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Food and Nutrition

Please take note of this very important report of the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition:

20210719_state-rtfn-report_2021_eng_v15.pdf (righttofoodandnutrition.org

The Global Rights Index

This year’s ITUC Global Rights Index documents a shameful roll call of governments and companies that have pursued an anti-union agenda in the face of workers who have stood in solidarity providing essential work to keep economies and communities functioning.

The ITUC Global Rights Index is a benchmark against which we will hold governments and employers to account as we build a new social contract with jobs, rights, social protection, equality and inclusion and rebuild the trust that has been shattered by repressive governments and abusive companies.

Income Security: Options and Choices

The Universal Basic Income is only one way to guarantee income security, and it is certainly not the best way. In this document Francine Mestrum gives an overview of other and better mechanisms for helping all people and procure welfare and wellbeing.  Income security, money, is very important but we should also look beyond it.

This document will be discussed at the 13th edition of the Asia Europe People’s Forum, Friday 21 May 2021, 10 am CET.

You find the document here: AEPF13-Francine-Income-Security-Report.pdf

You can register for the webinar here: www.aepf.info

 

Concept note for WSF Social Justice Major conference

In three languages: Eng/Esp/French

WORLD SOCIAL FORUM

THEMATIC SPACE ‘SOCIAL JUSTICE’, January 28, 2021

CONCEPT NOTE

SOCIAL JUSTICE: PRINCIPLE AND OBJECTIVE OF SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION

 

Social protection, social security, social commons, poverty reduction, basic income … many proposals have been put on the agenda in recent decades, throughout the world, for inclusion and to improve people’s living conditions. Whichever solution we choose, for progressive social movements, the goal must be the universal application, for all, of social rights: health, food, education, housing, decent work, social protection throughout the lifetime. In other words, a society and a policy that puts social justice as one of its central axes, as a constituent element of the pact between citizens and between citizens and the state. As a moral, ethical, political and legal basis to regulate the production and distribution of wealth, in a manner consistent with the universal principles and values ​​of social and environmental justice. Lees verder

UNGA Resolution on Global health and foreign policy: strengthening health system resilience through affordable health care for all

On 14 December, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on “Global health and foreign policy: strengthening health system resilience through affordable health care for all”, A/RES/75/130. The resolution was adopted by vote, 181-1-0, in contrast to previous resolutions on the topic adopted yearly by consensus based on proposals by the core group of the Global Health and Foreign Policy Initiative.

The draft resolution A/75/L.41 was presented by Brazil, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Mali, Mongolia, Norway, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and Viet Nam. Informal consultations were led by Indonesia.

The resolution reflects consensus on a number of issues. One core issue is the need for continued leadership, multilateral commitment and collaboration to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution also calls for urgent support to fund and close the funding gap for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator and its mechanisms, such as the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility, and to support equitable distribution of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines, and further explore innovative financing mechanisms aimed at ensuring continuity and strengthening of essential health services. The resolution also notes the need for all States parties to fully implement and comply with the International Health Regulations (2005) which requires adequate capacity of all countries to prevent, detect, assess, notify and respond to public health threats, and support research and development, to prevent and control emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases that pose a risk to global public health.  It also calls upon Member States to strengthen the resilience of their health systems as an integral part of their preparedness for health emergencies. Lees verder

COVID-19 drives wages down!

Even before the COVID pandemic hit, hundreds of millions of workers worldwide were being paid less than the minimum wage.

Read the ILO report

Tax Justice Report 2020

427 billion US$ lost to tax havens … check what it means for your country … check what we could do with this money in times of COVID …

www.taxjustice.net

Economic Report on Development in Africa

This inclusive approach integrates a gender lens and gives voice from multiple vantage points to various actors, from civil society to firms doing business in Africa. Building on established measures of illicit financial flows, new insights are provided on country estimates of export misinvoicing on the continent and specific characteristics of mineral commodities are highlighted.

Some of the motivations and root causes of illicit financial flows are also underscored in the report.

Read this UNCTAD Report for 2020

Temporary Basic Income to Protect the World’s Poor

The immediate introduction of a Temporary Basic Income for the world’s poorest people could slow the current surge in COVID-19 cases by enabling nearly three billion people to stay at home, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report released today.

The report, Temporary Basic Income: Protecting Poor and Vulnerable People in Developing Countries estimates that it would cost from $199 billion per month to provide a time-bound, guaranteed basic income to the 2.7 billion people living below or just above the poverty line in 132 developing countries.

The report concludes that the measure is feasible and urgently needed, with the pandemic now spreading at a rate of more than 1.5 million new cases per week, particularly in developing countries, where seven out of ten workers make a living through informal markets and cannot earn money if they are at home.

Read the UNDP Report

UN Report on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

The Special Rapporteur’s Philippe Alston most recent and last report on extreme poverty and human rights deserves reading: ‘Rather than resolving to address the inadequacy of their public health and social protection systems in response to the pandemic, many governments have seen COVID-19 as a passing challenge to be endured, ignoring the indispensability of large-scale economic and social restructuring. Others have taken it as an opportunity to undermine or restrict human rights. And rather than acknowledging how badly efforts to “end poverty” have been faring, and how relentlessly the pandemic has exposed that fact, most actors are doubling down on existing approaches that are clearly failing.’

It criticizes the World Bank statistics, promotes universal social protection, demands to update the SDGs and to find solutions for the debt and tax problems…

Read the report

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