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by AGORA moderator
28 September 2016

The European Parliament is sending a delegation of MEPs to Colombia this week to accompany and monitor its referendum on the newly signed peace agreement. MEPs “expect and hope” that on Sunday 2 October Colombian voters will back the peace agreement reached by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

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by AGORA moderator
26 September 2016

Too often, even reform leaders in countries fail to adopt and implement policies that they know are necessary for sustained economic development. They are encumbered by adverse political incentives, running the risk of losing office should they try to do the right thing. When technically sound policies are selected on paper, implementation through the public system can run into perverse behavioral norms...

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by AGORA moderator
26 September 2016

Brazil has been facing many challenges when it comes to establishing a democratic political platform. Since the end of the military regime in 1985, the country’s political spectrum has been shaken by many cases of corruption, in which not only Members of the National Congress but also those of political parties, and country presidents, have been ...

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by AGORA moderator
25 September 2016

Jakarta, Indonesia – Parliament’s role in supporting the implementation of the SDGs has been strengthened through a Regional Workshop in Jakarta supported by GOPAC and the Islamic Development Bank (ISDB), UNDP and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).

Held on 30-31 August 2016, the workshop was part of pilot project to seek feedback on the recently developed...

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by AGORA moderator
22 September 2016

Yesterday in New York, the Steering Committee of Open Government Partnership (www.opengovpartnership.org/) officially approved the full engagement of the legislative branch into OGP, which UNDP has been supporting for months through the very first ground-braking development of ‘open parliament action plans’ of the parliaments of Chile, Georgia and...

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by AGORA moderator
14 September 2016

Civil society advocates have long argued that greater transparency leads to greater accountability. Put more information in the public domain and it will be used to hold governments to account. Yet the causal chain between transparency and accountability may be only as strong as its weakest link. While a steady stream of evidence from the mushrooming domain of transparency and accountability initiatives show progress on information disclosure, traction...

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by AGORA moderator
14 September 2016

Despite a peace agreement signed last year, Libya remains embroiled in violent conflict. At the heart of the conflict is oil, which accounts for more than 90 percent of government revenue.

The vast majority is produced in the country’s east and south, while the commercial...

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by AGORA moderator
14 September 2016

Diana Harutyunyan is UNDP in Armenia’s foremost Climate Change guru. Between heading an all-star team of experts and giving now-renowned TEDxtalks, Diana’s team have just secured the region’s first investment from the new Green Climate Fund. We sat down with her to find out more…

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by AGORA moderator
26 September 2016

Today the Project Inception Ceremony was held to launch the project on “Enabling civil society to play a greater role in advancing gender equality and women’s rights”. The project aims to increase the role of the civil society in advancing women’s rights and promote rural women’s economic and social participation.  Representatives of government agencies, diplomatic corps, civil society and media took part...

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by AGORA moderator
8 September 2016

Putin has sought to improve the apparent transparency of the electoral process while simultaneously strengthening the chance of a United Russia win. But pulling the election date forward delivers a short term benefit at the expense of longer term risk.

The forthcoming Duma elections are the first of the new, post-Crimean annexation era and the first elections since 2003 to use the mixed electoral system. They also provide an important opportunity to jump-start Russia’...

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