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ITeM’s director challenges PPPs at the UN

Corporations should be carefully vetted for their fiscal responsibility and human rights record before being allowed to use the UN name and logo or join any partnership with the international organizations, argued Roberto Bissio, from the Social Watch secretariat during a panel on global economic governance on December 11 in New York. Former US congressman Barney Frank, co-author of the Frank-Dodd Act to regulate financial corporations, passed after the 2008 global crisis, was a panel…
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What’s good for social justice is also good for the economy

Roberto Bissio is the coordinator of Social Watch, an international network of citizens’ organisations reporting on how governments and international organisations implement their commitments on poverty eradication and gender equality. Here, he talks to Equal Times about this crucial moment in the development world. Can you explain the “post-2015” process currently being discussed in the United Nations? Sustainable development is being discussed in the United Nations at the moment following two important events. The first was…
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It’s time to stop the privatisation of the development agenda

In 2000, the United Nations announced eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reduce poverty worldwide. As the goals “expire” next year, new goals are being defined in UN assemblies and corridors. Some doors in the UN will be shut to public scrutiny but wide open to corporations. “This issue will determine the future of the UN as such,” recently commented a member of the Brazilian delegation to the UN, Guilherme Patriota. The UN is increasingly…
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UN General Assembly discusses monitoring and accountability in the new development agenda

The President of the UN General Assembly’s convened the Interactive Dialogue “Elements for a Monitoring and Accountability Framework for the Post-2015 Development Agenda” that was held on May 1, 2014 in the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The outcome of the event will provide an additional input into the report mandated to the Secretary-General to synthesize all inputs available by the end of 2014. Roberto Bissio, Third World Institute's Executive Director, who participated in…
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