Choike Newsletter - 15 July 2009

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->UN Conference on the world financial and economic crisis and its impact on development
The conference took place 24 – 26 June 2009 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

->10 days of action
A broad coalition of NGOs and social movements coordinated actions before, during and after the UN Conference on the crisis and its impact on development that took place in late June 2009. This blog collects a series of statements, videos, speeches and photos from the civil society actions.

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->Asia Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing +15

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->Peter Waterman's books and articles on labour and global movements

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->Climate change
As the Kyoto Protocol approaches its end, world leaders debate how to respond to climate change. Differences between poor and rich countries become evident on the road to a new global action plan.

->All in-depth reports

Israeli soldiers admit 'shoot first' policy in Gaza
Israeli soldiers who served in the Gaza Strip during the offensive of December 2008 and January 2009 have spoken out about being ordered to shoot without hesitation, destroying houses and mosques with a general disregard for Palestinian lives.
Source: The Guardian
More information in "War crimes in Gaza"

Campaign for ratification vows for justice now
On December 10th, 2008, the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN General Assembly adopted the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. For the first time, victims of economic, social and cultural rights' violations can have access to a mechanism that exclusively addresses violations of these rights. It is now key that a large number of countries endorse this mechanism to bring the opportunity to access justice.

G8 failure to launch on climate
The G8's failure to make meaningful commitments on climate last week pushes the world ever closer to global climate catastrophe, experts warn. Without commitments to take action, there is little comfort in G8 countries' agreement to keep overall global warming below 2.0 degrees Celsius.
Source: IPS
More information in "Climate Change"

The promise and peril of REDD
World leaders are discussing whether and how to include tropical forests in the next agreement on climate change. A decision on financing Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries (REDD) is expected at the Copenhagen climate negotiations at the end of this year.
Source: SciDev net
More information in "Climate Change"

Women’s rights advocates and their allies fight to reform gobal financial architecture

Among those organizing around and participating in the Conference was the Women’s Working Group (WWG) on Financing for Development (FfD), an alliance of women’s organizations and networks, of which AWID is a part, that advocates for the advancement of gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights in FfD-related UN processes. Anne Schoenstein, who attended the conference as part of the Women’s Working Group, shared her thoughts.
Source: AWID
More information in "UN Conference on the world financial and economic crisis and its impact on development"

We want your feedback, as long as you speak English
The World Bank has made a lot of noise about consulting with “civil society" but lack of interest in translation at the Bank is a symptom of a deeper problem. The most direct way to know whether aid is reaching the poor is to find out in some way: what do the poor themselves say about aid? This is going to be a lot more difficult if the poor have to speak in English!
Source: Aid Watch
More information in "Financing for Development"

Clashing views on economic crisis at ECOSOC meeting
The high-level policy dialogue on the first day of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) ministerial meeting involved top officials from the World Trade Organisation, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as well as from the UN agencies of UNCTAD, the International Labour Organisation and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).
Source: Finance and Development Programme - Third World Network (TWN)

Internal displacement at record high
International efforts have failed to reduce the scale of internal displacement caused by conflict. According to Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre’s report, an estimated 26 million people were still displaced within their countries, the same number as in 2007 and the highest since the early 1990s.
Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)

The global food price crisis - a critique of orthodox perspectives

In an extract from his forthcoming book Food Wars, Walden Bello critiques the orthodox views of economist Paul Collier on the global food price crisis. Collier argues that not enough food was produced to meet increased demand from Asia, thanks to a failure to promote commercial farming in Africa, the European Union ban against GMOs and the diversion of American grain to biofuels production.
Source: Transnational Institute
More information in "Agriculture and food sovereignty"

Sexuality and human rights
The International Council on Human Rights Policy announced the publication of 'Sexuality and Human Rights', the first in a new series of discussion papers to be published by the International Council. The paper, written by leading academic Alice M. Miller, examines the content of sexual rights and the evolution of their discussion, and identifies a number of problematic issues for further discussion.
Source: International Council on Human Rights Policy
More information in "Sexual diversity and the law":

