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

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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ECONOMIC GROWTH IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

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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Report: European stakeholders provide their views on making the future EU budget more sustainable – but is the European Commission listening?

By Klára Hajdu, CEEweb for Biodiversity Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger has been touring the Member States in the last months to debate the future of the EU budget post 2020. He also says he has listened to the views of stakeholders during citizens’ dialogues. However, the debate has focussed on the new priorities from the […]

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Civil society vital to scrutinize governments’ progress on SDGs: NGOs develop new engagement mechanism for UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

By Patrizia Heidegger, EEB When governments from across Europe gathered in Geneva on 1 and 2 March to exchange about how they are progressing on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), civil society was ready to scrutinize their performance. This year’s Regional Forum for Sustainable Development for the UNECE (RFSD) – shorthand […]

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WECF publication: Municipalities as active drivers of gender-just and sustainable development

By Katharina Habersbrunner, WECF Germany Together, the European Charta for Gender Equality and Agenda 2030, with its transformative character, offer useful guidance for local and regional governments to create more equal and sustainable cities and communities. As a result of the increasingly accessible and green city developments, and more knowledge and openness to the concepts […]

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WOMEN OF THE WORLD ON STRIKE: the Spanish Platform of NGDOs (CONGDE) supports and joins the International Feminist Strike on 8 March

By Maria Gonzalez, Futuro en común Last year Argentine feminists called for an international partial strike under the slogan “Not one less, we want ourselves alive”. Millions of women went out into the streets in 70 countries to make visible our demands for productive and reproductive work, areas in which our presence is essential and […]

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Portuguese Civil Society committed to promote women’s empowerment

By Pedro Cruz, NGDO Platform. Gender equality and women’s empowerment is, rightfully, at the centre of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. That is why, besides SDG 5, there are gender objectives in eleven other Development Goals. Civil society organisations are clearly frontrunners in promoting women’s empowerment as a social justice issue and to achieve […]

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