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MARTA: on Colombian Peace Process happening in Cuba -AMI REPORT
SALUDOS.. ON COLOMBIA PEACE PROCESS,– IMPORTANT FOR YOUR INFORMATION AND SHARING.. BEST..MRTA
From: Stephen (Esteban) Bartlett <sbartlett@ag-
Date: Tue, Apr 28, 2015
Subject: AMI Rpt on Colombian Peace Process happening in Cuba
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DEAR AMI Circle,
It is my great satisfaction to present this report, below about the Peace Process of Colombia taking place in Cuba, which was drafted by myself, with the help of several of the other delegates. Thanks also to those on the delegation who supplied the excellent photos. (the first one was mine). This report does not include the important meetings we had with Cuban officials, academics, lawyers, union leaders, sports trainers, farmers, hotel staff and entertainers, as well as two of the Cuban V political prisoners recently released from US prisons. (We all had a riveting meeting with Fernando and I got to meet Ramon Labañino in Havana, whose family we had hosted on occasion when they were visiting him here in Kentucky prisons–he did 15 years– and who in Cuba is a national hero recognized by every single Cuban.)
The Colombian Peace process is historic for many reasons and we were encouraged at the commitment and effort going into them, not least of them the role played by the Cuban government to host these talks, with the partnership of Norway, Venezuela and Chile. Please spread the word about them to your friends, family and organizations and networks. It is very important that this process be known in the U.S., as widely as possible, and from the perspective of real facts and knowledge of the history and context of Colombia. And that people like those of AMI advocate in support of this process and the structural transformations they aim at so that the conflict can be resolved and not repeat itself.
I was honored to represent AMI, along with Pam Brubaker, whose participation was also constructive and engaged.
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¨Colombia Peace Talks Advancing in Cuba:
Historic Opportunity to Negotiate a Lasting Peace¨
A report from the fact-finding and advocacy delegation organized by
the Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ).
The entrance to the Bay of Havana from Colonial Fortress el Moro.
Who were the delegates?
The Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ) was invited by the Colombian Permanent Committee on Human Rights to organize a delegation to Havana, Cuba April 11-18 in support of the Colombia peace negotiations which are taking place on the island. Thirty-two persons with backgrounds in social and economic justice work participated in the delegation.
The participants were from several U.S. states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania Oregon and Texas) as well as the countries of Colombia, Costa Rica and the US colony of Puerto Rico. In addition to AfGJ, delegates represented, among other entities, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the International Action Center (IAC), the Task Force on the Americas, and Agricultural Missions, Inc (AMI).
Background to the Peace Talks:
The current Colombian peace negotiations formally began in October of 2012, after representatives of the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) agreed on a framework to end the conflict and achieve a lasting peace. There are six agenda items: 1) comprehensive rural development, 2) political participation, 3) end of the conflict, 4) solution to the problem of illicit drugs, and 5) victims, and 6) implementation of the agreement. The negotiators have reached partial agreements on items 1, 2, and 4. The current round of negotiations is addressing items 3 and 5.
Who did the delegation meet with?
Rudolfo Renata, Ambassador for Cuba as Garantor country of Peace Talks.
The delegation met separately with negotiators from the FARC-EP and their lawyers, an official negotiator of the Colombian government, as well as the sub-commissions on gender and on victims. The delegation also met with ambassadors of the two guarantor countries – Norway and Cuba. As a result, the delegates are now informed about the process of the negotiations.
One of the two principle Colombian government negotiators: Sergio Jaramillo
who spoke perfect English with a high British accent.
Members of the Gender Sub-Commission, including two members of the FARC-EP negotiating
Team, Erika Montero and Victoria Sandino Palmero (2nd and 3rd from left).
Overall impression of the peace talks.
From our meetings with one of the two principal Colombian government negotiators, Sergio Jaramillo, the FARC-EP negotiators, the lawyers advising the FARC-EP, members of the Gender Sub-commission, and the guarantors from the Norwegian and Cuban governments, we were impressed by the duration and complexity of the issues being negotiated, as well as the hard-nosed persistence with which the talks are being pursued. We came to understand that the Cuban and Norwegian governments have made a long term and expensive commitment to create favorable conditions for these talks, that the host country Cuba has taken on a very long-term commitment to do so, no matter the financial resources required, and that the support countries of Chile and especially Venezuela, that are named as accompanying countries to the peace process, have also contributed substantially to the process. Venezuela’s role was characterized as “key” by the guarantor countries. We observed that the comprehensive themes being discussed, and the detail with which they were being studied and negotiated, had the potential for transforming the root causes of the conflict, such as land concentration and land tenancy, and the mass use of violence as a political and economic tool in Colombian history. The negotiations were not shying away from the different world views behind both the Colombian government’s actions, the role of the Colombian military and paramilitary forces, and the responses of the FARC-EP and of Colombian civil society in general.
We conclude that, despite the difficulties and remaining differences, these negotiations enjoy significant support from the executive branch of the Colombian government and from Colombian social movements and the FARC-EP. In addition, the Cuban government’s commitment to hosting these talks as a neutral party is solid.
