WSSD +5

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World Summit for Social Development and Beyond:
Achieving Social Development for All in a Globalizing World,
Geneva 2000


UNED's Summary of Questionnaire and Tobin Tax Paper

NGO Documents from WSSD+5

NGO Caucuses "A Better World For All" - Joint Statement by NGO Caucuses
NGOs Call on the UN to Withdraw Endorsement of "A Better World For All"

 

Earth Negotiations Bulletin Summary and Analysis of WSSD+5

Archive of daily reports

 

Eurostep Statement on priorities for Geneva 2000: World Summit on Social Development

 

Development Caucus Better World for All or Bretton Woods for All?

 

Inter Press Service Development: A few advances toward applying Anti-Poverty plans
By Gustavo Capdevila, GENEVA, Jun 30 - A week of negotiations by the special session of the United Nations general assembly on the question of fighting poverty led to a few significant results, like the idea of studying new formulas for financing development or for freezing the foreign debt at current levels.

DEVELOPMENT: UN Should Not Back Report, NGOs Say 
By Brian Kenety GENEVA, Jun 28 - Some 80 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and people's movements, organised in caucuses for the UN Social Summit, Wednesday called on the United Nations to withdraw its endorsement of a poverty reduction report, 'A Better World for All', released here by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

 

ICFTU Economic and Social Development: two sides of the same coin

 

ICSW A three-point plan for Geneva 2000

An Anti-Poverty Pact

 

United Nations Environment and Development UK Committee (UNED-UK)
Summary of Answers to UNED-UK's Questionnaire for WSSD+5 and NGO Statements & Position Papers from the 2nd PrepCom

Tobin Tax for Social Development (June 2000)
Peer-reviewed paper

WEDO/Women's Caucus Statement
World Council of Churches Now is the Time

 

World Development Movement Barrier to pro-poor policies (26th June 2000)
T
he International Monetary Fund's (IMF) new Poverty Reduction Strategies are acting as barriers to policies benefiting the world's poorest people. The report, written for WDM by Ghanaian economist, Charles Abugre, comes as governments meet in Geneva for the UN Social Summit+5. Five years ago in Copenhagen, the first UN Social Summit recognised the harmful effects of IMF Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs) and called for reforms to ensure that poverty reduction, not blind economic growth, was placed at the centre of IMF policies. "Still SAPping the Poor: A Critique of IMF Poverty Reduction Strategies" examines the IMF's successor to SAPs, the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers. It looks at the IMF's claims that PRSPs (which are a condition of debt relief) have poverty reduction at their core and are written by governments in consultation with their population. It finds both claims to be false and concludes that PRSPs are a significant "barrier to pro-poor policies". 

 

 

 

NGO Documents (from 2nd PrepCom for WSSD+5)

NGO Caucus Priorities

April 13, 2000
Compilation of NGO Caucus Priorities from

  • African Caucus

  • Ecumenical Team

  • Development Caucus

  • Eradication of Poverty Caucus

  • ICSW - Anti-Poverty Pact

  • ICFTU

  • Peace Caucus

  • Rights of the Child Caucus

  • Currency Transaction Tax Caucus

  • Women's Caucus

Dutch/NGO Compilation of NGO Comments Compilation of comments of NGO caucuses and other NGOs 
(prepared by the Dutch NGO representatives), including
  • Women's Caucus
  • ICSW
  • Rights of the Child Caucus
  • Ecumenical Team
  • CIDSE
The Ecumenical Team (and others) For Clarity of Vision, A Sense of Urgency and a Change of Heart

 

Press Conference on Social Development

13 April 2000
Press Briefing during 2nd PrepCom with representatives from various NGOs
(Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), Social Watch, International Council for Social Welfare (ICSW) and the Ecumenical Team).

 

NGO Caucus on the Rights of the Child Statement

 

NGO Caucus on Currency Transaction Tax  Statement
by Citizens' Coalition for Economic Justice (CCEJ) and NGO Caucus on Currency Transaction Tax

 

Eurostep Position Paper
An Agenda for further Initiatives

 

German NGO Forum Putting basic services in the center of  PRSPs (Poverty Reductions Strategy Papers)

 

Norwegian NGO Working Group
Position Paper
Ecumenical Coalition for Economic Justice

The Debt of Developing Countries
Accelerated development in Africa and least developed countries (LDCs) cannot be achieved unless 100% of the debts (both bilateral and multilateral) owed by the 50 poorest countries are written off without demanding adherence to Structural Adjustment Programs. The Special General Assembly must call for new measures to cancel the debts of low-income countries and write off the illegitimate and odious debts of middle-income countries as well. The G7’s Köln Debt Initiative was inadequate.

Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs)
SAPs are fundamentally flawed and cannot be transformed into mechanisms for poverty reduction or social development. They should be abolished. The IMF and World Bank should not have jurisdiction over poverty reduction and social development goals. The Special General Assembly should call for an end to Structural Adjustment Programs.


Currency Transaction Tax

A small tax on international currency trades would discourage excessive speculation on world money markets, promote greater financial stability and could raise much needed revenue for social and economic development.
The Special General Assembly should call for a Currency Transfer Tax (CTT) to slow down destabilizing financial speculation and raise money for international social development.

 

CIDSE, Caritas Internationalis, Franciscans International

Putting Copenhagen Commitments into Practice
These three networks monitor decision-making processes and, in line with faith-based principles, promote an ethical approach to tackling socio-economic problems.  They aim to promote among others the idea of ‘preferential option for the poor’, redistribution of wealth, and participation.

 

International Association of Charities (AIC) Declaration

 

Canadian Council of Churches Corporate Responsibility in Social Development

 

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