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UN poverty expert warns against tsunami of unchecked privatisation

PSI welcomes this ground-breaking new report on "Extreme poverty and Human rights" which finds that "widespread privatisation of public goods in many societies is systematically eliminating human rights protections and further marginalising those living in poverty". "This report will certainly be helpful in pushing for an open debate at the UN on the impact of privatisation and whether PPPs are truly fit for purpose" says PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli.

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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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Fiscal Contracts and Local Public Services: Bridging Tax Justice and Inclusive Cities for the New Urban Agenda

A PSI research paper on sustainable local and regional government funding “provides a set of political and practical options, recommendations and caveats for LRG/municipal unions and their members to make counterproposals and put alternative, progressive options on the table when they are told private financing, externalization and austerity measures are the only way to finance local public services, including within the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. It is also meant to spur much needed debate which PSI LRG/municipal unions members have a lot of expertise to contribute to.”

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