CSEND management team participated in the 2016 UNECE conference on PPP and SDGs. Particularly, Raymond Saner developed an evaluation grid to assess PPP case examples which were discussed during the morning session of the 3-day conference. 

Democratizing the PPP standard setting process of the health sector. 

Participation of Civil Society Organisations in the United Nations and in the Aid Effectiveness Discourse and Related Standard-Setting Negotiations. 

Is Private-Sector Participation in Water Provision the Right Option for Developing Countries? An Analysis through Case Studies. 

A special CSEND Dialogue session on "Socio-Economic Dimensions of Formalising Informal Economy: Impediments, needs and gender issues" on the 17 July 2014.
The majority of economic activities in the least developed countries are in the "informal sector". Workers and micro entrepreneurs alike in the informal economy are often trapped for a whole lifetime in conditions of precarious living and rarely get out of poverty. What could be the appropriate intervention strategies and the timing for such interventions so that the micro entrepreneurs really benefit from formalisation? What are the socio-economic and gender issues yet to be addressed?

CSEND organised a book vernissage in La Paz, Bolivia in June 2001. The book’s title is “Negociaciones en Cambio Climático y Ambiente:Dinámica global y local (Climate Change and Environmental Negotiations: Global and Local Dynamics)” and is edited by Raymond Saner, Sergio Jauregui, Lichia Yiu and published by Los Amigos del Libro, La Paz, 2001. The book consists 308 pages see below. here

At the core of Biotrade activities is the commercialisation of biodiversity based products and raw materials. This paper will look into one specific aspect of the BioTrade; namely: Natural ingredients from medicinal and aromatic plants for cosmetics and bio- pharmaceuticals. These natural ingredients include essential oils, natural dyes, soapy, creams, butter, and moisturizers in case of cosmetics and extracts and infusions from medicinal plants, natural medicines capsules in case of pharmaceuticals. Constraints and challenges in implementing BioTrade based on Nagoya Protocol for fair benefits sharing will also be discussed in order to meet the basic principles of BioTrade.

People are at the core of organizations whose mission is to deliver aid, through local communities working to generate income, and through national and international leaders working to shape policies and create good governance. At various levels, these interventions aim to lift people and communities out of poverty and ensure a decent standard of living.

WTO Public Forum on BioTrade: CSEND + UNCTAD, September 2015

Biodiversity is essential for the health of the planet's ecosystems and for the livelihood of rural communities in developing countries where 70 per cent of the world’s poor live (CBD Secretariat). These communities are highly dependent on sourcing natural resources to satisfy their basic needs and to generate income and are increasingly threatened by the loss of biodiversity. The roundtable was organized by the Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Panelists were from international and intergovernmental organizations, a development bank, academia and from civil society who together discussed the opportunities and challenges for scaling up BioTrade while respecting the sustainable development policy objectives.

This Round Table offered an opportunity to exchange between diplomats, representatives of international organizations, experts, academics, researchers, journalists, and civil society actors, the principles and activities that contribute to sustainable development in a globalized world in constant change. In an open discussion, panelists, who are experienced professionals, expressed their opinions and made recommendations. During the second part of the Round Table, the panelists focused on different issues relevant for sustainable development such as security (inside and outside borders), employment, education and training, health, environment and sanitation of the environment, and information and communications technology (ICT). The event was organized by CSEND and COMDEV in collaboration with the Geneva Welcome Center and the Swiss Press Club.

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