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In the bid to include human rights in the post-2015 development agenda, the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), IBON International and Amnesty International in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Argentina and the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations and the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), will be organizing an interactive forum on the 24th of September in Conference 7, North Lawn Building of the United Nations Headquarters, New York.

On the eve of discussions among governments gathering at the United Nations, the Peoples General Assembly on Development Justice brings together peoples from around the world to share experiences and demand justice, human rights and accountability.

In view of indigenous peoples' concerns on aid and development effectiveness, several global groups are organizing the Indigenous Peoples' Workshop on Aid and Development Effectiveness to be held on June 12, 2013 at the Finmark University College in Alta, Norway.

IBON International and Reality of Aid Asia Pacific invite you to a forum on
Results & Sustainability: Rights-based Perspectives at the Civil Society Program of the 2012 IMF & WB Annual Meetings, Tokyo, Japan
10 October 2012, 4.00 - 5.30 pm

Twenty years after Rio 1992, we are nowhere near the future that we want with respect to universal access to water. And our collective future is threatened with the further commercialization of nature. Join Water for the People Network and IBON International in a strategy session on the right to water and sustainability towards Rio+20 and beyond in Hanoi, Vietnam on June 10, 2012.

Despite calls for renewed political commitment to the principles and goals of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to address the unequal and unsustainable character of dominant development patterns, Rio+20 is inclined to reinforcing the same neoliberal framework that was the very cause of the multiple crises of today. The Green Economy, premised on the commodification of nature and ecosystem services, allows for business as usual and very well suits the interests of the corporate sector.

With the World Bank’s rhetoric shifting to public-private partnerships (PPPs), we ask, is the partnership in PPPs a “meeting of equals,” or is there an imbalance that allows the other party to manipulate the relationship?

As part of the Rights for Sustainability (R4S) Initiative, IBON International is inviting all civil society actors and government representatives who will attend the upcoming 13th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF 13) and the twelfth special session of the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC.SS.XII/GMEF) to its Greenroom activity entitled “Rights for Sustainability and Sustainable Development Governance”, which is slated for February 22, at 13.45 to 15.00h.

IBON International will be holding two side-events on climate finance in the coming Durban climate summit. “Improving development effectiveness in climate finance: challenges and opportunities” is an official COP17 side-event. “Financing climate justice: voices from the South” is a side-event in the summit’s alternative space called the “People’s Space.” People from government and civil society are invited to speak. The two side-events are co-organized with several other civil society organizations.

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