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Recording of the UNTOC Side Event: Linking Criminal Justice and the SDGs


INFORMAL WORK & SOCIAL FUNCTION OF THE CITY – FRAMEWORK FOR LEGAL REFORM – GENDER

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UN GLOBAL COMPACT CITIES PROGRAM – WOMEN & CITIES

http://citiesprogramme.org/focus-area/womens-empowerment-and-gender-equality/

“Across the world, we are seeing cities take leadership and action on social and human rights issues that relate to women and gender, such as domestic violence, equality, safety and empowerment. City governments also have considerable opportunity to improve urban governance, spatial organization, basic services and infrastructure and programs in ways that better serve and empower women”……..

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Lena Simet – Lead Researcher of the Global Urban Futures Project: “Cities that improved a whole lot in terms of economic metrics do not necessarily improve in terms of gender equality.”

How Will Women Fare as Cities Grow Dramatically? The Data Are Missing

January 13, 2019 – By Laura E. Kirkpatrick

In 2018, 55 percent of the world’s population lived in urban settings, and a UN report projects that by 2030, Delhi will overtake Tokyo as the largest city. In the New York-Newark metro area, above, the population of 18.8 million in 2018 is projected to hit 19.9 million by 2030. Paradoxically, areas of intense population growth may present more opportunities for women but not necessarily for their security. JOHN PENNEY

Improving the lives of women is woven into each of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, markers that all 193 member states aim to reach by 2030. Goal 5 is quite specific: nothing short of gender equality. Attaining this lofty goal means being able to put one’s hands on data that have been broken down, or disaggregated, to create a clear picture of how much progress has been made toward equality. When the data is aggregated, development experts are hobbled, and that means lost opportunities to focus on enhancing the lives of women.

A case in point: “The World’s Cities in 2018” is a data booklet that updates the UN’s first look at urbanization and its implications for sustainable development. The new report uses broad strokes to depict an image of urbanization. But, due to limited access to disaggregated gender data, it doesn’t reveal how or even whether the status of women dovetails with a trend that will have enormous implications for sustainability and economic development in the decades to come.

Not surprisingly, many cities are growing dramatically, sweeping in outlying areas and large influxes of new residents. Tokyo, Delhi and Shanghai top the list, with 25 million-plus residents each in 2018 and projected populations of 32 million to 39 million in 2030. São Paulo, Mexico City and Cairo are not far behind.

Smaller cities are gobbling up the countryside as well. “In 2018, 1.7 billion people — 23 percent of the world’s population — lived in a city with at least 1 million inhabitants,” the report says, referring to magnets like Addis Ababa, Mombasa and Nairobi. “In 2030, a projected 28 percent of people worldwide will be concentrated in cities with at least 1 million inhabitants.”

Is this good news for women?

The report, which focuses not so much on the state of cities in 2018 as on where people will be living in 2030, illustrates the problem of missing disaggregated data points. Without them, it’s hard to plan for issues that women face in a rapidly urbanizing world. Cities could grow to accommodate the travel patterns of someone who runs many errands, for example, rather than the daily slog of an office commute. Generally, it’s easier to allocate resources with — well, the right data.

According to the report, roughly half of the world’s population lives in an urban environment; by 2030, one out of every three people is expected to live in a city with at least half a million inhabitants. (At the same time, rural population numbers are expected to remain relatively static.)

Increased density is projected to occur mostly in less-developed regions, including the global South. Nine of the 10 cities projected to become megacities by 2030 — with populations greater than 10 million — are in developing countries. No new megacities are forecasted for the Americas, and the only city projected to reach that status in the West is London.

As other research reveals, growth is not the same as economic development. “In the industrial era, urbanization was accompanied by economic expansion,” Lisa Chamberlain, author of “Slackonomics: Generation X in the Age of Creative Destruction” and a communications consultant who specializes in urbanization and cities, told PassBlue. “That is not the case in this current era of rapid urbanization. Massive migration to cities, mostly in developing nations, is not creating similar economic growth and opportunity. It’s creating massive slums.”

Also worth noting: Population growth doesn’t correlate directly with an increase in gross domestic product (GDP), which measures economic output; or with an ability to support city dwellers. Put another way, it would be a mistake to view urbanization as a tool for sustainable development, increased economic opportunity or a direct lift in GDP.

