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The French response to the Corona Crisis: semi-presidentialism par excellence

DIE - 19. Januar 2038 - 4:14

This blog post analyses the response of the French government to the Coronavirus pandemic. The piece highlights how the semi-presidential system in France facilitates centralized decisions to manage the crisis. From a political-institutional perspective, it is considered that there were no major challenges to the use of unilateral powers by the Executive to address the health crisis, although the de-confinement phase and socio-economic consequences opens the possibility for more conflictual and opposing reactions. At first, approvals of the president and prime minister raised, but the strict confinement and the reopening measures can be challenging in one of the European countries with the highest number of deaths, where massive street protests, incarnated by the Yellow vests movement, have recently shaken the political scene.

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PEGNet Online Workshop on Covid-19 in Africa: Taking stock of the impacts on the informal economy, supply chains, and labor markets

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Register now for the workshop "Covid-19 in Africa: Taking stock of the impacts on the informal economy, supply chains, and labor markets"

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has imposed economic costs and burdens on African countries that have compromised the implementation of development strategies and policies, and of international development cooperation. The lockdowns have halted economic activity and resulted in the closure of many enterprises, including the informal sector. Consequently, unemployment and poverty levels have risen. These shocks require immediate policy responses that will mitigate the direct and adverse impacts on poverty and livelihoods.

The workshop "Covid-19 in Africa: Taking stock of the impacts on the informal economy, supply chains, and labor markets"  will assess the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 in Africa and discuss the immediate and long term implications for development cooperation partnerships and its role for recovery and future resilience. The event, that is jointly organized by GIGA, GIZ and PEGNet, will take place on 30th September from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs CEST.
It will seek to provide answers to the questions:

  • What are the impacts of COVID-19 on trade, supply chains, and foreign investment in Africa?
  • What direct and indirect impacts does COVID-19 have on African labor markets and the private sector, especially on micro, small and medium enterprises and on the informal sector?
  • What are feasible short-term policy responses to the crisis and how can development cooperation adjust?
  • Which are appropriate and feasible options to support the informal economy?
  • How can we strengthen the collaboration between researchers and policy makers/ practitioners to promote evidence-based decisions making?


 


 



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Fluchtdokumentation auf der Hamburger Klimawoche

SID Blog - 18. September 2020 - 15:18

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Am 23. September 2020 zeigt Engagement Global auf der Hamburger Klimawoche die Fluchtdokumentation Barca ou Bassa, die die Zusammenhänge zwischen ökologischen und ökonomischen Fluchtursachen aufzeigt. Im Anschluss spricht ZDF-Moderatorin Jana Pareigis mit Regisseur Peter Heller über die Entstehung des Films und mit Schauspieler Hannes Jaenicke über umweltpolitisches Engagement.

Der Film Barca ou Bassa dokumentiert die ökologischen und ökonomischen Gründe für die Migration von Menschen aus Westafrika nach Europa. Foto: Eldar Bock

Bonn/Hamburg, 17. September 2020. In Kooperation mit der Hamburger Klimawoche zeigt Engagement Global am Mittwoch, 23. September 2020, um 17 Uhr den Film Barca ou Bassa (Barcelona oder Tod) im Hauptzelt der Klimawoche auf dem Hamburger Rathausplatz.

Der Dokumentarfilm geht der Frage nach, warum Menschen ihre Heimat verlassen, um sich auf die gefährliche Reise nach Europa zu machen. Die afrikanischen Expertinnen und Experten, die hauptsächlich zu Wort kommen, zeigen sowohl ökologische und ökonomische Gründe für die Abwanderungen der Menschen aus Westafrika nach Europa als auch die Bedeutung geopolitischer Zusammenhänge auf. Die Migrationsgeschichte zweier Brüder, die ihre Heimatinsel Niodior vor der Küste Senegals verlassen, steht exemplarisch im Mittelpunkt des Films.

Nach der Filmvorführung führt ZDF-Moderatorin Jana Pareigis ein Gespräch mit dem Regisseur Peter Heller, der weitere Einblicke in die Entstehungsgeschichte und den Kontext der Dokumentation gibt.  

Ab 19 Uhr spricht Jana Pareigis mit Hannes Jaenicke, Schauspieler, Umweltaktivist und Bestsellerautor, am selben Ort über das Thema „Die Macht jedes Menschen die Welt nachhaltiger zu machen!". Jaenicke gibt dabei Einblicke, wie Menschen durch eigenes Engagement und überlegte Konsumentscheidungen dazu beitragen können, das eigene Leben nachhaltiger zu gestalten und den 17 Zielen für nachhaltige Entwicklung näher zu kommen.

Die Anmeldung zu den öffentlichen Veranstaltungen ist ab Montag, 21. September 2020, über die Website der Hamburger Klimawoche möglich.

Die Veranstaltungen werden von der Außenstelle Hamburg von Engagement Global im Rahmen des Programms Entwicklungsbezogene Bildung in Deutschland (EBD) durchgeführt. Ziel des EBD-Programms ist es, Menschen zu einer kritischen Auseinandersetzung mit globalen Entwicklungen zu motivieren und zu eigenem Engagement für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung zu ermutigen.

Die 12. Hamburger Klimawoche findet von Sonntag, 20., bis Sonntag, 27. September 2020 statt. Während der Klimawoche werden in der Hansestadt verschiedene Veranstaltungen rund um das Thema Klimaschutz angeboten.

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Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020 - Shifting policies for systemic change

SID Blog - 18. September 2020 - 15:16

New publication

Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020

Shifting policies for systemic change

Lessons from the global COVID-19 crisis
Global Civil Society Report on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs

 

The COVID-19 crisis and the worldwide measures to tackle it have deeply affected communities, societies and economies around the globe. The implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been put at high risk in many countries. COVID-19 is a global wake-up call for enhanced international cooperation and solidarity.

But calls for "building back better" by just pushing the reset button will not change the game. We need structural changes in societies and economies that ensure the primacy of human rights, gender justice and sustainability.

This is the key message of the 2020 edition of the Spotlight Report on Sustainable Development "Shifting policies for a systemic change." It is published by a broad range of civil society organizations today – on the eve of the Global Action Week for the SDGs and three days before UN`s 75th (virtual) anniversary summit.

