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Olivier Consolo is a committed activist engaging in global justice, democracy, human & women rights. He has been leading CONCORD - the European Confederation of Development and Relief NGOs - from 2003 to 2013.

IS THE POST-2015 AGENDA A POLITICAL PRIORITY?

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How to engage citizens, politicians and political parties into the Post-2015  Agenda? Are the current issues International institutions and CSOs discussing, adequate and relevant enough to mobilize support within societies, media interest and political leadership? What can we learn from local and national Civil Society’ innovation and alternative experiments? Could they pave the way of a new and ambitious post-2015 agenda?

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Citizenship and the European Union – The main challenge of the next decade?

Ciudanía y Unión Europea ¿el mayor reto de la próxima década?

Olivier Consolo – Tiempo  de  paz, nº 111, Invierno 2013

 

Abstract: The lack of political ambition that Member States have shown for the European Union’s construction is a well-known challenge that hinders a common vision of what lies ahead for the EU. In order to go beyond the current idea of an economic community, a new and ambitious vision is necessary both by citizens and the European institutions: a new project of wellbeing and welfare is imperative if we want to look into a possible future with confidence. This project shall be a call to action and creativity to and from European society.

We, the citizens of the EU, must empower ourselves with the existing tools available for the construction of a European Union that belongs to and is for European-Union citizens.  The full exercise of our EU citizens rights at a local and national level will allow us to have an impact at the European level as well.  Two key strategies should help EU citizens: to claim for European institutional reforms that allow more democratic functioning mechanisms in the EU; to participate actively with existing European civil society organizations.

Each one of us can contribute to this unique adventure of building an ambitious democratic governance for five hundred millions EU citizens.

Key words: European Union, citizenship, rights

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Resumen: La falta de ambición política de los Estados miembros para la construcción de la Unión Europea (U.E.), es un reconocido reto que impide la proyección hacia el futuro de dicha colectividad. Para ir más allá del proyecto de comunidad económica que ha regido el funcionamiento de la U.E. hasta hoy, es necesaria una ambiciosa nueva visión tanto en la ciudadanía como en las instituciones europeas: es imperativo un nuevo proyecto de bienestar que mira hacia adelante con confianza, y que resulta en un llamado para la acción y la creatividad por parte de y hacia toda la sociedad.

Existen herramientas para la construcción de una Unión Europea de y para los/as ciudadanos/as “unionistas europeos/as” y debemos empoderarnos de ellas. El pleno ejercicio de dichos derechos a nivel local y nacional, permitirá a los/as ciudadanos/as europeos/as, tener incidencia también en el nivel europeo. Reclamar reformas institucionales para pedir mecanismos más democráticos, así como vincularse con las organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil europeas resultan dos elementos clave para la ciudadanía europea.

Cada uno/a de nosotros/as podemos contribuir a esta aventura única que consiste en dibujar una ambiciosa gobernabilidad democrática para medio billón de ciudadano/as de la U.E.

Palabras clave: Unión Europea, ciudadanía, derechos

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Why numbers matter – challenging the ‘bottom billion’

Many more people are living in poverty around the world than the typical figures would have us believe. This could have deep consequences for global efforts to tackle poverty.

The most famous figure is that of the “bottom billion” living on less than $1.25 a day. It’s become a staple part of the taglines of NGO campaigns, conference invitations of global institutions and reports in the media. But take a closer look, and you’ll find that the $1.25 a day concept would at best cover those that the United Nations considers living in ‘extreme poverty’. Ignored in this narrow calculation are billions more.

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