The UN report is designed to provide data for those who will structure development plans and thus points out that many rapidly growing urban areas are particularly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters. The vulnerability of women or the impact of urbanization on progress toward gender equality is outside the report’s scope.

On top of that, notes David Thomas, a director of the Gender Equality Unit at UN-Habitat, which promotes better cities, gender-specific data is not available for the places that are projected to experience the most growth. Or, for that matter, for the other current and projected population centers the reports covers.

What is known: Areas of expected intense population growth tend to be in the worst countries for women, according to an index created by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

“It’s not a coincidence that some of the cities projected to experience the greatest growth overlap with areas where the lowest rankings [are] in terms of security to women,” said Jeni Klugman, an author of the index and a fellow in the Women in Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Put another way, urban areas that present the greatest opportunities for women can also lower their security.

As Lena Simet, a teaching fellow at the New School and coordinator and lead researcher of its Global Urban Futures project, said, “Economic resources are not a good determinant of gender equality.” “Cities that improved a whole lot in terms of economic metrics did not necessarily improve in terms of gender equality,” she added.


Dear members,

Of interest, we trust to members of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development.
Best regards,

Julia Lobnig

Secretary of the Committee on Sustainable Development

Please find attached the invitation to the film screening with  academic panel.

Laura Skocek, the film maker, also established a facebook page with more  information: https://www.facebook.com/triplebenefitprinciple/

She is thankful for visiting the page and liking it.

Dr. Klaus Renoldner

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Austrian Climate Youth Summit