The Spotlight Report 2020 unpacks various features and amplifiers of the COVID-19 emergency and its inter-linkages with other crises. The report points out that even before COVID-19, many countries – especially in the global South - were in an economic crisis, characterized by contractionary fiscal policy, growing debt and austerity measures that made these countries more vulnerable to future crises. They are results of a dysfunctional system that puts corporate profit above the rights and well-being of people and planet.

Governments and international organizations have responded to the COVID-19 crisis on a massive scale. The announced liquidity measures, rescue packages and recovery programmes total US$ 11 trillion worldwide. But overall, most measures were not sufficient to meet people's real financial needs and did not take environmental justice into account.

A true alternative: the "8 R"- agenda for transformational recovery  

According to the Spotlight Report, it is therefore all the more important that longer-term reforms not only support economic recovery, but also promote necessary structural change which will decisively improve peoples' lives, such as strengthened public social protection systems, improved remuneration and rights of workers in the care economy, and the transition to circular economies, which seek to decouple growth from consumption of finite planetary resources.

As an alternative to the "Great Reset" initiative launched by the World Economic Forum to supposedly rescue capitalism, the Spotlight Report offers the "8 R"- agenda for transformational recovery. It identifies 8 key political and social areas in which re-thinking and re-structuring is indispensable, including the need for reclaiming truly public services and revaluing the central importance of care in our societies; decisively shifting the balance between local and global value chains; pursuing climate justice; a radical redistribution of economic power and resources and bold regulation of global finance for the common good;  and – underpinning this all - boosting multilateral solidarity and multilateralism by clearly strengthening the UN and its bodies.

"Multiple crises can only be overcome if the massive power asymmetries within and between societies can be reduced", the authors conclude.

 More details of the "8 R" – agenda can be found here.

The Spotlight Report is published by the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Global Policy Forum (GPF), Public Services International (PSI), Social Watch, Society for International Development (SID), and Third World Network (TWN), supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020

Shifting policies for systemic change - Lessons from the global COVID-19 crisis

Global Civil Society Report on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs

Beirut/Bonn/Ferney-Voltaire/Montevideo/New York/Penang/Rome/Suva, September 2020

www.2030spotlight.org

#SpotlightSDGs



Lobbytage 2020 – Twitter Best-Of

ONE - 18. September 2020 - 13:49

Wow, was war das für eine Woche!

Vom 16.09.2020 – 18.09.2020 fanden unsere alljährlichen Lobbytage mit den ONE-Jugendbotschafter*innen statt. Dieses Mal digital – doch das hat dem Aktivismus keinen Dämpfer gegeben!

30 Aktivist*innen aus ganz Deutschland versammelten sich vor ihren Bildschirmen, um sich gemeinsam für eine starke deutsche Entwicklungszusammenarbeit einzusetzen.

Morgen geht es los! ???? Als #ONEActivists setzten wir uns dieses Jahr von zuhause aus für Themen ein, die uns wichtig sind!

Besonders freue ich mich darauf mich mit Politiker*innen digital über #Bildung , #Entwicklungszusammenarbeit uvm auszutauschen! ???? #GemeinsamstattEinsam pic.twitter.com/vt8IZz1yzL

— Laetitia Wendt (@laetitiawendt) September 15, 2020

Der Höhepunkt war am Donnerstag erreicht, als wir mit über 20 Abgeordneten des Bundestages über die Themen Gesundheit und Bildung sprechen durften.  An den Lobbygesprächen beteiligen sich auch Anti-Armuts-Aktivist*innen aus Nigeria und Äthiopien.

So cool to hear the @ONEChampions talking about their activism, demands and challenges in Nigeria, Kenia, and Ethiopia. The voices of the youth must be heard and we are happy to fight for it together with you! None of us are equal, until all of us are equal! #ONEActivists pic.twitter.com/oWmvWFldcr

— Nina (@ninarelliz) September 18, 2020

Zwei besondere Höhepunkte

Zwei besondere Höhepunkte für die ganze Gruppe waren wahrscheinlich das Facebook-Live-Event mit dem Politiker Christoph Matschie, stellvertretendes Mitglied für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung. Engagiert hat er die Fragen unserer Jugendbotschafter*innen beantwortet.

Am Freitag morgen durften die Gruppe dann mit Niels Annen, Staatsminister im Auswärtigen Amt, ins Gespräch gehen.

Gespräch mit Niels Annen

Doch Bilder sagen ja bekanntlich mehr als 1000 Worte.

Also kommen hier noch einige Eindrücke, die wir bei Twitter eingesammelt haben.

Herzlichen Dank Stephan Albini für das interessierte und konstruktive Gespräch mit Ihnen! Ihre Unterstützung ist super wichtig und wir freuen uns auf kommende Treffen mit Ihnen! #ONEActivists #Bundestag #Bundeshaushalt2021 #Entwicklungszusammenarbeit pic.twitter.com/o73hATIFPD

— Lu Stauder (@LuStauder) September 17, 2020

Wusstest du, dass durch effektive #Entwicklungszusammenarbeit seit 1990 die Lebenserwartung weltweit um fünf Jahre gestiegen ist ❓???? Solche Erfolge müssen trotz #COVID19 durch effektive #ODA gehalten werden! #GemeinsamStattEinsam #ONEActivists pic.twitter.com/riwAqx0sPB

— Anne (@Anne17667050) September 16, 2020

Vielen Dank, Rudolf Henke für Ihre Unterstützung! Wir haben uns sehr über das Treffen zum #Bundeshaushalt2021 und das interessante Gespräch mit Ihnen über zukünftige #Entwicklungszusammenarbeit gefreut. Toll, dass Sie sich für Armutsbekämpfung einsetzen! #ONEActivists #Bundestag pic.twitter.com/1B4O0a1LQQ

— Lu Stauder (@LuStauder) September 17, 2020

Mit viel Spaß setzten wir uns heute für das Ende extremer Armut ein. Ich freue mich darauf heute gemeinsam mit @Karanikolas_Nik @AwuahAdwoa und @denise_kln digitale Gespräche mit Abgeordneten zu führen! ????????#ONEActivists #GemeinsamStattEinsam pic.twitter.com/6C9nQ7z4YN

— Laetitia Wendt (@laetitiawendt) September 17, 2020

Danke & bis bald ???? Die #ONEActivists haben mal wieder großartige Arbeit geleistet, während sie Gespräche mit Abgeordneten, Live-Events und technische Probleme bewältigt haben ???? Danke für euren Einsatz & eure Geduld während der Lobbytage 2020 ???? #GemeinsamStattEinsam pic.twitter.com/PoOVbI3NA5

— ONEDeutschland (@ONEDeutschland) September 18, 2020

Es wurde so viel Tolles geteilt, was hier gar nicht festgehalten werden kann.

