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October 2018


First Minister joins Alliance Conference 2018

On 25th September, on the third anniversary of the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Alliance welcomed members, stakeholders and partners across the international development sector to its Annual Conference.

First Minister of Scotland, the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, addressed conference emphasising her government's commitment to playing their part "in creating a fairer and more prosperous world".

In a statement welcomed by delegates, she highlighted that "international development work does not stand in isolation from everything else that government does".

Climate Justice: Why the Climate Bill must be bold

Last week, the Scottish Parliament's Cross Party Group for International Development brought together experts on climate change to present evidence on why urgent and bold action is needed from high-emitting countries like Scotland.

As the new Climate Bill goes through parliament, it is vital that the voices of those most threatened by climate change are heard in the debate. Speakers called for the Scottish Government to push further than ever before, by enshrining in law a 2050 net-zero target for carbon emissions.

Fair Trade leaders come to Scotland to launch International Fair Trade Charter

In September 2018, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum united with 250 organisations around the world to launch an International Fair Trade Charter that sets down the fundamental values of Fair Trade and defines a common vision towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Charter was initiated by Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organization, and leading figures from both networks were in Edinburgh to celebrate the launch of the Charter.

It is now possible to officially register your support for the Charter.

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Round-table with Chris Law MP

Friday 12 October

This informal round-table meeting in Dundee will give Alliance members the opportunity to discuss priorities and share ideas with Chris Law MP, the SNP's Westminster International Development Spokesperson and member of the International Development Committee (IDC). Only a few places remain.

A fresh look at Safeguarding and Fundraising

We are very excited to announce that the Alliance will be holding a training day in Dundee on the 30th October.

Get a fresh look at fundraising during the morning session, followed by the latest guidance on safeguarding in the afternoon with Jude Turbyne of OSCR. Spaces are limited, so don't delay!

Save the date: Upcoming Alliance AGM

5 December 2018


Plans are shaping up for this year's AGM in December where new trustees will be elected, including new Office Bearers. Trustee nominations will be posted on our website soon.

We are also happy to announce a special guest speaker at this year's AGM, Rae McGrath, a specialist in conflict and emergency response.


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Theresa May stresses global cooperation at UN General Assembly

Climate change, economic inequality, and systemic bias are some of the issues underlined by world leaders at this year's UN General Assembly 2018. The UK Prime Minister warned that only global cooperation can tackle these challenges.

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Migration and the 2030 Agenda

Migration is one of the defining features of development in the 21st century. The Overseas Development Institute has collated, and drawn out key findings from their own research which analyses the interrelationship between migration and key development areas.

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New strategy for young people ‘to lead’

The United Nations Secretary-General launched a new partnership strategy with the world’s 1.8 billion young people, to help put “their ideas into action”.

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UK aid spending: government rejects IDC recommendations

Last month the UK government published its official response to the International Development Select Committee’s (IDC) inquiry into how official development assistance (ODA) is defined and spent across government.

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World Benchmarking Alliance aims to push businesses to do good

For the first time, the new World Benchmarking Alliance, which launched at the United Nations General Assembly in September, aims to assess companies’ contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Humanitarian #MeToo event

On 8 October, the University of Edinburgh are hosting an expert panel to discuss the NGO and media responses to revelations of sexual exploitation earlier this year. How can agencies regain public trust?

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New report 'Financing The End To Extreme Poverty"

This new ODI report assesses what needs to be done to deliver the global target to end extreme poverty by 2030.

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Eurobarometer survey on Development

Accoring to new data, almost 9 in 10 European Union citizens think it’s important to help developing countries.

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