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The vague “green economy” on the spotlight in Madrid

Roberto Bissio, director of the Third World Institute (ITeM) an international co-ordinator of Social Watch, was interviewed in Madrid by Spaniard journalist Susana Hidalgo (). The conversation, within the framework of the seminar “The Rio+20 we are navigating: Is that the future we want?”, dealt with the variety of definitions assigned by the international community and the social movements to the concept of “green economy”. Bissio also spoke with Hidalgo about the needed reforms towards…
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First Arab Watch Report: Governments forget their pledges on basic rights

Arab governments are legally bound by the constitutions to respect basic economic and social rights, but they usually abandon their commitments in the practice as time goes by, according to the first Arab Watch Report, launched by civil society organizations of ten Middle East and North African countries. The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) launched this first regional report on economic and social rights – focused on the rights to work and to education…
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UNCTAD rejects austerity measures and receives support from civil society

Civil society was crucial for the success of the 13th Ministerial Meeting of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII) this year, said the Secretary General of the agency Supachai Panitchpakdi to representatives of key non governmental organizations and networks. In their turn, they expressed their appreciation for the UNCTAD’s most recent annual report, which concludes that austerity measures did not lead to economic growth, and recommends supportive government policies to get…
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ITeM director is shortlisted as civil society advisor to the United Nations’ secretary general

Roberto Bissio, Leymah Gbowee, Justin Kilcullen, Graça Machel and Kumi Naidoo. Beyond 2015, a global civil society campaign pushing for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals, recommended to the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, five civil society representatives onto the UN High Level Panel on a post-2015 development framework when it is established. The suggested representatives are Kumi Naidoo (Greenpeace International), Justin Kilcullen (Trocaire and Concord), Graca Machel (The…
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