The 2014 Human Development Report “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience” - shows that overall global trends in human development are positive. Yet, people at all ages are also facing threats and challenges to their wellbeing, including by natural or human-induced disasters and crises.
For decades we have been talking on poverty, on millennium development goals, etc. We try to find out if poverty in Africa has been reduced or not ... and we do not really know because there are no data. National statistical systems are weak and donors have other priorities ...
The Center for Global Development wants a better focus on reliable data and makes proposals for the post-2015 agenda.
'Building economic recovery, inclusive development and social justice'
The ILO published its new Social Protection Report with the latest trends. It provides information on social protection systems, coverage, benefits and expenditures in more than 190 countries.
Read the report
ITUC's frontline report 2014 on social protection: a must read
Very important final report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
The OECD report on development cooperation in 2013 about 'ending poverty', looking for a fast way to achieve this goal ... It also has a chapter on 'social protection', seen as a tool for ending poverty ... important for those who still believed 'social protection' was about building welfare states ...
Oxfam report on why the poor are often left behind when it comes to health care: health care has to be universal and most of all health coverage has to be universal
A Feminist Declaration for Post 2015.As the United Nations decides on the future course of international development Post 2015, women of all ages, identities, ethnicities, cultures and across sectors and regions, are mobilizing for gender, social, cultural, economic and ecological justice, sustainable development and inclusive peace. We seek fundamental structural and transformational changes to the current neoliberal, extractivist and exclusive development model that perpetuates inequalities of wealth, power and resources between countries, within countries and between men and women. We challenge the current security paradigm that increases investments in the military-industrial complex, which contributes to violent conflict between and within countries.
The Open UN Working Group preparing the post-2015 development agenda has published its progress report. It gives a first idea of what the new 'development goals' might become.
At this moment, two remarks can be made:
- all or almost all expected items are mentioned, from poverty to hunger and essential services, through peace and human rights.
- for meeting these new development goals, the UN wants to work with 'partnerships'. This means the official and strengthened entry of transnational corporations within the UN. It could become a 'worthy' complement of the new rights TNC's are acquiring through investment treaties, such as TPP and TTIP ... what about States? what about democracy?
Read the progress report