Mark Burton, AfGJ delegation leader speaking, lawyer for FARC at left, FARC-EP Negotiators Jesus Santrich, Pablo Atrato, and Stephen Bartlett (AMI Staff person, acting as interpreter).
Historical Conflict and Victims Commission: Elaborating the Context of the Conflict.
A historical truth and victims commission constituted as part of these peace talks issued a report in February 2015 that goes into the antecedents, root causes and precipitating events preceding the more than 50 year-old conflict between the FARC-EP and the Colombian state. One of the FARC-EP lawyers reiterated many of these findings during the meetings held with our delegation.
Today, both traditional parties have united to a large degree in order to fend off the strong movement of dispossessed peasant organizations as well as the diverse social movements organizing for the transformation of Colombian society, in opposition to the long standing power of the Colombian oligarchy. During 1947, the social movements united and campaigned for the presidency of the Liberal party candidate Jorge Eliécer Gaitán. This effort ended in a catastrophe for the country with the assassination of Gaitán in 1948, that began a wave of repression and murder known simply as ¨The Violence.¨ A civil war ensued where nationalist elements of the Liberal Party fought the oligarchy until the internal conflict died down in 1958. In the 1960s, U.S.-supported military attacks on the peasant movements, as well as the revolutionary movements and campaigns occurring around the world, particularly the example of the Cuban revolution, provoked sectors of the displaced peasantry to take up arms. In Colombia, some of these guerrilla forces would go on to organize as the FARC-EP.
The FARC-EP was founded in May, 1964 in response to a large scale military attack as part of the United States’ plan LASO on 3 communities in the Department of Tolima. 48 farm workers retreated to the mountains of Tolima from the village of Marquetalia, and led by Manuel Marulanda Velez, formed the FARC-EP to defend the local peasantry against the attack of the 17,000 Colombian troops on their communities. These military operations were orchestrated against independent and autonomous peasant republics that had formed in response to ongoing repression. These military attacks as well as the formation of paramilitary organizations, had been encouraged by a 1962 US government commission headed by General William Yarborough that called for the creation of a “civil and military structure [to]…perform counter-agent and counter-propaganda functions and as necessary execute paramilitary, sabotage and/or terrorist activities against known communist proponents. It should be backed by the United States…” Since that time the armed conflict has raged for over five decades in a contest in which neither side can achieve a clear and enduring military victory.
In the 1980s, another effort in the electoral sphere united under the Unión Patriótica. The FARC entered into a peace agreement with the President Belesario Betancur in 1984 which called for a cease fire and political participation by the FARC. The FARC, and other political sectors formed the Unión Patriótica (UP) which was a broad front encompassing the FARC, and many other sectors of Colombian Society. The UP did surprisingly well in the elections of 1986 and 1988 and a wave of assassinations began against the UP’s Presidential candidates, elected officials, and members. It is estimated that some 5,000 members of the UP were assassinated, with thousands more forced into exile. At the same time a counter-insurgency strategy taught by U.S. advisors involved in the Vietnam conflict was employed, once again through the creation of paramilitary forces using brutal ¨scorched earth¨ tactics, which were tied to the Colombian military. Deepening conditions of social inequality, particularly the mass displacement of campesinos and campesinas
In the late 1990s, the U.S. Clinton administration and the Colombia Pastrana administration expanded the counter-insurgency capacity of the Colombian military with ¨Plan Colombia¨, under the pretext of the ¨War on Drugs.¨ Since that time, under successive U.S. administrations, more than $9 billion in U.S. aid has fueled the conflict, as Colombian presidents in succession have attempted unsuccessfully to defeat the FARC-EP militarily. Besides military incursions into FARC-EP territories and aerial bombardments, massive aerial fumigation efforts using glyphosate (particularly via the use of Monsanto’s RoundUp Ultra) have been a principle tactic of destroying not only coca crops, but also the food crops that rural Colombians depend upon for survival, an ominous parallel with the ¨scorched earth¨ tactics of the Vietnam War.
The Brutal Facts: Victims of the Colombian Conflict:
Estimates of the victims of the conflict range from 1.5 million to over six million. More than 90,000 people have disappeared (18,000 under the past presidency of Alvaro Uribe during the implementation of ¨Plan Colombia¨, over 220,000 have been killed (80% of them civilians), and 6 million people have been internally displaced – the majority women and children. The U.N. has estimated that paramilitaries with ties to the government and transnational corporations, together with the military, are responsible for over 80% of the casualties.
One third of the land of Colombia is in the hands of cattle barons. In a population of 48.32 million, around 40% of the population lives in poverty with 65% poverty levels in rural areas, and 12 to 14% living in abject poverty. Many of these are land-poor and displaced rural peoples 6 million of whom have become refugees in their own country as internally displaced persons.
Isabel Sanroque, FARC-EP member of the Gender Sub-Commission that brought 60
Representative victims from Colombia to testify in Cuba.
