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The 2011 Social Forum on the Right to Development concludes

arton3599On 3-5 October 2011, the United Nations OHCHR organized the 2011 Social Forum under the theme: “The promotion and effective realization of the right to development, in the context of the commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development.” The Social Forum is a subsidiary body of the Human Rights Council which meets once a year to discuss a pre-designated theme aligned with the promotion of social cohesion and justice in the face of on-going globalization.

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Social Watch Launches Basic Capabilities Index (BCI)

arton3577On 14 October, the civil society coalition Social Watch launched their Basic Capabilities Index (BCI) 2011, an annual comprehensive and interactive report on global development and human well-being. Focusing on three indicators mirroring the Millennium Development Goals, the BCI measures mortality among children under 5, reproductive health (via the proportion of births attended by qualified medical professionals), and educational enrollment and literacy attainment in 167 of the world’s countries. The Index reveals a surprising lack of correlation between economic growth and social progress; in other words, a nation’s increased per capita income does not necessarily equate a better quality of life for its citizens.

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NGLS e-Roundup: Making Trade and Finance Work for People and the Planet

arton3639On the theme “Making Trade and Finance Work for People and the Planet,” UNCTAD’s third Public Symposium organized with NGLS was an opportunity to bridge discussions on preparations for Rio+20 and ongoing debates on financial, monetary and trade reforms in the wake of the global economic crisis triggered in 2008.




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UN General Assembly President wishes to meet with NGO representatives

arton3575H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the 66th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations wishes to meet representatives of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC or affiliated with DPI.


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NGLS interviews Cyprien Walupakah Wangoy, President of the Administrative Council of “Groupe-Ecos”

NGLS interviews Cyprien Walupakah Wangoy, President of the Administrative Council of “Groupe-Ecos,” an NGO located in the City of Bukavi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that initiated the “Programme Ecosysteme 2020” (Ecosystem Programme 2020).

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UN General Assembly holds High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs)

arton3574On 19-20 September, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly held a High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), adopting a Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases. The meeting addressed the four main NCDs that jointly kill three out of five people across the globe: cardiovascular disease; cancer; chronic lung diseases; and diabetes. During his opening speech, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon identified the event as a “landmark meeting” and expressed his hope that it will place NCDs high on the development agenda.

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The General Assembly convenes for a High-level Meeting on Nuclear Safety and Security

arton3602On 22 September, the UN General Assembly held a High-level Meeting on Nuclear Safety and Security at the UN headquarters in New York. The meeting was convened within the context of an increasing call for international cooperation in enhancing nuclear safety that arised in the wake of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

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Innovating for Every Woman, Every Child

arton3566Innovating for Every Woman, Every Childis the first thematic report in a series from the Global Campaign for the Health Millennium Development Goals that is intended to provide examples of practical and inspirational actions and initiatives that try to address existing gaps in women’s and children’s health; and to “empower and inspire tomorrow’s innovators.”


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Millennium Development Goal 8 - The Global Partnership for Development: Time to Deliver, MDG Gap Task Force Report 2011

arton3571On 16 September, the Secretary-General’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Gap Task force, comprising more than 20 UN agencies as well as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Trade Organization (WTO), released the 2011 MDG Gap Task Force report Millennium Development Goal 8 - The Global Partnership for Development: Time to Deliver. The report assesses the state of MDG 8 on developing global partnership, which was alleged to be reinforced during the 2010 MDG summit. The report addresses five main areas: official development assistance; market access (trade); debt sustainability; access to affordable essential medicines; and access to new technologies. At the launch of the report, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the challenges that lie ahead in achieving the MDGs and urged world leaders’ further cooperation on closing the gaps identified in the report.


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A Spotlight on the Domestic Workers Convention and Recommendation

arton3567On 16 June 2011, at the 100th session of the International Labour Conference, representatives of governments, workers unions and employers organizations adopted the Domestic Workers Convention (C189) as well as the non-binding Domestic Workers Recommendation (R201). The adoption of both the Convention and Recommendation has been widely perceived as a historical moment or landmark in the history of international labour rights, as it lays down basic labour rights and principles for domestic workers – a group that historically has been denied such rights.

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State of Our World: Adolescence - Beyond the Stereotypes

arton3570State of Our World: Adolescence - Beyond the Stereotypes contains diverse insights of adolescents from all over the world on the challenges the young people face today as well as on the ways to overcome these. The publication, drafted and edited by a team of 12 adolescents of various nationalities, aims to break the stereotypes that exist around adolescence. The team was convened by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on the occasion of the State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescence - An Age of Opportunity , launched in February 2011.

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NGLS interviews Indigenous Representatives at the Fourth Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

arton3560The fourth session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which provides the Human Rights Council with thematic expertise on the rights of indigenous peoples, was held in Geneva on 11 - 15 July 2011. Along with the five independent members of the Expert Mechanism, the meeting brought together several representatives of Member States, UN bodies and specialized agencies, NGOs, national human rights institutions, academia and indigenous organizations.

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Human Rights Council to convene for its eighteenth regular session: 12-30 September 2011

arton3562On 12 September, the Human Rights Council opened its eighteenth regular session at the Palais des Nations in Geneva with an official statement by Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Council, consisting of 47 States, holds at least three regular sessions per year and special sessions when necessary, to discuss the pressing human rights issues across the globe.

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Trade and Development Report, 2011: Post-crisis Policy Challenges in the World Economy

arton3559The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released the Trade and Development Report 2011 (TDR 2011), which diagnoses the post-crisis state of the world economy and offers desirable policy recommendations. The report highlights the adverse fiscal impact of the 2008-09 global economic crisis and the ensued dramatic accumulation of public debt. Whereas a structural reform of the excessively financialized markets has been touted in the wake of the crisis, the enthusiasms on the reforms have waned, the report points out. This leaves a “very real risk of new crises erupting.”


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High Level Meeting on Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding

arton3533On 25-26 July, as part of the International Year of Youth, the United Nations held a High Level Meeting on Youth at UN headquarters in New York. The meeting, composed of two panel discussions and two subsequent plenary meetings, discussed the challenges that youth are facing, such as unemployment and HIV, and how to overcome these. The debate also focused on the need to enhance participation of youth in decision making at all levels and in peace and development processes.

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WSIS Stocktaking 2011 Call for Update and New Entries

arton3538The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Stocktaking Process was launched in October 2004. Its aim is to provide a register of activities carried out by governments, international organizations, the business sector, civil society and other entities in order to share knowledge and successful experiences. In this context, ECOSOC Resolution 2010/2 on “Assessment of the progress made in the implementation and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society” encourages all WSIS stakeholders to continue to contribute information to the WSIS Stocktaking database.

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UNAIDS: Securing the Future Today - Synthesis of Strategic Information on HIV and Young People

arton3537The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) recently released “Secure the Future Today – Synthesis of Strategic Information on HIV and Young People,” which emphasizes that HIV prevention and treatment efforts must be tailored to the specific needs of young people in order to reduce new HIV infections among young people and to achieve global commitments to reverse the AIDS epidemic.


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Security Council Holds Open Debate on Climate Change: Agrees on a Presidential Statement

On 20 July, the Security Council, under the Presidency of Germany, held a day-long open debate on the impact of climate change on the maintenance of international peace and security - the second time since the issue was first debated in April 2007. The debate was opened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNEP’s Executive Director, Achim Steiner, addressed the Council.

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