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Declaration of Civil Society Organisations at the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings

In a joint declaration, 35 civil society organisations reject the IMF austerity policies implemented in Ecuador, Argentina and Haiti, with agreements that include the restriction of public investment, reduction of labor rights, establish tax amnesties for the corporate sector and trigger a continued deterioration in public services. This is not the way to either prevent or resolve a crisis. The IMF has to change its austerity and deregulatory structural reform policies. Countries must have access…
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Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2019

The Spotlight Report 2019 "Reshaping governance for sustainability" Transforming institutions – shifting power - strengthening rights - Global Civil Society Report on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs dives more deeply into the (global) governance arrangements, structures and institutions that will actually be necessary to implement these policies and to unleash the transformative potential of the SDGs. The report offers analysis and recommendations on how to strengthen inclusive and participatory governance and to overcome structural…
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VNRs, National “Spotlight” Reports and the Future of the HLPF

Every year since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in 2015, governments are invited to present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) on their progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) of the UN. This process is heralded by some as a great opportunity to hold governments accountable to their actions and by others as a beauty contest riddled with misrepresentation and power imbalances. Civil society organizations in many…
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