Presentation letter of the Austrian Youth Climate Summit

19 July 2018

What is our vision?
We want to create a space in which young people can come together to find out about climate topics, discuss and network. A youth summit wants to make an important contribution to progress in climate politics and the ability of youth to contribute actively to the topic. We don’t only want to talk about climate change, but also provide a space in which we empower ourselves as youth and exchange tools for taking action. We take the Austrian EU-presidency as an additional reason to empower youth in this important moment and make our voice heard.
Who are we?
We are a group of students from the University of Vienna, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and the Technical University Vienna. Three team members from our core team have joined the NGO CliMates, in whose name we are organizing this conference. The goal if CliMates is to approach the challenge of climate change in different ways, from trainings for the empowerment of young people to the advocacy towards decision makers. We are a nonpartisan group that has the aim of including a broad range of actors and views, in order to enable lively exchanges and critical discussions.
What is a youth climate conference?
We are working on getting the conference authorized as a “Local Conference of Youth” (LCOY); the respective deadline is on the 31st of July and one of the requirements is the formal support of youth organisations in the country, complemented with partnerships with other organisations. A LCOY is an event by YOUNGO, the official youth constituency at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It represents a national version of the Conference of Youth (COY) taking place immediately before the Conference of Parties (COP), the annual UN-Climate Conference. This year, there will be around 15 LCOYs in the whole world and we find it important to organize one in Vienna, too.
By youth we understand young people of 16 to 35 years of age from all of Austria, who are either already working on the topic or interested in it. Thus, we address young people in the climate movement, as well as in the eco-social economy or science, but at the same time also members of youth organisations, school students and the interested public. For this reason, we will not expect participants to have a deep knowledge of the topic and will design a program that is as diverse as possible, so that there is something for everyone. Concerning this point, we are currently trying to assess to what extent we will be able to mobilize groups like school students and generally youth in other federal provinces, since the exact program will be adapted to fit the expected participants. At the moment, we are planning on the basis of 200 participants.
What will the conference look like?
Over the course of three days, from Friday to Sunday, different workshops, inputs, simulations, games and social and cultural events will take place. The date of the conference will be the 16-18th of November with the venue being the Technical University of Vienna. The rooms will
comprise a big plenary room and several smaller seminar rooms. Opening, closing and single parts of the programme will take place in the large group, the rest in smaller groups. The conference will have English and German as working languages, with German taking the lead.
We invite people and organisations to contribute and design content-related or methodical inputs. Most of these inputs should be suitable for 25-30 participants, changes to that frame can be discussed with the organizational team. We are already collecting ideas and will open a formal call in a few weeks, in which you can gladly participate. Content-related contributions tackle topics of climate politics on several levels and the national, international and especially UN-institutions involved in it; yet, also the broader topics of youth participation, climate and environment. We will discuss the submitted program contributions and use them as a basis to compose a program that satisfies the requirements of a youth summit. For this reason, we hope for your understanding that we might not be able to consider all program contributions or that we will contact you to adapt your proposed inputs.
The program will include theoretical and participatory parts; we are working on the exact structure. In any case, there will be introductory inputs on UN-climate negotiations, political processes and the current state of affairs as well as one or more simulations of climate negotiations as a part requiring active participation. Since we find (climate-)communication, debate and media work important, we will collect appropriate contributions on storytelling, debating, argumentation, journalism and others. Here we have already built up contacts but will be very happy to hear from you – just like on the other topics – if you have useful contacts that you could forward to us. There will be inputs by scientists, motivated individuals, start-ups and civil society organisations, as well as interactive elements like resource games. A guideline for the inputs is being worked on. The aim of the contributions should be to inform about one’s own work or a different topic and connect this to a discussion in the same slot, if applicable complementing it with the sharing of tools. A secondary goal is also to share experiences from jobs in the sustainability sector with the youth present. The will be several activities taking place at the same time and on top of that some time for getting to know each other, networking and team building.
The third day will be also dedicated to writing a final output-document and spaces for the exchange between participants. The output-document will be complemented by a video about the conference and our core statements – demands, Ideas and assessments – and has the aim of making the common voice of the youth in Austria heard.
With whom are we working together?
We are currently in an intensive phase in which we are building up our network. We cooperate with organizations such as Global2000, Teach for Austria, Jugend-Umwelt-Plattform, Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria) and the Institut für Umwelt, Friede und Entwicklung (Institute for Environment, Peace and Development) and are building up contacts with further partners. Concerning youth organisations, we have or expect the support of the following: Student Innovation Centre, Ökosoziales Studierendenforum, Bundesjugendvertretung (Austrian National Youth Council), Oikos Vienna, Generation Earth of the WWF, Österreichische Jungbauerschaft and others. Supporting youth organisations allow the organizational team to use their name and logo in materials used in the organization of the conference and the promotion. With partner organisations we have a cooperation on networking, workshops, promotions and further collaborations to be determined. These organizations can be named as partners in our application.
How is the conference financed?
Through conducting the conference at a university with the support of the student representatives there, the cooperation with Foodsharing for the provision with food in addition to a catering and the own design of the future website and the photo and film-materials by people in our team we want to keep costs as low as possible. We are considering a low participation fee to enable us to plan better; as a premise, we do not want to exclude anyone or aim to cover the costs with it. We do not have a list of confirmed sponsors yet, but are working on it. We do not take money from organizations in party-politics or with links to the fossil fuel industry, in accordance with the values of CliMates. In a few weeks we want to launch a crowdfunding campaign. We are contacting sustainable businesses for the sponsoring of non-alcoholic beverages.
How can you contribute?
We will be very happy, if you decide to contribute an input. We will open the call in a couple of weeks, but you can already contact us with some first ideas. Additionally, we are always grateful for ideas concerning potential panellist or workshop leaders, since we want to make the conference as comprehensive, inclusive and balanced as possible. Should you have contacts, who would be interested to contribute, then please do not hesitate to contact adriana.bascone@gmail.com. In August we will start with the promotion of the event. You are welcome to support us with it. We imagine that you can include the conference in your newsletter, website and/or calender of events and share it on social media. For that we can provide a template and further information if required.
In case of questions you can always reach me by mail or under +43677/61639836. From: Naiara Costa <naiara.costa@together2030.org>


Date: March 29, 2018 at 9:51:36 AM EDT

VNRs and national tracking of the 2030 Agenda

Invitation to Participate – Perceptions Survey 2018 – For distribution

Agenda2030_BF Austrian Agenda 2030

Reply-To: naiara.costa@together2030.org

Voluntary National Reviews and national tracking of the 2030 Agenda: participatory and inclusive?

Please join the third edition of the Together 2030 perceptions survey on civil society and stakeholder engagement in Voluntary National Reviews and national tracking of the 2030 Agenda implementation, organized in partnership with the Politics Department of Newcastle University.

