health crises that the world is unprepared for, and adopted resolutions to act on many issues.

(The article has been published and circualted by Third World Network. A shorter version of this article was first published in The Star, Malaysia on 6 June 2016.)

The global health situation is facing many critical challenges, and multiple actions must be taken urgently to prevent crises from boiling over.

SID workshop on youth and agricultural transformation in the EAC: Challenges and opportunities for policy change


Trade vs Health – WHO opens the door to big business while trying to protect babies.

69th World Health Assembly, Geneva, 28th May, 2016

This week’s World Health Assembly included two closely linked hot topics: how WHO should interact with businesses and venture philanthropies and whether trade should come before health when tackling the marketing of baby foods and formulas.

Treaty Alliance's Statement

Rio, 1 May, 2016 | The Treaty Alliance has called on civil society organisations (CSOs) everywhere to take action to combat corporate capture. At the recent treaty Alliance gathering in Brazil they particularly called on CSOs to demand that the forthcoming United Nations (UN) binding treaty contain strong provisions that prohibit the interference of corporations in the process of forming and implementing laws and policies, as well as administering justice, at all national and international levels.