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The Social Protection Floor Initiative: Bridging the Gap to Poverty Eradication

arton3606On 31 January 2012, a Civil Society Forum will be held as a prelude to the 50th Session of the Commission for Social Development. This Forum, organized by the NGO Committee for Social Development and co-sponsored by the Division of Social Policy and Development of the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, will look at how essential the Social Protection Floor Initiative (SPFI) is in eradicating poverty.

 

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Working with ECOSOC – an NGOs Guide to Consultative Status

arton3617Working with ECOSOC: A NGOs Guide to Consultative Status” is the title of a recently released publication by the NGO Branch of the UN-DESA. The guide aims to encourage NGOs to apply for consultative status with the UN-ECOSOC. Moreover, it aims to provide organizations that already have ECOSOC consultative status with information that can help them to get the most out of their status.

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Launching "The World We Want Report" and “Better Aid for the World We Want” Campaign

arton3604Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), a citizen’s movement that challenges the institutions that perpetuate poverty and inequality worldwide, spearheaded three days of action against poverty and inequality in October. Coinciding with the International Day for Rural Women (15 October), World Food Day (16 October), and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October), events in over 30 countries were coordinated with Better Aid and GCAP’s Feminist Task Force, and centred on the launch of GCAP’s “The World We Want” report, as well as on the launch of the “Better Aid for the World We Want” campaign on 17 October.

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World of Work Report 2011 - Making markets work for jobs

arton3600The global economic outlook continues to be dim, with two-thirds of advanced economies and half of the developing economies struggling with declining employment rates. The International Labour Organization (ILO)’s World of Work Report 2011- Making markets work for jobs presents an in-depth analysis of the global labour market that has been adversely hit by the global economic downturn. Its key recommendations to rectify the crisis centers on: supporting real investment for job creation; building close links between wages and productivity; and strengthening employment programmes funded from a broader tax base. The core argument is that job creation should be “put at the top of the policy agenda – and urgently.”

 

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Social Protection Floor for a Fair and Inclusive Globalization

arton3601The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the report Social protection floor for a fair and inclusive globalization. Alarmed by the reality that 75% of the world population is not covered by adequate social security, the report advances social protection as indispensable in achieving fair and equal globalization. The analysis and prescriptions are anchored in the social protection floor approach devised by ILO. The core idea is that “no one should live below a certain income level and everyone should at least be able to have access to basic social services to enhance decent work opportunities.”

 

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Equity, Empowerment, and Environmental Sustainability: UNDP’s Human Development Report 2011

On 2 November, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the 2011 Human Development Report (HDR), entitled “Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All.” As the title indicates, the report explores the intersections between sustainable development and equity. It shows that environmental degradation can intensify inequality in human development and vice versa; and argues that environmental sustainability can be most fairly achieved by addressing health, education, income, and gender disparities together with the need for global action on energy production and ecosystem protection. While the report portrays a strong relation between environmental progress and poverty eradication, it also serves as a warning to the international community of the threats to development progress caused by governments’ reluctance to enact effective environmental policies.

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Fifth High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development – Registration deadline: 22 November 2011

arton3609The GA, in its resolution 65/314 of 12 September 2011, recalled its decision to hold its fifth High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development on 7 and 8 December 2011 at UNHQ. The Dialogue’s overall theme will be “The Monterrey Consensus and Doha Declaration on Financing for Development: status of implementation and tasks ahead.”

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Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers – rallying the support of volunteers worldwide in tackling development challenges

arton3610The year 2011 marks the Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10). In November 1997, the General Assembly at its 52nd session proclaimed 2001 the International Year of Volunteers (A/Res/52/17), as an acknowledgement of the important contributions volunteers across the globe are making in promoting peace and addressing social, economic, and cultural issues that the world have faced. United Nations Volunteers (UNV) was designated as the focal point for the Year.