Reply by April 20 here: https://bit.ly/2DZLd0k

The purpose of this survey is to collect information about civil society and stakeholder perceptions of national processes that follow up on the commitments established in the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Your participation is very important. The outcomes of this survey will be shared by Together 2030 with governments, civil society partners, the United Nations and other relevant stakeholders, as a key input for discussions on how to strengthen the engagement of stakeholders in the follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda.

Are you aware of your country volunteering for national review? Do you know how to engage in your country? Do you have access to the necessary information to engage?

Please, join our perception survey and let us know: https://bit.ly/2DZLd0k

Together 2030 is a civil society initiative promoting and tracking progress of the 2030 Agenda. We are grateful to the Politics Department of Newcastle University for technical and expert leadership and guidance in setting up and implementing this survey.

Responses are voluntary and will be fully confidential. Personal or organizational information offered by respondents will not be shared. Responses will be compiled together and analyzed as a group.

*Volunteer countries for 2018: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Benin, Bhutan, Cabo Verde, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Namibia, Niger, Paraguay, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, State of Palestine, Sudan, Switzerland, Togo, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Viet Nam.



Illicit Finacial Flows Undermining Gender Justice


Final list of proposed Sustainable Development Goal indicators

Official-list-of-proposed-sdg-indicators-excel-file*


I attach the latest report from the President of CoNGO. It is focused on Habitat III and implementation of SDGa. I trust it is of interest to our membership.

Peter Lillie

CoNGO Communication No.18 – May 2016


I attach the latest report from the President of CoNGO that is focused exclusively on the SDGs. I trust it is of interest to our membership.

Peter Lillie

CoNGO Communication No.17 – February 2016


Subject: UNFCCC PRESS RELEASE: Paris Signing Marks Critical Next Step to Sustainable Future
From: unis@unvienna.org
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:29:37 +0200

UNFCCC PRESS RELEASE: Paris Signing Marks Critical Next Step to Sustainable Future

Read the release on the UNFCCC website:
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/paris-agreement/paris-signing-marks-critical-next-step-to-sustainable-future-1/

Paris Signing Marks Critical Next Step to Sustainable Future

Climate and Sustainability – A Shared Vision of Opportunity for Billions of People
Bonn/New York, 20 April 2016 – The record number of countries set to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on April 22 signals the next step towards the Agreement coming into force and a critical juncture in a global effort to ensure lasting hopes for secure and peaceful, human development.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s dictum that our generation is the first that can end poverty but the last that can act to avoid the worst climate change speaks to the fact that cutting greenhouse gas emissions in time to prevent unmanageable rises in temperature is the one assurance of keeping those hopes on track.

“More carbon in the atmosphere equals more poverty. We cannot deliver sustainable development without tackling climate change, and we cannot tackle climate change without addressing the root causes of poverty, inequality and unsustainable development patterns,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Ms Figueres will moderate a debate with Segolene Royal, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and President of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN climate convention in front of an invited audience, on the margins of the General Assembly meeting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Thursday, April 21.

The realisation that climate change and development are solvable only when seen as inseperable is articulated in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, agreed by nations last September at the UN in New York.

Achievement of the Paris Agreement’s climate goals calls for unprecedented rates of decarbonisation. The short 15 years to 2030 will need to deliver unprecedented outcomes in terms of global well-being and poverty eradication.

Nothing less will do than a massive global transformation to clean energy, restored lands and societies pre-proofed against existing climate change.

“Key actors across government, the private sector and civil society are shaping their vision on how they can best contribute to that objective. We have a short window of opportunity to align strategies and to sharpen the focus on the urgency of implementation. Strategic approaches developed this year will shape the overall path for years to come,” said Ms Figueres.

The SDGs not only contain a distinct climate change goal (#13), but climate action is also integral to the successful implementation of most of the other SDGs under the agenda.

This works in three fundamental ways that underpin the relation between the nature of the climate change threat and aspirations for a better, safer, fairer future.

Climate and development are locked together through basic cause and effect, by the need for an unprecedented transformation to a low-carbon economy and through the demanding timetable of action necessary to stay well below a 2 degrees Celsius temperature rise, with 1.5 degrees identified in the Paris Agreement as an even safer line of defence.

These three factors affect every goal.

