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June 13, 2008


  1. Government Concludes Free Trade Agreement with Colombia: Parliament, human rights, labour and environment experts were being ignored as Canada concluded free trade negotiations with Colombia. Trade Minister David Emerson announced the conclusion of negotiations last week saying that environment and labour concerns will be dealt with in parallel agreements. The negotiations concluded while the Standing Committee on International Trade was in the middle of studying the environmental impacts and human rights concerns of a trade deal with Colombia. To read CCIC's news release go to

  2. Greenhill Leaves CIDA: Robert Greenhill is leaving the public service as President of the Canadian International Development Agency to take on the role of Managing Director and Chief Business Officer of the World Economic Forum in Geneva. Margaret Biggs, currently Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Plans and Consultation, Privy Council Office, has been named as CIDA's new President.

  3. UNICEF Global Award: The UNICEF Aldo Farina Prize was awarded to Kathy Vandergrift for her work with children's rights advocacy groups, peace-building and social justice organizations over 25 years. The UNICEF prize is a biannual, global award recognizing outstanding contribution to child rights advocacy or education for development. Kathy Vandergrift is the Chair of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children and founded the international Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict.

  4. Africa Prize Nominations: Launched by The Hunger Project in 1987, The Africa Prize honours distinguished African women and men who are leading the way in bringing about the sustainable end of hunger at the national, regional or continent-wide level. The Africa Prize spotlights individuals working in areas such as public policy, science, agriculture, education and health. Through awarding the prize, it is hoped that heightened awareness will be generated of the many African leaders who are taking the necessary actions to resolve the pressing agricultural, economic, political and social issues facing the continent. For more information, and to nominate candidates, visit


  1. The Use of IT in Youth Engagement - A CCIC Report: The Strategic Use of IT in Youth Engagement for Global Citizenship reflects the findings of research conducted by CCIC, in collaboration with its member, on the potential of Information Technology (IT) for youth engagement. The Strategic Use of IT is a public engagement resource to help in developing effective strategies and selecting the right IT tools for achieving objectives. A glossary of technologies, innovative practices and numerous links to online resources are also in the report. The Strategic Use of IT is available online at


  1. 15th Canadian Conference on International Health: "Checking In: Health for All or Health for Some?" the 15th Canadian Conference on International Health will take place in Ottawa from October 26 to 29. "Checking In: Health for All or Health for Some?" will provide a kaleidoscope of perspectives on primary health care and offer a forum for re-examining both successes and failures of practice, policies and research. Practitioners, community members, policy makers and researchers will meet to explore new global partnerships, to share new visions and ways of working in primary health care that offer possibilities for achieving improvements to community health, progress toward the Millennium Development Goals, improved equity on the social determinants of health, and strengthened health systems. For more information on CCIH 2008 and to download the Call for Abstracts, see or contact Virginia Fobert at

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