“Social Watch is an international network
of citizens’ organizations in the struggle to eradicate poverty and the causes
of poverty, to end all forms of discrimination and racism, to ensure an
equitable distribution of wealth and the realization of human rights. We are
committed to peace, social, economic, environment and gender justice, and we
emphasize the right of all people not to be poor.
Social Watch holds
governments, the UN system and international organizations accountable for the
fulfilment of national, regional and international commitments to eradicate
Social Watch will achieve its objectives through a comprehensive
strategy of advocacy, awareness-building, monitoring, organizational development
and networking. Social Watch promotes people-centred sustainable
What do we do?
Social Watch is a network comprised by national coalitions of civil society
organizations (known as “Watchers”). The structure of Social Watch has four main
bodies: the General Assembly, the Coordinating Committee, the International
Secretariat and the national coalitions.
Social Watch Annual
People first, Over SIXTY reports from civil society organizations around
the world show that the only way out of the curent ecological and
economic crisis is to invest in people.
The unusual combination of financial crisis, food crisis, energy and
climate crisis requires a new approach based on human rights, argues the
international Social Watch coalition in its 2008 report, launched today
here during the United Nations Conference on Financing for Development.
Next December 10, as the report remembers the 60th Anniversary of
Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be commemorated and the title
of the Social Watch Report 2008 is, precisely, “Rights is the
In dignity and right. Making the universal right to social security a
Impossible architecture. Why the financial structure is not working for
the poor and how to redesign it for equity and development
Unkept promises.What the numbers say about poverty and gender
Obstacles to Human Security. Fear and want still stand on the way of human security around the world
and are major obstacles to achieving the development goals agreed to by
all countries of the world, concludes the Social Watch Report 2004.
Can the market provide the essential services needed by the poor? The
faith in privatizations as the way to reach the goals of access to safe
water, basic education and health for all is not echoed by the Social
Watch coalitions from around the world in their 2003 report on "The
Poor and the Market".
The social impact of globalization in the world. World maps on poverty
and wealth distribution. Country by country progress towards the
internationally agreed Social Development Goals Recent trends in
development assistance The distribution of public expenditure in the
world The evolution of the gender gap in the world Current status,
progress and political will regarding Social Development Goals In-depth
reports on: anty-poverty strategies; the need for transparency in
financial markets; ownership and participation in antipoverty
strategies; the gender agenda and the Monterrey consensus; World Summit
on Racism; The EU and the Millennium Development Goals. 48 country
profiles by national citizen's coalitions.
Charting Progress. Much ado...Social Watch 2001 emphasises the issue of
wealth distribution. Eradication of poverty cannot be achieved in a
context of outrageous disparities among and within nations. Social Watch
coalitions in 47 countries track the evolution of indicators that
measure poverty. The charts show how countries stand on key social
indicators and how much progress they have made toward their goals. Two
world maps indicate the extent of inequity by showing distribution of
the world’s income.
Social Watch 2000 evaluates achievements five years after the historic
conferences of Beijing and Copenhagen. NGO coalitions from 45 countries
report on national anti-poverty strategies. An updated and expanded wall
chart measures progress and setbacks. Surprisingly, the greatest
achievements happened in some of the poorest countries, even if they
failed to find recognition, aid or the "enabling environment"
that the rich nations promised.
Social Watch 1999 provides an assessment of progress so far: "While
the goals targeted are feasible many countries have failed to make a
sufficient effort. The assistance has yet to materialize, the
participation of citizens is paltry and globalisation os not benefiting
those who need it most". It includes a wall chart, and national
reports from thirty two countries. 222 pages.
Social Watch 1998 is devoted to the issue of equity. A Chart of Progress
Towards Commitments, tables and statistics are included. An indicator of
political will is introduced, and tested in sixteen countries.
Information on the follow-up at the national level is provided for
thirty five countries. 260 pages.
Social Watch 1997 focuses on the issue of poverty. It includes a
methodological proposal to build the Fulfilled Commitments Index. Twenty
five national reports provide on the field up-to-date information. 260
Social Watch 1996 The "trial edition" was published in March
1996. The first part of the publication introduces the Social Watch idea
in the context of the follow-up of the WSSD and the FWCW. The second one
contains national reports from NGOs already engaged in this follow-up in
thirteen countries. 124 pages.