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November 20, 2009

1. Environmental Justice

Environmental justice is the theme of the latest issue of CCIC’s electronic publication

e-AuCourant. The United Nations climate summit, taking place this December in Copenhagen, Denmark, will be one of the great tests of our generation. What must be achieved in Copenhagen? In this issue of e-Au Courant read what Graham Saul, the Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada, has to say about global justice and Canada’s climate crossroads. The Canadian Foodgrains Bank looks at resilience in farming. An interview with Guatemalan environmental activist Dr. Yuri Melini highlights his tireless fight for environment justice. CCIC’s Brian Tomlinson looks at lessons from aid effectiveness for funding for climate change adaptation and CCIC’s Surendrini Wijeyaratne examines the relationship between conflict, crisis and climate change.

2. Green light for the WTO? Think Again


Pascal Lamy, World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General, was in Canada recently pitching that the WTO’s Doha round of tariff reductions can help address climate change. But the Doha round is not a solution to climate change. Ultimately, the climate crisis won’t be solved by buying more. Read a commentary by Gauri Sreenivasan, CCIC’s Policy Co-ordinator pointing to alternative reform agendas at the WTO that could make a real difference on climate change, while addressing poverty and inequality. 

3. Canadian CSOs provide input to CIDA food security strategy


The Canadian Food Security Policy Group (FSPG) submitted a brief to CIDA outlining CSO views on how CIDA should approach its work in food security. The FSPG has proposed “CIDA’s investments in food security must…address the human rights and food insecurity of the world’s most vulnerable people, consistent with the ODA Accountability Act.” The brief is now available in French and English.

Upcoming Events


4. CCIC members to Meet with Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor


CCIC members are invited to a dialogue and mutual briefing with Marketa Evans, the recently appointed Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor for the Minister of Trade. The Counsellor position was created as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s March 2009  policy strategy Building the Canadian Advantage: A Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy for the Canadian International Extractive Sector.  The meeting, a brown-bag lunch, will be at the CCIC offices at 450 Rideau St. on November 25 from 12-1:30 pm. RSVP to CCIC’s Policy Co-ordinator Gauri Sreenivasan.

5. Beyond Hunger and Profit – Grassroots Solutions to the Global Food Crisis


The global food system is at a crossroads. The 2008 food crisis led many to question the current model of global food production and consumption. Beyond Hunger and Profit, a public forum, will take place on November 26 at 7:30pm at the Travelodge Ottawa Hotel, 1376 Carling Ave. in Ottawa. This public forum is an opportunity to hear from farmers, farm movement leaders, and global thinkers from Canada and the global South. Speakers include: Pat Mooney of the ETC Group, Luisa Gomez a farmer and community leader from Honduras, Sarojeni Rengam of the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty Asia in Malaysia and Nettie Wiebe of the National Farmers Union in Canada.  Admission is free. For more information, click here or contact Sarah Mohan at USC at 613-234-6827 ext. 230.

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