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March 13, 2009

1. Water is a Human Right and Ecological Trust


CCIC signed a global civil society statement of concern calling on United Nations’ (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to ensure strong UN support for water as a human right and an ecological trust. The letter, sent in advance of 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey, called on the UN to look “to local communities and representative governments, rather than for-profit corporations, to set the global policy agenda and lead the development of solutions to the world water crisis.” For more information contact Tony Clarke of the Polaris Institute.



Upcoming Events

 

2. APWG Spring Symposium – Register Now


Civil society consultations will be the theme of the upcoming Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG) Spring Symposium. The symposium, to be held March 30 and 31 in Strathmere, Ontario, will feature panel discussions on the current context of government-CSO consultations and Canadian development policy in Asia and the Pacific; the status of human rights consultations in light of the UN “Universal Periodic Review Process”; and civil society consultation and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Speakers from Indonesia and the United States will share their work on advocating for the improvement of the ADB’s Safeguard Policies on the Environment, Indigenous People and the Involuntarily Resettled.  The full agenda and registration forms are available on CCIC’s web site.


3. Good Practice in Public Engagement – A live Webcast for CCIC members


A live webcast  on March 31 from noon to 1:30 pm (Eastern time) will launch the new CCIC publication Toward Good Practice in Public Engagement: A participatory evaluation guide for CSOs. Toward Good Practice presents the results from last year’s Public Engagement Practices (PEP) project. PEP, a joint initiative of CCIC, the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, the Canadian Nurses Association, Jamaican Self-Help and the Fair Trade Manitoba initiative of the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, looked at alternative evaluation methodologies and good practice in public engagement. Webcast participants will explore: how to test for organizational readiness to conduct a participatory evaluation; how the Native Medicine Wheel can be used as an evaluation framework; and what the experiences of the four PEP organizations tell us about good practice in public engagement. The webcast is free for CCIC members. To register, complete the online registration form.  For more information, contact Michael Stephens by email or by phone at 613-241-7007 ext. 332.

4. Access to Essential Medicines – National Day of Action and Awareness


A National Day of Action and Awareness calling on the Canadian government to streamline its access to medicines legislation will take place on April 1. Almost five years ago, Parliament responded to the urgent need for medicines in many developing countries by creating “Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime”.  Unfortunately, the initiative was, and is, seriously flawed. For more information or to get a free awareness kit and postcards, contact Eowynne Feeney at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.


5. Gordon Foundation Application Deadline


The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation is calling for applications for the Gordon Global Fellowship program. The fellowships are targeted at emerging Canadian leaders who demonstrate potential to enhance Canada’s role on the world stage. The fellowships will provide successful candidates with a cash award of $20,000 as well as other forms of support. To be eligible, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents between 24 - 35 years of age with previous international experience – paid or volunteer.  The application deadline is April 15 by 5:00 p.m. EST. For more information, including application forms, guidelines and information on current and past fellows, go to the Foundation’s web site.

6. ACF Annual General Meeting – Meeting the Challenges of Democratic Development, Peace and Economic Justice in Africa


The Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) Platform for Action: Africa Matters will be launched at the AFC Annual General Meeting. The AGM, to be held April 22 and 23, will be an opportunity to better understand both the impact of the global financial crisis on Africa and Canada’s International Defense Policy as it relates to Africa.   Discussions will focus on three priority areas for the ACF: putting Africa back on the Canadian agenda for the G8 Summit in 2010; extractive industries and corporate social responsibility; and food sovereignty. Women’s rights and gender equality concerns will be central to all the discussions.

To receive an agenda and a registration form, contact Sylvie Perras, ACF Coordinator.

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