Also stellt sicher, dass ihr uns auf Twitter folgt. Schaut auch unbedingt unter den Hashtags #ONEActivists und #GemeinsamStattEinsam vorbei.

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Advancing EU-Africa cooperation in light of the African Continental Free Trade Area

DIE - 18. September 2020 - 12:54

Key messages:
• Africa has attracted a lot of attention in recent decades. China’s rising footprint in the continent  has  resulted  in  increased  engagement  from  other  global  powers,  including  the EU, leading to a ‘competition’. It needs to be leveraged to speed progress on the continent.
• The COVID-19 pandemic adds yet another layer to the already complex topic of China’s foreign policy. But it also offers an opportunity to carefully examine some of the dominant narratives on China-Africa and also appreciate the perspectives on the African side.
• Prevailing myths of Chinese engagement in Africa represent a caricatured view which is neither nuanced nor does justice to the wide range of experiences in this rapidly evolving relationship.
• The perceived need by the EU to rebalance relations with Africa is inexorably linked to the increased competition of interests in the continent, coming especially from China.
• In these debates, however, African countries should not be viewed as silent spectators as competition between world powers unfolds. They are keen to avoid getting caught in these rivalries, but have strategic levers at hand to push competing powers to cooperate for the development of their continent.
 

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Partnership on paper, pragmatism on the ground: the European Union’s engagement with civil society organisations

DIE - 18. September 2020 - 12:09

This article analyses the evolution of the European Union’s development policy in relation to civil society. Based on a review of overall policy trends, strategies and practices in Central Asia, it demonstrates how the EU’s development policy has gradually moved from a focus on European NGOs towards civil society organisations, broadly defined and increasingly associated with the private sector and local authorities. While the EU’s policy recognises the intrinsic value of civil society in all its diversity and promotes partnership, its operational practices show a pragmatic preference for working with professionalised organisations in service delivery roles.

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CPDE Newsletter Issue 2 2020

CSO Partnership - 18. September 2020 - 10:47

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18. September 2020

ONE - 18. September 2020 - 10:41

1.Überflutung im Sudan

Wie Jaqueline Vieth bei ZDF heute berichtet, ist der Nil erneut über die Ufer getreten und soll 17 von 18 Bundesländern überschwemmt haben. Expert*innnen machen den Klimawandel verantwortlich für häufiger und sträker auftretende Wetterextreme. Laut den Vereinten Nationen bedrohe die Flut 65.000 Menschen. Die sudanesische Regierung habe den Notstand ausgerufen. Auf Grund der Überschwemmungen seien Nahrungsmittelzufuhren in manchen Regionen eingeschränkt oder sogar gänzlich eingestellt. Dies könne bald auch auf die Trinkwasserversorgung zutreffen. Da auch die Häuser weggespült wurden, fehle den Menschen vor Ort jegliche Lebensgrundlage. Zusätzlich haben die Fluten zu einer vermehrten Ausbreitung von Krankheiten wie Malaria, Typhus und Corona geführt. Das Land kämpfe ohnedies bereits mit Korruption und Misswirtschaft sowie der vergangenen Heuschreckenplage und der politischen Unruhe nach dem Sturz des Diktators Omar al-Bashir.

 

2.Aufwind in Südafrika?

Laut Lutz van Dijk in der Tageszeitung (TAZ) geht es in Südafrika, dem am stärksten von Corona betroffenen Land Afrikas, langsam aufwärts. Die Todes- und Infektionszahlen Zahlen seien zurückgeganen, was laut Expert*innen auch an der vergleichsweise jungen Bevölkerung liegen könne. Ein weiterer Faktor könne die potenziell höhere Resistenz ärmerer Menschen gegen Infektionskrankeheiten sein, da diese oft schon als Kinder mit schlechten Hygienebedingungen konfrontiert seien. Die Wirtschaftsleistung Südafrikas sei im Zuge der Corona-Pandemie um 50 Prozent zurückgegangen. 65 Prozent der Bevölkerung leben deshalb momentan unter der Armutgrenze. Südafrika werde versuchen, ein neues normales Leben mit Covid-19 zu erlernen und die Wirtschaft wieder aufzubauen, so Präsident Cyril Ramaphosa.

 

3.Nigeria: Kastration für Vergewaltiger*innen

Wie RTL und news.de berichten, wurde in dem Bundesstaat Kaduna in Nigeria ein Gesetz verabschiedet, das die Kastration als Strafe für Vergewaltiger*innen erlauben soll. Dies gelte auch für weibliche Täterinnen. Bei diesen sollen im Falle einer Verurteilung die Eileiter entfernt werden. Bei Opfern unter 14 Jahren drohe jetzt sogar die Todesstrafe. Bürger*innen Kadunas hätten von der Politik härtere Strafen für Vergewalter*innen gefordert – und dieses Ziel nun auch erreicht. Auf Twitter polarisiere die neue Gesetzgebung die Debatte unter den Nigerianer*innen. In dem westafrikanischen Land erlebe jedes vierte Mädchen und jeder zehnte Junge vor dem 18. Lebensjahr sexuelle Gewalt, so ein Report des UN-Kinderhilfwerks UNICEF aus dem Jahr 2015.

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Shifting policies for systemic change - Lessons from the global COVID-19 crisis

#2030Agenda.de - 18. September 2020 - 9:48

New York, 18 September 

The COVID-19 crisis and the worldwide measures to tackle it have deeply affected communities, societies and economies around the globe. The implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been put at high risk in many countries. COVID-19 is a global wake-up call for enhanced international cooperation and solidarity.

But calls for “building back better” by just pushing the reset button will not change the game. We need structural changes in societies and economies that ensure the primacy of human rights, gender justice and sustainability.

