In an effort to take commodities from a long period of virtual oblivion to the centre of poverty reduction strategies, a “Global Initiative on Commodities” is being taken that brings together governments, NGOs and private sector representatives at a conference in Brasilia from 7 to 11 May. The initiative is spearheaded by the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group). WDEV reports.
Out of 144 developing countries 86 depend on commodities for more than half of their export earnings. Half of the total export income of 38 countries derives from a single commodity, while another 48 countries depend on only two commodities. New opportunities – but also new challenges – opened up for developing countries with the rapidly increasing demand witnessed in recent years for oil, other minerals and agricultural products ... ... this article coming up in Issue 3/May-Jun 2007 is for subscribers only. For direct log in >>> click here.If you have no subscription >>> pick an option or >>> buy the article.
Weakening of workers' rights in most regions is being aggravated by severe crackdowns on freedom of speech and assembly, according to the 2016 Global Rights Index. Restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly, including severe crackdowns in some countries, increased by 22%, with 50 out of 141 countries surveyed recording restrictions.
The year 2015 was marked on the one hand by the inability of the European Union (EU) to emerge from the crisis, and on the other by a dramatic rise in the number of people taking flight from their homes and from their homelands, because of wars and terrorist attacks, in many cases caused by the destructive policies of the EU and of its member states.
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14 years after their previous strategy on gender mainstreaming, the WBG has decided to develop a new Gender Equality (GE) Strategy. This briefing document presents WIDE+ critical reflections and key recommendations to enhance the new World Bank Group's (WBG) strategy on Gender Equality.