The Dire Need for Rural Development and Transformation in Colombia:
One high priority of peasant populations has centered squarely on the question of rural development and the struggle to reverse land concentration into few hands by means of displacement, latifundismo and corporate land grabs, a position the FARC-EP has championed in negotiations. It is no accident then that the first partial agreement hammered out with the Colombian government at the beginning of these peace talks was the agreement on Comprehensive Rural Development. We were told that the FARC-EP insisted on this as the first agenda item to be discussed at the talks. On our delegation we quickly realized that the vast majority of members of the FARC-EP are from rural communities impacted by the violence and displacement.
What has been agreed to thus far, and what are significant issues that have been set aside “in the freezer”while talks continue?
Partial Agreements and ¨The Freezer¨ (a nickname, according to a FARC-EP lawyer and one of the FARC-EP negotiators, for agenda items where no agreement could be made in initial talks are put aside temporarily) (as of April 2015):
Since 2012, there have been three partial agreements completed, with the caveat that none of the partial agreements would go into effect until the entire package of agreements were passed at successful completion of the talks. As mentioned above, partial agreements have been completed for 1) integrated rural development, 2) political participation and 4) the issue of illicit drugs. At present the themes of 3) end to the conflict and 5) victims (including a Historical Truth and Reconciliation process) were being negotiated. The theme of ending the conflict includes the notion of non-repetition, which addresses the root causes of the conflict in need of transformation to ensure that the conflict will not re-emerge at a later time. It also includes the pilot project in three locations in Colombia whereby the Colombian military and the FARC-EP are actively collaborating to remove land mines placed by either side as well as unexploded ordnance (much of the latter from bombs that the Colombian air force has dropped across the territories of Colombia). This program has recently been getting media coverage and is held up as a very hopeful development. The FARC-EP characterized these efforts as also important as a means of building trust between the Colombian military and the guerrilla.
The first partial agreement on integrated rural development is a 21-page document that deals in substantial detail with land tenancy and distribution, the secure return of the original owners to land, prioritizing land distribution to the most vulnerable rural populations, including the poor, women and children, and criteria for redistribution of state-owned lands and forest border areas, idle lands and lands ¨not fulfilling their social function.¨ In addition, there is an extensive discussion about basic social services that the Colombian government should provide in the rural sector, including health facilities, schools, roads and other necessary infrastructure. When questioned by our delegation, the Colombian negotiator Sergio Jaramillo confirmed that the Colombian state was committed to providing the resources to fulfill this agreement, even if the Colombian government had to raise the funds in order to do so. Unfortunately, the government has made, and not honored, such agreements in the past, so due diligence will be necessary in any agreement to assure enforcement of such provisions.
Our delegation did not learn specifics about the partial agreement on political participation, nor of how the question of illicit drugs would be dealt with but are available in Spanish at https://www.
The issues set aside ¨in the freezer¨ are substantial and will require, at a minimum, significant further negotiations. The following are issues we learned, that came up in the course of the talks, but had not yet been resolved:
1) The question of who, if anyone, should be punished for the massive victimization that this armed conflict has caused. Related to this is how ¨political crime¨, i.e. ¨the right to rebel¨ can be differentiated from genuine ¨war crimes.¨
2) The question of who should judge the crimes committed by the Colombian government and, by extension, the paramilitaries. So far, the Colombian government has held to a position that the military itself should be the judge of the crimes committed by the Colombian military, and not a higher civilian judicial body. The crimes of the paramilitaries, on the other hand, the Colombian government has allowed for their prosecution in civil courts.
3) The composition and purpose of the Truth and Justice Commission that has been proposed for clarifying the truth in terms of the victims of this conflict. In addition to the differences of position on judgment and punishment, it is not yet clear how this commission will be composed and what judicial and enforcement mechanism will be in place to follow up on evidence presented.
4) The cease fire question and on-going violence while the talks are taking place. The FARC-EP has declared a unilateral ceasefire that held solid until guerrillas of the FARC-EP killed 10 Colombian soldiers on April 14, they said, in response to aggressive maneuvers against them by the Colombian army. During a period of several months of the FARC-EP ceasefire, the Colombian government continued military operations against the FARC-EP, including bombardments of their camps, etc. Recently the Colombian government declared a one-month cessation of those aerial bombardments, but did not declare a full-fledged cease fire. There have been FARC-EP casualties all throughout this period. Our delegation found the argument compelling that the Colombian government should join the FARC-EP ceasefire to increase trust in the peace process and avoid bloodshed that could potentially arouse dissatisfaction with the pursuit of a diplomatic solution. The Colombian government representative skirted this question, insisting that a Colombian ceasefire announcement was premature.
5) The question of the legality of a broad amnesty as proposed by the FARC-EP, for the guerrillas. The Colombian government has claimed that due to the existence of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Colombian government could not guarantee a blanket amnesty for members of the guerrilla. In addition, the Colombian government has insisted that FARC-EP members would necessarily need to be judged and punished, even if the punishments were ¨alternative¨ such as house arrest, etc. The FARC-EP, on the other hand, have insisted that the pursuit of justice cannot be narrowly focused on the guerrilla alone, since, they say, the Colombian government, together with paramilitary forces, have been documented by the United Nations to have committed more than 80% of the murders and human rights violations of the conflict.
