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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

Social Justice: Principle and Objective of SocialTransformation

Time runs fast! This year, 2021, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the World Social Forum!

Started in 2001 in Porto Alegre, this gathering of progressive social movements and NGOs has become the meeting place for discussing our alternatives, for looking at the past with its neoliberal policies, at the present with its even worse austerity policies and at the future where we hope some or all of our alternatives can become reality.

For social justice, the COVID crisis has a silver lining: however bad the situation may be, there is no one anymore to deny the urgent necessity of universal social protection, with health care and income guarantees.

But also the inextricable link with the necessity for clean water and air to breathe! Never before has the link between social justice and environmental justice been so crystal clear!

These are the points that we will be discuss at the World Social Forum! Global Social Justice organizes the major panel of the thematic space for social justice, together with our friends from the World Social Forum on Health and Social Security.

This panel will take place on January 28, at 3 pm Brussels time, till 6 pm Brussels time (2 to 5 pm UCT). We have invited important personalities, such as Olivier De Schutter, Riccardo Petrella, Aminata Traoré, Armando de Negri, Isabel Ortiz, Ayuba Wabba and several others.

Do not miss this opportunity!

If you are interested in other topics, do look at the programme at wsf2021.net or join the different activities at join.wsf2021.net

More details about our activities will be published on this website: www.globalsocialjustice.info

Our ac tivities will have simultaneous interpretation in three languages: English, Spanish and French.

And yes, I should have mentioned before: COVID does oblige us to organise everything online. But the results of all the different activities will be discussed all along 2021 so that we can meet for real beginning of 2022, most probably in México.

Francine Mestrum

 

Re-defining the agenda for social justice – our new book!

Re-define the Agenda for Social Justice:

Re-defining social justice – flyer.pdf

 

Cooperation instead of confrontation

Excellent contribution of the South Center for the start of a New Year!

The world faces many challenges besides the current coronavirus pandemic, including hunger, environmental destruction, climate change, the proliferation of nuclear weapons and rising inequality. Global cooperation is necessary to address these challenges and, in some areas, the global community is responding to them. Calls to form a coalition against a particular country, such as from the United States towards China, divert attention from the problems the world is facing and hamper progress in addressing these global challenges. History taught us that the best way to resolve our differences and to move forward is through dialogue and cooperation, not confrontation.

To access the document directly, go to this webpage: https://www.southcentre.int/sc-document-january-2021/

Happy Christmas and New Year!

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

Oxfam Report on Universal Social Protection

As 2020 draws to a close, the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic shows no sign of abating. Without urgent action, global poverty and inequality will deepen dramatically. Hundreds of millions of people have already lost their jobs, gone further into debt or skipped meals for months. Research by Oxfam and Development Pathways shows that over 2 billion people have had no support from their governments in their time of need.

Our analysis shows that none of the social protection support to those who are unemployed, elderly people, children and families provided in low- and middle-income countries has been adequate to meet basic needs. 41% of that government support was only a one-off payment and almost all government support has now stopped.

Decades of social policy focused on tiny levels of means-tested support have left most countries completely unprepared for the COVID-19 economic crisis. Yet, countries such as South Africa and Bolivia have shown that a universal approach to social protection is affordable, and that it has a profound impact on reducing inequality and protecting those who need it most.

Human Rights day!

South Center’s Tax Initiative in the UN

The South Centre Tax Initiative (SCTI) submitted its comments in October 2020 to the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (UN Tax Committee, UNTC) on a discussion paper[1] that examined whether payments for software should be taxable as royalties. Developing countries within the UNTC have for long been pushing for taxing software payments as royalties as this is more sensible from a policy perspective and also makes it easier to collect taxes. The rise in software sales post COVID has added urgency to settle this long-pending discussion as developing countries are in dire need of funds.

Read the article

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

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