The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ (DESA) 2011 World Social Situation Report (WSS 2011) speaks of the “Great Recession” (p.13, 24, 26 ff). However, it does not refer to this evocative term in its two policy chapters (on Crises, fiscal space and national responses and on International responses). Given the severity of the 2008-2009 recession – the global economy contracted by 2% in 2009 – and the looming risk of a second dip in 2012 – this is a missed opportunity, and one needs to say upfront that the WSS 2011 lacks boldness and is unimaginative. By Gabriele Köhler
One would have hoped the UN seize the baton, use the heterodox opportunity presented by the massive crises on all economic and many social and political fronts, and present a bold design for macroeconomic policies dedicated to achieving social justice, or even just the – after all quite modest – MDGs. The Report does not meet expectations one has of a global social body – the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs – to offer a critical assessment of the structures that are causing poverty, vulnerability and social injustice, and to offer remedies to the worst recession since the 1920s...
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.
The world economy stumbled in 2015 and only a modest improvement is projected for 2016/17 as a number of cyclical and structural headwinds persist, says the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2016 report. Global growth is estimated at a mere 2.4% in 2015.
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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.