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Global governance

The latest Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2021 report argues that it's time to overcome contradictions and hypocrisy in the COVID-19 crisis. Published by Social Watch et al. Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis have greatly exacerbated national and global inequalities....
The head of the UN has called on rich countries to step up efforts to protect workers hit by the Covid-19 pandemic with an additional $1tn (£736bn) injection of funds to avoid a twin-track recovery that widens the gap with the world’s poorest nations. Speaking in New York, the secretary general of the United Nations...
Global South states commit to share Covid-19 vaccine technology and production at a four-day 'Summit for Vaccine Internationalism'. Cuba and Mexico have committed to open licensing their domestically developed COVID-19 vaccines, and Venezuela has proposed creating a tech-sharing platform that could run in parallel...
G7 leaders have rejected pleas to find billions of pounds to end Covid jab shortages in poor countries, despite Boris Johnson making a plan to “vaccinate the world” his aim for the Cornwall summit. Aid groups said the richest nations had failed what one called “a moment of truth” by not even discussing a financing...
Imagine what could be achieved if just a portion of the money spent on military expenditures were pooled into a global fund, and redirected towards ending hunger and massively investing in public health systems.  If nations held a referendum, asking the public if they want their taxes to go to military weapons that...
Share The World’s Resources (STWR) have released a revised second edition of the book by Mohammed Sofiane Mesbahi, titled 'Heralding Article 25: A people's strategy for world transformation'. Mesbahi argues that meeting the basic needs outlined in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights—concerning...
Refusal to temporarily suspend several World Trade Organization (WTO) intellectual property (IP) provisions to enable much faster and broader progress in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic should be grounds for International Criminal Court prosecution for genocide, argue Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury for Inter...
The world faces a "catastrophic moral failure" because of unequal Covid vaccine policies, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was not fair for younger, healthy people in richer nations to get injections before vulnerable people in poorer states...
Lost among the jubilation of vaccine rollouts in rich countries is an uncomfortable reality: The world's poorest countries will have to wait months and possibly years to see any doses at all. The U.S., Canada, Britain and the European Union have pre-ordered enough Covid-19 shots to inoculate their populations several...
The UN has earmarked $100m (£75m) in emergency funding for seven countries deemed at risk of famine, warning that without immediate action the world could see “huge numbers of children dying on TV screens”. The climate crisis, Covid-19, conflict and economic decline have created an “acute and grave crisis” in...
Share The World’s Resources (STWR) have now released a book version of the popular articles by Mohammed Sofiane Mesbahi, titled ‘Studies on the Principle of Sharing’. The articles were originally published online at sharing.org over the course of 2011 to 2014, during the momentous revolutionary period that followed...
Amidst the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the United Nations (UN) Open Ended Inter-governmental Working Group (OEIGWG) enters its sixth round of negotiations on a treaty on “transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights,”1 from 26 -30 October.  UN member states will...
In what leading campaigners are describing as “a new chapter for nuclear disarmament”, the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will now come into force on 22 January, after Honduras became the 50th Member State to ratify on Saturday. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a...
Despite its own warnings, the International Monetary Fund is risking another ‘lost decade’ for development, reports Soren Ambrose for openDemocracy. In the wake of the 2007-2008 financial crisis, a report by the International Monetary Fund’s independent evaluation office into the institution’s handling of the...
An exit strategy from the World Bank and IMF could lead to serious efforts to create a new system of international governance based on the principles of mutual respect, equality, and cooperation, argues Walden Bellow for FocusWeb. As they mark their 76th year, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have...