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Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017

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.

Together with the Reflection Group on Sustainable Development, a global alliance of civil society organizations and trade unions, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung launched in July the “Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017”. See the video here.

This Spotlight Report 2016 produced by an international alliance of CSOs and networks, intends to contribute to this objective. It analyses and assesses the extent to which policies are framed by the ambitious principles of the 2030 Agenda, particularly the human rights framework. It highlights particularly the role of the rich and powerful actors in the global system, based on their economic influence and political weight in international decision-making. However, it is impossible to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the political implementation of the 2030 Agenda less than a year after its adoption. As implementation of the 2030 Agenda gets further underway, these Spotlight reports will be issued regularly.

This shadow report counters the official discussions at the UN headquarters, providing its own comprehensive and independent assessment of the implementation of each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), based on experiences and reports by national and regional groups and coalitions from all parts of the world.

Announcing a New Chapter by the South Centre's Senior Advisor on Finance and Development in the SPOTLIGHT 2030 report

Industrialization, inequality and sustainability: what kind of industry policy do we need?
by Manuel F. Montes

The 2017 Spotlight on Sustainable Development report provides a comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. The 2017 edition focuses on privatization, partnerships, corporate capture and the impact they have on sustainability and inequality. According to the report, it is time to counter privatization trends, reclaim public policy space and take bold measures to strengthen public finance, regulate/reject PPPs to – in effect – weaken the grip of corporate power on people’s lives. These are indispensable prerequisites to achieve the SDGs and to turn the 2030 Agenda into reality.

Reclaiming policies for the public
Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017

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.

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Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017
Reclaiming policies for the public

Privatization, partnerships, corporate capture and their impact on sustainability and inequality - assessments and alternatives.

Report of the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

UNITED NATIONS (IDN) – As the United Nations assesses the implementation of its 2030 Agenda for Development, including its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the estimated funding needs keep skyrocketing --- from the initial millions and billions to trillions of dollars annually.

Alla vigilia del Vertice di Roma, occasione in cui i Leader dei Paesi UE si apprestano a celebrare il sessantesimo anniversario dei Trattati di Roma e discutere del futuro dell’UE, oltre 7.000 organizzazioni della società civile hanno inviato una lettera congiunta ai leader dei 10 Paesi Membri impegnati da tre anni nel negoziato per l’introduzione di una Tassa europea sulle Transazioni Finanziarie (TTF). Il futuro dell’UE passa anche dall’adozione di misure come questa che rappresentano una risposta concreta alle istanze dei cittadini sempre più schiacciati da politiche che privilegiano il potere di pochi a discapito del benessere di tutti.

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