News & Updates

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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CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL ACTION ON WORLD FOOD DAY

The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) posted on its website a call for an International Day of Action on October 16, World Food Day. We are reposting it on the IBON International website, with the additional information that on October 20, PCFS and IBON will hold a panel discussion on Climate Change, Food Security and the Right to Food during the 37th session of the Committee on World Food Security at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. Resource speakers will come from IBON, PCFS, Eastern and Southern Africa Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF), Pesticide Action Network – Asia and the Pacific (PAN-AP), and the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD).

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Reclaiming the Right to Development and Sustainability

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development. Adopted by General Assembly resolution 41/128 of 4 December 1986, this Declaration defines such right as “an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized.”

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Busan Issue Paper No. 2

At the Rio Summit in 1992, the growing problem of climate change driven by anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions led to the signing of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Ratified by nearly 200 countries over the years, the treaty is fleshed out through its annual Conference of Parties (COP), with the Kyoto Protocol (KP) adopted at COP3 in 1997 as the most important so far.

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CSOs vow vigilance to protect and advance the gains of Rio

Some 50 civil society representatives from around Asia gathered in Bangkok on August 17, 2011 to exchange knowledge, experience, views and strategies on the issues around sustainable development and the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012, also known as the Rio+20 Summit.

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Peoples statement on sustainable development and RIO+20

We, 52 women and men from 18 countries (Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China and Hongkong SAR,India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Spain,Thailand, Timor Leste, USA, and Vietnam) and representing peasants, agricultural workers, fisherfolk,indigenous peoples, workers, women, youth and students, refugees and stateless persons, academia,environmental and support NGOs and networks met for the ‘Promoting a Transformative Agenda for Sustainable Development: A Strategy Workshop on Rio+20’ on August 15-17, 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Busan Issue Paper No. 1

Since the 1980s, multilateral development banks (MDBs), donor agencies, development finance institutions and governments have increasingly promoted private sector growth as the cornerstone of national development strategies. While there is little in depth and up to date analysis on the relationship between ODA and the private sector due to a lack or differences in reporting, the vast majority of bilateral and multilateral donors have considerably increased their focus and engagement with the private sector.

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IBON/RoA country outreach meets with African CSOs

Outreach Officer Myrna Maglahus of IBON and Reality of Aid (RoA) participated in a series of meetings and dialogues on aid and development effectiveness with civil society organisations (CSOs), governments and other stakeholders during two visits to Sub-Saharan Africa last July-August.

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IFPRS PUBLIC STATEMENT

Some 3,000 participants from 40 countries across Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Middle East, Latin America, North America and Europe concluded the first-ever International Festival for Peoples’ Rights and Struggles (IFPRS) on the first week of July in the Philippines with an overflowing of energy and commitment to defend people’s rights and carry on the struggle for freedom, democracy and social justice. The IFPRS was a rare opportunity for people’s movements, progressive institutions, groups and individuals across the globe to share and learn from each other about new and longstanding threats to people’s individual and collective rights, while exploring solutions that address the systemic roots of these problems.

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