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Centralised federalism in Malaysia: Urgent need to decentralise

Aliran has made a submission to the Committee for Institutional Reform pointing out the urgent need for greater decentralisation to achieve democracy and good governance. There were pointed out the following areas where decentralisation can start: delivery and treatment of water; garbage collection and sewerage; cleaning of roads, drains, rivers and seas; disaster management including rescue in times of floods, fire prevention, natural disasters, and so on; public land transport (licensing and approving routes of stage buses, regulating school, tourist & factory buses, taxis). ferry and river boat transport; maternity clinics and providing primary health services; social welfare services; and later primary and secondary school too.

Source: Aliran

Want to Fight Inequality and Climate Change? Then Improve Public Services

Asked to imagine how we might solve the crises of climate change or inequality, it’s not the first solution that comes to mind. But our public services are among the most effective ways we have to build communities that are vibrant, green and inclusive. That’s the message of The Future is Public, a conference taking place in Montreal in mid-June with coast-to-coast and international participation. There’s a good reason why this role of public services isn’t immediately obvious to many people. We’ve been beset by decades of corporate propaganda that tells us public services are inefficient and irrelevant. That our lives will be improved not by government, but by private businesses.

Source: The Tyee

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Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018

"The world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development and fundamental policy changes are necessary to unleash the transformative potential of the SDGs.” This is the main message of the Spotlight Report 2018, the most comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The report was launched on 9 July, the opening day of the High Level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York by a global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions.

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Norwegian municipalities bringing social services back into public hands (by Bjørn Pettersen and Nina Monsen)

This article discusses the processes of remunicipalisation in Norway. In recent years, 21 services have been de-privatised and brought back into public hands in municipalities across the country. This wave of de-privatisations comes after a change in political leadership in many municipalities after the local elections of 2015. Cooperation between the trade unions, the municipal administrations and the local politicians has been fundamental in these remunicipalisation processes.

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SDG 11 To ensure sustainable waste services, we must value waste workers and make sure they are in decent jobs (by Daria Cibrario, (PSI)

This chapter is an extract from the civil society report "Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018". Waste collection and management are essential public services for every community and are necessary for the protection of public health and the environ- ment. Quality waste-related services are critical to urban management and policies, they underpin thriving local economies and are vital to ensure public spaces can be enjoyed by everyone. Whenever urban waste services and management systems are poor or fail, inhabitants suffer bad living conditions – especially those in the poorest neighbourhoods and slums – and social discontent rises. It is no surprise the issue of waste services is often a hot topic in local government elections worldwide.

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