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Building Back Better or Building Anew? CESR Advocates for a Just and Sustainable Recovery at UN Forums
On January 14th, CESR took part in two UN-related events focused on using the SDGs to build a human rights-based recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 edition of the Spotlight Report, launched September 17, 2020, argues policy responses to COVID-19 must not return us to the deeply dysfunctional, structurally unequal status quo and offers as an alternative the “8 R” agenda for transformational recovery.
Behind a facade of economic success, Peru hides deep multidimensional inequalities which jeopardize achievement of the 2030 Agenda.
CESR contributed to a background paper exploring how economic policy should be transformed to achieve the SDGs and a just recovery from COVID-19, including through greater distributional justice to reduce inequalities.
A statement from the Coalition for Human Rights Development that CESR contributed to urges development finance institutions to make sure their COVID relief funding upholds human rights and economic justice for the most vulnerable.
The 2019 HLPF had admirable rhetoric, but not much evidence of serious efforts at comprehensive implementation, and a host of major flaws and limitations to contend with.
As South Africa presents its review at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York, a rights-based snapshot of obstacles and opportunities is put forward by CESR, the Institute for Economic Justice and Section 27.
The Spotlight on Sustainable Development Report 2019 asserts that successful implementation of the SDGs requires more holistic and more sweeping shifts in how and where power is vested, including through institutional, legal and political commitments to realizing human rights.
Gender, Transnational Inequalities Stressed at Prep Meetings for 2019 HLPF on Sustainable Development
In late February 2019, Kate Donald (the Director of CESR’s Economic and Social Policy program) participated in an expert meeting organized by UN Women, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the UNFCCC Secretariat in Vienna, Austria. “Tackling global challenges to equality and inclusion through the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” aimed to provide a gender perspective on interlinkages between Goals 10, 13 and 16.
Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018—Geneva Launch of the Civil Society Reflection Group Report
On September 17th at the Geneva headquarters of the UN, key findings and recommendations of the 2018 global Spotlight Report will be presented and discussed from various perspectives.
Valuable information competes with State propaganda and sectoral bubbles while civil society gets sidelined.
At the 2018 HLPF on Sustainable Development, CESR dedicated its efforts to recognizing that the SDGs require urgent and concrete action to remedy inequalities, with rights-based fiscal policies a key tool in that endeavor.
Did austerity create a "lost decade" for sustainable development and human rights? Evidence and proposals from the national level
2018 VNRS--are these countries' fiscal austerity policies compatible with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda? CESR event on Thursday, July 19th at the High-Level Political Forum, 1:15-2:45 p.m., Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, 10th Floor.
Delivered by Kate Donald, of the Center for Economic & Social Rights, speaking on behalf of the NGO Major Group
Spotlight 2018 reports that the "world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development..."
At the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the UN, CESR will advocate for reorienting SDG implementation so it is compatible with human rights and fiscal justice.
Reducing inequalities through urgent action on WASH: SDG6 as an enabler for achieving the 2030 Agenda for all
"Reducing Inequalities through urgent action on WASH," an HLPF side-event co-sponsored by CESR, WaterAid, Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the governments of Bolivia, Canada, Mozambique and Nepal, will be held on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018, from 1:15-3:30 p.m., at the Japan Society, 333 E 47th Street, New York.
HLPF Workshop on Monitoring SDGs, claiming rights and meaningful participation: Strategies and tools for civil society
Representatives from CESR, OHCHR, CIVICUS, GCAP and the Arab NGO Network for Development will present and HLPF Workshop on Monitoring SDGs, claiming rights and meaningful participation: Strategies and tools for civil society on Tuesday, July 10th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd Floor, New York.
CESR and fellow authors of the newly published Civil Society Report, "Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018, Exploring new policy pathways: How to overcome obstacles and contradictions in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda," will hold a roundtable discussion on July 12th, 2018, from 6:15-7:45 p.m. at the Church Center, 10th Floor, 777 UN Plaza, New York.
A recent joint submission by CESR and partners to the UN Human Rights Council objected to the suggestion that development always contributes to human rights realization.
May 4: Allison Corkery presented in Johannesburg on the role of national human rights institutions in developing human rights indicators for the SDGs.
March 24: CESR's Kate Donald and Allison Corkery consulted with the UN CESCR to inform a potential General Comment on Sustainable Development.
Media: Kate Donald and Silke Staab's submission to Open Global Rights on the importance of linking the SDGs to human rights to advance gender equality.