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June 22, 2007

Headlines

  1. Advisory Group on CSOs and Aid Effectiveness: The Advisory Group on Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Aid Effectiveness, which has been meeting in Paris at the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) over the past several months, is considering roles for CSOs as development actors and the enabling conditions needed for improving CSO aid effectiveness. The Advisory Group will be making recommendations to the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness at the DAC. The Working Party is organizing the Third High Level Forum (to be held in Ghana September 2008) to review progress in implementing the Paris Declaration. The Advisory Group, chaired by Canada and with CCIC as a member, is made up of six CSOs, three donors, and three partner governments. The Group's Concept Note, looking at the applicability of the Paris Declaration to issues of CSO aid effectiveness, is now available on CCIC's web site at www.ccic.ca/e/002/aid.shtml. For more information contact Brian Tomlinson at btomlinson@ccic.ca.

Upcoming Events

  1. Civil Society Consultation: The North-South Institute and the Africa-Canada Forum are organizing a civil society consultation in advance of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the Commonwealth People's Forum to be held in Kampala, Uganda, in November 2007. The theme of the People's Forum is "Transforming Commonwealth Societies to Achieve Political, Economic and Human Development". Briefing papers for the consultation are being developed on health, education, culture, governance and economic development. The consultation will take place in the CCIC boardroom in Ottawa on July 5, from 1:30 to 4:00 pm. For more information or to register, contact Sylvie Perras at sperras@ccic.ca or
    (613) 241-7007 ext. 321.

  2. Canadian Launch of State of World Population 2007: Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD) will host the launch of the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) flagship report "State of World Population 2007: Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth". This year speakers include Patricia Leidl, Media Advisor/Senior Editor at UNFPA, Katherine McDonald, ACPD Executive Director and Victor Piché, Honorary Professor, University of Montréal. The launch will take place June 27 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. R.S.V.P. by Monday June 25 with Sarah Mitchell at (613) 562-0880 ext. 226 or sarah@acpd.ca.

  3. 2007 Africa-Canada Forum Symposium: Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness will be on the agenda at the Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) 2007 Symposium to be held September 30 to October 3. The ACF is preparing a number of case studies highlighting best practices and enabling conditions for CSOs in their role as development actors. These case studies will contribute to the process led by the DAC's Advisory Group on Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness (see above). A draft agenda will be available early July. For more information or to register, contact Sylvie Perras at sperras@ccic.ca or (613) 241-7007 ext. 321.

  4. Public Engagement Video Forum October 11 to 13 - Circle the date: A Public Engagement Video Forum for CCIC members will take place October 11 to 13. The forum is an opportunity for participants to hook up, via video, to discuss the current context for Public Engagement in Canada, profile good practices in campaigning and public engagement, and share models and tools. Ottawa and one other Canadian city (still to be confirmed) will be linked. Details will follow in September. For more information contact Michael Stephens at mstephens@ccic.ca or (613) 241-7007 ext. 332.

Media File

  1. Aid to Africa and the Americas: The Harper government's announcement at the G8 meeting in Germany to focus Canadian aid on the Americas has generate follow-up media interest on Canada's international commitments to Africa and what this new focus would mean. CCIC's President and CEO Gerry Barr was interviewed for CBC radio's "The House". "If turning towards the Americas means turning our backs on Africa, then it's not a good thing." Barr went on to say that Stephen Harper's upcoming trip to Latin America is an opportunity to highlight some of the concerns we have in the region for human rights, trade justice and socially responsible mining practices.

Note: Flash is moving to its summer schedule. The next Flash will go out on July 20 followed by a Flash on August 17.

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