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manuel_montes-tnIn discussions at the UN about achieving Agenda 2030, it has become de rigueur to highlight the role of the private sector.  It is often introduced as the discovery of the idea that private sector investment and financing is indispensable to achieving Agenda 2030. For developed country diplomats and their associated experts this new celebrity treatment appears to be an article of faith, at least during negotiations on economic matters in the UN. They are foisting a misleading Trumpian exaggeration that is technically harmful to development policymaking and to Agenda 2030.

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manuel_montes-tnAkha Coffee WorkerThirty years ago, the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Right to Development (“the Declaration”).   Is this anniversary worth celebrating?  Has this declaration outlived its usefulness and its anniversary best forgotten?   My answer is NO.

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manuel_montes-tnConsumptionDeveloping countries—emerging, middle-income, and least developed—will be going to the Third Financing for Development (FfD) Conference in Addis Ababa in July 2015 with a set of demands to reform and rebalance the international financial system in order to facilitate the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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manuel_montes-tnFinancial_InstitutionsAs the international community wades into the political discussions regarding the alternatives to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015 and the design of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as mandated by the Rio+20 conference, it is timely to consider the question of whether development is a matter mostly of individual effort on the part of nation-states or whether there are elements in the international economic system that could serve as significant obstacles to national development efforts.

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Khor 1Human_RightsThe principle of providing social protection for the poor and vulnerable is on the rise, but some countries have cut welfare benefits due to recession.

 

 

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Khor 1WHOThe pulse of the state of health in the world was taken at the recent World Health Assembly which promoted universal health coverage and pledged to act on antibiotic resistance and on several diseases.

 

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Khor 1HealthIn the new year, social issues will form an important part of the agenda – including health, water, environment and the rising cost of living.

 

 

 

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