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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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Stalled implementation at national level – unhelpful international environment

Civil Society sees ‘room for improvement’ in national implementation of 2030 Agenda as well as an unfavourable international environment. New York, 18 July 2017: During the Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) of 44 countries at the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, many civil society activists raised questions, criticizing government (in-)action as well as crippling framework conditions that slow down implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the national level. Ziad Abdel Samad, Director of Arab…
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