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The G20's 'Financing for Investment' must not leave Sustainable Development behind

“Financing for Investment” -- a new catchphrase for generating long-term finance primarily for huge, cross-border Public Private Partnerships in infrastructure -- is quickly becoming a centrepiece of the G20's agenda and will feature prominently in this year's G20 meetings.

In much of the world, writes Nancy Alexander, infrastructure investment is desperately needed.  But new infrastructure projects should strengthen, not undermine, sustainable development.

GCAP Germany: "The Right to Food should not be a game of chance"

As the European Union debates a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) whose impact will be felt across the globe, GCAP Germany has presented its government with a petition calling on the EU to enshrine the Right to Food in its policies.

More than 14,000 people signed the petition, which was presented to German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner.

"Europe's agricultural subsidies and export policies undercut local products – particularly of milk and meat -- in other countries, depriving farmers and traders in Africa and elsewhere of their livelihoods," says Anke Scheid of GCAP's German national coalition, Deine Stimme Gegen Armut which means "Your Voice Against Poverty".

GCAP Germany presents Right to Food petition

A View from Bolivia: The UN Calls for Universal Health Care

In a resolution adopted by consensus, the UN General Assembly urged member countries last December to implement affordable health care systems that cover all citizens. The resolution calls on member states to develop national health systems that “pool risks among the population” to avoid “the impoverishment of individuals as a result of seeking the care (that they need),” particularly in the case of catastrophic illnesses. 

While this is a step in the right direction, citizens must take action to ensure that their rights are protected, writes Oscar Lanza.  Universal health care on its own does not ensure fairness.  

 

Una Visión desde Bolivia: Equidad y Resolución sobre Atención en Salud Universal

Por Oscar Lanza V. (MD,MPH) | English

La ONU (Organización de Naciones Unidas)  aprueba 'trascendental' resolución sobre Atención en Salud Universal.

Pakistan - Time to take education seriously

Alarm bells should be ringing:  Pakistan’s educational system is characterized by low literacy and enrollment levels, high dropout rates, poor infrastructure, insufficient training for education professionals, unequal opportunities and low public spending, writes Irfan Mufti.  Primary education has never been a priority for our government.

 

Amidst claims and galore of achievements, the condition of education in Pakistan is dismal.

A Migrant Worker's Testimony to the Post-2015 High Level Panel

The following statement was delivered to the UN High Level Panel on Post-2015 Development by Siti Mariyam, an Indonesian migrant worker, on 25 March 2013.

For the last ten years, at least 200 million migrant workers in all over the world have been moving the world’s economy and bring advantages to our country and the countries where we work. Majority of us are women and work as domestic workers.

We are in vulnerable condition. In this we almost have no legal protection, even though we have contributed alot, but our mobility has been limited with policies which are discriminative, exploitative, anti-migration, criminalization and put us as informal sector. Working abroad is our human right that should be promoted, fullfilled and protected by the country of origin and the country of destination.

Gender Equality: Is the High Level Panel Listening?

Poverty justice campaigners, led by the Feminist Task Force, have sent the UN High Level Panel on Post 2015 a clear message: gender equality is essential to end poverty. But did the panelists receive it?

The "Gender Equality to End Poverty" statement complements the "Red Flag" message and was drafted at the Bonn civil society forum "Advancing the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda".  Individuals and organisations are invited to endorse the statement.  Key messages include the need to

A Red Flag for the Post-2015 High Level Panel

As the UN High Level Panel on Post 2015 meets in Bali, a broad and diverse coalition of civil society activists and organisations including the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, has presented the panel with a "Red Flag" consisting of eight issues that must be addressed if civil society is to support the panel's efforts to frame a new global sustainable development agenda.