Social Watch E-Newsletter - Issue 306 - July 17, 2017

Issue 306 - July 17, 2017
Social Watch reports
Spotlight report on the 2030 Agenda

Pursuing the SDGs in Jordan: Strengthening protections and ensuring inclusion

Jordan struggles to withstand the impact of economic and demographic shocks. Regional conflicts disrupt the country’s key trade routes and cause tourism revenues to drop; inflows of migrant workers and refugees contribute to strain government resources and the national infrastructure, and have exacerbated labour market challenges. These challenges underline the importance of developing clear priorities, policies and strategies in promoting the country’s development and ensuring the well-being of its population, particularly its most vulnerable segments. However, Jordan’s development policies and strategies have lacked consistency and continuity, with successive governments (most of which have remained in power for periods shorter than two years) often eschewing their predecessors’ programmes. Read more



France: The SDGs are still seen as applying only to developing countries

The SDGs are not a matter of developing countries that would only concern France in its external relations. They also impact French domestic policies.
The targets that risk not being met reflect the fact that they are not first and foremost issues related to environmental protection in the French context; instead, half of the targets that will be difficult to reach concern economic and social issues such as employment, poverty, educational inequalities, gender equality and official development assistance (ODA).
The fight against extreme poverty and exclusion is one of the major challenges in France today. The country will not be able to reverse the trend without significant mobilization and quantified targets, which are unfortunately not foreseen at present. Ensuring the participation of people experiencing poverty in policies affecting them, mainstreaming of poverty eradication and sustainable development, and setting human rights standards are necessary measures. Read more


Social Watch starts publishing country reports 2017

Social Watch coalitions around the world are contributing their assessments and reports to the global Social Watch report 2017 on the national implementation of the 2030 Agenda in its first year. Stalled, or slipping back, is the theme that appears in many of the contributions. Natural and un-natural disasters, some of them of catastrophic proportions, appear again and again not just as an obstacle to faster progress towards the agreed goals, but in fact setting the clock back. Part of the reason for lack of progress has to do with an over-reliance on public-private partnerships, urged by the World Bank as a way to finance implementation of the SDGs.

The Social Watch national platforms are independent coalitions of civil society organizations struggling for social and gender justice in their own countries. The Social Watch network has been publishing since 1996 yearly reports on how governments implement their international commitments to eradicate poverty and achieve equality between women and men.

High-Level Political Forum 2017 - Invitation Side Events
Launching of the Report“Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017”


The experience of Civil Society shadow (or spotlight) reporting. How it is key for meaningful participation and accountability

Alternative “shadow” reporting is a well-established tool of civil society to hold governments accountable to their commitments. A number of CSOs have prepared shadow or spotlight reports to follow-up on their governments efforts to implement the 2030-Agenda. Stalled, or slipping back, is the theme that appears in many of the contributions. See the invitation here

Date: July 18, 2017
Time: 11:15 AM to 1:00 PM
Venue: Baha'i International Community, Suite 120 (first floor)
866 UN Plaza, New York


A global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions present the Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017 report. The report provides a comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At the roundtable event authors of the Spotlight Report will present key findings and recommendations to participants for discussion. See the invitation here

Date: July 18, 2017
Time: 1:15 to 2:45 PM
Venue: Baha'i International Community, Suite 120 (first floor)
866 UN Plaza, New York



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