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March 5, 2010

1. Civil Society Organizations Launch At the Table

 

At the Table”, an innovative campaign originating in Canada and aimed at G8 and G20 Leaders is set to launch on March 8, International Women’s Day.  Using cyberspace, photo petitions and community events, the campaign will mobilize citizens around the world to demand bold action on poverty, climate change, and economic injustice at the G8 and G20 Summit tables this June.   At the Table is the “big tent” global campaign of 2010 – able to hold a broad range of civil society organizations and publics that want a better world.   Campaigners who sign-on will participate in public dinners, roundtables and all manner of “table” events aimed at building momentum for change.  Participants can contribute to a world-wide photo petition by uploading messages and pictures of themselves with specially-created “Flat Leaders”.  The campaign will culminate in a global “Take Your Place” event just before the start of the Summits in June.  


2. International CSO Statement on the G20 and Global Governance Sign-ons

 

In June 2010, the G20 meets in Canada. This is a key moment to try and shape the structures of global governance to improve representativeness, transparency, and accountability to the world for decisions made. A number of Canadian and international CSO networks, including CCIC, the Halifax Initiative, Third World Network, the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), the International Trade Union Confederation, and others have launched a sign-on statement in advance of the G20 meeting. The sign-on statement calls on world leaders to ensure greater inclusion, accountability and representation in a global leaders forum, including the strengthening of the United Nations. Add your organization’s name to the statement (available in French and Spanish and English). Deadline for sign-on is Tuesday, March 16, 2010.


Upcoming Events

 

3. TB – A Global Problem, In Need of Global Solutions


Results Canada is hosting a brown bag lunch discussion on the challenges of global TB control, the necessity of renewed support, and the prospect of new and innovative solutions and approaches to address the global TB epidemic. The discussion will take place March 9 from noon-1:00 PM at 153 Chapel Street in Ottawa at the Heartwood House Gallery.  Guest speaker, Lucy Chesire, is a world renowned TB-HIV advocate, who was the first female health professional in Kenya to publicly acknowledge her HIV status. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Niya Chari, Project Officer, Results Canada.


4. Reminder – Open Forum on CSO Development Effectiveness Consultation

 

Register by March 12 for the Open Forum on CSO Development Effectiveness Canadian Consultation. The consultation will take place March 16 to18 in Gatineau, Quebec.  Be part of an important Civil Society-Government discussion on enabling conditions for CSO development effectiveness.   A new background document on principles for CSO Development Effectiveness is now available on the web site.  Find out more, read the background document, access the draft agenda and complete the registration form.  For more information contact CCIC’s Brian Tomlinson.


Setting Your Sites

 

5. Setting Your Sites on Ethics


Do you promote your organization’s commitment to ethical practices by displaying the CCIC Code of Ethics and Operational Standards on your web site?  An electronic version is available.  If your web site already has a link, make sure it is updated to match the new CCIC site.

Ethics in a Flash

 

6. Dear Ms Ethics


What is your advice about having the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director sit on an organization’s Board of Directors?
 

CCIC Operational Standard S3.2 is clear that “all voting members of the governing body shall serve without compensation…”.  This standard exists to ensure independent decision making in the best interest of the organization.  A Chief Executive Officer (CEO) obviously would make decisions in the interest of the organization; but she/he also has a personal interest in any decisions about the organization.  One of the key roles of the governing body, and it cannot be delegated, is the hiring, management and evaluation of the CEO. Sitting on the governing body means the CEO would regularly be put into conflict of interest situations (S3.5).  Some people promote having the CEO sit as an ex officio member without a vote.  What’s the point of having a non-voting member? The governing body is supposed to make decisions.  They also need to be able to have sessions without the CEO present from time to time.  For all these reasons, it is not good ethical practice to have the CEO on the governing body.  Of course she or he should attend the meetings to inform the decision process, but one doesn’t need to be a member of the governing body to do that.

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