[governance] Fwd: Civil society groups reclaim policies for the public

Michael Oghia mike.oghia at gmail.com
Wed Jul 12 12:52:00 EDT 2017

Apologies for any cross-posting, but this might be relevant to some.


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From: Wolfgang Obenland <wolfgangobenland at globalpolicy.org>
Date: Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 11:56 AM
Subject: Civil society groups reclaim policies for the public
To: Sustainable Development Announcement List <sdg at lists.iisd.ca>

Civil society groups reclaim policies for the public Global report assesses
how privatization and corporate capture have become obstacles to progress
under the 2030 Agenda

* <https://www.2030spotlight.org/>New York, 10 July 2017:* A global
coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions presents today
the report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017. It is published on
the opening day of the High Level Political Forum at the United Nations in
New York. The report provides the most comprehensive independent assessment
of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs).

*For more, see www.2030spotlight.org <https://www.2030spotlight.org/>*

The editing team of the Spotlight Report states:

*“In the 2030 Agenda governments committed to a revitalized Global
Partnership between States and declared that public finance has to play a
vital role in achieving the SDGs. But in recent decades, the combination of
neoliberal ideology, corporate lobbying, regressive fiscal policies, tax
avoidance and tax evasion has led to a massive weakening of the public
sector and its ability to provide essential goods and services. *

*“The same corporatized strategies and fiscal and regulatory policies that
led to this weakening have enabled an unprecedented accumulation of
individual wealth and increasing market concentration. *

*"The proponents of privatization and public-private partnerships (PPPs)
use these trends to present the private sector as the most efficient way to
provide the necessary means for implementing the SDGs. But many studies and
experiences by affected communities have shown that privatization and PPPs
involve disproportionate risks and costs for people and the public purse.
PPPs can even exacerbate inequalities, decrease equitable access to
essential services and jeopardize the fulfilment of human rights. *

*“Therefore, it is high time to counter these trends, reclaim public policy
space and take bold measures to strengthen public finance, regulate or
reject PPPs and weaken the grip of corporate power on people’s lives. In
short, to put ‘people over profit’. These are indispensable prerequisites
to achieve the SDGs and to turn the vision of the transformation of our
world, as proclaimed in the title of the 2030 Agenda, into reality.”*

The 160-page report is supported by a broad range of civil society
organizations and trade unions, and based on experiences and reports by
national and regional groups and coalitions from all parts of the world.
Its 35 articles and textboxes cover all sectors of the 2030 Agenda and the
SDGs, and reflect the rich geographic and cultural diversity of their

The Spotlight Report is published by the Arab NGO Network for Development
(ANND), the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), Development
Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Global Policy Forum (GPF),
Public Services International (PSI), Social Watch, Society for
International Development (SID), and Third World Network (TWN), supported
by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017 Reclaiming policies for the
public. Privatization, partnerships, corporate capture and their impact on
sustainability and inequality - assessments and alternatives. Report of the
Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Beirut/Bonn/Ferney-Voltaire/Montevideo/New York/Penang/Rome/Suva, July 2017

*www.2030spotlight.org <http://www.2030spotlight.org>  *

Contact in New York

   - Barbara Adams, Global Policy Forum (GPF): barbaraadams at globalpolicy.org
   - Jens Martens, Global Policy Forum (GPF): jensmartens at globnalpolicy.org
   - Chee Yoke Ling, Third World Network (TWN): yokeling at twnetwork.org
   - María Graciela Cuervo, Development Alternatives with Women for a New
   Era (DAWN): mgcuervo.dawn at gmail.com
   - Kate Donald, Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR):
   kdonald at cesr.org
   - Roberto Bissio, Social Watch: rbissio at item.org.uy
   - Sandra Vermuyten, Public Services International (PSI):
   sandra.vermuyten at world-psi.org
   - Stefano Prato, Society for International Development (SID):
   stefanop at sidint.org
   - Ziad Abdel Samad, Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND):
   ziadas at gmail.com

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