Don’t just blame the teacher when the system is at fault, says UNESCO #CountOnMe #GEM2017

Paris 24 October – UNESCO’s 2017/8 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report highlights the responsibility of governments to provide universal quality education and stresses that accountability is indispensable in achieving this goal. The Report, released today, warns that disproportionate blame on any one actor for systemic educational problems can have serious negative side effects, widening inequality… Read More Don’t just blame the teacher when the system is at fault, says UNESCO #CountOnMe #GEM2017

Genuine aid: EU pushes commitment up to 2052 – CONCORD AidWatch Report 2017

With only genuine aid being accounted, it would take the EU and its Member States another 30 years to reach their commitment on Aid, shows CONCORD report. Brussels, 17 October 2017 – The EU could take a generation to meet the 0.7%ODA/GNI target at the current rate of growth, reveals the CONCORD AidWatch Report 2017.… Read More Genuine aid: EU pushes commitment up to 2052 – CONCORD AidWatch Report 2017

Sluggish SME development hurts jobs and the economy, ILO says

Investing in workers and innovation, and boosting trade and social dialogue are key to stemming rising global unemployment, the latest edition of the ILO’s flagship report shows. GENEVA (ILO News) – With more than 201 million workers unemployed in 2017 – an increase of 3.4 million compared to 2016 – enterprises, particularly small and medium-sized… Read More Sluggish SME development hurts jobs and the economy, ILO says

The Ecological Footprint of Luxury goods and Bitcoins

Originally posted on Wozukunft:
I dislike overpriced luxury goods. Like a 37?500 USD Montblanc pen. A pen, which is functionally equivalent to a 10 USD pen, which is not much better than a 0.5 USD pen. Now, buying this is stupid if you are a UAW union official using misused funds. But, more generally, it…

UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme 2017 begins in Bonn

The UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme 2017 commenced today at the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, Bonn. Twenty two mid-to-senior level TVET leaders from around the world, including those from UNEVOC Centres, will be trained for two weeks to hone their skills for transformational leadership in TVET. The inaugural session of the UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme included the… Read More UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme 2017 begins in Bonn

A structured form of dialogue with organised civil society is essential for successful negotiations, says the EESC

Political leaders in the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean should appreciate the value of civil society  Europe and its Member States are the main investor in Latin American and Caribbean countries and their most significant cooperation partner. In fact, the countries of Latin America and Caribbean are the EU’s second largest trading partner… Read More A structured form of dialogue with organised civil society is essential for successful negotiations, says the EESC

Recent Research on Women’s Economic Empowerment | Donor Committee for Enterprise Development DCED

The DCED is a forum for learning about the most effective ways to fulfil the SDGs – based on practical experience in Private Sector Development (PSD). The September 2017 update brings together key findings from recent original studies on constraints and solutions to women’s economic empowerment (WEE), as well as the social and economic benefits… Read More Recent Research on Women’s Economic Empowerment | Donor Committee for Enterprise Development DCED

Protection of human rights from the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises — Treaty Alliance

Karsten Weitzenegger signed the common statements of the Treaty Alliance. The UN Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group (OEIGWG) on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights will be holding its third session October 23-27, 2017. With two successful sessions behind it, negotiations will now begin on the basis of a draft presented… Read More Protection of human rights from the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises — Treaty Alliance

Civil society & the SDGs – notes & next steps from #HLPF

At last month´s UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, over 2,500 representatives from civil society joined governments to review implementation efforts for the Sustainable Development Goals. The global forum resulted in a Ministerial Declaration, which Action for Sustainable Development produced a response. 5 key points from our statement: The Leave No One Behind… Read More Civil society & the SDGs – notes & next steps from #HLPF

Guest Article: Enabling Development for All: New Report on Access to Information and the UN 2030 Agenda | IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

UN Member States made access to information a target under SDG 16, and argued it was a cornerstone of the whole architecture of the 2030 Agenda. IFLA’s Development and Access to Information 2017 report, developed by IFLA in partnership with the Technology and Social Change Group at the University of Washington, stresses how access to… Read More Guest Article: Enabling Development for All: New Report on Access to Information and the UN 2030 Agenda | IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

Development in transition

Originally posted on Development Matters:
By Alicia Barcena, Stefano Manservisi and Mario Pezzini Understanding and supporting the development trajectories of countries have long been the driving force behind all of our careers. If we, as a global community, are serious now about ensuring prosperity for all through the universal and comprehensive 2030 Agenda and its…

Where to start with the SDGs?

Originally posted on Development Matters:
By Simon Scott, Counsellor, Statistics Directorate, OECD; Jeff Leitner, Fellow, New America and Managing Director, GreenHouse; and William Hynes, Co-ordinator, New Approaches to Economic Challenges programme, OECD “The SDGs as a network of targets,” from David Le Blanc, “Towards integration at last?”, DESA Working Paper No. 141 ST/ESA/2015/DWP/141 The upside…