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Civil Society forum before the ECOSOC HLS, 29 June - 30 June 2006, Geneva

01.01.70

The Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO) and its traditional partners the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the NGO Section of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the NGO Liaison Office of the UN Office in Geneva invite civil society organizations worldwide to participate in a Civil Society Forum preceding the next ECOSOC High-Level Segment (HLS), to be held in Geneva from 29 30 June 2006. The Forum will result in an interactive discussion with the HLS, scheduled for the 5h July, in other ad hoc discussions with dignitaries and representatives of international organizations.

Background

According to several concordant studies and sources, globalization is currently taking place in a way that brings very unevenly distributed benefits within and between countries. Some see in the failure of the prevailing neo-liberal development model the reason why the UN decided to adopt the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals: development efforts needed to be targeted more specifically on poverty eradication, even though none of the MDGs deals explicitly with employment and decent work. Globalization requires an appropriate international framework that would ensure the respect of human rights and more particularly of the core labour rights that are employment and decent work. ECOSOC, as the coordinating body for development policies at the international level, should boldly take up its strengthened mandate and strive for a consensus on how to best guarantee these rights. As an example, the fact that nowadays a MNE can so easily get out from a country that adopts a legal framework protecting workers rights, and invest in another where these are not or less guaranteed is a matter of great concern for international civil society.

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