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Strengthening Public Policies for the 2030 Agenda

The international workshop 'Strengthening Public Policies for the 2030 Agenda and the Launch of the Spotlight Report 2017: Reclaiming Policies for the Public' was held in Beirut, Lebanon. This session looked into the role of different actors in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda: states, private sector and civil society. The panel discussion particularly discussed the roles for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in localizing the Sustainable Development Goals in regional and national contexts. Among the…
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Past and future of informal workers

The informal economy comprises half to three-quarters of all non-agricultural employment in the developing countries, Roberto Bissio, coordinator of the Social Watch international secretariat in an article on "Past and future of informal workers" published by the Arab NGO Network for Development as part of its report on informality in the Arab region. The study combats the notion that informality in developing countries is associated with "traditional" or "backward" sectors in the economy, and exposes…
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Spotlights instead of “shadow reports” is the tool of civil society to ensure accountability of the SDGs

Roberto Bissio (Executive Director, Third World Institute - ITeM) said that it is vital that NGOs play a watchdog role on the SDGs and this is even more important because the official assessment, evaluation and review of the SDGs is very week, currently the reporting process is voluntary and there is no assessment of the reports that governments submit. For example in the human rights framework with the Universal Periodic Review, what governments say is…
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We need a change in paradigm

“Social Protection is a Human Right", emphasized ITeM's director, speaking at the UN on behalf of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF). “Social Protection is a Human Right. Every right has a right holder and a duty bearer. We know who the right holders are: every human being, particularly those more in need of social protection: The right to be protected and cared is a right of children, the elderly, the sick, the…
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