Climate Impacts Eat Away at Every Positive Human Goal

It will clearly be impossible to end poverty in all its forms (Goal #1), if temperatures are allowed to spiral out of control—emissions need to peak globally in the next decade followed by a rapid decline, ending in a state before 2100 where natural sinks like forests absorb the balance of human emissions.

The same is true for sustainable agriculture, water, oceans, biodiversity, human health and well-being, resilient societies and cities (Goals #1,2,3, 6, 9,11 and 15).

New investment especially must be directed at priorities which target both climate and sustainability with indicators underpinning all the SDGs in mind including climate

A classic example is investments in land restoration and forests. Forest cover not only absorbs carbon dioxide but stabilizes soils, recycles nutrients, manages and feeds river flows and harbours treasure troves of biodiversity including pollinators – services which are all essential to alleviate poverty, sustain healthy agriculture and protect species.

The poorest and most marginalised people and communities, often women and children, are already being hit hardest by climate impacts, which are preventing them from attaining a decent quality of life or enjoying their basic human rights.

Climatic changes are undermining food and nutrition security, keeping poor people in poverty traps, and throwing back entire economies for years.

The Philippines, Dominica and Fiji are just some countries which can recently attest to the devastating impact of extreme storms.

Impacts on agriculture have a rapid knock-on effect on poverty. Under a scenario with lower crop yields, countries like Bangladesh could experience a 15 per cent increase in poverty by 2030.

Water resources are also at risk, as many expected climate impacts are water-related, such as floods and droughts. Sanitation and water quality are both threatened as storm run-off adds to sewage and could contaminate water supplies.

The global insurance industry has already warned that a world drifting into the temperature spaces above 2 degrees would become, quite literally, uninsurable.

Sustainability Demands Rapid Progress to Low-Carbon State

At the heart of the goals which promote sustainable development in energy, economic and jobs growth, industry and infrastructure (Goals 7,8 and 9) is the overwhelming requirement that it is done within a rapid transformation towards low-carbon solutions.

This transformation relies heavily on getting low-carbon technology and investment deployed now because whatever we invest in today – be it power plant, road, bridge, or tiny widget or component – can lock-in the emissions of that investment for its lifetime.

The point where human economic life becomes uninsurable is also the point at which extreme climate impacts start to disrupt or destroy industries, structures, supply chains and farming.

A significant resource for both governments and business to gauge how returns on climate and development investments can be maximised together lies in the almost universal set of national climate action plans which are now to be captured in legal form under the Paris Agreement.

The plans are, in essence, blueprints of policy, actions and investment to take climate action, suited to the individual economic needs of each country. Almost by definition, they are also a roadmap towards more sustainable national futures.

Inequality, Ignorance and Injustice Kill Effective Climate Action

The remaining goals which look to achieve equality, education and justice for all will also fail unless that aspiration includes equal opportunity to take climate action, knowledge and skills on how to do so and a just protection from the impacts of climate change within and between nations.

For example, ensuring women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life has been shown to be a particularly effective catalyst of climate action, including in poorest, most vulnerable countries.

Climate change impacts inequality because the most disadvantaged groups are particularly affected by climate hazards. It is a known statistic that when they are socially or economically disadvantaged, more women die in hurricanes and floods.

“There is no longer climate action and development action, only sustainable, low-carbon action,” said Christiana Figueres. “Growth can and must be decoupled from fossil fuel consumption and impacts.”

“The only plausible path after Paris is to direct human ingenuity, innovation and implementation towards sustainable, low-carbon growth and development.”

For more information, please contact:
Nick Nuttall, UNFCCC Spokesperson:  +49 152 0168 4831 (mobile) nnuttall(at)unfccc.int (e-mail)


UNFCCC Press Office:  press(at)unfccc.int

About the UNFCCC
With 197 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties. For the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. In Doha in 2012, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol adopted an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, which establishes the second commitment period under the Protocol. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.

See also:  http://unfccc.int
Follow UNFCCC on Twitter:  @UNFCCC | español: @CMNUCC | francais: @CCNUCC | Deutsch: @UNKlima
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres on Twitter: @CFigueres
UNFCCC on Facebook:  facebook.com/UNclimatechange
UNFCCC on Instagram: @UNFCCC

Towards a Global Civil Society Platform on Sustainable Development

Action Plan December 2015

The CoNGO Vice-President for Vienna, Wolfgang Beiglboeck, sent this for our information. It may well be of interest to some of our members wishing to participate in the debate.

