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IBON together with its partners, Vikas Adhyayan Kendra (VAK), Institute for National and Democratic Studies (INDIES), Africaine de Recherche et de Cooperation pour l'Appui au Developpement Endogene (ARCADE) and the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) - Latin America, are pleased to announce the release of the IBON Primer on G-20: Global Economic Governance for Whom?

As the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) draws near, negotiations on the zero draft of its outcome document have markedly heated up. From March 19 to 23, the first round of “informal-informal” (preliminary) negotiations on the zero draft of the outcome document was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, NY.

Civil society organizations (CSOs) and some government delegates, who are attending preparatory events this week for the United Nations’ upcoming Rio+20 conference in June, criticized attempts by a few powerful parties to weaken references to human rights obligations in the negotiating text.

CSOs from across the world are gathered in Bali for the third meeting of a UN-convened High-Level Panel which will produce a report on how the Millennium Development Goals should be replaced in 2015. They are hopeful the HLP will produce the bold recommendations needed on the future of international development – or be prepared to live with the dire consequences of its failure, in the face of multiple crises and entrenched poverty and inequality.

On the last day of the 45th Annual Governors Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, civil society organizations met with the Bank’s staff to discuss about the new accountability mechanism.

A civil society representative from IBON International expressed fears that the much-touted package of green strategies for sustainable development, or Green Economy, is being handed over to big business and would be “disastrous for people and the environment.”

We – the civil society organizations and social movements who have responded to the call of the United Nations General Assembly to participate in the Rio+20 process – feel that is our duty to call the attention of relevant authorities and citizens of the world to a situation that severely threatens the rights of all people and undermines the relevance of the United Nations.

Water justice campaigners and private water operators argued the merits of public and private water provision in a debate titled “Private/Public Involvement in the Provision of Water and Sanitation Services,” held 13 March during the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France.

The is an interview with Antonio Tujan Jr., IBON International Director, Co-Chair of BetterAid and sole civil society representative in the negotiations on the outcome document of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) held in Busan, South Korea in late 2011.

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