Meeting with Mr. Leonardo SC Castilho from OHCHR on the Post-2015 Development process
The Arab NGO Network for Development hosted a meeting on Tuesday August 18, 2015 with Mr. Leonardo SC Castilho, a Human Rights Officer from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the United Nations in New York.
ANND welcomes Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights (Yemen)
ANND welcomes Economic and Social Rights (Sudan)
ANND welcomes Abdel Karim Mirghani Cultural Center (Sudan)
ANND welcomes Sudanese Development Call Organization (NIDAA) (Sudan)
ANND Welcomes The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (Egypt)
ANND welcomes Nahwa Al-Muwataniya (Lebanon)
ANND Welcomes Association of Lawyers for Human Rights (Jordan)
ANND welcomes The Mauritanian Network for Social Action (Mauritania)
Universal Periodic Review - Lebanon 2015
ANND, along eith its parrtner organizations, organized a press conference at the Press Club in Beirut on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 to launch the joint publication that brings together civil society submissions presented to the OHCHR concerning Lebanon.
3rd Study Week On Trade And Investment policies In The Global South.
The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), along with the South Centre and Third World Network, is organizing its 3rd Study Week On Trade And Investment policies In The Global South. This event will take place in fall 2015, in Geneva (Switzerland). The previous editions were exceptional opportunities to develop knowledge and expertise on the current trends of the global economy and its impacts in the South.
A Civil Society Perspective on EBRD Role in the Arab region
Mandated by the Deauville initiative for Arab countries in transition, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has become an active financial stakeholder in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region, which comprises Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Jordan. By the end of 2014, EBRD investments amounted to €1.5 billion spent on a total of 53 projects.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a UN human rights monitoring mechanism which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. This joint publication that brings together civil society submissions presented to the OHCHR concerning Lebanon was launched in a press conference organized by ANND on July 23rd in the Press Club in Beirut.
Social Protection in the Arab World: the Crisis of the State Exposed
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Growing “Religious” Radicalization Roots and recommendations for new counter-radicalism strategies
The growing Jihadi salafi phenomenon and the expanding expiatory dogma require thorough analysis from a cultural perspective, which will be our focus in this paper as we will not address this growing religious phenomenon from a security or historical point of view. We will try instead to identify the reasons for this development which relies on interpreting Islam based on the one single truth rejecting the culture of difference.
European Investment Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and energy sector
Energy is key for achieving sustainable development. Early in 1992, the Earth Summit pointed that current levels of energy consumption and production are not sustainable. It called international donors to “support developing countries in implementing national energy programmes in order to achieve widespread use of energy-saving and renewable energy technologies, particularly the use of solar, wind, biomass and hydro sources; and to provide access to research and development results to increase energy-use efficiency levels in human settlements". 20 years later, in Rio+20, the critical role played by energy in the development process was once again affirmed as “access to sustainable modern energy services contributes to poverty eradication, saves lives, improves health and helps provide basic human needs”. Yet around 1.3 billion people in the world has no access to energy services and the Arab region shows variations between countries and within countries between rural and urban areas. (See Table 1) Where electrification rates are high, there still remains problems in terms of energy supply, and quality of the energy.
European Investment Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Climate Change
Climate change is a global crisis. Arab region on the other hand is identified as “the region most severely affected by climate change” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Climate change impacts in the region include among others:
Higher temperatures and more frequent and intense heat waves
Sea-level rise that leads to losses of agricultural land and with adverse effects on fisheries
Less rainfall that brings drought and further hydric stress to already scarce water resources
Negative impacts on terrestrial ecosystems, including forests, mangroves and rangelands, risk of desertification
New areas exposed to dengue, malaria, and other vector- and waterborne diseases affecting people’s health and productivity due to changing rainfall and temperature patterns.