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UN experts endorse the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly

Six current UN experts elected by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva have recently supported the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA).

 

“Elect the Council”: civil society campaign for the UN Security Council reform

There is near unanimous consensus on the need for the United Nations Security Council to be reformed, but progress has so far been impossible due to power politics.

 

The long-awaited ASEAN Economic Community is finally born

On 31 December 2015, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) launched the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

 

The democratization of the United Nations

The United Nations (UN) is unique among the contemporary international organizations. First of all, it is the only organization established for general political purposes and with almost universal membership.

 

How to conceptualise “international democracy”?

International democracy has become a key aspect of the contemporary political and academic debate and, as such, it is exposed to different interpretations and conceptualisations.

 

Qualitative macro-indicators of international democracy

How to describe the democratization process affecting international organizations and systematically assess the democratic features of most of them at the global, regional and inter-regional level?

 

Advancing efforts to reform the UN Security Council

On 14 September 2015, right before the end of its 69th session, the United Nations General Assembly adopted, without a vote, a decision to advance efforts to reform the Security Council into its (ongoing) 70th session (Document A/69/L.92). 

 

African Union to establish a criminal court for South Sudan

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union, at its 547th meeting (26 September 2015), decided to release the final report of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan and to establish an 'African-led' court to prosecute those responsible for the atrocities committed during the conflict that broke out in December 2013.

 

Legislative powers are requested for Parlasur

Tags Parlasur - Mercosur

During the XXXIII ordinary session of the Mercosur Parliament (15-17 August 2015), MP Alfonso González Núñez, president of the Paraguayan delegation, urged member States to take a decisive steps toward regional integration, by endowing the Parlasur with full legislative powers.

 

EU-Mercosur FTA: relaunching the negotiation process

The six-month presidency of the Mercosur, currently held by Paraguay (July-December 2015), aims at relaunching negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU in November 2015.

 

Bolivia in the Mercosur: what are the real benefits?

Tags Mercosur

July 17, 2015 will certainly be in the history of Mercosur as a marked date for regional integration. The 48th Mercosur Presidential Summit, held in Brasilia, gave the Plurinational State of Bolivia the long-awaited full member status.

 

Towards an “Arab joint force”?

Arab League countries are quickening the pace for the creation of an Arab joint force.

 

Parlasur Direct Elections: A Step towards Integration

The long-awaited communication has arrived: the National Decree 775/2015 formalized the direct election of Argentine representatives to the Mercosur Parliament (PARLASUR), concomitant with the general elections on next October 25.

 

Russia Proposes BRICS Parliamentary Assembly

Russia has started last April its Presidency over the BRICS countries with a bold proposal: the creation of a Parliamentary Assembly of BRICS, in order to promote the parliamentary dimension of the association.

 

Council of Europe: situation of human rights in Europe in 2014

“2014 was a bad year for human rights in Europe”, said Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while presenting his annual activity report on 23 April 2015.

 

BRICS to Create Own Parliamentary Assembly

Tags brics - parliamentary - assembly - 2015
Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Alexei Pushkov discussed the possibility to establish a parliamentary assembly of the BRICS countries during their visit to India, according to the source.

 

In Ecuador l’VIII Cumbre de Presidentes de la Unasur

L’evento ha preceduto di un giorno l’inaugurazione della sede dell’Organismo regionale, edificio sorto nella zona di “Mitad del Mundo”, nella periferia di Quito, cui hanno preso parte i Presidenti dell’area, eccezione fatta per quello dell’Uruguay. Il Presidente Correa, anfitrione dell’evento, ha speso molte parole a favore dell’integrazione, enfatizzando l’inaugurazione della nuova sede (un ambizioso progetto avveniristico di 20.000 metri quadri e 40 milioni di dollari di spesa), per lanciare una nuova fase della vita dell’organismo.“Siamo nel centro del mondo, dove si adorava il dio Inti, dove si celebrava il raccolto ed il Buen vivir”.

Correa ha inoltre invitato gli altri Presidenti a “recuperare il tempo perso”, esortandoli ad una revisione istituzionale dei meccanismi di funzionamento dell’Unasur, proponendo il superamento del principio del “diritto di veto”, ricordando la difficoltà di procedere in un contesto in cui si avanza solo per decisioni prese all’unanimità. Così non posiamo andare avanti, dobbiamo rivedere l’istituzionalità ed essere più efficienti”. Dal canto suo, il Segretario Generale Ernesto Samper, ha sottolineato la sua ambizione di “dare un nuovo impulso all’integrazione regionale” proponendo di ampliare l’agenda dell’Unasur, oltre ai temi politici anche a quelli economici e sociali.

La Cumbre de l’Unasur ha rappresentato l’occasione in cui l’ex Presidente colombiano Samper, nominato nei mesi scorsi Segretario generale dell’Organismo, ha ricevuto l’investitura ufficiale dai Presidenti della regione per il suo mandato. Molte le aspettative per questo evento visto che, dal 2008 ad oggi l’Unasur, pur vantando numerosi momenti di forte influenza e visibilità, di fatto non ha ancora concretizzato passi decisivi verso l’integrazione sudamericana. Il Segretario Samper ha presentato un’agenda di lavoro – già in parte nota – trovando un sostanziale consenso nella platea di Presidenti: l’affermazione dell’identità sudamericana attraverso il lancio del progetto di un passaporto unico per tutti i paesi, il rilancio del progetto del Banco del Sur, un Tribunale per la risoluzione delle controversie, e nuovi accordi di cooperazione in materia di educazione.


