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Corporate Accountability International (CAI) and IBON International joined forces in Washington, D.C. this week to challenge the World Bank Group on its role in privatized water utilities.

The goal to end extreme poverty worldwide by 2030 is now part of the World Bank Group’s (WB) new vision, adopted at its 2013 Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. in April. The WB also adds the promotion of “shared prosperity” as another goal. The Bank’s strategy based on this vision is set to be unveiled in the 2013 Annual Meetings on 11-13 October.

Over a hundred representatives from various countries, civil society groups and grassroots organizations gathered at the European Parliament to hold the Conference on Democracy, Self-Determination and Liberation of Peoples last September 23, 2013. Organized by the offices of Members of the European Parliament Jürgen Klute and Inaki Irazabalbeitia, IBON International and KONKURD (Confederation of Kurdish Associations in Europe), the conference aims to reaffirm the fundamental principles enshrined in the various UN declarations on the collective rights of peoples to self-determination and liberation.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) through its Asia regional office together with 16 other local and international organizations based in the Philippines co-sponsored and organized the “People’s Solidarity Festival: Strengthening People’s Collective Actions to the Global Crisis,” last September 10 in Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

Bangkok, Thailand – The first region-wide civil society consultation on Post-2015 took place on Friday, 23 – Saturday 24 August in Bangkok, Thailand with 90 organizations from 21 countries from across Asia and the Pacific.

Asia and the Pacific civil society groups representing 92 organisations from 21 countries from various major groups and stakeholders gathered in Bangkok to formulate a just and transformative development agenda towards post-2015 and beyond. The result of the consultation led to the drafting of the Bangkok Civil Society Declaration: From Inclusive to Just Development.

Civil society has engaged Asia & Pacific governments in the Asia Pacific Ministerial Dialogue (APMD) to commit to real transformative change. Yet propositions that strongly articulate the need for equity have been stubbornly opposed by the United States and other advanced countries who are not even part of the region but members of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The US, United Kingdom, France and other advanced countries were part of the core group that led to the formation of ESCAP as part of post-war reconstruction under the Marshall Plan.

CSO formations and social movements from all over the Asia-Pacific region will meet on the 23rd and 24th of August in Bangkok Thailand to discuss a just development agenda in line with the post-2015 framework. The event aims to develop the capacity of Asia-Pacific civil society groups for a more active participation in forwarding the people’s goals as part of the post-2015 development agenda.

Organized by the Instituto Giramundo Mutuando, a member-organization of the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), University of the State of Sao Paulo (UNESP) together with UFSCAR and the Movement of Landless Rural Workers, the Third International Meeting on Agroecology was launched last July 31. The organizers expect more than 2,000 participants including students, teachers, and producers in Brazil, Latin America, and other parts of the world.

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