How successful were the millennium development goals?

John McArthur and Krista Rasmussen,  Brookings Institute, 30 March 2017: Did the United Nation’s millennium development goals (MDGs) make any difference? Perhaps no question is more important for assessing the results of global policy cooperation between 2000 and 2015. We highlight three key findings: At least 21 million extra lives were saved due to accelerated progress; some successes were more important than others; low income countries accelerated more than middle-income countries.

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Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) an attack on food sovereignty and must be scrapped, say People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty

In a statement issued on the eve of the RCEP meeting in Japan (March 3)  the PCFS says that any agreement reached will mean the poorest member-countries will suffer.

The PCFS say that RCEP will be a neoliberal trade deal covering 3.5 billion or almost half of the world’s population with a gross domestic product of USD 22.5 trillion, and will strengthen the monopoly control of the biggest agro-corporations within the 10 members of ASEAN, India, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and China and even in the world.

The PCFS adds that the move for a Free Trade Agreement is led by China and will benefit the biggest Chinese capitalists more than any of RCEP member-countries.  Read the full statement below: Continue reading

Global Goals will not work unless Least Developed Countriese are made a top priority

post2015_cover24 September 2015: LDC Watch, the umbrella group for civil society organisations from Least Developed Countries has insisted that the Sustainable Development Goals will not succeed unless there are additional measures to help LDCs. These include an increase in ODI to LDCs, debt cancellation, technology transfer without intellectual property rights, measures to protect against the plunder of LDCs’ natural resources, common but differentied responsibilities and immediate finance to mitigate the effects of climate change. Continue reading

UNDP and UNAIDS support LDCs efforts to get access to medical treatment

medicine_10-4-098 June: UNDP and UNAIDS are supporting demands by LDC governments and civil society to extend the TRIPS exemption for medicine, a decision  that will be taken today (8 June) at the TRIPS Council Meeting. They say there is an urgent need for the international community to agree to measures to protect the health of people in LDCs

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EU Funding for Development, including support for LDCs

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London roundtable to discuss how to ensure LDCs benefit from the SDGs

Acharya1London, 23 June 2014: The UN Under-Secretary-General Gyan Chandra Acharya for Least Developed Countries, (UN-OHRLLS) is flying to London to head a roundtable discussion on 24 June on the ways to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals and the post 2015 Agenda benefit the 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs).The current list of LDCs includes 48 countries: 34 in Africa, 13 in Asia and Pacific and one in Latin America Continue reading

LDC and African governments block new trade facilitation agreement, which would have put them at a disadvantage

images (1)Matthew Schewel, 30 May (Inside trade): Efforts in the World Trade Organization to lay the groundwork for the implementation of the new Trade Facilitation (TF) Agreement hit an obstacle this week when African nations and least-developed countries (LDCs) proposed that the deal not enter finally into force until the conclusion of the Doha round, according to Geneva sources. Continue reading

Chinese pledge half of all foreign aid for Africa without preconditions

China in AfricaXinhua/Devex, 9 May: China will earmark more than half of its foreign aid for Africa and attach no preconditions, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday 8 May at a World Economic Forum meeting on Africa in Nigeria. “China will, as always, continue to increase its assistance to Africa in both quantity and quality to the extent of its ability, ensuring that more than half of its foreign aid will go to Africa,” Li said. Continue reading

Bangladesh: Rights groups want curbs on multinationals’ tax dodging

Daily Star, Bangladesh, 2 March 2014: Rights groups yesterday urged the government to immediately take punitive actions against the multinational companies that are dodging taxes through misuse of ‘transfer pricing’.Currently, multinational companies account for 10-15 percent of the government’s tax collections, while local companies provide around 34 percent, said Monower Mostafa, executive director of Development Synergy Institute. Continue reading