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A semi-monthly electronic bulletin

April 1, 2010

1. Canada Ratifies UN Treaty on Disability Rights


Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on March 11.  The ratification of the Convention is a declaration to Canadians and the international community that disability will be recognized as a matter of fundamental human rights – at home and in our international collaboration.   While persons with disabilities make up 10% of the world’s population, disability is associated with at least 20% of global poverty, according to the World Bank.  Nonetheless, there are currently no references to persons with disabilities in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) guidelines, policies, or programs.  The UN is urging the international community to mainstream disability in the MDG processes and to include it within the MDG core mission.

2. Reality of Aid Launches First CSO Report on South-South Cooperation


South-South Cooperation: A Challenge to the Aid System?, the first CSO report on South-South cooperation was recently launched by the Reality of Aid Network at a CSO international forum in Colombia. The report, written by Southern CSO researchers, takes a critical look at the nature, shortcomings and the potential of South-South development cooperation. The report also makes a number of recommendations for improving South-South cooperation consistent with Reality of Aid's objective of strengthening the development effectiveness of international cooperation.  The Reality of Aid Network is a global Southern-led network of CSOs working on development cooperation.  CCIC is a member and serves as Vice Chairperson of the Network.  The report is also available in Spanish and French.

3. BetterAid Policy Paper for High Level Forum on Aid and Development Effectiveness


BetterAid is a global platform of more than 700 CSOs that engage in development cooperation. The Coordinating Group for Better Aid, which includes CCIC, has recently released a position paper Development Cooperation, Not Just Aid. Key Issues: Accra, Seoul and Beyond (also available in Spanish and soon to be available in French).   The paper outlines a set of issues to be prioritized, addressed and elaborated by all development partners in new commitments as they prepare for the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in November 2011 in Seoul, South Korea, and at the 2010 United Nations Development Cooperation Forum in June in New York.  BetterAid also published A position paper on South-South Development Cooperation for a High Level Event on South-South Development Cooperation which brought together 400 aid actors in March in Colombia. 

4. Crisis in Honduras


Members of CCIC’s  Americas Policy Group held a dialogue with Canadian officials last week on the continuing democratic  crisis in Honduras and Canada’s role in the promotion and support of democracy in that country. APG members raised serious concerns about ongoing human rights violations and impunity under the new Honduran authorities, including concerns about the process for a controversial Truth Commission. The APG provided a series of recommendations to the Canadian government for action in support of democratic development and human rights. The full APG report Honduras: Democracy Denied will be available shortly.

Upcoming Events


5. Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG) Spring Symposium

“The Right to Land and Food: Land Investments, Food Security, and the Canadian Agenda in the Asia-Pacific” is an APWG-hosted public event to be held on April 15 as part of the APWG Spring Symposium. The keynote speaker will be Don Marquez, Executive Director of the Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development. The event will take place at the Best Western Victoria Park Suites, 377 O’Connor Street, Ottawa.   On April 16, the APWG will hold its annual work-planning session for members at the CCIC office. An agenda and the registration form are available online. For more information contact the APWG Coordinator, Denis Côté.

6. Refugee Consultation


“Solidarity and Protection: Our obligations at home and abroad,” will be the theme of the Canadian Council for Refugees Spring Consultation in Ottawa June 3 to 5. Conference discussions will address issues that challenge refugees, immigrants, advocates and community workers. Find out more about the consultation and register online.  Register before 14 May to take advantage of the reduced fees.

Setting Your Sites


7. The Philanthropist – A New E-Publication

The Philanthropist is an e-review providing a forum for thoughtful discussion and debate about the nonprofit world in Canada.  The winter issue focusing on challenges and opportunities in the nonprofit sector is now available.  There is no cost to register. The site is interactive and comments and feedback are welcome. For more information, contact Betty Plewes.

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