Areas of Engagement


UNCTAD 14 Civil Society Forum – Concluding statement at closing ceremony (Download PDF)

H.E. President of Kenya, H.E. President of UNCTAD XIV, H.E. Secretary General of UNCTAD, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to begin by extending our gratitude to the government of Kenya for hosting the CSO Forum, thereby continuing UNCTAD’s longstanding tradition of cooperation with civil society.

State of East Africa Report 2016 Consolidating Misery? The political economy of inequalities

For Immediate Release, July 14, 2016      

Contacts:Deborah James, or Jason Braganza,                                                                                   

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.