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The UN General Assembly, Climate Change and the Post-2015 Agenda

Julia Sanchez
Last week, as some of us stay home busily going about our business, in New York hundreds of thousands gathered over the week-end to march in support of action on climate change, and thousands gathered in the following days to move the Post-2015 agenda forward within the context of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In Ottawa, we were privileged to have the visit of Amina J. Mohammed, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning who was in town on the invitation of DFATD. In addition to her meetings with DFATD staff and decision makers, Ms. Mohammed participated in a session with civil society groups organized by CCIC and co-hosted by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. During that session she provided highlights of the process to date and identified some of the challenges that lie ahead as the negotiations for a new development framework enter the last mile, or the last year to be more precise. (See the CCIC briefing note on the Post-2015 process and Canadian positions for more info).

Though in Canada we seem to have woken up to this process somewhat later in the day, or at least later than we would have normally in the past, on an issue of such global importance, Ms. Mohammed reiterated that there were important areas were Canada could still play a leadership role as we enter the last year of negotiations around the new framework and once the focus turns to implementation.

For the Canadian government, Ms. Amina felt that two areas where a strong leadership role would be welcome and could make an important contribution were in innovative financing for development and in data for accountability. Ms. Mohammed understood that these two areas, in addition to MNCH and gender, are key for the Canadian government moving forward. On the first, she pointed to the imperative of identifying where the resources would come from to implement an ambitious agenda that is very comprehensive in nature (at present comprising 17 goals and 169 indicators). In particular, she mentioned the importance of looking beyond traditional ODA sources and into illicit financial flows, tax evasion and corporate taxation as countries prepare to make tangible financial commitments in July 2015. On the data revolution, Ms. Mohammed underlined the critical importance of data for accountability and encouraged Canada to contribute in this regard.  

And what about Canadian civil society? In Ms. Amina’s view, maintaining civil society engaged in the process moving forward is critical at many levels, including in supporting southern voices to be heard, in adapting and implementing the framework at national and sub-national levels, and in holding governments in the North and South to account for progress on the framework. Very significantly, she pointed to the Secretary General’s commitment to securing gains already made in international treaties, and not allowing for the negotiations to lead to backsliding on key areas such as sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). She suggested that we in civil society have a crucial role to play in keeping the bar high and pushing for ambition on this global agenda, and in particular around the rights dimensions of the discussion. She also pointed to the progress made, during the process to date, in bringing the environment and development communities closer together – something that is behind the success of last week’s march in NY no doubt and critically important as we look beyond 2015.

As at CCIC we wrap up consultations with members and our Board around a Post-2015 campaign, which will leverage the new global agenda to motivate a renewed engagement of Canadians with international development challenges, Ms. Mohammed’s visit was both an important reminder of the critical role we can play in Canada and globally and a decisive nudge to move forward. Stay tuned for more!

In solidarity,


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Who Controls Natural Resources in Asia?

Who Controls Natural Resources in AsiaOn September 15, the APWG hosted two presentations by Mary Ann Manahan, program officer with Focus on the Global South. In her first presentation, entitled Springs of Hope: Alternatives to the Privatization and Commercialization of Water in Asia, Mary Ann provided an overview of water issues in Asia and presented various alternatives to the current privatization model.  In her second presentation, Resource Grabbing in Asia, she shared some of the trends around land and resource grabbing, and she discussed resistance struggles as well as alternative perspectivesl

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The dismantling of the North-South Institute

Dismantling of NSIVery sad and disturbing news for the Canadian -and global- international development community: on September 12, the Board of the North South Institute (NSI) announced that, due to financial difficulties, the organization was closing its doors. Close to 40 years of stellar research and analysis on key issues affecting the international development landscape came to an abrupt end. There were many reactions to this announcement, including an Op Ed by CCIC’s President-CEO Julia Sanchez in the Ottawa Citizen and one co-signed by former NSI President Joe Ingram and three prestigious former Board members in the Globe and Mail. The projects being conducted by the NSI team are being transferred to other institutions. NSI was unsuccessful in trying to negotiate a new contribution agreement with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, despite various attempts. The gap in our collective capacity to research, analyze and debate important international development questions from a Canadian perspective will surely be felt.

