September 28, 2011
1. 28 organizations selected from Muskoka Initiative Competition
During his visit to New York for the opening of the United Nations, Prime Minister Harper announced support for 28 new projects through CIDA’s Partnerships with Canadians Branch. This is part of the 2010 G8 Muskoka Initiative for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. 14 of the new Muskoka projects are by CCIC members. The projects are in Haiti, Africa and Asia. To date, only the outcomes from the Haiti Recovery and Reconstruction project and the Muskoka Initiative calls for proposals (CfP) have been announced. This most recent announcement comes more than seven months after the close of the Muskoka call. The outcomes from the Under and Over $2 million calls are expected shortly. CCIC will be conducting a survey of its members in the coming months, along with some of the Provincial and Regional Councils, to evaluate the experience and outcomes of the 2010 CfP.
2. Canada and UN Women to co-host a conference on women's economic empowerment
The Hon. Bev Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, and UN Women Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet have announced that Canada and UN Women will co-host a conference on women's economic empowerment in Ottawa October 3 to 5, 2011. The conference will bring together approximately 100 invited participants. It will focus on ways of opening economies to the full participation of women and on the tools needed by women to take advantage of and benefit from these economic opportunities. The results of the conference will drive the activities and planning of CIDA and UN Women. For more information, visit the conference website.
3. Canada joins Open Government Partnership
A few months after CIDA launched its new open data portal, the Canadian government is the latest signatory to the Open Government Partnership (OGP). An initiative launched in New York on September 20, and overseen by eight governments and nine civil society organizations, OGP commits governments to make an Open Government Declaration, deliver a country action plan, and report on progress. As the name implies, it promotes more open, accountable, effective and transparent governance in all government departments. Some governments, like the United Kingdom, have applied their participation in the initiative to commitments to transparency overseas. As a new member, Canada has yet to make it clear how aid transparency will figure in its plan, but groups like Publish What You Fund see Canada’s membership in the OCP as paving the way to Ottawa joining the International Aid Transparency Initiative.
4. Multi-stakeholder workshop held on business and human rights
On September 15, 2011, CCIC and several of its member organizations participated in a multi-stakeholder workshop on the implications of the Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the United Nations Framework for corporate social responsibility in the Canadian extractive sector. The event, organized by the Centre for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility, featured John Ruggie, UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights. Ruggie presented the policy framework (entitled Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights), which he created to strengthen the human rights performance of the business sector around the world.
5. Code of Ethics reminder
CCIC’s Code of Ethics compliance process operates on a rotating three year cycle, and there are three corresponding cohorts of CCIC members, organized into groups alphabetically. In accordance with this cohort system, this year, a number of CCIC members are being asked to reconfirm their compliance with the Code of Ethics and Operational Standards. Many members were emailed compliance forms in June 2011. This is a reminder that the deadline for those members to submit their completed forms is February 15, 2012. For more information, contact Jack Litster.
6. Land Grabbing in Asia: A Case Study from the Philippines
The Asia-Pacific Working Group invites you to a public forum on the issue of land grabbing in the Philippines. The guest speaker, Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron, is a member of IBON International, which recently participated in an international fact finding mission to investigate a case of land grabbing in the Isabela province of the Philippines. This event is organized jointly with the CÉTASE, the Network on Transnational Dynamics and Collective Action (REDTAC) and the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in International Development and Society (CIRDIS). The forum will take place on September 29, 2011, from 5:00-7:00pm in room 420-14 of the Centre d’études de l’Asie de l’Est (CÉTASE), located at 3744 Jean-Brillant Street, Montreal. Admission is free but seats are limited. Please register by contacting APWG Coordinator Denis Côté.
7. CCIC Americas Policy Group fall meeting
On October 18-19, 2011, the CCIC Americas Policy Group (APG) will host one of its tri-annual meetings. The event will take place in Ottawa and will gather members from across the country. Participants will learn about the new political context and discuss opportunities and challenges for CSO advocacy. They will also use the meeting to establish joint action plans on APG themes such as trade, human rights and democracy. For more information, please contact APG coordinator Brittany Lambert.
8. International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy in October
The International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy will take place in Montréal on October 17-20, 2011. It is expected to be the largest event on community-based approaches to social and economic development ever held in Canada. The Forum brings together an impressive line-up of Canadian and international speakers, including: Jean Charest; Secretaries of State from Brazil and Spain; Carol Hunter, from the Canadian Co-operative Association; and Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Québec and Labrador; among many others. The deadline for registrations is October 11, 2011.
9. CSO prep meetings announced ahead of HLF-4
As civil society organizations register this month to participate at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) in Busan, South Korea, BetterAid, Open Forum and KOFID have announced plans to hold a Busan Global Civil Society Forum on November 26-28, 2011 just ahead of the HLF-4 official meetings. This forum is open to everyone, but primarily geared towards the 300 civil society delegates who are registered to attend as delegates at HLF-4. CCIC plans to hold a pre-event in late October or early November for member organizations who are interested in the process. From Canada, CCIC, Oxfam Canada, The North-South Institute, AidWatch Canada and AQOCI will all be in Busan. Everyone who plans to attend the Busan Global CSO Forum should complete the online registration by October 7, 2011. More information to follow.
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10. New report assesses donor progress on procurement
Ahead of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) in Busan, South Korea, the European Network on Debt and Development has launched a new report assessing progress towards aid effectiveness commitments on untying aid, local procurement and using country systems. Entitled How to spend it. Smart procurement for more effective aid, the report includes proposals for a new and ambitious agreement at HLF-4.
11. UN Commission on Women’s and Children’s Health launches report
At last year’s UN General Assembly, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, which generated $40 billion in commitments. To monitor the outcomes of the strategy, the Secretary-General also set up a UN Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, co-chaired by Canadian PM Stephen Harper and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete. The Commission was mandated with developing recommendations for global reporting, oversight and accountability on women's and children’s health. A year later, on September 20, 2011, the two co-chairs released their report, Keeping Promises, Measuring Results with a set of recommendations for strengthening accountability for women’s and children’s health at the country and global level. The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to announce three new MNCH projects in his co-Chair’s country of Tanzania.
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