6) The definition of ¨political prisoners.¨ , Many of the 9,500 Colombian political prisoners are people accused of being members of the FARC-EP who are community organizers, union representatives, civil society leaders, etc. and who were imprisoned on the pretext of their being collaborators with the armed actors of the FARC-EP and the ELN However, we were told by FARC-EP delegates that the FARC-EP only recognizes 1,000 political prisoners as actual FARC-EP members, and the ELN says none of the political prisoners are from among their ranks. Popular movements in Colombia, as well as the FARC-EP, recognize three categories of political prisoners: prisoners of conscience; those imprisoned for political activities and arrested due to set-ups, false information and paid informants; and prisoners of war. The vast majority of Colombia’s political prisoners are civilians from rural areas. Also in “the freezer: is question of the ¨false positives¨, dealing with the thousands of cases of killings of poor young men by the Colombian army which then cynically presented these victims to the public as guerrillas killed in combat.
An obstacle to the talks ¨Made in the USA.¨
The release of Simon Trinidad. Simon Trinidad is a FARC-EP leader who was captured in Ecuador on his way to meet with James Lemoyne the UN Special Envoy to Colombia on a peacemaking mission. He was then extradited to Colombia where the Colombian government asked the United States to extradite him. The US refused as there were no outstanding charges. The Colombian government then trumped up charges of drug trafficking and hostage taking and sent him to the United States. The hostage taking charges were accusations based on association with the FARC-EP of holding prisoner U.S. citizens who were CIA contractors spying on FARC positions when their plane was shot down in and area where FARC-EP had tremendous influence. Simón Trinidad never met the 3 contractors, never spoke with them, and had no power over these mercenaries. After two trials Simón Trinidad was never convicted of drug trafficking. This intellectual leader of the FARC was convicted on the hostage taking charges by a shaky jury convicted him of one of 5 charges in the indictment, after two trials. The charge of Conspiracy to Commit Hostage to Commit Hostage Taking and he was sentenced to 60 years in prison. The evidence was very weak but conspiracy charges are notoriously broad under US law. Today Simon Trinidad remains behind bars in Florence ADX, “SuperMax” facility in Florence, Colorado, USA, where he suffers extreme isolation and is held virtually incomunicado. The FARC-EP have stated that the release of Simon Trinidad is a prerequisite for the successful completion of the peace negotiations. Simon Trinidad is an experienced negotiator with experience in the previous peace talks at San Vicente del Caguan under the administration of Colombian president Andres Pastrana. When questioned on this issue by our delegation, the Colombian negotiator Sergio Jaramillo said that the Colombian government is in agreement with the FARC-EP that Simon Trinidad should be released. He acknowledged that the sticking point on this question was ¨in Washington D.C.¨ He was interested to learn that our delegation leader Mark Burton, was in fact Simon Trinidad´s lawyer, and met with him following our meeting This agreement by both parties in the talks opens the door to a potential resolution of this obstacle, so that Simon Trinidad could ultimately be released and join the negotiating team of the FARC-EP in Cuba.
The Gender and Victims Sub-Commission:
Our delegation met with 7 members of the gender and victims sub-commission, two of whom are also members of the FARC-EP negotiating team. It should be noted that the existence and work of such a group in peace talks may be historic. This sub-commission has been instrumental in linking the Colombian peace talks in Cuba with civil society organizations in Colombia concerned about the root causes of the conflict. They have helped bring 60 representative victims of the conflict to Cuba to provide testimony. In Colombia in parallel to this process in Havana, there have been numerous meetings and forums in many different regions of Colombia where victims have given their horrific testimonies. All accounts both by the FARC-EP and the government negotiator we met with are that these testimonies were ¨powerful¨ and injected a great deal of seriousness and gravity to the talks as a whole. The government negotiator claimed that this was a first opportunity for the FARC-EP to see the victims of their actions face to face, but did not mention the opposite phenomenon, of the government hearing the testimonies of victims of state violence and state-tolerated or coordinated violence by the paramilitaries.
AfGJ Delegation members Martha Grevatt and Berta Joubert-Ceci (from Puerto Rico) pose with Victoria Sandino Palmera of Gender Sub-Commission and full FARC-EP negotiating team.
The job of the gender sub-commission is to ¨review¨ the 3 partial agreements and future agreements from a gender equity perspective, and also to make proposals through the FARC-EP delegation to the talks on any of these agreements. The inclusion of the human rights issues surrounding women victims of the conflict, as well as people of diverse sexual orientation (the LGBTI community) has been dynamic and forward-thinking. It was stressed by the women we met with that there needed to be a redefining of the ¨security policies¨ of the Colombian government. The women asserted, and this was repeated in the meeting with the full FARC-EP negotiating team, that the Colombian government has a doctrine of the ¨enemy within.¨ This doctrine, they explained, justifies the identification of ¨internal enemies¨ of Colombia, a doctrine that historically was ¨anti-communist¨ and today has been renamed as ¨anti-terrorist.¨ To transform this doctrine, the FARC-EP has proposed a Constitutional Assembly to be convened to revise and rewrite the Colombian Constitution, recognizing that there are many good things written ¨in ink¨ in the current constitution that have never been enforced or respected.