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New on CCIC’s blog

CCIC BLogOne article was posted in CCIC’s blog since our last publication, written by the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), a collaborative community which works to enable its members as thought-leaders in the international development and aid sector. The ELN was particularly appalled and questioned by the dismantling of the North South Institute and the kind of signal it send to thousands of young Canadians studying in the international development field. Read the full article here.

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Join CCIC and portray yourself on Instagram!

InstagramCCIC recently created an Instagram account to share inspiring photos about its work and the sector. Our members are invited to share photos that illustrate their work overseas and in Canada, and can contribute to better inform Canadians on international development issues. If you would like us to share -through Instagram and other social media channels (Facebook, Twitter)- photos taken by your organization or your partners, please send them to Charles Saliba-Couture or Chantal Havard and we would be more than happy to circulate them!

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Coalition Profile: Imagine Canada

(To advance its policy agenda, support existing networks and have a greater impact, CCIC is involved in many coalitions. Each month we will be featuring one of them in Flash! so that you can get involved with them too.)


Imagine CanadaImagine Canada is the national umbrella organization for the charitable sector in Canada. The organization has a membership of thousands of charities across the country, from community groups to symphonic orchestra and hospital foundations. Imagine Canada is an important advocate on issues that are of interest for the sector, and it offers programs and resources that help strengthen charities and their operations, so they can, in turn, support the communities they serve. As a member of Imagine Canada, CCIC has been involved in developing a new narrative for the charitable sector; analyzing the impact of legal requirements by the CRA and the Canadian Corporations Act; and monitoring other aspects of an enabling environment for Canadian civil society organizations to play their role. CCIC’s President-CEO is also part of the Advisory Committee of Imagine Canada.

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MEMBER PROFILE: British Columbia Council for International Cooperation



BCCIC staff and members together at the 2014 Annual General Meeting

This month CCIC met with Michael Simpson, new Executive Director of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC). Michael shared his views as the new ED of a well-established organization, talked about BCCIC's new  5-year grant agreement with DFATD and explained the work of the Inter Council Network hosted by BCCIC for the next two years... among other things!


CCIC: Over the past few months BCCIC has welcomed a new Executive Director and staff members. What has this time been like? What are you looking forward to as a new team?

We basically walked into a well-oiled machine, with a tank full of gas and a clear road map on where we wanted to go. The previous staff and board provided the ideal conditions for a new group of people to drive the council forward.  We have a five year contract of secure funding, we just went through a successful audit which gives us the green light on our operational standards, we have an up to date strategic plan, and an ambitious one at that, and we have a board mandate to rethink our game. We are not walking into a mess, quite the opposite; we are walking into an opportunity that others worked very hard to create and that has made for quite a buzz around the office.  It has been an exciting couple of months because we can concentrate on looking forward, making plans, being resourced to carry these plans out and looking for new opportunities.

We would like to build on what we know but also rethink our identity and our game. All of this requires an identity shift toward “global citizenship” and tackling problems that we view as “ours” and not “theirs” and entertaining the idea that old ways of solving problems will not necessarily solve the new ones.  The recent outbreak of Ebola is a classic example of the need to think globally, not think of the problem as somewhere else…. climate change is another. The older “development” paradigm of “developed” nations developing “underdeveloped” nations is fading rapidly. Even “recipient led programming” does not capture the larger identity we need to embrace. We need to think about our theories of change and, in my view, look at this developmentally; look back historically at how our thinking in the development community has evolved and predict the most likely evolutionary advancement in our own way of seeing things.

Read the full interview...

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Inter Pares has a new website!

Inter Pares web siteMore content, new look, more engaging: Inter Pares’ new website provides hundreds of articles that relate to the work of organizations and activists that they support in Africa, Asia, Latin America and also here in Canada.  Through stories, publications, photos, and videos, be inspired by the communities who courageously face injustices. Visit to find a space for people and organizations like yours who contribute to the global movement for equality.

