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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) exerts a surprising amount of influence over Philippine policymaking process through technical assistance.

IBON International participated in the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) 5th Biennial High-Level Meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 21-22 July 2016, which was part of the High-level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The meeting focused on development cooperation as a lever for effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda. IBON International representative Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo made an intervention during the session on "Monitoring and review of development cooperation in the 2030 Agenda: quality, effectiveness and impact for sustainable development." Below is the full text of her intervention.

The Bonn Climate Change Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) convened from May 16 to 26, 2016 in Bonn, Germany to discuss the operationalization of the Paris Agreement which was adopted by 194 Parties in December 2015 and endorsed by 177 countries in April 2016. The Conference is expected to have laid the foundation for the success of the COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco in November; however, it is still a long way from achieving the vision of balance, equity, and ambition to genuinely solve the planetary crisis.

Insufficient preparations, limited time allocation and a disappointing outcome document marked the inaugural ECOSOC Financing for Development (FfD) Forum, held from 18-20 April 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, which was meant to initiate a follow-up process for the FfD Conferences (from Monterrey, Doha, to Addis Ababa).

IBON International Foundation held its first Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting last November 9-10, 2015 at the Sacro Costato Retreat House, Quezon City, Philippines.

After extending for a final non-stop 24-hour negotiation between the major trading powers, the 10th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded with a Ministerial Declaration that marks a turning point for the multilateral trade body according to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.

Attempts to kill the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) exposes the WTO’s pretentious claims that it seeks to support development in the Global South.

The 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded its meeting on December 12th, a day behind the original schedule of finalizing an agreement on global efforts to respond to the growing impacts of climate change.

Recent attempts of the United States (US), the European Union (EU) and other developed countries to put an end to the Doha Development Round (DDR) exposes the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) pretentious claims that it seeks to support development in the Global South, global activists said.

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