The delegation was unanimous in supporting the on-going peace talks taking place in Cuba. We applaud the efforts of the Norwegian and Cuban governments to provide a safe and neutral venue for such talks, as well as the support of the Venezuelan and Chilean governments. We are encouraged that the Obama administration has appointed a special envoy, veteran diplomat Bernard Aronson, to report back on the negotiations. Along with the world and with the majority of Colombians who have been polled, we support the continuation of these peace negotiations for as long as it is necessary to overcome the obstacles and differences between the parties in conflict. We were grateful that both the government negotiator and the FARC-EP delegation were willing to take the time to provide their perspectives on the talks, as well as the Gender and Victims sub-commission. We are committed to educating people in our own communities and nations of the importance of these talks for the future of Colombia and indeed, of Latin America as a whole. We are encouraged that themes directly impacting upon the civil, economic and human rights of Colombians are being discussed at such length and that partial agreements are emerging from those talks. We agree that dealing with the root causes of the conflict is absolutely necessary in order to avoid the repetition of the conflict. We further agree that the U.S. government should not replicate its past role of putting up obstacles and indeed undermining peace in Colombia. Given its role in prolonging the oldest civil war in the world, the U.S. government should provide funds needed to demobilize combatants on both sides and enable their reintegration into civilian life through provision of land, homes, and jobs. The U.S. should also provide financial support for profound land reform measures and environmental recovery from U.S.-mandated defoliant spraying of peasant coca fields.
Member of the AfGJ Delegation Natali Segovia conversing with
FARC-EP leader Jesus Santrich
World Happiness Report 2015 launched
Today, we are pleased to announce the release of the World Happiness Report 2015. Since it was first published in 2012, the World Happiness Report has demonstrated that well-being and happiness are critical indicators of a nation’s economic and social development, and should be a key policy aim
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The newest report delves even more deeply into what makes people happy, the state of happiness around the world today, and advice for policy makers. This report comes at an opportune time for world leaders to reshape the global agenda and move the world towards a sustainable development agenda that includes well-being as an essential element.
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The principle of public participation has long been recognized as key to effective and equitable climate policy and governance. Article 6 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) thus outlines States’ responsibilities to promote and facilitate, inter alia, education and public awareness, public access to information, public participation, training, and international cooperation with respect to addressing climate change and its effects.
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A Report: Stakeholder Preparatory Forum and Stock taking meeting of Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Below is the report submitted by Mr. Alejandro Barrios who attended the 1st session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations in New York.
Stakeholder Preparatory Forum and Stock taking meeting of Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
New York City, New York - The Stakeholder Preparatory Forum for the post-2015 development agenda negotiations was held on 16th January this year in the headquarters of the United Nations (UN) in New York. It was organized by the Steering Committee representing the Major Groups and other stakeholders, facilitated by United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Services (UN-NGLS) and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Division of Sustainable Development (UN DESA-DSD).
The Forum hosted approximately 400 participants, including UN Member States and the UN System and stakeholders from civil society and the private sector. Among the panelists, moderators and discussants the Forum featured civil society representatives from all different continents; as well as high level delegates from the UN Member States, including the two co-facilitators of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations from the Republic of Kenya and Ireland, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, Kingdom of Morocco, Peru, Romania, the Russian Federation, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the European Union. High level officials of UN DESA and UN-NGLS as well as the president of ECOSOC participated.
The Forum was held two (2) days ahead of the first session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, which will be adopted at the UN Special Summit in September 2015.
The first moment of the day, a welcome, a general review of the Post Agenda 2015, the process and the way forward was given, taking into account the contributions of the different stakeholders. It was emphasized that it should not reopen the discussion on the objectives and targets already completed and discuss the implementation and coherence of these goals and targets with the aim of eradicating global poverty and lives with dignity instead. Emphasis was also placed on the key elements that should be included, especially in the Political Declaration.
The various speakers highlighted points of (1) Our Responsibility and sense of urgency; (2) the need to shift to a development paradigm respectful of the natural, human and Cultural diversities; (3) Human rights must be the cornerstone of the post-2015 development agenda; and (4) Equality and Overcoming all forms of discrimination.
Reaction to the Synthesis Report of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, was held after the presentation of the highlighted points. It was in this space that the Peoples’ Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), as part of the Campaign for Peoples’ Goals (CPG) and the CSOs Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) through its Executive Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Mr. Alejandro Barrios, shared their criteria, highlighting the issue of food sovereignty.
“The Synthesis Report does not raise points to be a way to change the current development model and neoliberal scheme, which becomes a serious mistake. There is an urgent need to address the root causes of the multiple crises we live”, Mr. Barrios empasized.
The PCFS’s proposal was based on the Living Well and justice as a basis for development, suggesting five foundations namely Redistributive Justice, Economic Justice, Social and Gender Justice, Environmental Justice and Accountability to the People.
