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Several NGOs attending the Hong Kong Ministerial are taking the initiative of a joint NGO statement expressing our concerns about the negotiations in which the developed countries are intent on piling pressure on developing countries to accept extreme liberalization policies. The current proposals of developed countries particularly on NAMA, Services and Agriculture, do not have development content and are in fact anti-developmental.

Jens Martens (Global Policy Forum Europe, Germany) explores which topics will define the development agenda in the coming years and where public pressure and critical monitoring by civil society is particularly necessary.

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More than 25 civil society organisations from Latin America participated in the programme on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) organised by Social Watch and Dignity International and held in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay from 7 to 15 November 2005.

Social Watch Philippines launched the Social Watch Philippines 2005 Report “Race for Survival Hurdles on the road to meeting the MDGs in 2015” and the Social Watch Annual Report 2005 “Roars and Whispers. Gender and poverty: promises vs. action” last September 8, 2005.

Prof. Leonor Briones of Social Watch, a member of the International Facilitating Group on Financing for Development (IFG), and a GCAP partner, presented her statement on behalf of NGOs and civil society at the Financing for Development Segment of the UN World Summit on September 14, 2005.

Last June 23 the General Assembly of the United Nations held hearings with NGOs, civil society organizations and the private sector, in preparation of the Millennium Summit+5 that will take place in September 2005.

Poverty, Human Rights and Security will be discussed by the heads of State and government of the world. Yet there are very limited opportunities for citizens to express themselves in this process. We need to make our voices heard.

Social Watch will launch its Annual Report 2005 this 14 September in New York. “Roars and Whispers. Gender and Poverty: Promises vs. Action” presents two new indexes to measure social development, and concludes that the targets set for 2015 as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will not be met.

Social Watch and Dignity International are pleased to announce that the application procedure to the LINKING & LEARNING PROGRAMME ON ESC RIGHTS FOR THE LATIN AMERICA REGION that will take place in Uruguay, from 7 to 15 November 2005 is now open. A limited number of partial or full funded scolarlships will be provided by the organisers. You can apply by filling the application form and sending it, before 5 September, to:

This week sees the launch of a major critical report on India's largest mining company, Vedanta Resources plc, based in London.

The Informal Interactive Hearings of the General Assembly with non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and the private sector were held on 23 and 24 June 2005, in preparation of the Millennium Summit+5 that will take place in September 2005.

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