United Nations: Goals for 2030 – putting business at the center

 SocialwatchlogoMontevideo, May 30 Roberto Bissio: “Eradicating extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030” should be “central” to a new development agenda for post 2030. But initial reactions from civil society organizations were unenthusiastic. “Uninspiring” was a term frequently heard and one of the first comments (by German development economist Gabriele Koehler) is titled “more of the same, just prettier.”  Another argued that “this is not business as usual, but rather putting business at the center.” Continue reading

Lobbying to begin on post 2015 global development agenda

Johanna Morden, 30 May: The report out today on the global blueprint for th post-2015 agenda is likely to kick off a phase of intense lobbying and negotiations, which may affect international cooperation — and the delivery of foreign aid — for years to come. Continue reading

It is vital to get agreement on lowering emissions to prevent climate change say LDC governments

Africa climate change3 May 2013: Bonn, Germany: The Alliance of Small Island States and the Least Developed Countries groups  represent 83 countries and over 920 million people that are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. As the latest session of UN climate change negotiations ends today, the 83 countries called on negotiators to return in June to move from talking about solutions to implementing them. Continue reading

LDC Watch discussion on ‘Politics of Poverty’ in LDCs at the World Social Forum 2013, Tunis,

LDCWatch Tunis29 March, Tunis: LDC Watch organised an event “Politics of Poverty and Development in the Least Developed Countries” at the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis, Tunisia on 29th March 2013.
The meeting was attended by various civil society representatives from Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific regions with a great enthusiasm. Continue reading

Tunis: Forum social mondial marqué par les printemps arabe et la crise

wsftunis26 mars 2013: Le Forum social mondial (FSM), réunion annuelle d’alter-mondialistes, se tient à Tunis de mardi à samedi pour se pencher sur les problèmes sociaux-économiques à l’origine des révolutions arabes, mais aussi sur la contestation en Occident face à la crise et l’austérité Continue reading

LDCs aim to lead climate change negotiations towards 2015

March 25, 2013 : 

LDC Group press release:


ome key negotiators of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group in the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention met in Kathmandu, Nepal on 22-23 March 2013 under the leadership of the new Chair of the Group, Mr Prakash Mathema from the Government of Nepal.

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Le Forum Social Mondial Tunis 2013 se déroulera du 26 au 30 mars

L’implication active des mouvements, associations, syndicats, collectifs et réseaux de Tunisie, du Maghreb, du Machrek, d’Afrique subsaharienne, des Amériques, d’Europe et du reste du Monde permet d’augurer d’un Forum réussi, populaire et dynamique. Plus de 4000 organisations er réseaux se sont déjà inscrites proposant 1500 activités. Continue reading

World Social Forum – 26-30 March 2013

The World Social Forum DIgnity-Karama will take place in Tunis, 26 30 March 2013. The active involvement of movements, organizations, trade unions, platforms and networks from Tunisia, Maghreb, Machrek, Sub-saharan African, Americas, Europe and from all over the world allows us to hope for a successful, popular and dynamic Forum. Continue reading

From Platform to Gateway: where do we stand now as Doha climate talks end?

By Madiba Sillah, 20 December 2012: This year’s COP, the 18th since its birth, held in Doha, Qatar attracted more than 17,000 participants from all over the world that hoped to make progress, on new global climate deal. However, in the final analysis, the meeting ended on a low note. Despite success in the extension of the Kyoto commitment, the UN talks outcome remains insufficient to put the world on track to fight against the rising temperatures that are shifting weather patterns, melting glaciers and raising sea levels; all of them threats to sustainability. Continue reading