Whose rights are we protecting? Ensuring the primacy of human rights over investor protections in the international legal regime
March 2016 (PDF 1.28 MB)
International Investment Agreements (IIAs) are agreements negotiated between states to govern the promotion and the protection of foreign investments. While these agreements provide very strong protection to foreign investors and their investments, they do nothing to protect the human rights of those affected by these investments. This report reviews the main substantive issues related to IIAs, highlights their most problematic aspects, and presents various paths of action to address the problems related to investment agreements. It presents three recommendations on how to address the issues raised by this mechanism.
Africa Canada Forum
Africa-Canada Forum Colloquium Report October 2014 (727 KB)
The Africa-Canada Forum has released a report outlining for its annual colloquium on “Building Partnerships to tackle Inequality: opportunities and challenges for African and Canadian CSOs”, on October 14-15, 2014.
ACF Retrospective 2000-2012 2012 (PDF 582 KB)
The Africa-Canada Forum celebrated its 12th anniversary in January 2012. This document presents a retrospective of the evolution of the coalition, and presents our main achievements and the African colleagues who have been part of our debates.
Climate Negotiations and Justice for Vulnerable Populations: Perspectives for COP 17 and Rio+20 September 2011 (PDF 641 KB)
This September 2011 learning conference was held in collaboration with the Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development (C4D), CCIC's Africa-Canada Forum, Asia-Pacific Working Group and Canadian Food Security Policy Group. The conference sought to deepen civil society understanding of key policy debates in upcoming international negotiations for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17), to be held in Durban, South Africa, November 28-December 9, 2011, and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 4-6, 2012. The conference focused particularly on the implications for small farmers, indigenous peoples and other marginalized populations.
The Difficult Walk towards Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo: What Role for Canada? March 2011 (PDF 90 KB)
The conflict that unfolded in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from 1996 to 2003 has been the world’s deadliest since the Second World War. Despite the end of the conflict, violence and insecurity still prevail in the eastern region of the DRC, primarily driven by the competition to control trading of valuable minerals. The fight for these natural resources leads to some of the most serious human rights violations. In that context, what role can Canada play?
Canada’s Action Plan on the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (1325, 1820, 1888, 1889) March 2011 (PDF 153 KB)
Canada's Action Plan, released in October 2010, provides a framework for a whole-of-government approach to address the situation of women and girls in conflict settings. While the plan sets out important areas for action and has generally been well received by Canadian civil society, some important considerations still remain to be addressed, such as issues related to implementation, monitoring, and reporting, an increased focus on participation and representation, a more robust contextualized approach and the need for on-going consultation with civil society in Canada and abroad.
Africa Matters: Time for a Renewed Commitment to Economic and Social Justice for Africa April 2010 (PDF 304 KB) The G8 and G20 Summits 2010 provide Canada with an important opportunity to lead the way with bold new initiatives that strengthen the capacities of Africans and their governments to weather the economic, financial, climate, food, and conflicts crisis and resume strategies to overcome poverty and growing inequalities on the continent.
Over 35 participants met over two days to deepen their knowledge of the complex challenges facing the continent in its search for sustainable peace. With colleagues from Africa, the Diaspora and academia, we discussed ways forward for the Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) advocacy work and members’ partnership relations in support of peace and development in Africa, taking account of the context of growing challenges for Canadian civil society organizations to sustain their work with African counterparts. The agenda was built to first allow for an overview of the African challenges in the long journey to sustainable peace. Then we looked at the complexity of peace building, focusing on the cases of the Great Lakes region and Sudan. We explored the dynamics of conflict, looking in particular at the link between extractive resources, human rights and local development, and the role of women and girls in building peace. Finally, we discussed ways to better engage with our African counterparts in mutual solidarity based on the outcomes of the Open Forum for CSOs Development effectiveness process.