This is the key message of the 2020 edition of the Spotlight Report on Sustainable Development “Shifting policies for a systemic change.” It is published by a broad range of civil society organizations today – on the eve of the Global Action Week for the SDGs and three days before UN`s 75th (virtual) anniversary summit.

The Spotlight Report 2020 unpacks various features and amplifiers of the COVID-19 emergency and its inter-linkages with other crises. The report points out that even before COVID-19, many countries – especially in the global South - were in an economic crisis, characterized by contractionary fiscal policy, growing debt

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From 2020 HLPF to the first annual “SDG Moment”

Global Policy Watch - 18. September 2020 - 4:07

Download UN Monitor #20 (pdf version).

By Elena Marmo

The first annual SDG Moment is set to take place on 18 September 2020, designed to reinvigorate efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Marking the last decade in which to achieve these goals, the moment will: “Set out a vision for a Decade of Action and recovering better from COVID-19; Provide a snapshot on SDG progress; Highlight plans and actions to tackle major implementation gaps; and Demonstrate the power and impact of action and innovation by SDG stakeholders.”

Highlighting this first SDG moment at the close of the HLPF in July, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed stated, “We hope to generate greater momentum, solutions and solidarity to address the massive implementation gaps that we are all so keenly aware of.” At the event on 18 September, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will present his “Vision for Decade of Action”. He gave a preview perhaps at the HLPF, saying:

“The COVID-19 crisis is having devastating impacts because of our past and present failures. Because we have yet to take the SDGs seriously. Because we have put up with inequalities within and between countries that have left billions of people just one crisis away from poverty and financial ruin. Because we haven’t invested adequately in resilience – in universal health coverage; quality education; social protection; safe water and sanitation. Because we have yet to right the power imbalances that leave women and girls to constantly bear the brunt of any crisis. Because we haven’t heeded warnings about the damage that we are inflicting on our natural environment. Because of the shocking risks we are taking with climate disruption. And because we have undervalued effective international cooperation and solidarity.”

The first SDG Moment sets its sights high and needs to address a number of concerns about the future of the 2030 Agenda were raised at the HLPF.

Leave no one behind?

The term, “Leave no one behind” has become an official slogan of the 2030 Agenda. Multiple statements of efforts to be inclusive, while welcome, are selective and neglect many disadvantaged groups, and ignore the dynamics, policies and practices that push many behind. At a HLPF side event on national reporting on the 2030 Agenda, Committee for Development Policy (CDP) member Sakiko Fukuda-Parr said: “most voluntary national reports mention leave no one behind, (45 out of the 47) but it’s the depth of that principle we are concerned about with only seven recognizing what policies might be pushing people behind.”

To push no one behind requires that Member States examine not only their efforts of inclusion, but also policies and practices that may be effectively excluding or pushing groups behind, both within their national borders and in terms of extraterritorial responsibilities. This links to a broader discussion on reducing inequalities between and within countries. The Secretary-General’s 2020 SDG Progress Report noted that “progress had either stalled or been reversed: the number of people suffering from hunger was on the rise; climate change was occurring much faster than anticipated; and inequality continued to increase within and among countries”.

Belgium observed that the commitment to leaving no one behind without detail or an inequality framing would fail as “successfully fighting climate change will require us to ensure that the transition is just, or we risk leaving people behind”. To that point, the European Union also noted: “Building back better is the first task of the Decade of Action. We have to join our forces to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs to achieve a transformative shift by 2030 that leaves no one behind.” How will Member States use the SDG Moment and Decade of Action to promote policies that curtail action pushing populations and countries behind?

Worsening inequalities—change measurement?

COVID-19’s socio-economic effects have raised a myriad of issues related to inequalities. In particular, SDG 10 to reduce inequalities within and among countries permeated discussions from digital technologies to macroeconomic recovery.

At an HLPF session on mobilizing international solidarity, accelerating action and embarking on new pathways to realize the 2030 Agenda and the Samoa Pathway, Barbados called on all Member States to “pay more attention to this notion of vulnerability. It’s not about GDP per capita, [rather] what is our capacity to absorb new technology, composition of our population, levels of education and skills that allows us … to really take advantage of the resources that we have?”

This was echoed by Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Vera Songwe, who noted: “the importance of changing our classification during this crisis…if we stay within our traditional sort of GDP per capita definitions of the crisis we will not be addressing the countries.” How will the SDG Moment and Decade of Action build on these calls and usher in an understanding of vulnerability to the 2030 Agenda?

Multilateralism or Multi-stakeholderism

As the effects of COVID-19 reverse progress made on the SDGs, conversations regarding financing and implementation of the 2030 Agenda have heightened urgency. However, rather than a robust multilateral effort to establish fiscal space for the public sector, Member States have turned once again to the private sector for support. Without clarification on related responsibilities, the unconditional or unqualified inclusion of the private sector and multinational companies shifts multilateralism to multi-stakeholderism, and risks bypassing people-centred and human rights-based multilateralism and related standards of accountability and universality.

Secretary-General Guterres urged Member States:

“We must also reimagine the way nations cooperate. The pandemic has underscored the need for a strengthened and renewed multilateralism: A multilateralism based on the powerful ideals and objectives enshrined in the Charter and in the agreements defined across the decades since…We need a networked multilateralism…And we need an inclusive multilateralism, drawing on the critical contributions of civil society, business, foundations, the research community, local authorities, cities and regional governments.”

At an HLPF session on financing the 2030 Agenda amid COVID-19, Ibrahim Mayaki from NEPAD emphasized that “no man is an island, no country is on its own. Africa as a continent is affected by global imperatives, good or not…Resilience alone without a holistic approach to well-being and broader development needs is counter-productive.”  This recognition of the interdependence of countries reflects a necessary distinction between “shared” responsibilities and the notion of solidarity. The “global imperatives” caused by climate change, cross-border trade, illicit finance and tax cooperation reflect the need for international co-operation and solidarity.

In the 2020 Spotlight Report on Sustainable Development, Barbara Adams notes: “Multilateral solidarity is gaining traction as the slogan for mobilizing support for international cooperation and for the UN. Is it replacing or merely renaming cross-border obligations, many of which have been enshrined over decades in UN treaties, conventions and agreements, and the principle of common but differentiated responsibility in their implementation?”

