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Roberto Bissio at the UN: Making Accountability Meaningful

Taking a 4000 year view of history, Social Watch Coordinator Roberto Bissio recently testified before the United Nations General Assembly that accountability is only meaningful if the powerful can be brought to account.

In the modern world, Bissio argues that this means holding companies accountable not only to their owners and consumers, but to their workers and people affected by their operations as well.  At a minimum, companies 'partnering' with the UN should be subject to the same reporting requirements as NGOs, including financial reports and a demonstrated adherence to human rights and UN principles.

You can watch Bissio's testimony here:

Bissio also describes how power dynamics between rich and 'poor' countries can undermine platforms for 'mutual accountability'.

Eliminate "Obscene Inequality", GCAP Co-chair Amitabh Behar tells UN

World leaders must address "the current context of obscene inequality" if we are to truly eliminate poverty and create a life of dignity for all, as promised in recent reports by the UN Secretary-General and his High-Level Panel on Post-2015.

This was the key message of GCAP co-chair Amitabh Behar as he addressed the United Nations General Assembly during a 'special event' on the Millennium Development Goals organised by UNGA President John Ashe.

"We have enough for everybody's need, but not for everybody's greed," Behar told UN leaders, while making a reference to a famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi.

This is a video of the entire UN Roundtable session. 
To watch Amitabh Behar's presentation, go to 2hr 39min 45sec into the stream.

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.  

 

Post-MDG Intel and Updates From CAFOD

This is a blog post from Serpents and Doves, the CAFOD Policy team blog providing some great succinct insigh

UK Advocacy on the MDGs

UK Civil Society Analysis of the UN MDG Review

Following the UN MDG Review Summit in September 2010, Bond (GCAP UK) produced a collective analysis of the Summit.

Niger: Failed promises and inspirational individuals

During the last eight weeks, while I’ve been in Niger, I’ve often been overwhelmed by the scale of the problems people face here. It’s not just the current food crisis and the number of people who are going hungry now but also the future and what this has in store.

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