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A semi-monthly electronic bulletin


July 21, 2006


  1. Live 8 Concert Anniversary: On the anniversary of the Live 8 concerts, held in advance of last year's G8 meeting in Gleneagles, Make Poverty History called on the G8 leaders, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to reaffirm their commitments to end poverty at the G8 meeting in Russia. A press conference was held in Toronto on June 29 with Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies, David Miller, Mayor of Toronto and Gerry Barr Chair of the Make Poverty History campaign. "The over 2 billion people who watched the Live 8 concerts last year won't stop calling on world leaders to make poverty history," said Steven Page. "The concert was a launching pad for a world wide movement to end poverty. What is needed now is the political will to act." Read the news release at

  2. Giant post-it notes G8 Reminders: Giant post-it notes were affixed to the wall of the Langevin Block on July 13 as a reminder to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to live up to commitments to make poverty history at the G8 meeting in Russia. Make Poverty History supporters in four other G8 countries, France, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States, also took part in the post-it note action. "When Prime Minister Harper sees the post-it notes outside his office, he will know that we are watching, and that we will report to the quarter million Make Poverty History supporters in Canada on whether he keeps his commitment to end poverty when he meets with other world leaders," said Kathy Vandergrift, member of the Steering Committee of Make Poverty History.

  3. Platform for Canadian Action on Global AIDS: In anticipation of the XVI International AIDS Conference (August 13 to 19), the Global Treatment Access Group (GTAG) developed a common "civil society platform for action" highlighting four areas in which Canada should take action to help address the global AIDS crisis. GTAG is a working group of international development, human rights, humanitarian and AIDS service organizations, trade unions and faith-based groups seeking to improve access to essential medicines and other aspects of care, treatment and support for people living with HIV and AIDS in developing countries. GTAG is accepting endorsements from organizations at By going to the Make Poverty History web site ( an e-mail message can be sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking him to show the world that Canada wants to beat the AIDS pandemic and make poverty history.

Worth Looking At

  1. Civil Society and the Paris Declaration: A background paper, a detailed PowerPoint presentation and the audio files from a CCIC organized workshop on the 2005 Paris Declaration are now available on CCIC's web site. A panel with an official from CIDA and two civil society colleagues from Africa introduced and commented on how the Declaration may affect civil society organizations in the South and North. The audio files are in the language of presentation. Go to

Ethics in a Flash

  1. New Committee Members: The CCIC Board of Directors appointed two new members for the Ethics Review Committee (ERC). Outgoing members Paul Maillet and Al-Noor Nenshi Nathoo have finished their terms. Beginning a two-year mandate are Dr. John Hubert, professor of ethics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, specializing in justice theory/health care ethics, and Susan Quinn, Instructor at Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal College, specializing in human resource ethics. They join sitting members Chuck Masur and Nina Josefowitz. Short bios of the Committee members are available on the Ethics section of the CCIC web site ( The Committee is available to respond to members' questions of an ethical nature related to the CCIC Code of Ethics. The question may relate to either a potential ethical dilemma that you wish to avoid, or an existing dilemma for which you want the ERC's opinion and guidance. The Committee can be contacted through

  2. International Accountability Charter: The heads of 11 leading International NGOs recently endorsed an accountability charter outlining a common commitment to excellence, transparency and accountability. This charter is an important addition to the growing number of Codes and accountability mechanisms established by civil society organizations around the world. The many similarities between this Charter and CCIC's Code of Ethics, one of the first NGO codes to be written, reinforce the common values, principles and commitment to ethical practices that civil society organizations hold globally. The Accountability Charter for International NGOs includes commitment to International Human Rights and principles of responsibility, transparency and equity. It also covers the same areas of ethical practices that CCIC members find to be essential including governance, fundraising, management and human resources. For more information see:
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