Social Watch E-Newsletter - Issue 280 - November 18, 2016

Issue 280 - November 18, 2016

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Refining the Indicators: Opening the process; open for influence?


As the first year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development concludes, the technical work at/of the UN continues to refine and agree on the global indicators to measure progress. This involves circulating selected indicators for consultation, adopting a lead agency to collect and submit the data and adopting an agreed methodology, as well as fundraising to increase the extent of data coverage and building capacity. At the same time, as this is a work in progress, many Member States have undertaken national initiatives to review the SDGs and incorporate them into national policy and budget processes. Read more



Parties at the climate talks on 17 November supported the call issued by the President of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC entitled the ‘Marrakech Action Proclamation for our Climate and Sustainable Development'.
The President of the 22nd meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP22), who is also the Foreign Minister of Morocco, Salaheddine Mezouar, introduced the document to the plenary evening of 17 Nov.
Describing it as a new source of inspiration, he said that the ‘proclamation' for our climate and sustainable development received the support of all Parties and invited Moroccan Ambassador Aziz Mekouar to read it out. Read more


There are now several hundred refugees in Como on Switzerland's southern border, including many unaccompanied minors. They make almost daily attempts to cross the Swiss border, either to find refuge here or to travel on to Germany or Scandinavia. As we know, only a small number of them manage to cross the border. In mid-2016 there were about 33,000 asylum seekers in Switzerland. In addition, there were over 73,000 recognized refugees and temporarily admitted persons. They currently represent a mere 0.9% of Switzerland's resident population. Yet the "refugee crisis" is causing a stir in Switzerland. Read more


UN Special Rapporteur Sheila Keetharuth presented her report to the Third Committee , calling on the General Assembly to adopt a resolution submitting the Commission’s report to the Security Council for a referral of the Human Rights situation in Eritrea to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The report highlights the Human Rights situation in Eritrea where it states crimes against humanity has been committed by Eritrean officials since 1991. Allegations of enslavement, enforced disappearances, torture and other crimes were on the report. Keetharuth emphasised the need for accountability for these crimes. Read more

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