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Stop Torture- A on going campaign by Amnesty International

Stop the TortureAmnesty International has been working on torture for over 50 years. They campaigned in support of the Convention Against Torture which was adopted by the United Nations in 1984 and has now been signed by 155 countries (81% of UN member states). However, the practice is currently flourishing as more governments seek to justify it in the name of national security. The progress that has been made is being eroded. Amnesty International has reported on torture and other forms of ill-treatment in at least 141 countries from every region of the world over the past five years. Over the next two years Amnesty International is campaigning to turn the tide and Stop Torture once and for all by calling on governments to implement protective mechanisms to prevent and punish torture.

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A demonstration for Gaza-Quebec solidarity

Demonstration for GazaOn August 10th, a large coalition of Quebec CSOs, including the Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI), have called for a demonstration to support Gaza and ask the Israeli government to stop violence in all its forms, put an end to the blockade of Gaza, terminate the occupation of Palestinian Territories and find a peaceful solution based on human rights and justice. Thousands of citizens and activists have also gathered for the event in Montreal and asked the Canadian government to stop supporting the Israeli government and “radically change” its political orientations.

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Australian High Commissioner asked to Support El Salvador over Mining Conflict

Support for El SalvodorOn September 18, a group of Ottawa-based organizations, including Mining Watch Canada and SalvAide, submitted a letter urging the Australian High Commissioner to work with the Australian government to pressure Australian-Canadian OceanaGold to drop its $301 million lawsuit against El Salvador. OceanaGold is suing the Central American country for instituting a de facto moratorium on large-scale mining, a response to community opposition to the company’s project and nationwide concern over the threats mining poses to the country's most important water source. Importantly, the company never met regulatory requirements to obtain a license for the mining project. Hearings on the suit began at an investment dispute tribunal housed at the World Bank on September 15 and are expected to conclude by mid-2015.

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Canada's Largest Foundations give over $1 Billion Annually to Canadian Charities

Foundations give over $1 Billion Annually



Philanthropic Foundations Canada and Imagine Canada released the first-ever report about the assets and giving trends of Canada’s largest grantmaking foundations. Using data from Imagine Canada’s Grant Connect database, Assets and Giving Trends of Canada’s Grantmaking Foundations provides a portrait of the largest 150 grantmaking foundations and the ten largest community foundations in Canada, including grants to organizations working in the “international” area.



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Tools to help your organization transition with the new CNCA

Imagine Canada has compiled a list of resources to help your organization meet the October 17th deadline for continuance under the new Canadian Not-for-profit Corporations Act.

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Trillion Dollar Scandal

Trillion dollar scandal




Extreme poverty has been halved in 20 years, and could be virtually wiped out by 2030. But progress is at risk because of the biggest heist the world has never heard of: The Trillion Dollar Scandal. ONE’s new report finds that the world’s poorest countries are deprived of $1 trillion each year by criminals through money laundering, tax evasion and embezzlement. It’s money that could be used to fund the fight against extreme poverty, disease and hunger.

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Promoting Ethics when Partnering with the Private Sector

This report published by The North-South Institute presents a review of ethics in OECD-DAC and UN policies for partnership with the private sector. The report seeks to identify which ethical principles have been, or can be, applied to partnerships with the private sector for development, and how development actors act to promote ethical principles. The report makes a contribution by providing concrete recommendations on how development actors can engage ethically with the private sector for development.

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Contest: Latin American Extractive Industries, Climate Change, and Biodiversity Conservation is launching a special reporting initiative on the Shifting Relationship Between Extractive Industries, Climate Change, and Biodiversity Conservation in Latin America. The application deadline is October 5th.

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New book: Crisis and Reform: Canada and the International Financial System

New book

The 28th edition of the Canada Among Nations series, published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation in partnership with the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, is an examination of Canada and the global financial crisis, and the country’s historic and current role in the international financial system.


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New book: Enjeux et défis du développement international

New BookPierre Beaudet and Paul Haslam have recently edited a book entitled Enjeux et défis du développement international published at the University of Ottawa Press. The book covers a wide range of issues including the roles of the main actors involved in global development cooperation (CSOs, private sector, UN, IFIs, etc.) and various issues related the main activities and scope of actions of these development and humanitarian actors  (health, gender equity, conflicts, human rights, funding, etc.)

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