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Five years since commitments were made in the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, giant strides are still needed especially when it comes to donors’ and governments’ efforts toward targeted development outcomes.

Imperialist attacks on peoples in the form of increasing foreign military presence and new free trade agreements were raised as important issues that confront Africa today.

Expectations that this annual meeting of the world’s leaders will set the wheels into motion on the Paris Agreement (PA) do not seem likely as huge disagreements on its interpreting have emerged between developed and developing countries.

An estimated 7,000 people took to the streets of Morocco on Sunday, calling for meaningful action from the world’s leaders to solve the climate crisis.

The 22nd Conference of Parties (COP) opened with a high note that heralded the ‘early into force’ of the Paris Agreement (PA), last year’s landmark agreement that sealed the international community’s commitment to climate action.

photo courtesy of Tudla Productions, 2016

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.

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