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June 8, 2007

Headlines

  1. National Leaders to Prime Minister - Ensure Bills Considered by Summer Break: Gerry Barr, President and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation was joined by Phil Fontaine and David Suzuki for a press conference on Parliament earlier this week calling on the Prime Minister and Senate leaders to do all they can to ensure that three crucial Bills are considered before the Senate breaks for the summer. The three Bills (Bill C- 292, Kelowna Accord Implementation Act, Bill C-288, the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act and Bill C-293, the Development Assistance Accountability Act) were all passed in the House of Commons and are currently before the Senate. If the government decides to prorogue Parliament, the Bills, at the very least will suffer major set backs and could be lost. To read the news release go to
    www.ccic.ca/e/004/news_2007-06-04_national_leaders_to_prime_minister_and_senate.shtml
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  2. CCIC AGM Showcases CCIC 10-Point Agenda: CCIC's Annual General Meeting focused on member consultation on the The Global Challenge to End Poverty and Injustice: A Canadian 10-point Agenda . The AGM, which featured in-depth discussions and consultation on draft text and recommendations in the ten key policy themes of the Agenda, drew record numbers of participants. The AGM signaled the close the period of member input on the recommendations. Comments on the text are still accepted until June 15t on the Members only space (http://members.ccic.ca/) or to gauri@ccic.ca CCIC will rework the Agenda based on the feedback and present it to the CCIC Board of Directors for approval in the Fall.

  3. Trade and Human Rights Conference a Success: Reconciling Trade and Human Rights: The New Development Agenda, hosted by CCIC and Rights and Democracy, was a unique opportunity to explore ways in which the human rights framework can inform new strategies for trade, development and the eradication of poverty. Speakers addressed the challenge of the current impasse at the multilateral level, the nature of rights obligations, and provided an overview of the strategic choices facing development and rights actors interested in seeking changes to the current international trade regime. Martin Khor, Director of the Third World Network, in his keynote speech called civil society the "immune system" of the global body politic, and challenged Civil Society Organizations and officials gathered to find a new approach to global trade rules. See Media File below for a link to his published commentary. A report on the conference is being prepared and will be available on the CCIC website next month.

  4. AWEPON Receives 2007 Betty Plewes Award: The African Women's Economic Policy Network (AWEPON) was selected, among 7 highly valuable nominations, as the winner of the $15,000 Betty Plewes Award for its engagement on research and policy development on issues of priority to women. Based in Uganda, and spanning some 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, AWEPON works to enable women - especially women at the grassroots and national levels - to influence the shaping of economic policy. It promotes gender equity and economic justice. Elizabeth Eilor, AWEPON's Executive Director, received the award on behalf of her organization at the CCIC 2007 Annual General Meeting.

  5. CCIC Honoured: The Canadian Council for International Co-operation was honoured with the CoDevelopment Canada International Solidarity Award last weekend in Vancouver. The award is given in recognition of outstanding leadership in policy development and advocacy in the promotion of global social justice. Gerry Barr received the award on behalf of CCIC.

  6. New CCIC Board of Directors: At the 2007 CCIC Annual General Meeting, which took place May 25 and 26 in Aylmer Quebec, a new Board of Directors was elected. The names of the 2007-2008 Board can be found at http://www.ccic.ca/e/001/directors.shtml.

Media File

  1. Life After Doha: A commentary by Martin Khor, Director of Third World Network, appear in the Ottawa Citizen on June 2. In his commentary, Khor said that there is "no greater challenge to global rule makers in trade than addressing how international trade flows can help narrow, rather than, widening the staggering gap between rich and poor. To read the commentary go to www.ccic.ca or www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=33cb18fe-4762-4b42-871a-814cb0fa221c.

Worth Looking At

  1. Human Rights Impact Assessments for Foreign Investment Projects: Foreign investment projects must respect human rights in the communities where they are located, says a new report by Rights & Democracy. The report test runs a draft Human Rights Impact Assessment methodology in five case studies in Africa, South America and Asia. Three of the case studies look specifically at mining or mining-related investment, one at water privatization and one at telecommunications. Human Rights Impact Assessments for Foreign Investment: Learning from community experiences in the Philippines, Tibet, Democratic Republic of Congo, Argentina, and Peru can be downloaded or ordered in hard copy by visiting
    www.dd-rd.ca/site/publications/index.php?lang=en&subsection=catalogue&id=2036  

Upcoming Events

  1. APWG Forum on Human Rights: Registration has started for the Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG) forum on "Addressing Human Rights, Impunity, and Complicity in the Asia-Pacific Region." The forum will take place on June 21 and 22 at Strathmere (near Ottawa). The registration form and a draft annotated agenda are available on CCIC's web site at www.ccic.ca. For more information contact
    Jean Christie at jfc@magma.ca.
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