 

Rousseff o Neves: ¿Caminos enfrentados o mismos desafíos?

Fuera de todo pronóstico esperado, un nuevo actor se hizo paso en la primera vuelta de las presidenciales brasileñas. Aécio Neves, el candidato del Partido de la Social Democracia Brasileña (PSDB) arrasó a la ecologista Marina Silva con prácticamente 34% de los votos el pasado domingo 5 de octubre. No tardó Silva en manifestar su amplio apoyo al senador y ex gobernador de Minas Gerais: "Le doy mi confianza a la sinceridad de los propósitos del candidato y de su partido, y entrego a la sociedad brasileña la tarea de exigir que sean cumplidos", aseveró la líder del Partido Socialista (PS).

 

Unasur to Create South American Defense School

The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) will create the first South American School of Defense to train military officers of the 12 member countries of the regional bloc, it was reported today.
 

EU-Central America association agreement signed

On 11 December 2012 the European Parliament ratified the EU-Central America associatian agreement designed to boost trade between the two blocs

 

President Correa in favour of an increased integration in Latin America

The Ecuadorean Presdent Rafael Correa declared to the Peruvian national TV last week that South American states should follow the European Union’s example in creating a common citizenship.

 

Andean Presidents decide to work toward future convergence of the CAN, MERCOSUR and UNASUR

Lima, Nov. 9, 2011.- The Presidents of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru agreed to ask the acting Andean Community Secretary General to identify jointly with the General Secretariat of MERCOSUR and the General Secretariat of UNASUR, common and complementary elements and differences, with a view toward the convergence of the three integration processes.

 

World Bank Contracts Will Be Available Online

World Bank-financed contract details will be published online as part of a global initiative to advance transparency.
 

SADC TRIBUNAL MANDATE SUSPENDED BY MEMBER STATES

In the meeting held on 18 August in Maputo, Mozambique, leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have extended to an indefinite term the suspension of the SADC tribunal.

 

 

Brazilian Federal Court Stopped Belo Monte Dam Construction

On Tuesday 14th August a Brazilian federal appeals court ordered to suspend the contruction of the Belo Monte dam

 

World Bank Appoints CEO of the International Finance Corporation

The World Bank has appointed a Chinese national, Jin-Yong Cai, to serve as the Executive Vice President and CEO of the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

 

Venezuela becomes full member of the Mercosur

Six years after applying Venezuela has become full member of the Mercosur on Tuesday 31st July 2012.
 

African Union Elects New Chairperson

African Leaders recently gathered in the 19th African Union Summit have elected Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as their Chairperson.
 

Report on the “State of Civil Society” released by Civicus

Civicus, a global network of civil society organizations, recently published a report on the “State of Civil Society”.

 

European Parliament rejects ACTA

The European Parliament has rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on 4 July 2012, by 478 votes to 39, with 165 abstentions.

 

Venezuala will become full member of Mercosur

Mercosur announced that Venezuela will become its fifth full member from 31 July.

 

Paraguay Suspended From Mercosur

Mercosur members decided on Sunday 24 June to suspend with immediate effect Paraguay from the Latin American organisation.

 

The 2012 Earth Summit: Time to re-think About Sustainable Development

The Rio+20 or 2012 Earth Summit has taken place from the 20 to the 22 June in Rio de Janeiro.

 

June is a month of World summits in Latin America

In these days, 18 and 19 June in Los Cabos, Mexico, the G-20 summit is taking place.

 

Manifesto calls for replacement of G8/G20 with UN Parliamentary Assembly

International assembly releases manifesto ahead of worldwide mass protests

As hundreds of thousands of people around the world prepared to take to the streets this weekend as part of a global call for change, an international and inter-movement assembly formed of supporters of Occupy, Take the Square and Latin American, African, Asian and Middle Eastern social movements has released a statement describing concrete suggestions for what such global change should entail.

 

“Selection of the World Bank President: An Opportunity for Change”

 

Controversy over the selection of Robert Zoellick’s successor as World Bank President reflects both an undemocratic appointment process and increasing demands from BRICS and other countries for a greater share of power in global governance.
 

Social Watch realised 2012 Gender Equality Index

 

On the eve of International Women’s day, 8 March, Social Watch published the updated Gender Equity Index (GEI),

 

World Bank Global Partnership for Enhanced Social Accountability (GPESA)

In April 2011, the World Bank Group (WBG) has launched consultations for a new Global Partnership for Enhanced Social Accountability (GPESA).

 

Committee to Protect Journalists Publishes Yearly Report on Press Freedom

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) realised on 15 February 2012 “Attacks on the Press”, a yearly survey aimed at evaluating the level of freedom in the international press.

 

World Bank Launches Ipad Application

The World Bank (WB) introduces a new Ipad application in December 2011, with the aim of spreading its World Development Report (WDR) 2012.

 
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