August 26, 2011
Greetings from Julia Sanchez – CCIC’s new President-CEO
Dear CCIC members, friends and colleagues,
I have now joined the CCIC team in Ottawa as of August 15th, following my appointment to this position last spring and my unplanned but very timely participation at the AGM, forum and board meetings in late May. At those CCIC events, I was fortunate to meet many of you and was impressed by the strong sense of community and solidarity expressed there. I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to work with all of you, and the great CCIC team, and to support and be a voice for the sector in the coming years – which will undoubtedly be filled with many challenges but also amazing opportunities.
During the coming weeks, my priority will be to meet as many of you as possible and to get your insights as to the sector’s and CCIC’s key challenges and opportunities. To this effect, I will be traveling to Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary (the last two thanks to the invitation of the provincial councils there) as well as holding informal meetings with members that are based here in Ottawa. I plan to keep an open door policy for our members and allies in the sector – so please do contact me if you are coming this way. I am convinced we will achieve the goals of CCIC if I can work closely with you and have your full support!
In solidarity, Julia
2. Human rights accountability in trade with Colombia
Embassy Magazine has published a CCIC commentary on whether a new human rights treaty for the Canada-Colombia trade deal can be a force for accountability for the effects of trade and investment on human rights. The new treaty took effect August 15th 2011 alongside the trade deal itself. The treaty is an important opportunity for accountability since major claims were made by both governments that the trade agreement would bolster efforts to consolidate democracy and protect human rights in Colombia.
3. Conference and Public Forum: Climate Negotiations and Justice for Vulnerable Populations: Perspectives for COP 17 and Rio+ 20
On Monday September 26, 2011, the Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development, in collaboration with the CCIC Africa-Canada Forum and Asia-Pacific Working Group and the Canadian Food Security Policy Group will be holding a learning conference in Ottawa entitled: Climate Negotiations and Justice for Vulnerable Populations: Perspectives for COP 17 and Rio+ 20. The conference will be followed in the evening by a public forum on Farming, Forest and Fuel – Southern Perspectives on Climate change. The agenda is now available online. Please register before September 15. For more information, contact Carol Thiessen, co-chair of the Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development, Denis Côté, APWG Coordinator, or Sylvie Perras, ACF Coordinator.
4. Africa-Canada Forum and Asia-Pacific Working Group Annual Colloquiums
On September 27, 2011, Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) and Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG) will each be hosting their annual colloquium. These will continue the reflection on climate justice, looking more specifically at how the debates take shape in the African and Asian contexts, how civil society is mobilizing on those issues in the two regions, and how Canadian CSOs are supporting their efforts. The APWG agenda, and the ACF agenda are now available online. For more information contact Denis Côté, APWG Coordinator, or Sylvie Perras, ACF Coordinator. Please register before September 15.
5. Kaleidoscope National Gala
The Kaleidoscope National Gala is a celebration of young filmmakers speaking out on global issues, and will be held on Friday September 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm in the University of Ottawa Alumni Auditorium. The Kaleidoscope Real World Video Challenge invited Canadian youth to create short videos highlighting why they think active global citizenship is important and what makes them global citizens. The insightful nature of the videos demonstrates that Canadian youth are engaged with global issues and committed to working collectively with their peers, communities and leaders. Videos submitted to the contest addressed issues from climate change to global poverty to gender equality and racism. The National Gala will include a screening of videos by regional winners, followed by a wine and cheese reception. The event is open to the public and members of the media will be in attendance. Please RSVP to email@example.com or 780-988-0200 before September 16, 2011. Please mention any allergies or other special needs.
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6. New UN Report provides updates on progress of MDGs
In July, the UN Millennium Development Goals Report 2011 was launched. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon explains that “we still have a long way to go in empowering women and girls, promoting sustainable development, and protecting the most vulnerable." According to the report, aspects of the MDGs which have seen success in recent years include: primary education, reduced child mortality, and improved prevention for malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV. However, some aspects of the MDGs require increased attention, including: nutrition for the poorest children; access to education for girls, children from the poorest households, and children in conflict zones; women’s access to paid work; sanitation and access to clean water in rural areas; and living conditions in the expanding slums of the developing world. Click here to read the full report, or to watch the video of Ban Ki-moon introducing this report.
7. Human Rights Impact Assessments: Public Consultation
The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Olivier De Schutter has launched a public consultation inviting States, United Nations departments and agencies, national human rights institutions, civil society and other relevant stakeholders to provide feedback on draft “Guiding Principles on Human Rights Impact Assessments of Trade and Investment Agreements.” The document sets out key principles that should guide States and is based on conclusions of a 2010 international expert seminar, which was co-organized by CCIC and other agencies. The draft has been prepared in consultation with other special procedures mandate holders, human rights treaty bodies and the Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Council. Contributions can be submitted electronically to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights through firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 1 November 2011.
8. CDA Collaborative Learning Projects releases new report on getting feedback from aid recipients
CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, a non-profit organization based in Massachusetts, USA, has recently released a report entitled Feedback Mechanisms in International Assistance Organizations. The research for this project, funded by the Gates Foundation, sought to gather information on feedback mechanisms that international assistance organizations have used and what lessons could be learned about their effectiveness. This report provides insight into various approaches to gather, utilize, and respond to feedback from people in aid recipient societies.
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