Can humanity be persuaded to save itself?

September 1, 2015

Can Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), persuade world leaders at the December 2015 Climate Summit in Paris to adopt a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C?

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Where would the Sustainable Development Goals be without civil society?

August 27, 2015

The NGO community, including a representative of World Goodwill, met at the UN in New York on 13 August to discuss both the process and the outcome of working on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The meeting focused on the nature and quality of civil society advocacy and the mechanisms needed to support the new goals.

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Governments Adopt Historic Final Declaration on Post-2015 Development Agenda

August 5, 2015

On Thursday, 30 July 2015, just hours before governments began their final negotiations on a Transformative Agenda for Sustainable Development, World Goodwill was represented at a side event, “Preparing for the implementation phase of the post-2015 development agenda.”

There was a visionary air to the gathering. 

The Ambassador of South Africa, H.E. Mr. Jeremiah N. Kingsley Mamabolo, emphasized that goodwill must be ensured in order for the goals to be implemented. 

All of humanity needs to own the goals, he said, “all hands on deck,” and we all need to feel accountable.  He envisioned accountability being strengthened by systemic intergovernmental support, and defined good governance as the responsibility of governments to people and as being at the root of implementation.

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Time to Uphold Women’s and Girls Human Rights in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

July 29, 2015

On Friday, 24 July, World Goodwill was represented at a side-event of the post-2015 development planning on the Human Rights of Women and Girls.  The focus was on the Global South regional perspectives from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 

There were three main points that were emphasized from all regions.

1)   In many cases, the laws have been written and put in place in addressing issues of violence against women and girls, but the laws are not enforced. 

2)   Although goal #5 is “achieve gender equality and empower all [11183468_1743933142500155_2659331470972016041_n] women and girls,” it was the general consensus that violence against women and girls had much to do with other goals as well.  Specifically, the goals to end poverty, improve health, and ensure education were viewed as an integral part of gender equality.

3)   There was unanimous agreement that the means of implementation be included in the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September.

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Glee, relief and regret: Addis Ababa outcome receives mixed reception

July 21, 2015

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