How the Human Rights Movement Failed

Integrate sustainability pledges into the future EU budget

By People’s Budget campaign European decision-makers, civil society organisations, academics and other stakeholders from all over Europe call on the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission to integrate sustainability into the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the EU. The EU budget is not an accounting tool, but a means to achieve common political […]

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FRANCE: 4D as finalist for the 2018 SDG Action Awards

4D was finalist for the 2018 SDG Action Awards. Our project OurLife21 was selected among 700 submitted projects. On the 21 March we were 38 players in the Awards ceremony to present our project and have the opportunity to connect through our achievements and to hear from others. The final process was full of experience […]

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GERMANY: SDG Festival of Action in Bonn

By Roman Fleissner, AWO Partner organizations from Germany had the chance to join the SDG Festival in Bonn this year. The annual festival organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign aimed to showcase many actions taken by national, European and international actors to strengthen SDG implementation. According to the organizers, over 1.500 participants participated in […]

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By Transformative Cities The 2030 Agenda is about transforming the current unsustainable model into one that respects people and the planet. The Transformative Cities Atlas of Utopias showcases inspiring community-led transformation in water, energy and housing. It features 32 communities from 19 countries who responded to TNI’s Transformative Cities initiative which seeks to learn from […]

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The EU and the UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights: Time to Change Course

By Dimitris Christopoulos, Olivier de Schutter, Miguel Moratinos, and Eva Joly. This article was published (in French) in Le Monde and in the Financial Times Since 2014, the 47 member-large intergovernmental United Nations body within which human rights issues are discussed, the Human Rights Council, has been working on a new Treaty on Business and […]

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Inclusive sustainable development in Europe: a new report from the European Disability Forum

By Alexandre Bloxs, European Disability Forum – EDF In March, the European Disability Forum (EDF) presented its 2nd human report entitled “2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) report: A European perspective to respect, protect and fullfil the United Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”. The report provides an overview of the strong […]

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By Federico Demaria “Growth for the sake of growth” remains the credo of all governments and international institutions, including the European Commission. Economic growth is presented as the panacea that can solve any of the world problems: poverty, inequality, sustainability, etc. You name it. Left wing and right wing policies only differ on how to […]

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Europe is experiencing an economic recovery but many new jobs do not lift people out of poverty

By Christian Nielsen, European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) The latest forecasts tell a story of economic recovery. Europe is emerging out of a decade-long slump that nearly crippled a handful of countries and hampered employment and growth numbers in the rest. People are working again, industry is growing and business confidence is up, except perhaps in […]

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Italy – Fifth advocacy meeting for Salesian organizations

By Ángel Gudiña Canicoba, Don Bosco Network (DBN) On 26 February, the federation of Salesian development NGOs – Don Bosco Network (DBN) – organized the 5th advocacy meeting for Salesian organizations in Rome, supported by Don Bosco International (DBI). The participants included over 20 representatives of Salesian organisations, including General Councillors for Missions and Youth […]

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