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The Summit process is a key opportunity to take stock of which development strategies are actually working and which are not, and what strategic decisions and actions at national and international levels are urgently needed to make decisive progress in the next five years. During the Hearings, Social Watch representatives participated pushing for real changes on financing for development strategies.

In the preparation process of the MDGs+10 Summit, the UN General Assembly held Informal Interactive Hearings with Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organizations and the Private Sector at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14-15 June 2010 Hearings of the UN General Assembly with civil society organizations took place from 14-15 June 2010 at the UN Headquarters. Social Watch contributed to the previous consultation process[1] and also participated actively in the Hearings and in the side events.

Within the framework of the Hearings of the UN General Assembly with civil society organizations, which took place from 14-15 June 2010 at the UN Headquarters, Social Watch, Third World Network and UN-NGLS organized the “Reforming finance for the MDGs” seminar.

June's “Spotlight on” is dedicated to Social Watch Kenya, which in August will be holding the next Social Watch regional capacity building workshop.

Source: Inter Press Service
By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 17, 2010 (IPS) - After an economic assessment of some 50 countries, the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) has come up with a "concrete action agenda" to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Aldo Caliari from the Center of Concern also participated in the UN General Assembly Informal Interactive Hearings with Non-Governmental Organizations at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14-15 June 2010. Read the notes from his presentation.

The UN General Assembly held Informal Interactive Hearings with Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organizations and the Private Sector at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14-15 June 2010. Mr. Roberto Bissio, on behalf of the Social Watch international network spoke at the event and called for justice, not business as usual.

Social Watch, together with the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and the Third World Network (TWN), organized a panel on 'Reforming Finance for the MDGs' within the framework of the 'Informal Interactive Hearings of the General Assembly with Non-governmental organizations, Civil society organizations and the Private sector' that took place from 14-15 June 2010 at UN Headquarters in New York.

Hardly any measures taken by the countries to tackle the crisis have highlighted promotion of women's employment and livelihoods. There is need for an enabling environment that integrates a comprehensive justice and human rights framework with social and gender justice at the forefront of internationally agreed development goals including the MDGs said Natalia Cardona from Social Watch and member of the Women's Working Group on Financing for Development. 

Mr. Roberto Bissio, Coordinator of Social Watch, spoke at the Conference "Making Equal Rights Real" organized on 1 May 2010 by The Institute for Health and Social Policy. The meeting was an opportunity for an international group of leading practice, policy and academic experts to present and discuss how people have found creative and effective strategies for ensuring that their national and international legal rights are met. Bissio said the economic crisis has brought governments back to a leading role and the key question now is what do governments do with the economy and how much people-centered are their policies.

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