Global Policy Watch Blog

Christian Aid and CESR working paper: Indicators for a post-2015 ‘fiscal revolution’

The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) and Christian Aid have published an interesting paper on a set of preliminary global indicators for the SDGs, which was prepared for discussion by the UN Statistics Commission at its meeting this week. For the original discussion paper, click here. For a longer background paper on the proposal, click here.

The CA/CESR working paper can be downloaded in pdf format here. Read more…

Development: South needs policy space to meet post-2015 agenda

By Kanaga Raja. SUNS.

Developing countries need sufficient policy space in particular in the areas of trade, finance and industrial development if they are to meet the goals of the post-2015 development agenda, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In its latest Policy Brief (No. 31 of February 2015), UNCTAD said that buoyant demand at the global level and effective industrial policy at the national level have been key ingredients of successful development in recent decades.

Can taxation be the answer?

By Marina Ponti, Social Watch.

Over the past twenty years we have heard constantly that the world has the resources to address global development challenges such as poverty, environmental degradation, diseases and inequalities. However, despite the resources “being there” human development plans have been consistently underfunded.

Clearly, existing “trickle-down” and redistribution mechanisms are not being effective and will be woefully inadequate to fund the implementation of the universal SDGs agenda.
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Is the UN fully equipped to respond to the needs of a changing world and of a new universal agenda?

By Marina Ponti, Social Watch.

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations discussed on 23-25 February the Secretary General report on the implementation of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review requested by the General Assembly. Under a cryptic title, the meeting addressed core issues, such as the UN development system’s role (and its relevance) in the post 2015 agenda.
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The “A” Word: Monitoring the SDGs

Twenty-two UN independent human rights rapporteurs wrote to the Rio+20 Summit that “real risk exists that commitments made in Rio will remain empty promises without effective monitoring and accountability.” This danger also exists for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Could Universal Periodic Reviews (UPRs) of SDG progress be the answer?

Read and analysis on this question by Roberto Bissio (Social Watch) in a new briefing paper for Future United Nations Development System. Read more… / Spanish version

Redefining aid: Is it good, bad or ugly?

The concept of Total Official Support for Sustainable Development (TOSD) is being promoted as an alternative to the current Official Development Assistance (ODA). Is this going to put more money on the table or just “creative accounting” to meet the commitments made by developed countries without paying? Read more… / Spanish version

L’après 2015 et FdD3 : Démarrage des débats et apparition de lignes de démarcation politiques

Par Barbara Adams, Gretchen Luchsinger

L’année 2015 est une année cruciale. Le programme de développement durable pour l’après 2015 en cours d’élaboration, est fondé sur la réalité selon laquelle le modèle actuel ne fonctionne pas, compte tenu de l’aggravation des inégalités et d’avoir pousser à l’extrême les éléments essentiels à la survie de notre planète. Les pays, les peuples, ainsi que la planète de laquelle nous dépendons, méritent un autre modèle, de meilleure qualité et qui soit inclusif et durable. Read more…