Participants insisted on the need to reconsider the notion of “prosperity” in light of the principles of Living Well and Development Justice. The international community needs to come together and recognize the asymmetrical and unjust international economic and political order as the main driver of poverty, hunger, and vulnerability. Some of the more critical voices zeroed in on the overemphasis given by the Synthesis Report on the role of the private sector and the promotion of foreign direct investments (FDI) and public-private partnerships (PPP). Others, meanwhile, thought that the report fell short on ensuring state support for public services including health and education; protection labor rights; and promotion gender equality, including girls and women’s rights and empowerment. They also castigated the report for failing to speak against colonial occupation and militarization as major threats to world peace and order.
Later in the afternoon, a dialogue on the Means of Implementation and Global Partnerships for Development was opened, rescuing the importance of the participation of civil society and partnerships at all parts of the process. Issues like Science, technology and innovation as well as Financing for Development were discussed.
At the end of the forum, a discussion on the follow-up and review of the points was done by the panelists focusing mainly on the points of Monitoring and accountability mechanisms, Existing structures and mechanisms, Indicators and Data and Ownership by the People.
Last January 21st, the Major Groups and other Stakeholders also delivered these messages to their respective States. ###
FOR YOUR COMMENTS: Draft report of the Participatory Monitoring and Accountability Consultation Report
Dear AINA members,
For the last few months, we have been consolidating all of the inputs from the various aspects of the Participatory Monitoring and Accountability (PM&A) consultation, including national consultation results, the literature review, research submitted from the call for papers and the e-discussion hosted on the worldwewant2015 website (http://www.worldwewant2015.
To that end, here is the draft synthesis report (see link below). As always, we need your inputs in ensuring this is a proper reflection of the discussion and results from this consultation. Please submit any comment you have to this report between now and 5 February 2015.
These comments will be consolidated and integrated into the final report to be released at culminating meeting of the Consultation Process, taking place in Peru in March. The results from this consultation have been used for the SDG deliberations and will be even more important as a contribution to the practical implementation of the new agenda, so we very much appreciate your feedback!
The PM&A team, UNICEF, UNDP and UN Women
This message was sent by: Inequalities Consultation, inequalities@worldwewant2015.
2014 year in review – the Green, sharing, making economy?
2014 Human Development Report Published
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has published the 2014 Human Development Report. The report, titled ‘Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience’, considers vulnerability and resilience through a human development lens, for the first time in a global Human Development Report.
The 2014 Human Development Report summary states: ‘As successive Human Development Reports (HDRs) have shown, most people in most countries have been doing steadily better in human development. Advances in technology, education and incomes hold ever-greater promise for longer, healthier, more secure lives. But there is also a widespread sense of precariousness in the world today – in livelihoods, in personal security, in the environment and in global politics. High achievements on critical aspects of human development, such as health and nutrition, can quickly be undermined by a natural disaster or economic slump. Theft and assault can leave people physically and psychologically impoverished. Corruption and unresponsive state institutions can leave those in need of assistance without recourse’.
The report looks at two interconnected concepts that are important to securing human development progress. The report shows that overall global trends are positive and that progress is continuing. Yet, lives are being lost, and livelihoods and development undermined, by natural or human-induced disasters and crises.
To download the summary, click 2014 Human Development Report (Summary)
To download the full report, click 2014 Human Development Report (Full Text)
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Reality of Aid 2014 Report is out
Good day everyone!
With a few months before the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire, how development cooperation should adapt to the new post-2015 environment – particularly the partnerships that underscore such cooperation, is a key debate.The Reality of Aid 2014 Report titled “Rethinking Partnerships in a Post-2015 World: Towards Equitable, Inclusive and Sustainable Development,” with 27 civil society contributions from both aid-recipient and donor countries, provides unique perspectives to this question. You can download a copy of the report at http://bit.ly/roareport2014
Thank you so much!
- Reality of Aid Network to launch 2014 Report on December 4
Posted on Nov 20, 2014
- Save the Date: International Launch of the Reality of Aid 2014 Report
Posted on Oct 28, 2014
- Reality of Aid Global Meeting 2013 (Brussels, Belgium)
Posted on Nov 22, 2013
News and Features
- Statement for the OECD DAC High Level Meeting On Modernising Reporting for Official Development Assistance
Posted on Dec 04, 2014
- Southern CSO and DAC Roundtable: ODA and broader development finance in a post-2015 world
Posted on Nov 27, 2014
- Reality of Aid Network to launch 2014 Report on December 4
Posted on Nov 20, 2014
Rethinking Partnerships in a Post-2015 World: Towards Equitable, Inclusive and Sustainable Development
URGENT: Call for civil society responses to the UN Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report on the post-2015 development agenda
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Consultation on 4 Post-2015 reports, conducted in Arabic, English, French and Spanish by UN-NGLS – 2013
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
[Arabic]UN-NGLS Consultation on 4 Post-2015 ReportsDear colleagues,We write to inform you that the consultation facilitated by UN-NGLS in partnership with the Post-2015 Development Planning Team/Executive Office of the Secretary-General is now launched inArabic, English, French, and Spanish. The consultation gathers critical analysis from civil society on four post-2015 reports submitted to the UN Secretary-General:
- High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (Post-2015 HLP)
- UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
- UN Global Compact (UNGC)
- UN Development Group (UNDG): The Global Conversation Begins (This preliminary UNDG report is now included because the final is not expected until September.)
