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May 11, 2007

Headlines

  1. CCIC's AGM and the 10 Point Agenda to End Global Poverty and Injustice: CCIC's AGM is the end of the member process to shape the10 Point Agenda. The Agenda sets out our sector's vision for a progressive foreign policy for Canada and will be the major reference for defining CCIC's policy mandate over the next five years. It is vital members participate. An AGM package has been mailed out with revised recommendations for the Agenda, based on member feedback to date. Members should review the new text and bring comments and changes to the AGM. The AGM will be structured in three parts: an introductory panel to provide perspectives (North and South) on the relevance and challenges of achieving the Agenda; an "Agora" for members' discussion and feedback; and a plenary to check with members the suggestions received in the small groups. Members, at the AGM, will be asked to identify three of the ten areas under which they would like their organization to be listed in the final document. The AGM will close with a speech from Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada.

  2. Canadian Global Campaign for Education Roundtable a Success: The Canadian Global Campaign for Education (CGCE), which brings together Canadian civil society organizations working in support of the Education for All campaign, held a Roundtable on April 30th on Civil Society, Aid Effectiveness and Education. Research results from a four-country research study conducted by Karen Mundy, a professor at OISE and her graduate students, was presented. Rakesh Rajanin, from the Tanzanian NGO Haki Elimu, gave his perspectives on the donor and government education plan for Tanzania. CCIC's Brian Tomlinson and CIDA's Réal Lavergne outlined recent Canadian initiatives in civil society aid effectiveness. Presentations can be found on the CGCE's web site at www.campaignforeducationcanada.org. New CGCE members are welcome by contacting Nadalie Poulson at npoulson@cgce.ca.

Upcoming Events

  1. Conference on Trade and Human Rights - Register Now: An updated agenda is now available for the CCIC and Rights & Democracy conference, Reconciling Trade and Human Rights: The New Development Agenda, to be held on May 28 and 29 in Ottawa. An overview of the human rights framework will be provided by top international rights activists, and feature speakers will share insights of challenges from campaigns against trade rules in Thailand, Mexico and across Africa. Martin Khor, Director of Third World Network Malaysia, is the keynote speaker and will discuss the intersection of trade and rights and challenges for the multilateral system. Registration deadline is May 18. To register and for a copy of the draft agenda go to www.ccic.ca/e/002/trade_reconciling_human_rights_and_trade.shtml.

  2. Conference on International Health: The Canadian Society for International Health and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research announce the 14th Canadian Conference on International Health, to be held November 4 to 7, 2007 in Ottawa. The theme is "Global Change and Health: Who are the Vulnerable?" The call for abstracts is posted at www.csih.org/en/ccih. Deadline for abstracts is May 30, 2007. For more information go to conference@csih.org.

  3. Find Out What You Can Do To Improve Access to HIMV/AIDS Medicines: Join Global Citizens for Change for a live conversation ( English May 23 and French May 24) about how Canada is falling short of our promise to improve access to HIV/AIDS medicines for the world's poor and how Canadian citizens can help curb this global crisis. This will be a coast to coast phone conference, accessible from anywhere in Canada. Anyone is welcome. All you need to do to join is email hharding@cciorg.ca and then on May 23 or 24 at 7:00pm (EST) call 1-866-322-8798 or in Toronto call (416) 640-3407. For more information go to www.globalcitizensforchange.ca.

Worth Looking At

  1. Revised CCIC 10 Point Agenda: Based on wide ranging and substantive feedback to date from members on the draft 10 Point Agenda, CCIC has updated the recommendations for all ten themes. This revised set of recommendations will be the basis for the AGM consultation. The revised 10 Point Agenda will be available soon on the Members only space (http://members.ccic.ca/) . CCIC urges all members to consult the new texts ahead of the AGM.
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