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Civil Society Accreditation for UNCTAD XIII and Preparatory Hearings is now open

arton3608On 21-26 April 2012, the thirteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII) will be held in Doha, Qatar. The Conference will focus on “Development-centred globalization: Towards inclusive and sustainable growth and development.”

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WSIS Project Prizes 2012 + Open Consultation Process for WSIS Forum 2012

arton3605WSIS Project Prizes 2012

In response to the requests received by participants of WSIS Forum 2011 for a mechanism to evaluate and reward stakeholders for the success of their efforts in implementing development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs), WSIS Project Prizes 2012 has recently been launched as an integral part of the WSIS Stakeholder Process.

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The Right to Development at 25: Policy Coherence in the Global Partnership for Development

arton3603On 8 November, the Office of the OHCHR held a commemorative meeting at UNHQto mark the 25th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development. The meeting included statements by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, as well as the Chairs of the First, Second, and Third Committees and the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, chaired the meeting and made both introductory and closing statements.

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NGLS interviews Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger, Chair of the UN NGO Committee on Ageing Geneva and President of the Geneva International Network on Ageing

arton3591On the occasion of the eighteenth session of the Human Rights Council and the 20th annual celebration of the UN International Day of Older Persons (1 October), a High-level Panel on Older Women and the Right to Health was held on 26 September in Geneva. The Panel was co-sponsored by the UN NGO Committee on the Status of Women Geneva and a number of other civil society organizations including the Geneva International Network on Ageing; the Women’s UN Report Network (WUNRN); HelpAge International; and the International Disability Alliance.

 

 

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Panel discussion on “Punishing the poor: Exploring measures in social policy that penalize, segregate, control or undermine the autonomy of people living in poverty”

arton3590On 25 October, and in collaboration with ATD Fourth World Movement, the Permanent Mission of Peru to the UN, and the International Council on Human Rights Policy (ICHRP), the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights hosted a panel discussion entitled “Punishing the poor: Exploring measures in social policy that penalize, segregate, control or undermine the autonomy of people living in poverty.”

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NGLS interviews Messeh Kamara, former President of the Children’s Forum Network in Sierra Leone

arton3589The Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General launched its third working paper “Children and Justice During and in the Aftermath of Armed Conflict” on 12 September.. The aim is to bring conceptual clarity to the mechanisms through which children afflicted by armed conflicts can seek justice. The paper addresses ways to reintegrate victimized children into society, plus it deals with children who have committed criminal acts as accountable for their actions.

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Global Employment Trends for Youth: 2011 update

arton3583The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the Global Employment Trends for Youth: 2011 update, as a follow-up to the Global Employment Trends for Youth, August 2010 (GET Youth 2010). Grounding in the findings of the GET Youth 2010, which featured an in-depth analysis on the impact of the global economic crisis on youth employment, the update presents a compressed overview of youth (aged 15-24) employment trends. The latest figures demonstrate both similarities and dissimilarities in youth employment trends among developing and developed economies. On the whole, the figures manifest the stagnant state of the global labour market and the adversities met by the youth in finding and maintaining a decent job.

 

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The State of the World Population 2011 – People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion

The world population reached a total of 7 billion people on 31 October. Viewing the milestone as marked by “achievements, setbacks, and paradoxes,” the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched the State of the World Population 2011 – People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion, to present the reality of the demographic challenge and the most pressing economic, social, and environmental issues that go hand in hand with it. The publication also explores the lives of ordinary people, anecdotes about the real-life challenges they face and their efforts to build better lives for themselves, their family, and community.

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People’s Empowerment for Peace: A panel discussion

arton3588The Second Committee, in conjunction with the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, and the Division for Social Policy and Development at DESA, held a panel discussion on 18 October entitled “People’s empowerment: A peace model.”

 

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Achievements and Obstacles in Africa’s Development: NEPAD Week at UN Headquarters

arton3587From 6-10 October a number of events were held at UN headquarters in New York that celebrated the tenth anniversary of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and explored NEPAD’s progress and contributions to facilitating achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to sustainable development more broadly.

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