UN-NGLS is aware that some of you have produced written responses and/or press statements since the release of the High-level Panel report two weeks ago. We encourage you to cut and paste the relevant parts of these statements into the NGLS online consultation so that they may be considered for the synthesis report. The deadline for submitting written contributions in English, Spanish and French is 12 July 2013. The deadline for submitting written contributions in Arabic is 1 July 2013 due to Ramadan.
The consultation will also draw on inputs from regional teleconferences in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish, aimed at increasing the analytical contributions from South-based civil society. For more information about the regional teleconferences, please see this document.
The consultation synthesis will focus on regional perspectives and be delivered to the Secretary-General, to Heads of State and Government at the General Assembly Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals on 25 September, and to the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG on SDGs).
The synthesis will also serve as the basis for a day of dialogue between civil society organizations and Member States on 22 September. The intention is to engage in a substantive exchange with Member States on a number of key issues that civil society has emphasized (including in previous related UN-NGLS consultations). These include for example: systemic issues of trade, finance and development; human rights framework and accountability mechanisms; public-private partnerships; extractive industries and land grabbing; social, economic, environment/climate, and gender justice; and peace and conflict. (More information on the 22 September event will follow in the next few weeks.)
For more information about the consultation, including detailed instructions for participation and supporting resources, please visit: www.worldwewant2015.
Informations actualisées : La consultation du SLNG au sujet des quatre rapports sur le programme de développement pour l’après-2015
Chères et Chers Collègues,
Nous vous informons que la consultation facilitée par le Service de Liaison Non-Gouvernemental des Nations Unies (SLNG) en partenariat avec l’équipe de planification après-2015 du Cabinet du Secrétaire général est maintenant lancée en arabe, anglais, français, et espagnol. La consultation réunira les analyses de la société civile au sujet des quatre rapports pour l’après-2015 soumis au Secrétaire général:
1) Panel de haut niveau sur l’après-2015 (post-2015 HLP)
2) Réseau des solutions pour le développement durable de l’ONU (SDSN en anglais)
3) Pacte mondial de l’ONU – (UN Global Compact)
4) Groupe des Nations Unies pour le développement (GNUD) : « La conversation mondiale commence » (Ce rapport préliminaire du GNUD est inclus car le rapport final ne sera pas disponible avant septembre).
Le SLNG est conscient que certains d’entre vous ont produit des réponses écrites et/ou des communiqués de presse suite à la publication du rapport du Groupe de haut niveau il y a deux semaines. De ce fait, nous vous encourageons à copier et coller les parties pertinentes de ces déclarations dans la consultation en ligne du SLNG afin qu’elles puissent êtres considérées pour le rapport de synthèse. La date limite pour soumettre les contributions écrites en anglais, en espagnol et en français est fixée au 12 juillet 2013. La date limite pour soumettre les contributions écrites en arabe est quant à elle fixée au 1er juillet 2013 en raison du Ramadan.
La consultation s’appuiera également sur les contributions émanant des téléconférences régionales réalisées en arabe, anglais, français et espagnol, afin d’accroître les contributions analytiques des organisations de la société civile du Sud. Pour plus d’informations sur les téléconférences régionales, veuillez télécharger ce document.
La synthèse de la consultation portera sur les perspectives régionales et sera remise au Secrétaire général, aux chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement à la réunion spéciale de l’Assemblée générale sur les Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement, le 25 septembre, et au Groupe de travail ouvert sur les objectifs de développement durable (OWG on SDGs).
La synthèse servira également de point d’ancrage pour une journée de dialogue entre les organisations de la société civile et les États membres, le 22 septembre. L’objectif est d’alimenter un échange de fond avec les États membres sur un certain nombre de questions clés que la société civile a mis en lumière (y compris dans les consultations précédentes du SLNG sur le même sujet). Celles-ci comprennent par exemple: les questions systémiques relatives au commerce, à la finances et au développement ; le cadre des droits de l’homme et des mécanismes de responsabilité et de transparence ; les partenariats public-privé ; les industries extractives et l’accaparement des terres ; les questions sociales, économiques, environnementales/climatiques et la justice entre les genres ; la paix et les conflits. (Plus de renseignements sur l’événement du 22 septembre vous parviendront dans les prochaines semaines.)
Pour plus d’informations sur la consultation, y compris sur les instructions détaillées des modalités de participation et les ressources à télécharger, veuillez visiter:www.worldwewant2015.
Información actualizada: Consulta realizada por ONU-SENG sobre cuatro informes sobre la agenda de desarrollo Post-2015
Les contactamos para informarles de que la consulta que está facilitando el Servicio de Enlace de las Naciones Unidas con las organizaciones no gubernamentales (ONU-SENG), en colaboración con el Equipo de Planificación para el Desarrollo Post-2015 y la Oficina Ejecutiva del Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas, se encuentra disponible en árabe, inglés,francés y esp
- El Grupo de Alto Nivel sobre la Agenda Post-2015 (HLP en sus siglas en inglés);
- La Red de Soluciones para el Desarrollo Sostenible de las Naciones Unidas (SDSN en sus siglas en inglés);
- El Pacto Mundial de las Naciones Unidas (UNGC en sus siglas en inglés); y
- El Grupo de Desarrollo compuesto por agencias de las Naciones Unidas (UNDG en sus siglas en inglés). Se incluye el informe preliminar, debido a que el informe final se publicará en septiembre.
