News & Updates

Rights for Sustainability and Sustainable Development Governance

As part of the Rights for Sustainability (R4S) Initiative, IBON International is inviting all civil society actors and government representatives who will attend the upcoming 13th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF 13) and the twelfth special session of the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC.SS.XII/GMEF) to its Greenroom activity entitled “Rights for Sustainability and Sustainable Development Governance”, which is slated for February 22, at 13.45 to 15.00h.

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Tujan on civil society’s role in Busan outcome document

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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Civil Society Workshop on Alternatives and Peoples Struggles for Sustainability: Intensifying People’s Struggles in Defense of the Commons

On January 25, around 62 participants from various civil society organizations and social movements from Latin America, Africa, Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Europe participated in a self-organized side event in Porto Alegre entitled “Civil Society Workshop on Alternatives and Peoples Struggles for Sustainability”.

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Global Civil Society Workshop on the Rio+20

The “Global Civil Society Workshop on the Rio+20 Zero Draft and Rights for Sustainability” was held at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City last January 24. The workshop was attended by more than 70 participants from various civil society organizations (CSOs) and social movements from around the world. It was organized by IBON International in cooperation with Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), People’s Coalition for Food Sovereignty (PCFS) and Centre for Environment and Development (CED) with the support of Diakonia – Asia Regional office, Both ENDS and the World Council of Churches (WCC).

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Farmers groups and advocates nix 'climate-smart agriculture'

The World Bank’s so-called triple win solutions of “Climate Smart Agriculture” drew heavy flak at a side event organized yesterday by five major civil society groups at the ongoing 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) here in Durban, South Africa.

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Farmers groups and advocates nix ‘climate-smart agriculture’

The World Bank’s so-called triple win solutions of “Climate Smart Agriculture” drew heavy flak at a side event organized yesterday by five major civil society groups at the ongoing 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) here in Durban, South Africa.

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IBON side-events at the Durban climate summit

IBON International will be holding two side-events on climate finance in the coming Durban climate summit. “Improving development effectiveness in climate finance: challenges and opportunities” is an official COP17 side-event. “Financing climate justice: voices from the South” is a side-event in the summit’s alternative space called the “People’s Space.” People from government and civil society are invited to speak. The two side-events are co-organized with several other civil society organizations.

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At global gathering on aid: Civil society groups hit US aid policy

International non-government organization IBON International today took the US government to task for its aid policies that have largely influenced how aid is defined according to the interests of donor governments. Civil society groups gathered in Busan, South Korea questioned the sincerity of the US as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a speech at the Opening Ceremony of the 4th High Level Forum on Aid and Development Effectiveness

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HLF4 mini-debate: Southern CSOs’ role in capacity development for global policy innovation

As part of our commitment to the upcoming Knowledge and Innovation Space at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) in Busan, South Korea, IBON International is organizing a mini-debate called “Southern CSOs: Receivers or Providers of Capacity Development for Global Policy Innovation?” This mini-debate shall feature speakers discussing successes and problems faced by Southern civil society organizations (CSOs) in capacity development for policy influencing – one side shall be expected to highlight the strengths and opportunities that Southern CSOs possess, while the other side shall highlight the challenges and constraints that they face.

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HLF4 mini-debate: Southern CSOs’ role in capacity development for global policy innovation

As part of our commitment to the upcoming Knowledge and Innovation Space at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) in Busan, South Korea, IBON International is organizing a mini-debate called “Southern CSOs: Receivers or Providers of Capacity Development for Global Policy Innovation?” This mini-debate shall feature speakers discussing successes and problems faced by Southern civil society organizations (CSOs) in capacity development for policy influencing – one side shall be expected to highlight the strengths and opportunities that Southern CSOs possess, while the other side shall highlight the challenges and constraints that they face.

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Food sov, aid effectiveness activities in full swing in Nepal, India, Uganda

The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), in partnership with IBON International’s Reality of Aid Network (RoA), Better Aid and partner civil society organizations (CSOs), went full swing in the conduct of trainings on food sovereignty and consultations on aid effectiveness in Agriculture and Rural development (ARD) in Nepal, India and Uganda in September.

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Contribution of IBON International to the Zero Draft of the Outcome Document for Rio+20

Today the world finds itself far off track in realizing the vision of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. Global economic expansion continues to severely strain the environment. Humanity’s ecological footprint now exceeds the planet’s biocapacity by over 50%, and three of nine planetary boundaries that define the safe operating space for human life on Earth have been breached.

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Busan Issue Paper No. 3

Since the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong in 2005, ‘Aid for Trade’ (AfT) has become the new catchphrase in international development to foster and promote trade and liberalization. Originating from the 2001 ‘Doha Development Round’, the WTO reasons: “Aid for Trade aims to help developing countries, particularly least developing countries, develop trade-related skills and infrastructure that is needed to implement and benefit from WTO agreements and to expand their trade”[i]. As such, the framework is complementing WTO trade reform and market opening by focusing on capacity building, particularly on trade policy and regulation and improving trade-related infrastructure to ease supply side bottlenecks.

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