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CIDSE - International Alliance of Catholic development agencies
III - Organizzazioni non governative
Organizzazioni non governative, piattaforme e reti e simili
rue Stevin, 16
Signor BERND NILLES
Signora DENISE AUCLAIR
Policy and Advocacy Officer on EU development Policy
CIDSE is an international alliance of development agencies working together for global justice. 17 lay-led catholic development organisations from Europe & North America, inspired by shared Christian values, come together under the CIDSE umbrella to promote global justice and solidarity. Central to CIDSE’s policy formulation and advocacy is its member organisations’ work with local partner organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Contributing to the fight against poverty and inequality, as well as bringing about sustainable development and well-being by challenging global structural injustices are key elements of CIDSE’s mission, which we attempt to achieve through joint advocacy, campaigning and development cooperation work. Our current priority issues are global governance; resources for development; food, agriculture & sustainable trade; climate justice; and business & human rights.
CIDSE’s goals could be summarised in two big and interconnected areas: advocacy and campaigning activities and development co-operation work.
CIDSE’s main areas of work:
Global Governance - Poor countries with little political influence and economic power continue to be marginalised in global decision-making. We advocate for institutional reform which will allow the United Nations –where all countries have an equal voice – to play a key role in global economic governance. Global finance and economic policymaking must be brought into line with UN Human Rights Declarations and Conventions and needs to serve the poorest and most vulnerable people.
Resources for Development - We work for the creation of international policy and structures which would lead to the increase in urgently needed resources for Southern-driven development. We urge governments to honour their financial commitments and lobby for innovative measures to raise additional money. We also seek to increase revenues in developing countries, countering illegal financial outflows through, for example, tax evasion by individuals and multinationals.
Food, Agriculture and Sustainable Trade - We strive for an environmental policy based on the protection and promotion of the right to access to affordable, nutritious, culturally appropriate food. Promoting food security, sustainable agricultural production and livelihood opportunities for men and women living in poverty are therefore cornerstones of our agenda. We believe small-scale farmers and rural sectors in the South must be supported and strengthened to eradicate poverty and hunger.
Climate Justice - We believe strongly that climate change is not only an environmental matter, but equally a development and a justice issue. Increased climate variability and the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters brought about by climate change are repeatedly destroying lives and livelihoods of vulnerable communities who have done the least to cause it. We advocate for effective and equitable policies that significantly reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and support developing countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change and pursue sustainable development paths.
Business & Human Rights - We call on governments and the international community to ensure businesses respect human rights and the environment in their operations, meet standards of transparency and are held to account when they become complicit in violations.
The main EU policies followed by CIDSE work: food security, business and human rights, financing for development, climate change.
2011 CIDSE’s main activities:
- Support of the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT): a lobby work together with other civil society organisations in order to underline that FTT proposal is meant to discourage overly risky transactions on financial markets, to complement regulatory measures aimed at avoiding future crises and to ensure 'even taxation of the sector vis-a-vis other sectors.
- Work on European Union budget for 2014-20: Early in 2011, CIDSE identified the discussion on “own resources” for the future EU budget – raised in parallel to Member States’ contributions from national budgets – as an opportunity to push the FTT. Financial sector taxation (FTT or Financial Activity Tax) was one of six options listed by the Commission for study. CIDSE pressed its arguments on the FTT in every meeting with the European Commission and Parliament, in particular with key officials responsible for climate and budgetary matters, as well as through CONCORD’s position.
- Advocacy pressure to implement legislation requiring Multinational Companies to disclose their accounts on a country-by-country basis received a boost by draft legislation in the US which would require companies registered in the country to disclose accounts of their operations on a country-by-country basis. While the US company disclosure rule stalled, CIDSE supported efforts of the Publish What You Pay Coalition and Tax Justice Network to follow the US example and include Country-by-Country Reporting (CBCR) requirements in EU rules (the Transparency Obligation Directive and the Accounting Directives) that were open for review this year. While many of our demands for full disclosure (rather than only payments of companies to governments) and of all sorts of companies (rather than only extractive and timber companies) have still not been met, the current EU proposal is an important step in imposing mandatory requirements on companies to increase their transparency.
- CIDSE contributions to the EU and global reflection on Growth and Development – A milestone of this reflection was the CIDSE conference organized on 13/14 September 2011 ‘Towards a New Paradigm for Human and Sustainable Development’. The conference was meant to take a concrete step in meeting the challenge of bringing about fundamental change that is sustainable, human, just and leads to positive changes particularly for poor people and communities. It built on a debate at Directors level but also involving Programme staff and the work of CIDSE’s member organisations and southern partners. The conference facilitated the exchange between about 70 participants of CIDSE Member Organisations. With an attendance of another 100 persons on the conference’s public panel, the event successfully attracted significant levels of attention beyond its constituency. During the two days of the event, contributions were made not only by CIDSE member organisations but also by external leading experts, decision makers, civil society representatives, Southern partners and Church leaders. Fruitful discussions led to a set of headline outcomes which will be taken forward in the different areas of our work. The starting point is a plea to question economic growth and an appeal to come up with an alternative model of GDP growth which accounts for social and non-material aspects of well-being. It was further specified that putting alternative models in place will need changes in various respects. It would necessarily require that we move out of our 'comfort-zones' and put forward a prophetic vision, acting as part of a global community of change.
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CIDSE is member of CONCORD, CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK, ECUMENICAL ADVOCACY ALLIANCE.
01/2014 - 12/2014
< 9.999 €
Nessun finanziamento ricevuto dalle istituzioni dell’UE nel corso dell’ultimo esercizio finanziario concluso.
Registrandosi l'organizzazione ha sottoscritto il codice di condotta del Registro per la trasparenza.