El SENG está al tanto de que algunos de Ustedes han confeccionado recientemente respuestas escritas y/o comunicados de prensa comentando el informe del Grupo de Alto Nivel publicado hace dos semanas. Les invitamos a copiar y pegar los pasajes más relevantes de esas comunicaciones en el espacio en línea de la consulta realizada por el SENG, para su consideración oficial como parte de la consulta y su inclusión en la síntesis de las contribuciones. La fecha límite para enviar sus contribuciones escritas, ya sea en inglés, español o francés, es el 12 de julio de 2013. Debido al mes de Ramadán, la fecha límite para enviar contribuciones en árabe es el 1 de julio de 2013.
La consulta también incluirá una serie de teleconferencias regionales en árabe, inglés, francés y español, dirigida a aumentar las contribuciones analíticas de la sociedad civil del Sur. Para más información sobre las teleconferencias, por favor consulte este documento.
La síntesis de las contribuciones hará especial hincapié en las perspectivas regionales y será entregada al Secretario General de la ONU, a los Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno que asistan a la reunión de alto nivel de la Asamblea General de la ONU sobre los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio el 25 de septiembre de 2013, y al Grupo Abierto de Trabajo sobre los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible.
La síntesis, además, será la base de una jornada de diálogo entre las organizaciones de la sociedad civil y los gobiernos, que tendrá lugar el 22 de septiembre. La jornada buscará entablar un debate sustancial entre los Estados Miembros sobre una serie de aspectos planteados por la sociedad civil (también en consultas relacionadas al proceso Post-2015 previamente realizadas por el SENG) y relativas, por ejemplo, al sistema internacional de comercio; el sistema financiero y el desarrollo; el marco de derechos humanos y los mecanismos de rendición de cuentas; las colaboraciones público-privadas; las industrias extractivas y la apropiación de tierras; justicia social, económica, medio ambiental y climática, y de género; y paz y conflicto. (En las próximas semanas se brindará más información sobre el evento del 22 de septiembre).
Para ver más información sobre la consulta, tales como instrucciones detalladas sobre cómo participar y fuentes adicionales, por favor dirigirse ahttp://www.worldwewant2015.
Kathryn (Katie) Tobin
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PCFS calls to uphold rights of indigenous peoples during WCIP in New York
29 September 2014
New York, USA – Members of the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) have recently participated in the 69th High Level Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly known to be the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples held in the UN Headquarters in New York, USA last 22-23 September 2014.
The said conference has discussed the priorities for indigenous peoples in the Post-2015 Development Agenda while CSOs participating expressed serious concern with limited reference indigenous people’s rights. The High Level Meeting was expected to further strengthen and affirm the commitments by states to implement the UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples in 2007.
CSOs participating in the conference have expressed concern with the outcome document saying it failed to incorporate key demands of the indigenous peoples. Mr. Jiten Yumnam, secretary of the Center for Research and Advocacy in Manipur and member of the PCFS Steering Council in Asia said, “Substantive themes on promoting human rights of indigenous peoples, especially the reaffirmation of indigenous peoples right to self determination as key for their survival as peoples, to demilitarize their land and territories and to end human rights violations are excluded in the final outcome document.”
The Center for Research and Advocacy in Manipur along with grassroots and social movements participating in the conference positioned that there should be clear commitments from states to collective rights of land, territories and livelihood and the recognition of indigenous peoples to their traditional means of livelihood and traditional knowledge as outlined in the outcome document of WCIP and will be the step forward towards promoting food sovereignty.
“Indigenous peoples’ food sovereignty has long been undermined through aggressive pursuance of unsustainable and destructive forms of development, such as mega dams, oil exploration, plantations, and climate change mitigation projects, infrastructure projects that destroyed their agricultural land, forest, water sources and all means of survival,” Yumnam added.
CSO participants added in their demands that countries need to initiate strong efforts to implement the outcome document, more so to ensure that States and corporate bodies end all forms of land grabbing, violation of indigenous peoples’ rights all across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Criminalization and vilification of indigenous and other local human rights defenders protecting their land should also end.
The adoption of the world conference should be another occasion to strengthen and deepen indigenous peoples self determination over their land and in fostering just development. PCFS and its members have committed to uphold rights of indigenous peoples even beyond the WCIP spaces. ###
Report on Side Event “Education as a Bridging Factor of All Dimensions of Sustainable Development, Tuesday July 8th during High-Level Political Forum – 2nd Session
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
During the HLPF – 2nd Session, MaryAnn Celis
> Development and Program Advisor with Earth Child Institute attended the side event “Education as a Bridging Factor of All Dimensions of Sustainable Development” [Context: Formal Education].