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RightingFinance website turns four

Last International Human Rights Day, December 10th, marked the 4th anniversary of the launch of the RightingFinance (RF) website. Human rights is one of the areas of public interest where the disconnect with the representation in financial regulation becomes most evident. The choices on global and domestic financial regulation carry critical consequences for the ability … Continue reading »

Financing 2030 Agenda: Bottom up reports show road “hazy and full of obstacles”

When asked about how countries are implementing the 2030 Agenda and the obstacles encountered, civil society groups and coalitions affiliated with Social Watch around the world generally agree that their governments recognize the political weight of the new international consensus. Yet, many difficulties of different nature are identified in different countries, and a lot of … Continue reading »

Europe’s conflict minerals regulation would allow a deadly trade to continue

In certain countries and especially those rich in resources, the extraction and trade of minerals, gas, oil or wood are financing armed groups who commit serious violations of human rights, rather than contributing to human development. To stop this circle of suffering, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission passed in 2012 the section 1502 of … Continue reading »

New report finds “quiet revolution” in sustainable development finance

The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) recently launched the report of its Financial Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System (“the Report”), established in early 2014 to explore how to align the financial system with sustainable development, with a focus on environmental aspects. UNEP’s Financial Inquiry set out to respond three questions: 1) … Continue reading »

Can development goals help development finance? If so, how?

Last month, the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) were launched at the UN in New York. This is the outcome of two years of consultations, lobbying, and debate about what the “post-2015” agenda should look like. This agenda is likely to have far-reaching implications both for development finance and for the promotion of social and economic … Continue reading »

‘Narrative power’ and the UN business and human rights treaty

As the dust settles on the recent July meetings in Geneva of the new UN Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG) on transnational corporations and other business enterprises, which kicked off negotiations towards a treaty on this topic, there are some interesting developments to consider. These developments concern how the human rights narrative at the UN related … Continue reading »

Human rights in the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development: 7 Misconceptions

In 2012, governments agreed at the Rio+20 conference that all decisions on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda would be both consistent with international law and respect the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) and respective capabilities. The zero draft of post-2015 agreement, as well as the Open Working Group’s outcomes which preceded it, reiterate … Continue reading »

RightingFinance releases human rights response on Financing for Development document

In July 2015, governments will meet in Addis Ababa for the Third Financing for Development Conference. This conference will assess progress in implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, adopted in 2002, and the Doha Declaration, adopted in 2008, and will be the first of three important meetings this year that lay out the development agenda for … Continue reading »

Human rights obligations frame States’ choices in lead up to Financing for Development

In a new document entitled “Key messages on Human Rights and Financing for Development” the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) teased out several implications of the human rights legal framework for the Financing for Development Conference. Negotiations towards the adoption of an Outcome Document for the Third International Conference on Financing … Continue reading »

Financial re-regulation needed to align new development agenda and human rights

In a letter submitted to the UN Secretary General, RightingFinance (RF) addressed a number of requests in regards to financing aspects of the upcoming Synthesis Report that the Secretary General’s office is preparing as input for the intergovernmental negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda Summit. In its letter, RightingFinance requested that the UN Secretary General’s … Continue reading »

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