Beyond Building Back Better

The phrase “Build Back Better”, applied by Secretary-General Guterres to the context of climate change, took hold at the HLPF, with many Member States, UN Staff, and civil society organizations calling for development action to make this possible, as well as asking if what is needed is rather to build back differently.

Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD remarked: “I’m tired of hearing building back better. What is better? We need to build back differently, more diversified economies, greener, more inclusive. Who are we building back better for? Big economies, for profit, and big business, or for sustainable development?”

Guyana on behalf the of the G77 and Belize agreed. Belize states that building back better, "for SIDS is not going back to what they had. When we were encouraged to diversify our countries and markets we took what we were really good at and exchanged it for something else, not a true diversification."

However, the United Kingdom was an early proponent of the idea, noting, "we must not be consumed by the challenge alone; we must use this as an opportunity to rebuild better. This is the moment to shape a recovery that delivers cleaner, healthier, more inclusive and more resilient economies and societies.” The European Union echoed this sentiment, stating: “Building back better is the first task of the Decade of Action.”

Germany highlighted concerns regarding the SDGs, noting: “Instead of falling behind in the implementation of the SDGs, we must think about how we restart our economies in a way that will accelerate implementation.” The United Kingdom posed the SDGs as a roadmap for recovery “that puts the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and the goals of the Paris Agreement back within reach as we collectively rise to the challenge of the decade of action”.

Pakistan noted the role COVID-19 can play in rebuilding not only better but differently, saying that COVID-19 “has exacerbated the systemic risks and fragilities in our economic and financial systems and development models. It has also highlighted the cascading impact of disasters crossing economic, social, environmental, dimensions of sustainable development, and affecting all countries, especially developing countries."

The COVID-19 crisis has heightened, not diminished the urgency for action on the SDGs. As stated by the President of ECOSOC: “Our development gains are at risk of being reversed in the very year when we launched a Decade of Action and Delivery to accelerate the implementation the Sustainable Development Goals.” While COVID-19 has massively disrupted economies, health systems and social protection worldwide, Member States continue to invest trust and support in the 2030 Agenda. However ambitious and essential its SDGs may be, it lacks an accountability mechanism to get them back on track.

Secretary-General speaks out

Just two days after the HLPF came to a close, Secretary-General Guterres, delivering the Nelson Mandela lecture, called for major reform to the UN Security Council, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, saying:

“COVID-19 has been likened to an x-ray, revealing fractures in the fragile skeleton of the societies we have built. It is exposing fallacies and falsehoods everywhere: The lie that free markets can deliver healthcare for all; the fiction that unpaid care work is not work; the delusion that we live in a post-racist world; the myth that we are all in the same boat. Because while we are all floating on the same sea, it’s clear that some are in super-yachts while others are clinging to drifting debris…. Inequality defines our time.”

He added: "The response to the pandemic, and to the widespread discontent that preceded it, must be based on a New Social Contract and a New Global Deal that create equal opportunities for all and respect the rights and freedoms of all. This is the only way that we will meet the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda – agreements that address precisely the failures that are being exposed and exploited by the pandemic.”

With eyes focused on the first annual SDG Moment to “set out a vision for a Decade of Action and recovering better from COVID-19”, how will Member States respond to calls to go beyond implementation gaps to tackle systemic failures, the need to do things differently, and to reinvigorate the multilateral system?

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„Meine Erfahrungen mit COVID-19“: Schwestern-Ärztin aus Indien berichtet

Misereor - 17. September 2020 - 17:53
Die indische Schwestern-Ärztin Dr. Beena Madhavat berichtet von ihrem Einsatz gegen die Corona-Pandemie, den schmerzlichen Efahrungen und ihrer Freude, Leiden zu lindern.

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PRESS RELEASE: Launch of the global civil society report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020

Global Policy Watch - 17. September 2020 - 15:41

PRESS RELEASE: Launch of the global civil society report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020.
On the eve of the (virtual) United Nations 75th anniversary event

Pushing the reset button will not change the game

New York, 18 September 2020. The COVID-19 crisis and the worldwide measures to tackle it have deeply affected communities, societies and economies around the globe. The implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been put at high risk in many countries. COVID-19 is a global wake-up call for enhanced international cooperation and solidarity.

But calls for “building back better” by just pushing the reset button will not change the game. We need structural changes in societies and economies that ensure the primacy of human rights, gender justice and sustainability.

This is the key message of the 2020 edition of the Spotlight Report on Sustainable Development “Shifting policies for a systemic change.” It is published by a broad range of civil society organizations today – on the eve of the Global Action Week for the SDGs and three days before UN`s 75th (virtual) anniversary summit.

The Spotlight Report 2020 unpacks various features and amplifiers of the COVID-19 emergency and its inter-linkages with other crises. The report points out that even before COVID-19, many countries – especially in the global South – were in an economic crisis, characterized by contractionary fiscal policy, growing debt and austerity measures that made these countries more vulnerable to future crises. They are results of a dysfunctional system that puts corporate profit above the rights and well-being of people and planet.

Governments and international organizations have responded to the COVID-19 crisis on a massive scale. The announced liquidity measures, rescue packages and recovery programmes total US$ 11 trillion worldwide. But overall, most measures were not sufficient to meet people’s real financial needs and did not take environmental justice into account.

A true alternative: the “8 R”- agenda for transformational recovery

According to the Spotlight Report, it is therefore all the more important that longer-term reforms not only support economic recovery, but also promote necessary structural change which will decisively improve peoples’ lives, such as strengthened public social protection systems, improved remuneration and rights of workers in the care economy, and the transition to circular economies, which seek to decouple growth from consumption of finite planetary resources.

As an alternative to the “Great Reset” initiative launched by the World Economic Forum to supposedly rescue capitalism, the Spotlight Report offers the “8 R”- agenda for transformational recovery. It identifies 8 key political and social areas in which re-thinking and re-structuring is indispensable, including the need for reclaiming truly public services and revaluing the central importance of care in our societies; decisively shifting the balance between local and global value chains; pursuing climate justice; a radical redistribution of economic power and resources and bold regulation of global finance for the common good;  and – underpinning this all – boosting multilateral solidarity and multilateralism by clearly strengthening the UN and its bodies.

