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2008

Ghana High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness - Democratic and local ownership must be the defining principle for aid effectiveness as more than 1200 representatives from donor, developing countries and civil society organizations gather in Accra, Ghana for the OECD-DAC High level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. (August 27, 2008) 

Parliament and Experts Ignored Government Concludes Free Trade Agreement with Colombia - Parliament, human rights, labour and environment experts are being ignored as Canada concludes free trade negotiations with Colombia. Trade Minister David Emerson announced the conclusion of negotiations on Saturday saying that environment and labour concerns will be dealt with in parallel agreements. (June 9, 2008) 

CCIC Launches 10-Point Agenda to End Poverty and Injustice - Human Rights must be front and centre in struggle to end poverty. Governments must live up to commitments to respect human rights in the fight against global poverty, according to a report released today by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC). (June 5, 2008)

Development NGOs Applaud Passing of Foreign Aid Bill - Members of Parliament, of all political stripes, are to be commended for unanimously passing Bill C-293 today. Bill C-293, also known as the "better aid bill", makes ending poverty the exclusive goal of Canadian foreign aid. (May 9, 2008)

Development NGOs Welcome Food Aid Announcement - The Canadian government is to be congratulated for its announcement to pledge an extra $50 million to its food aid program. In addition, the untying of the food aid means that food can be supplied quickly by using regional markets. (April 30, 2008)

Focus on Peace in Afghanistan: Report calls on International Community to Support Peace Efforts - Is peace in Afghanistan possible? Findings released in Afghanistan: A Study on the Prospects for Peace, show that a number of nascent peace efforts are, in fact, already underway. These peace efforts, however, are disconnected and lack support from the international community. (March 10, 2008)

Conservative Government Fails to Deliver on Foreign Aid (February 26, 2008)

2007

Not The Time for a Canada/Colombia Trade Deal - Colombian Bishop (November 20, 2007)

Throne Speech Missing Crucial Details on Aid, Trade, Development and Peace -
The federal government's Throne Speech claims that "Canada is back as a credible actor on the international stage" But many Canadians might say, "Not yet." (October 16, 2007)

Prime Minister Harper's Latin America Trip - National Leaders to Prime Minister: Ensure Human Rights, Fair Trade and Corporate Accountability on the Agenda for Canadian Policy in the Americas. (July 11, 2007) (PDF 19 Kb)

National Leaders to Prime Minister and Senate: Ensure Environment, First Nations and Foreign Aid Bills Considered before Summer Break - Phil Fontaine, David Suzuki and Gerry Barr will be on Parliament Hill Tuesday June 5 at 10:00 to call on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Senate leaders to do all they can to ensure that three crucial Bills are considered before the Senate breaks for the summer. (June 4, 2007)

International Development NGOs Applaud Passing of Better Aid Bill by House of Commons - International development NGOs celebrated as Bill C-293, Canada's Better Aid Bill, passed third reading in the House of Commons. (March 29, 2007) 

Harper Budget Fails to Deliver on Commitment to World's Poor - International development organizations say that the Harper government has failed to meet its promises to increase funding to address global poverty. (March 19, 2007)

Development Must be Priority Focus Not Add-on in Afghanistan - CCIC's comment on announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to increase aid spending in Afghanistan. (February 26, 2007)

2006

International Development NGOs applaud Committee report on aid bill - The next step for the Bill will be to pass third reading in the House of Commons. Then the Bill will be referred to the Senate for final approval. (December 14 2006)

Launch of the 2006 Reality of Aid Report - The Reality of Aid, written by Northern and Southern aid experts, was launched on June 19, 2006. According to the report, already scarce aid resources are increasingly subject to the security interests of donor governments, rather than targeted for the benefit of the poor. (PDF 19 Kb) (June 19, 2006) 

Afghan Debate Should Focus on Mandate - Canadian NGOs are calling on the government to focus attention on the mandate of the Canadian mission in Afghanistan and not make pre-mature decisions about extending the mission. (May 17, 2006)

Conservative Budget Mum on Foreign Aid - Canadian development organizations are deeply disappointed the world's poor did not merit mention in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's first budget speech. Although the Government will continue with the Liberal policy of increasing foreign aid spending by 8 percent, this budget failed to outline a timetable to meet the Conservatives' own election promises for aid spending. (May 2, 2006)

$320 million for Foreign Aid Welcomed - Canadian NGOs welcome reports of the Conservative Government using some of the 2005/06 surplus for foreign aid. The 
Bill C-48 called for $250 million to be added to foreign aid for 2005/06 and 2006/07 if the surplus was at least $2 billion. With reports that aid will be increased by $320 million, the Conservative Government has surpassed what was required by the Bill. (April 26, 2006)