The CoNGO Vice-President for Vienna, Wolfgang Beiglboeck, sent this for our information. It may well be of interest to some of our members wishing to participate in the debate.

Peter Lillie

CS Platform on Sustainable Development


Subject: High-level Forum: The Africa We Want in 2030, 2063 and Beyond (20 April 2016) Early Action and Results on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in the context of the First 10 Year Implementation Plan of Africa’s Transformative Agenda 2063
From: unis@unvienna.org
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:45:36 +0100

UNITED NATIONS INFORMATION SERVICE (UNIS)  VIENNA
For information only – not an official document

High-level Forum: The Africa We Want in 2030, 2063 and Beyond (20 April 2016) Early Action and Results on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in the context of the First 10 Year Implementation Plan of Africa’s Transformative Agenda 2063
http://www.un.org/en/africa/osaa/events/2016/earlyactionandresults.shtml

UNA and Civil Society Networking Meeting

19 October 2015, Vienna International Centre

Activities of the CoNGO Committee on Sustainable Development, Vienna and prospects for future cooperation, 

Summary of  the a presentation given on behalf of the CoNGO Committee on Sustainable Development, Vienna by Uwe Schubert  (president of the Committee)

UNA UNIS meeting 2015


Refugee Crisis

Tens of thousands of people are on the run and Europe is completely overwhelmed by the refugee crisis. Many people are concerned about this situation. Südwind offers many books and films on this subject:  http://www.suedwind-buchwelt.at/


Development Assistance

As part of the Austrian internationalization offensive “go-international”, a funding initiative of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics and the Austria Federal Economic Forum and Economic Development was held on 3 September 2015.

Below are documented in German

  1. Private Sector Development – the European Dimension, Antti Karhunen, EuropeAid
  2. Strategy for Africa the European Investmentpolitic(EIB), Heike Rüttgers, EIB ACP Investment Facility
  3. Briefing of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (aIIb), Günther Schönleitner, BMF

Südwind Logo

Thousands farm workers, small farmers are being exploited on plantations while they grow, harvest and package bananas for us. Your rights are being trampled. The environment also takes great damage through the use of pesticides. Jointly responsible are supermarkets, which set prices. You benefit from the crooked business with tropical fruits.

Learn more: http://www.suedwind-agentur.at/Crowdfunding-Betterplace


Database for Expertise and Projects

The Austrian Platform for Development and Humanitarian Aid (Globale Verantwortung, Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Entwicklung und Humanitäre Hilfe) provides on their Website a database indicating the expertise and projects of their affiliates to find the proper partner(s) throughout the world.

www.globaleverantwortung.at/projekte


Verein zur Förderung der Völkerverständigung

reports their contribution to ECOSOC

Quadrennial reports for the period 2010-2013 submitted by non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council through the Secretary-General according to Council resolution 1996/31

ECOSOC English June 2015 point 7 page 11 VFV decision N1507776


Edit Schlaffer was awarded the Soroptimist International of Europe Peace Prize 2015

for her work with “Women without Borders” at the Soroptimist International Convention in Istanbul.

Learn more http://www.women-without-borders.org/

http://soroptimist.at/

 

 

Peter Lillie informs about the Consensus Reached on New Sustainable Development Agenda to be adopted by World Leaders in September 2015 – > see under UNIS (Bulletin).

Here are two documents:

7891TRANSFORMING OUR WORLD

N1467001 Synthesis Report of the Secretary-General on On the Post-2015 Agenda


Dora Vrdlovec are pleased t to share the attached “Integrating Gender Equality into Financing for Development” position paper and letter, that was developed jointly by Soroptimist International and Zonta International in preparation for the 3rd FfD drafting meeting this week and the 3rd FfD Conference in Addis in July.

Integrating Gender Equality into Financing for Development FINAL copy


Peter Lillie

mentions three books:”From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda: Building a Bridge to a Sustainable Future”; “The Plain Language Guide to Rio+20 and the New Development Agenda; and to “ONLY ONE EARTH: the Long Road via Rio to Sustainable Development” 



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