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In this issue
Message from the President-CEO
New Developments in the Sector
Member Profile
CCIC Members in Action
Worth a Look

CCIC In The News

CCIC Presents

Americas Policy Group members meeting
16-17 Oct 2012 Public Service Alliance of Canada Ottawa

Africa-Canada Forum 2012 Colloquium
30–31 Oct 2012 Best Western Plus Victoria Park Suites

upcoming events

Panel Discussion and Book Launch: CIDA and Canadian Foreign Aid
3 Oct 2012

Workshops on Personal Security
Ontario Council for International Cooperation

4-5 Oct 2012, Toronto

23-24 Oct 2012, Ottawa

International Summit of Cooperatives
Desjardins Group
8 – 11 Oct 2012 Quebec City

Blumbergs' Charity Law Boot Camp
Carleton Centre for Community Innovation Centre
12 Oct 2012

Leadership Awards Tour 2012
Canada World Youth
10-15 Oct 2012 Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary

Food prices and Political Instability
McGill Institute for Global Food Security
16-18 Oct 2012 Montreal

International Financial Institutions' Business Opportunities in Global Health
Canadian Society for International Health
21 Oct. 2012 Ottawa

Global Health in the Shifting World Economy
Canadian Society for International Health
21-23 Oct 2012

Powershift 2012: Conference on climate and environmental justice
26-29 Oct 2012 Ottawa

WUSC 2012 International Forum: Innovation in Sustainable Development
1-3 Nov 2012 Ottawa

Partnership Brokers Training
Social Innovation Generation and Partnership Brokers Association
5-9 Nov 2012

Afghanistan’s Path to Sovereignty and a Safe and Secure Society
University of Ottawa
14 Nov 2012

KAMA Benefit Reading Series
World Literacy Canada
Jan – May 2013 Toronto

Students (Verb) Charities
Youth contest organized by Imagine Canada January 2012 to April 2013


CCIC In The News

Conference explores “a new paradigm” in international development
Canadian Bahá’i News Service
28 Sept 2012

Wheels in motion for establishing a new set of global development goals
25 Sept 2012

HOH goes to Madonna; and Simpson, Adams, and Brown all release books (see page 2)
Hill Times
9 Sept 2012

If we silence dissent we silence democracy
John MacKay iPolitics
7 Sept 2012

How Does NAFTA Impact Drug Policy?
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition blog
4 Sept 2012



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Taking the policy discussions to the public: Reflections on CCIC-CASID conference on the post-2015 framework

Civil society’s very crucial role in policy dialogue is being downplayed and de-prioritized of late, by our donors, supporters and ourselves. And apparently academics feel a degree of frustration that their research inputs for policy discussions are not met with the same receptivity as in the past. But a vibrant civil society that contributes energetically to policy dialogue is essential for a healthy democracy and good policy. So we must find new ways, despite the limitations in our context, to continue our engagement in key policy issues of our times. And the post-2015 development framework promises to be one such key policy issue – for the new framework will no doubt have a strong influence on the focus and impact of our collective development efforts in the decades to come. One of the new ways clearly involves making new partnerships and alliances for policy work.



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Istanbul Principles Update – From Principles to Action

IP Icons

It has been a busy month for the Istanbul Principles. During the CIVICUS World Assembly, the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC), in collaboration with CCIC and the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness, launched a set of visual icons which illustrate the eight Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness.



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Gearing up for Post-2015

Everyone is talking post-2015 these days and what might replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). At the CIVICUS World Assembly, Beyond 2015, GCAP and CIVICUS hosted a one day conference (and a series of subsequent meetings) to strategize among civil society as the UN gears up discussions on what a post-2015 framework might look like.



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Hundreds of civil society representatives join forces at CIVICUS World Assembly

The CIVICUS World Assembly was held for a third and last time in Montréal from September 3-7. Brought together under the theme Together for a just world: Defining a new social contract – making the future together, 650 participants from across the world were involved in workshops, plenary and side events. CCIC staff and members were present and actively engaged in the discussions.



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Engagement opportunity for members: New Ethics Task Force launched

In a workshop at the CCIC 2012 AGM, an Ethics Task Force began taking shape for providing member input and guidance into the process of reviewing the compliance mechanism for the CCIC Code of Ethics and re-visioning where next with the Code. CCIC is undertaking a research and consultation project which will start with a member survey regarding capacity and motivation for compliance with the Code, and an analysis of compliance mechanisms for codes of conduct for various national platforms around the world as well as alternative mechanisms for ensuring accountability and excellence in practice for the sector.



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Rosemary McCarney

Rosemary McCarney with children at Al Salan Camp in Al Fasher, Darfur

This month CCIC spoke with Rosemary McCarney, President-CEO of Plan Canada. In this interview, Rosemary talks about the upcoming UN Day of the Girl (October 11), and the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel. She also comments on how Plan has adapted to changing realities over its 75 year history and on partnerships with the private sector.

Read the full interview...


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Upcoming fall campaigns from RESULTS Canada and AQOCI

In the 2012 Federal Budget, the Government announced a 9% cut to the Canadian International Development Agency over three years. RESULTS Canada believes these cuts are not consistent with Canadian values around our global obligations and threaten progress made in key areas of development, as programs to reduce poverty and increase health and livelihoods are being shrunk or cut entirely.


L’Association québécoise de coopération internationale (AQOCI) is also planning a campaign for November, as part of the Journées québécoises de la solidarité internationale (JQSI), from November 7-17, 2012. This year’s theme for the JQSI focuses on “a fair economy, centered on people”.



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Event highlights the need for action on human rights of indigenous peoples in Colombia

On September 13, Amnesty International Canada, the Assembly of First Nations, and the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) hosted a special reception in honour of the 5th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Representatives from various organizations acknowledged those who have fought for the recognition of indigenous rights.



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World Federalist Movement–Canada weighs in on Canada’s peacekeeping presence

This summer, World Federalist Movement–Canada published a fact sheet that analyzes the diminishing role that Canada is playing in United Nations Peacekeeping missions in recent years. The fact sheet points to the emergence of new Asian and African countries as the major troop contributors to UN Peacekeeping missions, and argues that as “a middle power with no significant external threat to its borders, Canada should be primarily interested in a strengthened multilateral system.”


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Analytical tools and commentary from the North-South Institute

The North-South Institute has launched a series of blogs and online dashboards called International Development in a Changing World. This series looks at global events and policy frameworks such as the Rio+20 Conference, G20 meetings, the post-Busan aid architecture and the post-2015 global development goals.


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Carleton University launches Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program

This month, Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration launched a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree, which will offer summer institute courses and online courses in the fall and winter semesters, and will begin in June 2013.


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New on CCIC’s Member Space

  • List of federal Ministers, Critics and Committees involved in international issues

  • Minutes of second meeting of CCIC’s Communications Task Force

If you don’t have your password to log into CCIC’s Members' Space, please contact Chantal Havard.


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