Afghan Mission Debate Welcome and Needed - Canadian NGOs welcome the announcement of a debate in the House of Commons on the Afghanistan mission. The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is calling for the debate to focus on the mandate of the military operations, military and civilian roles in development, and the effectiveness of the current approach in Afghanistan. (April 10, 2006)

No Mention of World's Poor in Conservative Government's First Speech from the Throne - The Speech from the Throne failed to mention what the Conservative government would do to meet Canada's international commitments to help end poverty. With 1.2 billion people living in abject poverty, Canadians are looking to their government to advance humanitarianism and justice on the world stage. (April 4, 2006)

2005

NGOs Call for Trade Justice at WTO Meeting, while officials lower the bar - Trade justice is essential if we are to end poverty. But the rules of international trade are not working for almost 3 billion people living on less than $2/day. Trade rules must contribute to creating decent work, promoting human rights and ending poverty worldwide. The World Trade Organization meeting is taking place in Hong Kong from December 13 to December 18, 2005. (December 9, 2005)

Election Time - Time to Focus on Poverty Says Stephen Lewis - With a federal election soon to be called, Stephen Lewis, United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa has called on Canadians and all political leaders to support the Make Poverty History targets to help end global poverty. (November 24, 2005)

Development Groups Welcome Increased CIDA Funding for Canadian NGOs -  Development groups applaud announcement by Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, to increase funding for Partnership Branch - the CIDA division supporting overseas work of Canadian NGOs. (November 18, 2005)

No Plan for World's Poor - Economic and Fiscal Update Ignores Poverty Issues -  Finance Minister Ralph Goodale presented his Budget Update, a "Plan for Growth and Prosperity". Unfortunately no plan was outlined for growth and prosperity for the world's poor. (November 14, 2005)

Government fails to take action on corporate accountability - NGOs critique the government’s response to a Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade (SCFAIT) report on mining and corporate social responsibility. (October 18, 2005)

Legal Experts and Prominent Canadians Call For Tougher Stance On Corporate Conduct Abroad - Prominent Canadians, in a letter to the Prime Minister today, called on the government to put a stop to human rights and environmental abuses by Canadian companies overseas. (October 13, 2005)

Halifax Initiative and Make Poverty History (September 26, 2005)

Prime Minister Fails to Announce a Canadian Plan for More and Better Aid (September 16, 2005)

G8 progress on poverty falls short and Prime Minister Martin fails to adopt 0.7% timetable (July 8, 2005)

Make Poverty History Welcomes Live 8 Concert Announcement (June 21, 2005)

Farmers Talk Trade in Ottawa - Canadian and Developing Country Farmers and NGOs Join Forces (May 17, 2005)

Development Community Applauds Conservatives' Pledge to Increase Foreign Aid Spending (May 17, 2005)

Development Organizations React to Liberal-NDP Budget Deal (April 28, 2005)

Development Organizations to Push for Changes in International Policy Statement - (April 22, 2005)

Development Organizations Criticize Martin's Refusal to Meet Canada's International Aid Commitments (April 18, 2005)

Canadian Development Groups Welcome New CIDA Initiatives to Support Canadian NGOs (April 12, 2005)

Canadian Development Groups Urge Canada to Show Leadership on UN Report (March 21, 2005)

Development Groups Applaud Commission for Africa Report (March 11, 2005)

Goodale Budget Mixed Bag for Poor at Home and Abroad (February 23, 2005)

Canadian Development Groups Applaud Leaders' Letter to Prime Minister Calling for More and Better Aid (February 18, 2005)

Tsunami Statement: Hope amidst the Destruction (January 2005)

2004

Aid Resources Hijacked to Fund "War on Terror" According to Reality of Aid 2004  (May 2004)

Excellence in International Development Recognized (May 2004)

Canada proceeds with Bill C-9 on cheaper medicine exports: NGOs say initiative is important, and urge other countries to avoid the flaws in the Canadian model
(April 28, 2004) (PDF 61 Kb)

Latest amendments to Canada Patent Act a good start, but still need work (April 20, 2004) (PDF 44 Kb)

Federal Budget: Development Community Applauds Government for Increased Aid Spending, But Says More is Needed to Meet International Commitments (March 24, 2204)

Throne Speech: Time for Canada to "Carry Its Weight" in International Affairs
NGOs: Time for Reality to Match Throne Speech Rhetoric
(February 3, 2004)

NGOs to Paul Martin (January 28, 2004)

