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Press conference by global social economy group
Voicing the interests of civil society a day before the United Nations begins a three-day summit on the world financial crisis, the Global Social Economy Group called today for sweeping reform of international financial and economic institutions and practices that had contributed to the current global economic turmoil.

High hopes for development financing forum
As the current financial and economic crisis deepens, developing countries and many non-governmental organizations [NGOs] are calling for immediate action from the international community to help poorer countries recover from the crisis.

World Bank, IMF Heads Skip Summit on Global Crisis
When a major international conference on financing for development took place in the Qatari capital of Doha last November, the heads of both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) skipped the meeting.

Citizens must engage and respond to new global crises
A two-day consultation between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and 25 representatives of civil society organizations and foundations took place in New York on June 5 and 6, 2009. The summary of the points raised by civil society organizations in that consultation is being prepared and will be posted here soon.

Developing countries fight for say at UN crisis meet
UNITED NATIONS, Jun 3 (IPS) - The postponement of a major U.N. General Assembly conference to address the global economic crisis and its impact on development is seen by some civil society groups and analysts as a sign of the conflicting interests between the world's richest and poorest countries.

In solving the global financial crisis, rights must occupy a central position: A review of the 2008 Social Watch Report
The global financial crisis is biting hard. While at first it was rich countries that felt it most, middle income and poor countries have now begun to feel the crunch, and it is likely to have an even greater disproportionate impact on them in the months and years to come.

60% of kids in N Karnataka are drop-outs
The numbers are almost three years old, but indicative of the development, or lack of it, in the state. The citizens' report on governance and development 2008-09, brought out by Social Watch Karnataka, highlights the lack of development in vital areas like primary education and excesses of Parliament.

Bill being rushed vs budget impoundment
The Senate finance committee is consolidating a budget-impoundment bill that will prevent the Office of the President from withholding funds allocated in the annual budget and approved by Congress for various government departments and service agencies. Sen. Edgardo Angara, committee chairman, is likely to gain wide support in both chambers of Congress, but they still want to hear the positions of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the Freedom from Debt Coalition and Social Watch, among others, before endorsing the impoundment bill for plenary approval within the year.

NGOs offer proposals to address global financial crisis
As the world is haunted by the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression in the 1930s, efforts to address the crisis are really not a business for governments only. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can also play a constructive role in this regard.

UN: Press Conference on global financial crisis by civil society organizations
The best stimulus plan to address the global economic crisis was to invest in the poor, Roberto Bissio of Social Watch told correspondents today.

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