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“We are the first generation that can end poverty and the last one that can take steps to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.” With these words, the former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon never tired of pushing a new reference framework that unites the fight against poverty and the drive to combat climate change. He achieved his goal in September 2015 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Social Watch Philippines (SWP), in partnership of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) conducted a policy discussion entitled 'Universal Social Protection Floor (USPF): What's in it for us?', last April 26 to be participated in by the International Labor Organization (ILO), key national government agencies, CSO representatives, academics,  civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

The USPF is a set of basic social security guarantees that covers essential health care, income security for children, for persons of working age but are unable to earn sufficient income due to illness, unemployment, maternity and disability as well as for older persons. Furthermore, the Philippines is a signatory to the attainment of the United Nations sponsored Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of which the implementation of the USPFs falls under (target 1.3 of Goal 1 on ‘ending poverty in all its forms everywhere.’)

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres challenged participants at the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 61) in March 2017: “Do not let us at the UN off the hook. Keep our feet to the fire.” Many civil society organizations (CSOs) are doing just that –  calling for more from the CSW.

At CSW 61, Dalia Leinarte, Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) said, “[l]inking the [CEDAW] Convention to the 2030 Agenda [for Sustainable Development] has great potential in advancing women’s economic empowerment and enables the Committee to support States in implementing the [Sustainable Development Goals] SDGs.”

All major presidential candidates promise in their platforms to increase the French development cooperation contribution to 0.7 per cent of GDP and yet "I bet you a bottle of champagne that whoever gets elected, when we gather again five years from now that promise will not have been met".

Jean-Michel Severino, the author of the bet, was speaking on behalf of Emmanuel Macron in a public debate about French international relations and development cooperation among representatives from the five leading presidential candidates, a contest so close that four of them are deemed likely to pass to the second and final round next May.

Almost 22 years have passed since the Fourth World Conference on Women was held in Beijing, marking a turning point for women’s rights activists around the world. For many, the approved Declaration and Platform for Action represented a moment of vindication for the rights, living experiences, and human dignity of women everywhere. But the promises made in Beijing regarding the indivisibility of human rights, gender equality, and the empowerment of women and girls were not fulfilled, and it is in the socioeconomic field where this deficit strikes one of its hardest blows.

Men and women are different. That shouldn’t be news, but today it is. Today, the government released the first federal budget that includes a look at the differences between men and women. Differences like the fact that women are twice as likely to work part-time, do more hours of unpaid care work, are less likely to qualify for Employment Insurance and are more likely to be the victim of a violent crime.

For public spending to be effective, we need policies and programs that respond to those differences. More targeted policy is more effective policy. Otherwise we could just divide up the budget by 37 million Canadians and send everyone a cheque.

Alla vigilia del Vertice di Roma, occasione in cui i Leader dei Paesi UE si apprestano a celebrare il sessantesimo anniversario dei Trattati di Roma e discutere del futuro dell’UE, oltre 7.000 organizzazioni della società civile hanno inviato una lettera congiunta ai leader dei 10 Paesi Membri impegnati da tre anni nel negoziato per l’introduzione di una Tassa europea sulle Transazioni Finanziarie (TTF). Il futuro dell’UE passa anche dall’adozione di misure come questa che rappresentano una risposta concreta alle istanze dei cittadini sempre più schiacciati da politiche che privilegiano il potere di pochi a discapito del benessere di tutti.

Over the past eight years, the G20 has emerged as one of the most prominent political fora for international cooperation. For transnational corporations and their national and international associations and lobby groups, the G20 process provides important opportunities to engage with the world’s most powerful governments, shape their discourse, and influence their decisions. For this purpose, business actors have created a broad network of alliances and fora around the G20, with the Business20 (B20) as the most visible symbol of corporate engagement.

A new working paper published by Global Policy Forum and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung maps out the key business players and associations from the different sectors and branches involved in the work of the G20, and analyzes their core messages and policy recommendations.

The economic empowerment of women is the priority theme for the 2017 UN Commission on the Status of Women with special attention to the empowerment of indigenous women.

The struggle to empower women and to combat gender inequality goes hand in hand with the struggle for women’s human rights. The increasing application of human rights instruments from local to global continues to be the hallmark of organizing that crosses sectors, policy tracks and borders. The work of human rights advocates and defenders has required establishing new rules and systems as well as removing discrimination and bias in the application of existing ones. This is as relevant across territorial borders as within them and the gap between transnational economic activities and global economic governance can magnify inequalities or nullify measures to overcome them. As economies are operating across or without borders so too must the human rights instruments and frameworks - the norms and standards that apply equally to the powerful and powerless.

The book entitled "Human Trafficking and Trauma in the Digital Era: The Ongoing Tragedy of Trade in Refugees from Eritrea" sheds new light on the thriving business of human trafficking for ransom with severe torture practices, also named Sinai trafficking, and traces back its origins. It presents the findings that show how money is made with the smuggling of Eritrean refugees and how the booming business runs with inhuman practices such as violence, hostage situations and torture. This comes with a detrimental effect to the Eritrean community, which suffers collective trauma due to bearing witness to abuse of family members and fellow nationals through mobile phones and digital social networks.

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