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“Is the United States a ‘failed state’? Its financial mismanagement has triggered a world wide crisis.” Thus, Social Watch coordinator Roberto Bissio challenged some 300 civil society delegates, who met at the Civil Society Forum leading to the Financing for Development Review Conference to address the international crises that threaten our climate, development and social justice, and develop recommendations for the official Conference.

POSITION Senior Research Associate
LOCATION The Social Watch International Secretariat is located in Montevideo, Uruguay, and is based at the Third World Institute (ITeM)
DEADLINE December 12, 2008

A global campaign is being launched by civil society organisations worldwide in order to push the issue of an open and transparent conference convened by the UN to review the international financial and monetary architecture. This implies as well a revision about aims and objectives of the institutions that serve this purpose and their governance. PLEASE, SIGN THE STATEMENT BEFORE NOVEMBER 13th.

Analyses carried out by civil society organizations for the review process on Financing for Development (FfD) highlight the fact that governments are facing a double challenge at the up-coming FfD Conference in Doha: On the one hand, they have to find ways of substantially increasing the transfer in real terms of public resources to the South, while ensuring that public revenue is generated and mobilised for poverty eradication, decent work, achieving gender equality, and improving the livelihoods of the population.

The debate on Financing for Development was given a crucial push at the 2002 Financing for Development Conference held in Monterrey, Mexico. Heads of State and Governments 'resolved to address the challenges of Financing for Development around the world and particularly in developing countries'.

Social Watch India released the first perspective paper on “Law Under Globalization” which provides an insight into recent trends in both law making processes and judicial behaviour, with a stress on how the logic and instruments of globalization are directly affecting the rule of law.

New York, September 22 -- Contrary to repeated mainstream claims that poverty is diminishing fast in the world, the coverage of the basic needs required to escape poverty is slowing down and even regressing in many places, says the 2008 Basic Capabilities Index (BCI) released today by Social Watch, a network of more than 400 civil society organizations in 70 countries.

Notes for the intervention of Social Watch coordinator, Roberto Bissio, at the plenary of the opening session of the 3rd High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, Accra, Ghana, September 2, 2008.

NEW YORK (Feb 28) – The economic dimension is the next challenge towards global gender equity. More than half the women in the world live in countries that have made no progress towards gender equity in recent years. That is one of the findings of the Gender Equity Index (GEI) 2008 that Social Watch launched here as a contribution to the 52nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women that will end next March 8, the International Women’s Day.

Next Friday, February 1, 2008, the North-South Institute, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) will be launching the Canadian chapter of the international report Social Watch Report 2007: in dignity and rights.

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