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20 COUNTRIES ALONE CANNOT DEFINE THE DESTINY OF THE ENTIRE WORLD FOR SYSTEM CHANGE AND AN END TO BUSINESS AS USUAL, LET'S BUILD ANOTHER WORLD!

THE PEOPLE WILL NOT CONTINUE TO PAY FOR THE CRISIS.

Join the People's Week of Collective Actions in Seoul, November 6 to 12, 2010 

Author: 
Ana Abelenda

Thursday 7 October (Washington D.C.)
Who is responsible if a hydroelectric project financed by the World Bank displaces a whole population or pollutes rivers? These kinds of questions were raised in debates between representatives of civil society organizations and Bank officials in the forum about policies that affect civil society, which was part of the annual IMF and World Bank Group meetings in Washington DC from 6 to 10 October.

Author: 
Ana Abelenda

Tues 6 Oct (Washington D.C)
The need to build a new development paradigm with alternative measures that can provide evidence based development policies was the subject of discussions at the kick-off of the Civil Society Policy Forum of the WB and IMF Annual Meetings taking place here in Washington D.C. 6-10 October 2010. Is there a shifting trend in the way governments design development policies for social progress?

Author: 
Roberto Bissio, Third World Institute

Source: Civicus

The annual meeting of the governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank in the first week of October is traditionally an occasion for protesters to rally against the system and criticise these sister institutions created at Bretton Woods at the end of World War II.

Intervention by Roberto Bissio, coordinator of Social Watch in The Post MDG Summit,  assessment and discussion on next steps
Monday 4 October 2010, 3pm-6pm, Room XXVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

It is really very interesting to see the program to this debate starting with the phrase “We can end Poverty by 2015” which was highlighted around the UN building during the summit. The “we can” was probably a way of welcoming US president Barack Obama, one of the key speakers in the summit.  In a way this slogan is raising the bar because the actual promise of the MDG’s was to halve poverty by 2015 and not ending it, so we welcome this increased aspiration, of course.

Source: UNCTAD

Richard Kozul-Wright of UNCTAD's Unit on Economic Cooperation and Integration among Developing Countries has said that new development paths are an essential part of meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and new levers of economic growth are necessary as many of the levers of the past decade will be absent in this one. 

Source: Center of Concern 
By: Aldo Caliari

“The future of democracy depends on whether civil society and trade unions can develop the capacity to counter the lobby of the financial sector.” This dramatic statement was made by Nancy Alexander, from the Heinrich Boell Foundation, at the opening of a side-event held on the fringes of the Millennium Development Goals Review Summit.

Least developed countries (LDCs) remain under constant strain due to global crises and face the most severe challenges in achieving the MDGs since more than half of their populations live below the poverty line. Dr. Arjun Karki from civil society watchdog LDC Watch spoke at a High level event on LDCs and MDGs held in New York on 21 September 2010.

Global Call to Action against Poverty - Statement by co-chair Sylvia Borren

High-level Plenary Meeting of the Sixty-fifth Session of the UN General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals: 22 September 2010

New York, 21 September 2010

Statement on behalf of Eurostep 

by Rudy De Meyer (11.11.11) at Roundtable 4 on Emerging issues during the 

HIGH-LEVEL PLENARY MEETING OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THE MDGs

The long way from emerging issue to ‘emergency’

1. Puzzled by the word

I must admit that I am a bit puzzled by the word ‘emerging issue’; Looking at the outcome document and the long list of reports and publications that were launched in the run up to this summit, I found that about 99 % of the ‘emerging issues’ have been around for at least 10 to 30 years.

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