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by AGORA moderator
16 May 2018

United Nations Development Programme is currently developing its Reference Guide on Women’s Political Participation in the Arab Region1

Background

Many factors impact women’s meaningful representation and participation in the Arab Region. For one, temporary special measures (TSMs), such as quota systems found in many countries of the Arab region, have not been fully effective. Specifically there is a lack of mechanisms to...

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by AGORA moderator
26 February 2018

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is committed to the type of gender equality called for in the UN Women report published February 14, UN officials said.

“Kazakhstan has also committed to implementing the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), along with the other member states of the United Nations. Achieving gender equality and eliminating inequalities between women and men in Kazakhstan will demonstratively boost Kazakhstan toward its goal of becoming one of the 30 most-developed countries in the...

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by AGORA moderator
26 February 2018

Beirut, 16 February 2018 - Achim Steiner, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), warns of pressures on Lebanon’s social services, infrastructure and jobs due to the impact of the Syria Crisis as he wrapped up his first official visit to Lebanon yesterday.

“Almost seven years into the Syrian conflict, Lebanon remains at the forefront of one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time and continues to show exceptional commitment and solidarity to people...

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by AGORA moderator
28 February 2018

No policy is gender neutral. As such, the national budget—a government’s most important economic policy tool and a statement of its priorities—needs to be scrutinized through a gender lens to ensure that it meets the needs of women and men equitably.[1] A significant social, political and economic gender gap remains in the world today[2]; which indicates that national policies and budgets do not equitably allocate resources across the gender spectrum....

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by AGORA moderator
22 February 2018


Civil society organizations (CSOs) have been a key stakeholder in the Pro PALOP-TL SAI. The project has established a community of practice of CSOs, Supreme Audit Institutions, Ministries of Finance...

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by AGORA moderator
22 February 2018

Civil society organizations (CSOs) have been a key stakeholder in the Pro PALOP-TL SAI. The project has established a community of practice of CSOs, Supreme Audit Institutions, Ministries of Finance and Parliaments and across the PALOP and Timor Leste, leveraging their synergies for stronger public financial oversight and greater budget...

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by AGORA moderator
20 February 2018

Rappel : qui ratifie les accords commerciaux et pourquoi ?

Le CETA est un accord de compétence «mixte». Il doit être ratifié non seulement par le Conseil de l'UE (les 28 gouvernements nationaux) et le Parlement européen, mais également de manière individuelle par chacun des États membres de l'UE, parce qu'il contient non seulement des dispositions qui sont de la «compétence européenne» en matière commerciale, mais aussi des dispositions pour lesquelles la compétence...

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by AGORA moderator
20 February 2018

The Liberals are planning consultations on the new framework throughout the spring, but already, there are some hints as to what may change

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes his new Indigenous rights framework will transform the government’s relationship with Indigenous peoples by helping to rebuild Indigenous governments and keeping disputes out of the courtroom.

It’s an ambitious plan, especially given the lack of detail in the speech Trudeau made...

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by AGORA moderator
20 February 2018

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, marked 10 years since former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the Stolen Generations of Australia and launched the Closing the Gap initiative. Both marked a ‘new era’ in indigenous affairs in Australia but in the decade since, how much has really changed for Indigenous Australians?

In the past year, we have seen acts of self-determination ignored and increasing indication that the lived experience of many Indigenous Australians has deteriorated. Many...

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by AGORA moderator
9 February 2018

President Adama Barrow has launched a National Development Plan (NDP) for The Gambia. The document is the first such after the ouster of long serving leader, Yahya Jammeh.

According to the president: “The goal of the NDP is to deliver good governance and accountability, social cohesion and national reconciliation. Adding that: “It aims to revitalize and transform the economy for the wellbeing of all Gambians.”

The launch was held in the presence of the vice-president and...

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