10 Years of NAFTA have been disastrous for Mexican Human Rights (January 15, 2004)

2003

New Government Should Build a Canadian Foreign Policy for Global Justice and Equity:
According to a Coalition of 100 Organizations Working to End Global Poverty. (December 19, 2003)

Colombian Union organizer faces death threats in the face of privatization – Jorge Lerma, President of the Colombian Telecom workers, to visit Canada –  (November 28, 2003)

Canada Helps World's Poorest and Sickest: NGOs Congratulate Government for Access to Essential Medicines Commitment (November 6, 2003)

Speed and Courage Needed on Access to Essential Medicines:  Canada Must Not Back-Pedal on Patent Act Commitment (October 28, 2003)

Foreign Aid Spending Must Continue to Grow: CCIC Calls on new Canadian Government to Meet Its United Nations Commitments (October 21, 2003)

Colombian human rights defenders accused of terrorism and arbitrarily imprisoned: CCIC calls on Minister Graham to speak out (October 6, 2003)

WTO Risks Irrelevancy as Talks Collapse in Cancun: World’s Poor to Pay the Price (September 18, 2003)

Aid Off Target: The Reality of Trade-Related Capacity Building (September 12, 2003)

World Trade Organization (WTO) Cancun Meeting Set For Failure (September 4, 2003)

Montreal WTO Mini-Ministerial –  Civil Society Groups to Pettigrew: "Address Concerns of Poor Countries" (July 28, 2003)

Canada’s WTO Negotiating Position Hurts Poor: Cancun Meeting Short on Development Says Coalition of NGOs ( May 15, 2003) 

NGOs Applaud Prime Minister’s decision not to Participate in a US-led War on Iraq
  (March 18, 2003)

International Development Community Applauds Foreign Aid Increases (February 17, 2003).

Pearson Peace medallists Speak Out Against War in Iraq
(February 13, 2003)

2002

World Food Day, Trade Rules Worsen Africa’s Hunger, say Aid Groups,
(October 16, 2002)

Reversing Kananaskis failure should be main goal of G8 development meeting in Windsor (September 24, 2002)

Canadian NGOs underscore centrality of the United Nations in dispute over Iraq 
(September 19, 2002)

Canadians Heading to Johannesburg for the World Summit on Sustainable Development Demand World Leaders Make Good on Environment and Development Commitments (August 20, 2002)

Profound Concern Over Human Rights in Colombia Expressed as President-elect of Colombia Alvaro Uribe Velez Makes First Official Visit to Canada (June 6, 2002)

NEPAD Must Be "Sent Back Home" According to African Experts and NGOs Gathering in Montreal this Weekend (May 5,  2002)

Foreign Aid Increasingly Irrelevant as Poverty Continues to be Tolerated Say Foreign Aid Analysts from North and South (March 19, 2002)

Open Letter to Heads of State Calls on Governments Not to Shirk from Challenge of Meeting Development Needs of Billions of People Living in Poverty (February 08, 2002)

2001

Fund for Aid to Africa Applauded -- But Commitment to Re-build Foreign Aid Budget Spotty, (Decembre 10 2001)

World Trade Organization Meeting in Doha is set for failure (November 1, 2001)

"Security" Budget Should Not Neglect Long-Term Aid (October 23, 2001)

Canada Solidly at the Bottom of the Pack Despite Government Commitments to Increase Spending in Foreign Aid, News Release
(April 26,2001)

A New NGO Initiative Calls on Canadians to Take Action to End Poverty in common -- Global Action Against Poverty

2000

Reality of Aid 2000 - As more than 3 billion people live on less than $2 a day - Ending poverty must be priority as we enter 21st century

Reality of Aid 2000 - Basic Education Facts

Reality of Aid 2000 - A Focus on Basic Education Policy Implementation - A Summary of Key Messages (PDF 50 Kb)

Canadian NGOs Welcome Government Decision to Renounce Debt Payments
(December 2000)

Budget 2000 : l'aide étrangère continue de fondre (available in french only)

1999

Commitment to increase Canada’s international development assistance welcomed by NGOs

Ending poverty should be sole focus of Canada’s aid program say leading development agencies and prominent Canadians
(March 11, 1999)

A call to end global poverty. Prominent Canadians call for renewed foreign aid program

Activists targeted by militia in East Timor - NGOs call on Canadian government to act  (September 13, 1999)

L’aide au développement dans le budget fédéral (available in french only)

Mettre un terme à la pauvreté - Renseignements généraux (mars 1999) (PDF 134 Kb) (available in french only)

Les ONG font cause commune pour secourir les victimes de l’ouragan Mitch (1999) (available in french only)

L’aide et le renflouement n’atténueront pas la crise en Asie (16 septembre 1998) (available in french only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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