Echoes in the press

New York (NY) – Global report Spotlight assesses how privatization and corporate capture have become obstacles to progress under the 2030 Agenda

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Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), usually portrayed as a useful tool towards sustainable development, actually “involve disproportionate risks and costs for people and the public purse”, claims a global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions in the Spotlight Report 2017 launched earlier this week.

After the successful launch of the pilot report 2016, this 2017 edition focuses on privatization, partnerships, corporate capture and their impact on sustainability and inequality. The articles and textboxes cover all sectors of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs (and beyond), and reflect the rich geographic and cultural diversity of their authors. But what all contributions have in common is their plea to reclaim public policy space and use it to take bold measures to realize human rights, increase public finance, to regulate or reject PPPs, and to strengthen participatory and democratic governance structures at all levels. These are indispensable prerequisites to achieve the SDGs and to turn the vision of the transformation of our world, as proclaimed in the title of the 2030 Agenda, into reality

New York, 12 July 2017: SDG2 ‘end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, articulates one of the highest aspirations of the 2030 Agenda. Failure to advance it will significantly affect the entire agenda, claims the Spotlight report, a comprehensive independent assessment released in New York on the opening day of the High Level Political Forum 2017.

This report by the Civil Society Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development suggests that poverty is not mainly about money, but about rights: Access to essential services like water, health and electricity, employment and social protection.

The target of SDG 1 to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 at a consumption level equivalent to $ 1.90 a day is achievable, but tax policies must change and domestic revenue services must be strengthened. The current World Bank policies still favour lower taxes while liberalised financial flows stimulate diversion to tax havens and an uncontrolled offshore economy.

Unbridled privatization, corporate capture and mass-scale tax abuse are blocking progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, argues a new report by a global coalition of civil society organizations including the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR).

Global Spotlight Report says SDG2 is only achievable if present food systems change towards  agroecological diversification and food sovereignty.

New York, 12 July 2017: SDG2 ‘end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, articulates one of the highest aspirations of the 2030 Agenda.

Global Spotlight Report says that the proposed “cascade” of private financing for infrastructure will result on more corruption, high fees for essential services, and massive resource transfers to the rich from the poor.

TWN Info Service on Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge (Jul17/01)
12 July 2017
Third World Network

Reclaiming policies for the public

A global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions have presented the report 'Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017' on 10 July 2017. It was published on the opening day of the High Level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York. The report provides the most comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Side-event during the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

13 July 2017 8:15 – 9:30 AM

Conference Room E in the UN Conference Building

Jointly organized by Civil Society Financing for Development Group including the Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development, Femnet, Forum for Women and Democracy, Womankind Worldwide

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Nueva York (Notimex). Erradicar la pobreza extrema para el año 2030, una aspiración central de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) de Naciones Unidas, es posible, pero sería necesario cambiar los actuales enfoques de política pública impulsados en el mundo, de acuerdo con un estudio.

Elaborado por una coalición de organismos civiles y sindicatos, el documento señaló que la erradicación es posible con los recursos económicos actuales en el mundo, pero las políticas públicas que podrían lograr ese propósito han sido severamente debilitadas en las últimas décadas.

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