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December 12, 2008

1. Canada Signs Historic Treaty Banning Cluster Munitions


Over the past 40 years, tens of thousands of civilians, including many children, have been killed or injured by cluster munitions in conflict zones around the world. On December 03, 2008, governments from around the world, including Canada, signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions banning the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions. The Convention also commits signatories to providing victim assistance and to clearing contaminated land. The Convention has been called the most significant disarmament and humanitarian treaty of the decade. To learn more, visit the Mines Action Canada website.

2. Official Development Assistance Accountability Act Consultations


The department of Finance is holding web consultations on the new Official Development Assistance Accountability Act (formerly Bill C-293). The consultations are required under Section 4(2) of the Act: “The competent minister shall consult with governments, international agencies and Canadian civil society organizations at least once every two years, and shall take their views and recommendations into consideration when forming an opinion described in subsection (1).” Subsection 1 refers to the three criteria for ODA: 1) contribution to poverty reduction, 2) taking into account the perspectives of the poor and, 3) consistency with human rights standards. The consultations run until the end of December. Information on the consultation process is posted on the Department of Finance website. CCIC briefing notes on the Accountability Act are available on CCIC website.

3. 2009 Federal Budget Backgrounder


CCIC’s 2009 Federal Budget Backgrounder is now available on CCIC website. CCIC is calling on the government to honour its commitments to increase aid spending and to set a time table to reach the United Nations 0.7% target.

4. Registered Charity Return


The Canada Revenue Agency is introducing a new Registered Charity Information Return for fiscal periods ending on or after January 1, 2009. The Registered Charity Information Return is now comprised of a simple core form with topic-related schedules including an annexe on overseas activity. For more information see the Charity Law Education section of CCIC’s website.

5. Diamond Development Initiative International Grants Program


Diamond Development Initiative International (DDII) – an organization that brings together civil society, governments and the private sector in efforts that address political, social and economic challenges facing the artisanal diamond mining sector – is now accepting proposals for grants. DDII is interested in partnerships with international NGOs, governments, academic institutions and national and local NGO’s in the areas of development research, advocacy and policy development, as well as efforts that directly enhance the development prospects of artisanal diamond miners. For information on the grant criteria see the DDII website.

Upcoming Events

 

6. Reclaiming the Commons


Registration is still open for the "Reclaiming the Commons – Promoting a North/South Agenda for Environmental Justice " policy roundtable. The Roundtable is an opportunity for CCIC members and key allies to discuss and profile issues in environmental justice and international co-operation. The roundtable, to be held in Ottawa on January 14, 2009, will feature panel presentations with Southern speakers and CCIC members. To register, contact Dana Stefov ( 613 -241-7007 ext. 357).

7. Gender Equality Conference


The conference on "Gender Equality in Canadian International Co-operation: Challenges and Perspectives" is an opportunity to encourage new approaches, underline collective courses of actions and mobilize the various stakeholders around the issues of women's rights and gender equality. The conference, in Montreal January 19 and 20, is organized by the Global Youth Fellowship Program of the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation and the Comité québécois femmes et développement of AQOCI in conjunction with CCIC. For more information go to AQOCI website.

 

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