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August 18, 2006

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  1. Order of Canada Honour for Gerry Barr: CCIC President and CEO Gerry Barr was named a Member of the Order of Canada by Governor-General Michaëlle Jean. The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement and service in various fields and is Canada's highest honour for a lifetime of achievement. Before joining CCIC, Gerry Barr was with the United Steelworkers of America, Executive Director of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund and in 1996 he was awarded the Pearson Peace Medal by the United Nations Association in Canada. Being appointed to the Order of Canada is a public recognition of Gerry Barr's life-long commitment to ending global poverty and promoting social justice.

  2. Poverty and AIDS: Poverty and AIDS activists joined Stephen Lewis, United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, in calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take decisive action in the fight against HIV/AIDS. At a press conference in Toronto in advance of the International AIDS Conference, Gerry Barr co-chair of Make Poverty History said that, "the connection between global poverty and the pandemic is inescapable." The Global AIDS Crisis: Four Steps for Canada, a platform endorsed by more than 80 Canadian humanitarian and development groups, was released. The platform calls for increased funding, investment in the public health care systems, debt cancellation for AIDS-burdened countries, and action on commitments to make drugs more affordable to developing countries. To see the platform go to
    http://icad-cisd.com/content/pub_details.cfm?ID=192&CAT=4&lang=e

  3. Collapse of WTO Development Round a Hollow Victory: The suspension, until further notice, of the Doha Round of trade talks was confirmed at the July 27-28 WTO General Council Meeting. "The collapse of the negotiations provides relief for civil society groups who were alarmed at the likely impacts of the deal taking shape on the table," said
    Gerry Barr President-CEO of CCIC. "But it's hard to celebrate getting nothing out of a round of global talks that were supposed to make trade rules work for the poor." CCIC's statement can be found at www.ccic.ca.

  4. Selling the Farm for Peanuts: In response to a Globe and Mail commentary calling developing countries "shortsighted" and stating that they deserve "plenty of criticism" in the WTO's development round trade negotiations, CCIC's trade analyst Gauri Sreenivasan's letter to the editor was published. She argued that "the refusal to accept the deal on the table was an admirable sign that poor countries decided not to sell the farm for peanuts" and that "ensuring that trade talks dedicated to development actually improve the chances for small farmers to earn a decent living in their local markets, instead of deepening their poverty and adding to the ranks of the urban unemployed, is critical not only for the credibility of the WTO, but the future of the planet." The full letter to the editor can be found at www.ccic.ca/e/004/commentaries.shtml.

  5. Blue Ribbon Panel on Grants and Contributions: The Treasury Board of Canada recently set up an independent Blue Ribbon Panel mandated to make recommendations for delivering grant and contribution programs more efficiently and with greater accountability. The government is to issue a new policy on transfer payments reflecting both the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel and the Auditor General's May 2006 report on the Management of Voted Grants and Contributions. An on-line consultation (www.brp-gde.ca/) will take place August 4 to September 15. Imagine Canada is submitting a brief on behalf of the non-profit sector and CCIC is associated with that submission. CCIC members receiving grants and contributions are encouraged to participate in the consultation. For more information contact Esperanza Moreno at emoreno@ccic.ca.

Upcoming Events

  1. CCIC Sector Retreat Collaborating for Change Postponed: As the result of a request from the Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI), who have informed us they are holding a related event in November, the CCIC sector retreat, Collaborating for change will not take place as planned on September 24-26, 2006. A decision about future plans for a sector retreat will be available following the CCIC Board meeting in September.

  2. Who Cares? The Human Dimension of Global Health: Human resources represent the most critical and precious assets in the struggle to achieve global health. The 13th Canadian Conference on International Health, October 15 to 18, will be exploring this issue. Visit www.csih.org/en/ccih/index.asp for information on registration, keynote speeches and the continuing education day. On-line Registration is now available and the early bird deadline is September 8.

  3. Africa-Canada Forum Symposium 2006: The Africa-Canada Forum 3-day symposium, Civil Society Taking Leadership in the face of the New Aid Regime, is an opportunity to better understand the new dynamics of official development assistance policies and practices. The symposium will be held from October 1 to 4 at Cammac Music Center, North of Montreal. For more information or to register, before September 20, contact Sylvie Perras at sperras@ccic.ca or (613) 241-7007 ext. 321.

Worth Looking At

  1. The Boundaries of Belonging: Inter Pares Occasional Paper # 7, The Boundaries of Belonging: Reflections on Migration Policies into the 21st Century, by staff member Alison Crosby, examines how we categorize people who have been forced to leave their places of belonging - as refugees, displaced persons, migrants - as well as the policies that enforce the boundaries of these categories. The paper examines the ways in which migration is used by the powerful as a means to control and contain the movement of people, and explores the tragic results of these trends. To obtain a copy in English, French or Spanish, contact Inter Pares at (613) 563-4801 or info@interpares.ca. The paper is also available at www.interpares.ca.

  2. New UK White Paper: Eliminating Poverty: Making Governance Work for the Poor is the United Kingdom's Department for International Development's latest policy White Paper. Following four months of broad consultations, the White Paper was well received by UK Civil Society Organizations. Its definition of good governance "is about how citizens, leaders and public institutions relate to each other in order to make change happen." Among its many recommendations the White Paper establishes a £100 million Global Transparency Fund to strengthen civil society and the media to help citizens hold their governments to account. The White Paper is accessible at www.dfid.gov.uk/wp2006/default.asp. For a comment from ActionAid see www.actionaid.org.uk/doc_lib/aa_response_dfid_white_paper.pdf.

  3. DAC Report on Human Rights and Development: In May, the GOVNET working group at the Development Assistance Committee, which includes officials from CIDA and other donors, published Integrating Human Rights into Development: Donor Approaches, Experiences and Challenges. This comprehensive report challenges donors to work more strategically on integrating human rights into development. It reviews the approaches of different donor agencies and their rationales for working on human rights. It draws together lessons that form the core of the current evidence around the added value of human rights for development. To purchase the report go to www.oecd.org/document/59/0,2340,en_2649_33721_35423803_1_1_1_1,00.html#Human_Rights.

 

 

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