“Multiple crises can only be overcome if the massive power asymmetries within and between societies can be reduced”, the authors conclude.

Download the Press Release (pdf version) here.

More details of the “8 R” – agenda can be found here.

The Spotlight Report is published by the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Global Policy Forum (GPF), Public Services International (PSI), Social Watch, Society for International Development (SID), and Third World Network (TWN), supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020
Shifting policies for systemic change – Lessons from the global COVID-19 crisis
Global Civil Society Report on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs
Beirut/Bonn/Ferney-Voltaire/Montevideo/New York/Penang/Rome/Suva, September 2020
www.2030spotlight.org
#SpotlightSDGs

For media requests, interviews with the authors or further questions please contact:

Monika Hoegen
Global Policy Forum Europe
Coordinator for Media Relations and Strategic Communication
Phone: +49(0)171-837-3462
Email: monikahoegen@globalpolicy.org

Some quotes from the Spotlight Report 2020:

“Governments and international organizations have responded to COVID-19 on an unprecedented scale. But there are indications that policy responses to the crisis so far ignore its structural causes, favour the vested interests of influential elites in business and society, further accelerate economic concentration processes, fail to break the vicious circle of indebtedness and austerity policies, and in sum, widen socioeconomic disparities within and between countries.”
Jens Martens, Global Policy Forum

“The social and economic consequences of COVID-19 are not an exogenous shock to an otherwise functioning system, but the consequences of a system that has instability and inequality hardwired into its DNA. We must move towards an economy that rests on ensuring human wellbeing and the realisation of rights.”
Carilee Osborne and Pamela Choga, Institute for Economic Justice, South Africa

“International solidarity is needed in the form of a Global Fund for Social Protection to jointly realize the human right to social security for all.”
Nicola Wiebe, Mira Bierbaum, Thomas Gebauer, Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors

“The essence of the change that is needed involves shifting the centre of gravity away from the global and take bold public policy and investment decisions to strengthen the domestic economies.”
Stefano Prato, Society for International Development

“The pandemic is galvanizing an ever-increasing array of actors to imagine how our economies could be reshaped if human rights and human dignity were put at their center, and to work together to make that vision a reality.”
Kate Donald, Ignacio Saiz, Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)

“The UN has a rich and full envelope of vital and worthy commitments and obligations. Reiteration after 75 years is not enough. A new funding compact is a sine qua non to move these commitments into the reality of people’s lives.”
Barbara Adams, Global Policy Forum

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Fluchtdokumentation auf der Hamburger Klimawoche

Engagement Global Presse - 17. September 2020 - 15:20
Der Film Barca ou Bassa dokumentiert ökologische und ökonomische Gründe für die Flucht von Menschen aus Westafrika nach Europa. Foto: Pixabay

In Kooperation mit der Hamburger Klimawoche zeigt Engagement Global am Mittwoch, 23. September 2020, um 17 Uhr den Film Barca ou Bassa (Barcelona oder Tod) im Hauptzelt der Klimawoche auf dem Hamburger Rathausplatz.

Der Dokumentarfilm geht der Frage nach, warum Menschen ihre Heimat verlassen, um sich auf die gefährliche Reise nach Europa zu machen. Die afrikanischen Expertinnen und Experten, die hauptsächlich zu Wort kommen, zeigen sowohl ökologische und ökonomische Gründe für die Abwanderungen der Menschen aus Westafrika nach Europa als auch die Bedeutung geopolitischer Zusammenhänge auf. Die Migrationsgeschichte zweier Brüder, die ihre Heimatinsel Niodior vor der Küste Senegals verlassen, steht exemplarisch im Mittelpunkt des Films.

Nach der Filmvorführung führt ZDF-Moderatorin Jana Pareigis ein Gespräch mit dem Regisseur Peter Heller, der weitere Einblicke in die Entstehungsgeschichte und den Kontext der Dokumentation gibt.

Ab 19 Uhr spricht Jana Pareigis mit Hannes Jaenicke, Schauspieler, Umweltaktivist und Bestsellerautor, am selben Ort über das Thema „Die Macht jedes Menschen die Welt nachhaltiger zu machen!“. Jaenicke gibt dabei Einblicke, wie Menschen durch eigenes Engagement und überlegte Konsumentscheidungen dazu beitragen können, das eigene Leben nachhaltiger zu gestalten und den 17 Zielen für nachhaltige Entwicklung näher zu kommen.

Die Anmeldung zu den öffentlichen Veranstaltungen ist ab Montag, 21. September 2020, über die Internetseite der Hamburger Klimawoche möglich.

Die Veranstaltungen werden von der Außenstelle Hamburg von Engagement Global im Rahmen des Programms Entwicklungsbezogene Bildung in Deutschland (EBD) durchgeführt. Ziel des EBD-Programms ist es, Menschen zu einer kritischen Auseinandersetzung mit globalen Entwicklungen zu motivieren und zu eigenem Engagement für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung zu ermutigen.

Hamburger Klimawoche

Die 12. Hamburger Klimawoche findet von Sonntag, 20., bis Sonntag, 27. September 2020 statt. Während der Klimawoche werden in der Hansestadt verschiedene Veranstaltungen rund um das Thema Klimaschutz angeboten.

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17. September 2020

ONE - 17. September 2020 - 14:48

1.Afrikakorrespondent Bartholomäus Grill im Portrait
Der Deutschlandfunk Kultur portraitiert den Spiegel-Journalisten Bartholomäus Grill, der 40 Jahre seines Lebens auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent verbracht hat. Der ehemalige Zeit-Autor betont, dass es eine „Anmaßung“ sei, über 54 Länder berichten zu wollen. Mit ‚Wir Herrenmenschen‘ habe er jüngst ein Buch veröffentlicht, in dem er sich dafür stark macht, den „kolonialen Blick“ auf Afrika abzulegen. Grill selbst bezeichnet sich als „Afrorealist“. Afrika könne der „Kontinent der Zukunft“ werden, wenn es den Menschen gelinge, sich von den vielen korrupten Staats- und Regierungsoberhäuptern zu lösen. Die Lebensweise in vielen afrikanischen Ländern sei oft nachhaltig und auf die Umwelt bedacht. Daran könne man sich bei uns ein Beispiel nehmen.

