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WESS 2012: In search of new development finance
The United Nations is proposing an international tax, combined with other innovative financing mechanisms, to raise more than $400bn annually for development and global challenges such as fighting climate change. This is the theme of its annual report on development.
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Belo Monte dam suspended by Brazilian court
A high-level court in mid-August suspended the construction of the controversial Belo Monte dam project on the Amazon's Xingu River, citing overwhelming evidence that indigenous people had not been properly consulted prior to government approval of the project.
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Rio+20 Summit: Disappointment for many
Because the world is facing serious crises in the global environment and economy, much was expected of the recent Rio+20 Summit. Thus there was deep public disappointment that the hundred heads of government and state who came to Rio de Janeiro were unable to take decisive actions. But it could still succeed through follow-up.
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Grasping or missing the chance for fairer growth?
The spectres of Europe's sprawling debt crisis and a Greek Euro exit loom large over the upcoming G20 summit next week in Los Cabos, Mexico, where leaders must thrash out a plan to rescue the global economy. They've shown that they can find money, and political will, very quickly when their backs are against the wall.
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Avoiding the mistakes of early industrializers
Africa, a latecomer to establishing complex, modernized economies, should strive to do this in a way that uses the continent's abundant natural resources in an efficient, "green" manner that both raises living standards and protects the environment, the new Economic Development in Africa Report of UNCTAD urges.
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Roll-back at Rio+20?
As the Rio summit on sustainable development nears, governments have yet to agree on most issues, and rich countries are backtracking on the original principles and commitments made 20 years ago. With only 10 days to go before the start of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, the countries are still far from agreeing on what to say in a summit declaration.
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More imaginative in the South than in the North
Social protection has been on the development agenda for some years now. There is a long, arduous, thorny path to climb to make it a reality on the ground. At the level of vision, principles, and policy commitments, however, the social protection discourse has reached new heights over these past months.
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Pressure in the vulcan reaches critical point
The EU continues to be unable to solve its multiple crises. The risk of a default of Greece on repayment of its debt (bonds) in the next three months, or of the country leaving the Euro has increased considerably. It becomes ever clearer that, after four years of permanent crisis, the worst is still to come and that June 2012 might be the point where the crisis takes on new dimensions.
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New Global Partnership for Development?
In Paris the final negotiations are being held on the form the new "Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation" should take. In November 2011 it was decided at the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness that this new body should be set up by June 2012. However, a global partnership should be part of the UN.
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The global water grab
Around the world, water resources are being targeted by investors, explicitly and implicitly, in what can be called a 'global water grab'. This involves the taking control and the redirection of valuable water resources by financially powerful actors.
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Victory at UNCTAD XIII
After a week of intense negotiations, civil society groups welcomed a rare victory on 26 April in the final Declaration of the UNCTAD XIII conference in Doha, Qatar. The final Declaration provides support - approved by the developing and developed countries alike - for a strong mandate for UNCTAD's vital work on financial and related crises.
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UNCTAD XIII: Which role and mandate next?
WDEV presents here a rolling documentation of the UNCTAD XIII conference taking place in Doha/Qatar from 21 to 26 April 2012. The main theme of the conference is "Development-centred globalisation: Towards inclusive and sustainable growth and development".
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The battle for UNCTAD's future
You wouldn't know it from the mainstream press, but there is a huge fight brewing over the future of global economic governance that came to a head at a conference in Doha, Qatar, this week. There, governments from around the world joined the 13th meeting of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII).
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Heavy pressure on UNCTAD before Doha
UNCTAD's analyses of global macro-economic issues from a development perspective have regularly provided alternative views to that offered by the World Bank and the IMF controlled by the west. Now Western countries threaten the mandate of UNCTAD's secretariat to analyse macro-economic issues. In a statement former senior officials of UNCTAD speak out a strong warning against this move to stifle a critical voice.
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Emerging economies: BRICS is here to stay
Not content with the Western-dominated global financial system, five emerging economic powers are paving the way to a new and more egalitarian world order. At their fourth summit on 29 March in India, the BRICS emerging powers, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa took concrete steps towards shaping a multi-polar world.
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BRICS summit pushes to redress power imbalances
Heads of state from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa signed an accord to promote intra-BRICS trade in local currencies and proposed the creation of a new development bank to mobilise resources in the five-country group. Furthermore, the Delhi Declaration demands a major overhaul of the Bretton Woods institutions.
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Rights at risk in Rio+20 preparation process
In an Open Letter an international coalition of over 400 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from 67 countries is challenging the preparation process for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as Rio+20 scheduled to take place 22 to 24 June in Rio.
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Kim or Ocampo: Who can reinvent the World Bank?
The period for submitting nominations for the position of the next President of the World Bank closed on Friday, 23 March. The race is on. Three candidates take part: Jim Yong Kim from the US, José Antonio Ocampo from Columbia, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria. Among civil society the candidates provoked already diverging views. WDEV documents comments by Peter Bosshard and Kevin Gallagher.
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The political economy of a fledgling democracy
History often repeats itself - sometimes as a tragedy, sometimes as a farce. Some editorials over the past few weeks have referred to the Maldives' 2008 elections as a precursor of the Arab spring, now reversed; others are puzzled by the rapidity with which the international community acknowledged the new President, and abandoned ex-president Nasheed.
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Thinking development against the mainstream
Marking the 30th anniversary of one of the world's more influential economic annuals experts pointed out that themes long sounded in UNCTAD's Trade and Development Report retain current prominence - particularly those citing the questionable wisdom of unbridled free markets.
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NGOs urge open selection of World Bank President
In an open letter a global coalition of development activists and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is calling on the World Bank's governors to ensure that the next president is chosen in an "open and merit-based process" that will give borrowing countries a major say in the selection.
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