Echoes in the press

For the first time the State government this year presented a Gender Budget Statement as part of the annual budget documents, quantifying the allocations that will benefit women during this fiscal.

The statement appears as the last chapter in the appendices to the Budget documents published by the Finance Department and tabled in the Assembly on March 15. The Budget speech by Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam did not mention it.

Así lo afirma el uruguayo Roberto Bissio, coordinador de la red Social Watch, quien tiene serios reparos sobre las alianzas público privadas como modelo de desarrollo en América Latina.

Morocco is in a hurry. At Ouarzazate on the edge of the Sahara desert what's billed as the world's biggest solar plant – the size of 200 football pitches – is coming into operation. 

On the outskirts of Rabat, the country's capital, the foundations of what its backers claim will be Africa's tallest building – to be built by a Chinese state-owned company – are being laid. 

Mega projects

CIVICUS speaks with Barbara Adams, senior policy analyst at the Global Policy Forum (GPF), on the problem of private finance within the UN development system, and the need for civil society action in response to these growing trends.

A non-binding declaration on Women and Trade signed by 118 countries was made public today during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel, where the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is taking place.

The “Joint Declaration on Trade and Women's Economic Empowerment” states without offering evidence that “international trade and investment are engines of economic growth for both developing and developed countries, and that improving women's access to opportunities and removing barriers to their participation in national and international economies contributes to sustainable economic development”.

El activista y periodista noruego Petter Titland fue autorizado a regresar este domingo a Argentina, de donde fue deportado el viernes cuando llegó para la Conferencia ministerial de la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC), informó la Cancillería.

"Estoy en Brasil, he estado aquí dos días para esperar que la situación se solucione y ahora tenemos la solución. Estoy feliz por eso", declaró Titland 

Organizaciones no gubernamentales (ONG) de 30 países repudiaron hoy la deportación de un activista noruego y de una periodista británica-ecuatoriana que venían a participar o a cubrir la conferencia...

El gobierno argentino decidió no autorizar la entrada al país de 63 expertos de organizaciones no gubernamentales acreditados para participar en la cumbre de la Organización Mundial del Comercio. Las organizaciones (entre las que se encuentran Global Justice Now, Amigos de la Tierra y el Transnational Institute) han participado en las cumbres anteriores sin ningún inconveniente y están lejos de defender actos violentos como afirma el gobierno argentino. En esta entrevista, Roberto Bissio -director de Social Watch- afirma que se silencian voces críticas de la llamada «globalización corporativa», mientras se recibe con alfombra roja a los lobbistas de las grandes empresas.

Privatization, partnerships, corporate capture, and their impact on sustainability and inequality

In the 2030 Agenda governments committed to a revitalized Global Partnership between States and declared that public finance has to play a vital role in achieving the SDGs. But in recent decades, the combination of neoliberal ideology, corporate lobbying, business-friendly fiscal policies, tax avoidance and tax evasion has led to a massive weakening of the public sector and its ability to provide essential goods and services.

The Spotlight Report on Sustainable Development 2017 : “Reclaiming policies for the public” - - published on the opening day of the High Level Panel on Sustainable Development in New York, USA  - - provides a extensive assessment of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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