2.EU: Vorreiterin der Entwicklungspolitik?
Die Europäische Union muss ihre Entwicklungspolitik auf ein neues Fundament stellen, fordert Werner Hoyer, Präsident der Europäischen Investitionsbank in Luxemburg, in einem Gastbeitrag, der sowohl im Tagesspiegel als auch im Handelsblatt erschienen ist. Die EU benötige eine starke Entwicklungsbank und müsse ferner den Privatsektor stärker in entwicklungspolitische Vorhaben einbeziehen. Außerdem müsse Europa sicherstellen, dass die Einzelprojekte tatsächlich den entwicklungspolitischen Zielen dienen, für die sie konzipiert sind. Globale Probleme soll die EU durch multilaterale Kooperation lösen. Darüber hinaus thematisiert Bernd Riegert in der Deutschen Welle die gestrige Rede zur Lage der Europäischen Union von EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Urusula von der Leyen. Sie sprach sich für Mehrheitsentscheidungen statt dem Einstimmigkeitsprinzip in außenpolitischen Fragen aus sowie für eine strikte Einhaltung der Rechtsstaatlichkeit in allen EU-Staaten. Des Weiteren wolle sie bezüglich der Verteilung von Asylbewerber*innen innerhalb der Europäischen Union einen Kompromiss herbeiführen, einen europaweiten Mindestlohn einführen und eine sichere digitale Identität für EU-Bürger*innen schaffen. Außerdem setze sie auf eine Partnerschaft mit Afrika.

3.Menschenrecht Wasser
Wie die Tageszeitung (taz) berichtet, haben laut dem UN-Kinderhilfswerk UNICEF derzeit zwei Milliarden  Menschen weltweit keinen regelmäßigen Zugang zu sauberem Wasser. Der Zugang zu sauberem Trinkwasser sei bereits 2010 in einer UN-Resolution als Menschenrecht anerkannt worden. Ferner habe die Hälfte der globalen Bevölkerung keine ausreichende Sanitärversorgung. Gerade zu Zeiten der Pandemie bedeute dies eine Gefahr für alle. Ein von der UN-Umweltorganisation gestecktes neues Ziel, das 2025 erreicht werden soll, sei nun, eine Lösung für den so genannten „Rebound-Effekt“ zu finden. Dabei gehe es darum, dass Menschen auch stromabwärt sauberes Wasser aus einem Fluss gewinnen können, auch wenn flussaufwärts viele Menschen über Sanitäranlagen verfügen, die mit dem Fluss verbunden sind.

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Citizens and Civil Society Initiatives Celebrated the Good Life in Wuppertal

SCP-Centre - 17. September 2020 - 13:07

The mini-festival “Place of the Good Life”, held in August 2020 at the Platz der Republik in Wuppertal, brought together citizens and civil society actors in a creative and participatory format. The event marked the launch of a co-creation process towards the Day of the Good Life in Wuppertal, planned for 16 May 2021.

The ongoing pandemic has reminded us about the importance of our close communities and the value of well-connected neighbourhoods. After all, they provide the setting where much of our daily interaction takes place: meetings, discussions and the addressing of shared experiences and challenges.

Three hundred participants from around Wuppertal joined the event and participated in one of the thirty available activities. On big visioning walls, the participants could write and paint their ideas of the good life in Wuppertal.

A bee keeper brought some of his bees to show how honey is produced. Langerfeld blüht auf offered Wuppertal citizens an opportunity to produce seed bombs and green their neighbourhoods. Mechanics from Mirker Schrauber helped visitors to repair their bikes, whereas some learned how to drive a wheelchair with the support of a team from the Else-Lasker Schüler-Schule.

Participation in a panel on the topic of sustainable mobility was facilitated by Mobiles Wuppertal. An exhibition by Kitma and Power of Colour sparked reflections on racism in our daily life and nudged participants to think about how best to overcome it. A solar panel on the ground produced electricity during the festival and visitors could learn from the Bergische Bürgerenergiegenossenschaft how to use these small solar panels on their balconies to produce solar energy at home.

A Yoga and Zumba session added some physical activity. The event was concluded with an international public singing session with English, Turkish and German songs.

The four main topics: mobility, energy and living, nature and food, and togetherness will be the basis of the discussions that will take place in the next events. Following up on the “Place of the Good Life” event, neighbourhood meetings will involve citizens in the Ostersbaum area of Wuppertal in preparing activities for the Day of the Good Life, scheduled for 16 May 2021. In visioning workshops, the project will further collect ideas and actions for the final big event.

The Day of the Good Life is a joint project of the CSCP and its partners, the Nachbarschaftsheim Wuppertal, e.V., Idealwerk and the Forum für Soziale Innovation (FSI) gGmbH.

For further information, please contact Alexandra Kessler.

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Spotlight-Bericht 2020: Politikwechsel für systemische Veränderungen. Lehren aus der globalen COVID-19-Krise

SID Blog - 17. September 2020 - 13:02

 

ONLINE | Launch of Spotlight Report 2020 - Shifting policies for systemic change. Lessons from the global COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has a massive impact on the implementation of the SDGs and the fulfilment of human rights. The looming global recession will dramatically increase unemployment, poverty and hunger worldwide. Moreover, the crisis threatens to further deepen discrimination and inequalities. With this virtual launching event, we will present key findings of the report.

Friday, 18 September 2020, 9:00-10:00am EDT

Please register here

 

 


The COVID-19 pandemic has a massive impact on the implementation of the SDGs and the fulfilment of human rights. The looming global recession will dramatically increase unemployment, poverty and hunger worldwide. Moreover, the crisis threatens to further deepen discrimination and inequalities.

In the Declaration on the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations, to be adopted on 21 September 2020, Heads of State and Government will promise „to mobilize resources, strengthen our efforts and show unprecedented political will and leadership“ in response to the current crisis.

The call to „build back better“ has become a leitmotif of intergovernmental responses to the crisis. But does „building back“ really lead to the urgently needed systemic change? What kind of policies, strategies and structural changes are necessary to ensure the primacy of human rights, gender justice and sustainability goals in all policy areas?

