LDC Newsletter June 2013/ Bulletin PMA Nouvelles juin 2013

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Dear Colleagues

Here is the latest newsletter from the LDC News Service. It discusses the TRIPS waiver to be debated tomorrow at the WTO and contains interviews with Ambassador Acharya, the new under Secretary General for LDCs, and with LDC Watch President Demba Dembele.
Daphne Davies and Bhagirath Yogi
Cher(es) collegues
Voici le dernier bulletin du Service de Nouvelles PMA. Il traite de l’exonération sur les ADPIC pour être débattu demain à l’OMC et contient des entretiens avec Ambassadeur Acharya, le nouveau Secrétaire général adjoint pour les PMAs, et avec LDC Watch président Demba Dembélé.
Daphne Davies et Bhagirath Yogi

‘LDCs’ actions must be supported by strong and effective international development cooperation’ Gyan Chandra Acharya

In August 2012, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed GYAN Acharya1CHANDRA ACHARYA as Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. A former Foreign Secretary of Nepal, Acharya also served as Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations.  He served as Chair of the Global Coordination Bureau of the Group of Least Developed Countries since 2009 leading to the successful conclusion of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries and the follow-up process. A passionate advocate of LDC rights, Acharya, 53, spoke to LDC NEWS on contemporary issues. Follows excerpts of the interview Continue reading

LDCs, TRIPS and Justice

In the run-up to the WTO decision about whether to extend the TRIPS waiver to LDCs we are printing a series of articles explaining the importance of the waiver for LDCs. The first article is by LDC International Coordinator Arjun Karki, which lays out the arguments for maintaining the waiver.

Dr Arjun Karki

Dr Arjun Karki

Civil society organisations have been working strenuously to persuade developed countries to extend the WTO’s Trade-Related Aspects of the Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement
TRIPS exemption. LDC Watch in particular has been lobbying countries and organisations, such as the European Parliament, to agree. In this article, which originally appeared in MyRepublica.com, Dr Arjun Karki, International Coordinator of LDC Watch explains the background and the arguments behind the call for the extension.

I have been closely following the on-going trade negotiations in Geneva between the LDCs and developed countries, in relation to the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement. The negotiations are increasingly turning into a battle for justice for the LDCs. Continue reading

LDC Watch says report on post-2015 agenda ignores needs of LDCs


LDC Watch Board meeting

LDC Watch Board meeting

LDC Watch said today that the just-published  High-Level Panel (HLP) Report on the Post-2015 development agenda is deeply disappointing for LDC civil society. While setting the ending of extreme poverty as a core objective, and an aspiration to ensure every person achieves a basic standard of well-being, it ignores existing agreements that focus particularly on the world’s poorest and most marginalised LDCs.

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

The AfDB’s Compelling Case for Africa’s Structural Transformation

AfDB image23/04/2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group’s 2013 Annual Meeting take place from 27-31 May in Marrakech, Morocco. The meetings of the AfDB and of the African Development Fund (ADF) will be held under the central theme of “Structural Transformation in Africa.” Continue reading

Subsidies Play “Significant Role” in Climate Change, IMF Says

petrol refining plantWASHINGTON, Mar 30 2013, Carey L. Biron: IPS The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is urging national governments around the world to roll back or eliminate subsidies on petroleum-based energy sources, estimating that this alone could result in a 13-percent decline in global carbon dioxide emissions. Continue reading

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