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CSO representatives from countries across the Asia Pacific expressed resounding concern last March 10-11 over the shrinking civil society space in the region in the recently concluded Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Building Evidence in Seoul, Korea.

How should an accountable and effective development cooperation look like in the new global development agenda that is being shaped? Various actors in the international development community participating in the just concluded High-Level Symposium of the United Nations Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) strived to contribute different, and sometimes conflicting, perspectives in this course-setting event.

IBON International Director Antonio Tujan Jr shares some insights and concerns in an interview after the recent 5th Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) Steering Committee (SC) Meeting.

Paul Quintos of IBON International, who also represents the Campaign for People's Goals for Sutainable Development (CPG), delivered the opening remarks on Thursday, 6 March 2014, at a United Nations High Level Event organized by the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) in New York City. This OPGA-HLE, the first in six, is on “Contributions of women, the young and civil society to the post-2015 development agenda.”

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) advocates the human rights-based approach (HRBA) in development, and concrete HRBA policies to empower the people (as rights-holders) to hold the various development stakeholders (as duty-bearers) accountable.

Southern civil society organizations issued a statement, dated February 19, on the occasion of the Sixth Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board in Bali, Indonesia. Some 28 CSOs, including IBON International, signed the statement demanding a Green Climate Fund "that serves the welfare of people and planet and not private profit."

IBON International's Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo was recently interviewed by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service about the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the recent Human Rights and Business Forum and the role of the private sector in the post-2015 agenda.

On November 11, 2013, the 19th Conference of Parties (COP19) on Climate Change opened in Warsaw, Poland. The top-level meeting of governments, with 195 member nations and global negotiators in attendance, were supposed to agree on the details of a new international and legally binding agreement to more effectively curb GHG emissions and eventually reduce global warming.

IBON International Director Antonio Tujan Jr. today condemned the new trade deal finalized at the recently concluded 9th World Trade Organization ministerial in Bali, Indonesia, as a license for a renewed neoliberal offensive against developing countries.

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