These questions are discussed in this year's report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020. Its fundamental message is that the multiple crises can only be overcome if the massive power asymmetries within and between societies can be reduced.

With this virtual launching event, we will present key findings of the report.

Brief snapshots by

  • Roberto Bissio, Coordinator of Social Watch
  • Ziad Abdel Samad, Executive Director of the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND)
  • Vanita Mukherjee, Member of the Executive Committee of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)

Policy conclusions by

  • Ignacio Saiz, Executive Director of the Center for Economic and Social Rights
  • Barbara Adams, President of Global Policy Forum

Moderator/Facilitator

  • Bodo Ellmers, Director of Sustainable Development Finance, Global Policy Forum Europe
  • Elisabeth Bollrich, Global Economy Expert at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Please register here[scroll down for English version]

Participants will receive the login details for the web conversation one day before the event.

Please find more information on the Spotlight Report here.

Am 25. September 2020 findet das NachhaltigkeitsCamp Bonn digital statt

SID Blog - 17. September 2020 - 13:00

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Am 25. September 2020 findet das NachhaltigkeitsCamp Bonn digital statt. Engagement Global ermöglicht damit allen Interessierten, sich zu vernetzen und eigene Projekte zur Nachhaltigkeit voranzubringen.

Das 5. NachhaltigkeitsCamp Bonn findet digital statt. Foto: Kolja Matzke

Bonn, 17. September 2020. Vernetzung, Fachwissen und Förderprogramme bietet Engagement Global, um den historischen Begriff der Nachhaltigkeit langfristig und weltweit wirken zu lassen. Unter dieser Prämisse findet auch das NachhaltigkeitsCamp Bonn digital statt. Am Freitag, 25. September 2020, kommen rund 150 Menschen virtuell zusammen, um Ideen weiterzutragen und Projekte zur Nachhaltigkeit voran zu bringen. Die Bandbreite der Themen reicht von der Förderung von Chancengleichheit über Bildung bis hin zu Klimaschutz.

Beim diesjährigen Barcamp wird Luca Samlidis, Pressesprecher von Fridays for Future Bonn, zu Gast sein. Er wird live vom Klimastreik in der Bonner Innenstadt dazu geschaltet, um das Barcamp zu eröffnen. Luca Samlidis' Rat für alle, die sich für Nachhaltigkeit engagieren wollen, lautet: „Tut es einfach und lasst euch nicht erzählen, dass ihr perfekt sein müsst, um etwas für den Klimaschutz zu tun und politisch etwas einzufordern. Und: Klimaschutz kann und sollte Spaß machen!"  

Dass gemeinsames Engagement wirkt und die Welt in einigen Aspekten lebenswerter geworden ist, zeigt die Zwischenbilanz des Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 der Vereinten Nationen. Am 25. September 2015 verabschiedeten alle Mitgliedsstaaten der Vereinten Nationen auf dem Gipfeltreffen in New York die Agenda 2030 und mit ihr die 17 Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung (Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs). Diesen Zielen hat sich auch Engagement Global verpflichtet und bietet mit dem NachhaltigkeitsCamp Bonn zum fünften Mal allen die Möglichkeit, ihnen näher zu kommen. Das Barcamp ist ein im Bonner Raum etabliertes Format, das jedes Jahr von rund 150 Menschen selbst gestaltet wird. 

Interessierte Journalistinnen und Journalisten sind herzlich eingeladen, digital an der Veranstaltung teilzunehmen oder nach vorheriger Rücksprache persönlich im Studio in Siegburg vorbei zu kommen, um hinter die Kulissen einer virtuellen Veranstaltung zu blicken. An beiden Orten stehen Ansprechpersonen zur Verfügung.


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PRESS RELEASE - Pushing the reset button will not change the game

Global Policy Forum - 17. September 2020 - 12:39

New York, 18 September 2020

The COVID-19 crisis and the worldwide measures to tackle it have deeply affected communities, societies and economies around the globe. The implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been put at high risk in many countries. COVID-19 is a global wake-up call for enhanced international cooperation and solidarity. But calls for "building back better" by just pushing the reset button will not change the game. We need structural changes in societies and economies that ensure the primacy of human rights, gender justice and sustainability. But calls for "building back better" by just pushing the reset button will not change the game. We need structural changes in societies and economies that ensure the primacy of human rights, gender justice and sustainability.

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The CSR.digital Roadshow: Collaborating for Corporate Digital Responsibility

SCP-Centre - 17. September 2020 - 12:01

In late summer 2020, the team of CSR.digital went on the road. The agenda: conducting small Corporate Digital Responsibility (CDR) workshops with Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHK) of North Rhine-Westphalia. The goal is to develop a comprehensive concept that can be used by various Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) as a framework for defining their role and action in the field of CDR.

The CSR.digital project created basic workshop formats by locating CDR action fields within a matrix of development. This basic format was tested and expanded at the respective chambers with the direct participation of SMEs.

The kick-off workshop took place in July at the IHK Bonn. Two SME representatives, Sandor Krönert from Tanzhaus Bonn and Holger Schwan from Projektservice Schwan shared experiences regarding their companies’ reaction to the ongoing pandemic. Mr. Krönert talked about their recently developed app for planning dance courses in ways that meet hygiene requirements while fulfilling the courses’ programme. Drawing on such particular examples, the project team and the SME representatives engaged in discussions about the various fields of action in CDR, such as the zero-waste principle, the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in support of sustainability goals, and the concept of the sharing economy. The participants also looked into areas with the greatest potential for positive impact at the SME level.

During the second workshop, which took place at the premises of IHK Düsseldorf, Thomas Götzen from the construction company Interboden shared more about their project ‘The Cradle’, in which they are using the Cradle-to-Cradle concept for the construction of an office building in Düsseldorf. Such experiences will be shared and discussed with other SMEs in order to find ways of replicating and upscaling them.

CSR.digital is planning to conduct further meetings with all IHK offices in North Rhine-Westphalia and jointly develop a comprehensive workshop concept that can used by SMEs to define their actions in the field of CDR. The next meeting will take place at the IHK Mönchengladbach on 8 October 2020.

CSR.digital – Sustainably Competitive is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs NRW via the EFRE fund.

For further information, please contact Anna Hilger.

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