Promoting Equality for Sustainable Development
11 February 2014
The Eighth Session of the Open Working Group (OWG8), an ongoing United Nations process for defining Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), convened from February 3 to 7, 2014 in New York. The OWG, established by the UN General Assembly in January last year to prepare a proposal on SDGs that may be adopted after 2015, discussed the following concerns: (1) Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity; (2) Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women's empowerment; and (3) Conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance.
UN-NGLS interviews IBON leader on corporate human rights standards
January 30, 2014
IBON International's Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo was recently interviewed by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service about the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the recent Human Rights and Business Forum and the role of the private sector in the post-2015 agenda.
Ms. Malonzo discussed the value of UNGP in providing a global standard and internationally recognized baseline on human rights and business operations issues. She also pointed out the need to strengthen national human rights institutions as one key measure in order to redress victims of corporate human rights violations.
Turning to the role of the private sector, she said that as development actors they must adhere to human rights standards and be accountable for their actions. Initiatives that fall under the category of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) should not be confused with human rights compliance, which is basic and mandatory, she added.#
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Documentary on climate change features IBON Internat'l climate activist
January 29, 2014
On November 11, 2013, the 19th Conference of Parties (COP19) on Climate Change opened in Warsaw, Poland. The top-level meeting of governments, with 195 member nations and global negotiators in attendance, were supposed to agree on the details of a new international and legally binding agreement to more effectively curb GHG emissions and eventually reduce global warming.
IBON Int’l blasts WTO Bali deal, calls for global fight vs new neoliberal offensive
8 December 2013
IBON International Director Antonio Tujan Jr. today condemned the new trade deal finalized at the recently concluded 9th World Trade Organization ministerial in Bali, Indonesia, as a license for a renewed neoliberal offensive against developing countries.
Midnight Deal in Bali
IBON International Update #16
BALI, 7 December 2013 – The Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization concluded a new trade deal after intensive consultations almost round the clock from Wednesday 4 December until the early hours of Friday 6 December, followed by overnight meetings of heads of all delegations the following night.
WTO Deadlock in Bali
IBON International Update #15
BALI, 5 December 2013 – On the third day of the Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization in this resort island of Indonesia, negotiations appear headed for another failure.