TagesAnzeiger – Umverteilen! Wenn Lagardes Leute so tönen wie Linke

Höhere Steuern für die Reichsten und vielleicht sogar ein bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen – das fordert der Internationale Währungsfonds in einem neuen Bericht.

Noch in den 1990er-Jahren galt der Internationale Währungsfonds (IWF) als zentrale Institution des Neoliberalismus. Seine Umschuldungsprogramme galten als besonders kaltherzig. Spätestens seit der Finanzkrise zeigen die Ökonomen von IWF-Chefin Christine Lagarde eine ganz andere Haltung. Kritisch hinterfragt wird in seinen Berichten etwa die internationale Kapitalmarktmobilität oder die Austerität, das heisst die Wirkung von harten Sparmassnahmen in Ländern, die in einer Wirtschaftskrise stecken. Selbst auf die Risiken einer steigenden Ungleichheit weisen die Berichte hin.

Der heute publizierte «Fiscal Outlook» passt zu diesem neuen Fokus. Er geht nicht nur auf die Entwicklung der Ungleichheit ein, er macht sich auch für höhere Steuern für die Reichsten stark und geht vertieft auf die Vorschläge für ein bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen ein. Die Argumentation dürfte die Debatte zu Ungleichheit und Steuern weltweit befruchten.

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leNews – The United Nations: more consultants, fewer rights

The United Nations both here in Geneva and worldwide is relying increasingly on consultants with short-term contracts to do its work, seriously hampering the organization’s overall professionalism. Consultants, many who have come to Switzerland with their families from other countries, or may be on mission elsewhere in the world, are sometimes only told on a Friday that their contract will be renewed Monday. Not only do such personnel often lack basic social or employment rights enjoyed by Switzerland and other European countries, but such fickleness is leading to a situation whereby many aid workers wonder whether it is worth continuing to commit to the UN and its members agencies.

According to an internal document procured by the Swiss newspaper, Le Temps, nearly 40 percent of those working with the UN and its agencies are hired on short-term or “non-staff” contracts, creating a two-tier system with full-time or tenured employees with complete social benefits on the one hand, and independent consultants with few if any trimmings on the other.

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NYTimes – Hands Tied by Old Hope, Diplomats in Myanmar Stay Silent

It is unfolding again: Troops have unleashed fire and rape and indiscriminate slaughter on a vulnerable minority, driving hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee and creating a humanitarian emergency that crosses borders.

A crisis in Myanmar that many saw coming has brought a host of uncomfortable questions along with it: Why did the world — which promised “never again” after Rwanda and Bosnia, then Sudan and Syria — seemingly do so little to forestall an ethnic cleansing campaign by Myanmar’s military? And what can be done now to address the urgent humanitarian calamity caused when more than half of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya Muslims fled the country over just a few weeks?

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swissinfo.ch – Swiss aid worker kidnapped in Sudan

A Swiss aid worker has been abducted in Sudan’s northern Darfur region, the Swiss authorities have confirmed. Reports say the woman, who has lived for years in the country and collaborated with the United Nations, was taken from her home on Saturday evening.

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CMRubinWorld – The Global Search for Education : On the Road to 2030 Our Planet Made a Plan

Since September 2015, education leaders and other influencers around the world have encouraged schools to promote all the goals. We’ve talked to teachers that acknowledge there’s nothing like real world challenges and case studies which allow students to apply the knowledge skills and dispositions they will need to succeed in an interconnected world.

How are we all doing so far? What have leaders learned from the implementation journey, and as a new school year begins, how can we build on those lessons to improve our efforts to achieve our planet’s plan moving forward?

Thomas Gass was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in UN DESA and he took office on 3 September 2013. The Global Search for Education welcomes Thomas Gass.

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Die Stiftung – Impact-Investing ist keine „Do-it-yourself“-Anlage

Stiftungen suchen vermehrt nach Möglichkeiten, Kosten einzusparen oder Ressourcen nachhaltiger zu nutzen, beispielsweise über Impact-Investing. Das diesjährige „Stiftungsforum Rhein-Ruhr“ widmete sich daher Formen des innovativen Investierens.

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devex – How the UN is attracting and retaining millennials

“Jobseekers today are looking to work for an employer that aligns with their values and vision. In a recent Devex survey, 60 percent of jobseekers said it was important to find a work culture that fits their preferred working style. The same survey showed that an employer’s “mission, culture, and values” was the second most important thing for a candidate to know before applying to a job. Having a strong employer brand is therefore important in competing for talent and this is something that continues to attract applicants to the U.N.”

“The organization is also deliberate in who it hires, explains Huckerby, and the brand — which promotes the organization as a place where you can have a real impact — helps attract “like-minded people who want to contribute and make a difference,” she adds. Huckerby believes that young people, millennials in particular, are looking for purpose in their work and want to be able to contribute to society. “They also want to work for an organization which has values that aligns with theirs,” she adds. “That’s great, and we have absolutely those.”

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80,000 hours – Career reviews : Working at effective non-profits

Working at non-profits is widely seen as one of the best options for making a difference with your career.

According to a list put out by salary website PayScale, non-profit executive director is the fifth-best job for people who want to make a positive change in the world, and 95% of non-profit leaders say they are confident their work makes the world a better place.

But we think this path is often overrated.

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Worldbank / SECO – Switzerland and the World Bank Group Partner to Make Cities Safer

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In the wake of natural disasters that have threatened millions of people and destroyed thousands of buildings and dwellings over the past few months, the future resilience of urban environments is receiving a boost of support today, as the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) became the first donor in the World Bank’s City Resilience Program (CRP). SECO’s US$9 million investment will anchor a ten-year, multi-donor trust fund that will finance programs to advance urban resilience and safer infrastructure in the built environment throughout the developing world.

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Devex – How the SDGs are making generalists in demand again

World leaders descended upon New York last week for discussions on a wide range of global development issues at the United Nations General Assembly. Peacebuilding, migration, climate change, and accelerating political momentum for the Sustainable Development Goals were among the six priority areas on the agenda.

The SDGs were the central theme of conversations throughout the week as a reminder to governments and other sectors of their commitments to achieve these goals by 2030. Since the adoption of the SDGs two years ago, they have become integral to the work of all U.N. agencies — but perhaps none more so than its lead development agency, United Nations Development Program. The 17 goals guide the agency in its policy and funding decisions as it strives to implement them in its work.

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