Canada's Support to Peace Processes in Africa April 2009 (PDF 37 KB)
Surendrini Wijeyaratne, Program Officer, Peace and Conflicts, Canadian Council for International Co-operation, looks at the place of Africa in Canada's International Peace and Defence Policy. focusing on Canada's support to peace processes in Africa. Based on the cases of the DRC and Uganda, she argues that previous and successful support to specific and important peace initiatives in those countries, in particular in terms of women's participation in peace negotiations in the DRC, have not been capitalized upon. In fact, Canada's current dwindling prioritization on Africa may affect the sustainability and implementation of peace efforts in places like DRC and Uganda not to mention the number of smaller countries.
Africa Matters: The Africa-Canada Forum Platform for Action 2009-2011 March 2009 (PDF 368 KB)
The platform describes what ACF recommends that Canada do to promote human rights and end poverty and injustice in Africa. Meant as a reference for individual members' and collective action for policy work, the platform is rooted in the close relationships ACF and its members have been building over years of collaborative work with African counterparts. It reflects our experience of the day-to-day reality of Africans and their struggle to transform this reality.
Executive Summary (PDF 75 KB)
The report is also available in Spanish (PDF 347 KB)
The report takes a critical look at the coup in Honduras, key issues for democracy and human rights, and Canada’s role. Specifically, the report reviews Canadian diplomatic efforts during the crisis, as well as the role of Canadian investors and businesses operating in the country prior to and during the coup. The report also makes a number of recommendations to facilitate a return to a strengthened constitutional order, respecting the human rights and development needs of Honduran citizens.
Joint Letter to Canadian companies re Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh December 2013 (PDF 209 KB)
Twenty-five human rights, faith, women’s, teacher, student, community, overseas development and trade union organizations, including APWG and CCIC, have signed an Open Letter calling on Canadian retailers and brands to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. To date, only one Canadian company, Loblaw (owner of Joe Fresh), has signed the Accord. Read the December 18, 2013 media release here (PDF 511 KB).
Annual Symposium 2013: Trade, Investment and Human Rights in Asia July 2013 (PDF 847 KB)
The Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG) of CCIC organized its one-day annual symposium on April 16th in Ottawa. The APWG Annual Symposium focused primarily on Canada’s trade and investment agenda in Asia and its impacts on populations in the region. Speakers included Sanya Reid Smith (Third World Network), Afsar Jafri (Focus on the Global South), Ah Nan (Burma Rivers Network), Stuart Trew (Council of Canadians), Daniel Poon (North-South Institute) and Denis Côté (APWG-CCIC).
Canada and the global land rush April 2013 (PDF 674 KB) Prepared by Jasmine Bélanger-Gulick for the Canadian Food Security Policy Group
Analysis of Canadian involvement in large-scale agricultural land acquisition in the Southern Hemisphere.
Pathways to Resilience: A Food Security Policy Group Discussion Paper November 2008 (PDF 281 KB)
This document is the result of our efforts to collectively examine how the work of our partners in the South might inform Canada's response to the Global Food Crisis in a way that acknowledges the central role of smallholder agriculture and its long-term sustainability and resilience. A series of seven case studies is now available to accompany this discussion paper. The accompanying case studies have been prepared by individual members of the FSPG:
Honduras – Growing Resilience: Seeds, Knowledge and Diversity in Honduras (USC Canada) (PDF 1.23 MB)
India – Deccan Development Society: Alternative Public Distribution System (Inter Pares) (PDF 1.67 MB)
Zambia – Integrated Food Security in Zambia: building paths towards resilience (CARE Canada) (PDF 1.33 MB)
Effective Aid for Small Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa: Southern Civil Society Perspectives November 2006-January 2007 (PDF Various)
In mid-2006, the Canadian Food Security Policy Group sponsored a series of independent research studies of priorities for aid to agriculture and the Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA) bilateral supported initiatives in agriculture and rural development in three Sub-Saharan African countries -- Ethiopia, Ghana and Mozambique. The purpose of this research was to inform a dialogue in Canada on increasing the amount and effectiveness of CIDA's aid for agriculture in reducing poverty.
Combined Report of the case studies in Ethiopia, Ghana and Mozambique (January 2007) (PDF 166 KB)
Summary Report of the case studies in Ethiopia, Ghana and Mozambique (January 2007) (PDF 48 KB)