Settlement reached in human rights Wiwa vs. Shell case

On 8 June 2009, the parties in Wiwa v. Shell agreed to settle human rights claims charging the Royal Dutch/Shell company, its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC or Shell Nigeria), and the former head of its Nigerian operation, Brian Anderson, with complicity in the torture, killing, and other abuses of Ogoni leader Ken Saro-Wiwa and other non-violent Nigerian activists in the mid-1990s in the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta.
Source: CCR/Earth Rights International

Blood at the blockade: Peru’s indigenous uprising

The late Peru indigenous uprisings marked the emergence of Amazonian indigenous peoples as an influential and autonomous force in Peru’s current political landscape. The mobilization also sparked a public realization that the defense of Amazonian resources is an issue of national importance and not only a regional or indigenous problem.
Source: Choike Blog
More information in "Indigenous peoples and globalization"

Civil society proposals on public health
The Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN (CoNGO) held its Civil Society Development Forum 2009 from 2 to 4 July 2009 at the International Labour Office in Geneva. It was held back-to-back with ECOSOC’s High-Level Segment of its 2009 Substantive Session, which focuses this year on the theme “Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in regard to Global Public Health”.
Source: CoNGO
More information in "Health and health services, goods for sale"

World Social Forum (WSF)
Indigenous Peoples: “Another world is possible” only if…
The 2009 World Social Forum was organised by the WSF at Belém in Brazil because it is in Amazonia, which is under ecological threat, and because it is one of the world’s last great locations of nature in all her abundance. Equally however, Amazonia is also symbolic at a world level of the existence and struggles of indigenous peoples – who have been colonised and exploited by settler societies for centuries and today remain under intense threat across the planet.
Source: CACIM & National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers - NFFPFW (India)

5. LATEST ADDITIONS: Southern NGOs and other resources

Financing for Development - Civil Society Engagement
The coalition is broadly representative of CSOs in diverse fields: women’s organizations, trade unions, CSOs focused on thematic areas: trade, finance, debt, development effectiveness, tax justice, sustainable development, systemic reform.

Food crisis and the global land grab
This blog launched by GRAIN contains mainly news reports about the global rush to buy up or lease farmlands abroad as a strategy to secure basic food supplies or simply for profit.

International NGO Coalition for an Optional Protocol to the ICESCR
The International NGO Coalition for an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights brings together individuals and organisations from around the world who support the development of an OP to the ICESCR.

Remember Saro-wiwa
Coalition of organisations and individuals which aims to create a Living Memorial to activist and writer Ken Saro-Wiwa in London, using art and activism to raise awareness and campaign for environmental and social justice in the Niger Delta.

Rethinking Finance

Rethinking finance is a website of several international civil society organisations and individuals that contribute to its content, keeping it a place of lively debate and up to date information.

Tactical Technology Collective
International NGO helping human rights advocates use information, communications and digital technologies to maximise the impact of their advocacy work. It provides advocates with guides, tools, training and consultancy to help them develop the skills and tactics they need to increase the impact of their campaigning.

-> NGO directory


It's time to secure the rights of women in Africa

In the five years since the adoption of the Protocol to the Africa Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, some 26 countries have ratified Africa's first regional human rights instrument. But with 27 countries yet to do so, the challenge remains to see each African nation commit to fully upholding women's rights.
Source: Pamabazuka News

->G8 bailed-out by G20 avoids disastrous summit
At the end of a G8 that was set for disaster, a last minute announcement of $20 billion to tackle the food crises provides a small glimmer of hope within a Summit that been characterized by a lack of ambition and no connection to the depths of crises.
Source: GCAP

->Father Miguel's homily
Nick Buxton covered the June 24-26 United Nations Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development for the Guardian.
Source: SFBG

->Indian trade unions and NGOs call for new global economic order
Trade unions and civil society organizations have demanded that India take a firm stand by urging for replacing the ailing global financial architecture by a new one embodying principles of economic justice and equitable development.

->World Bank health work flawed
A recent evaluation of the World Bank’s health work is damning in its criticism of the lender’s approach, particularly in Africa. Meanwhile, the Bank is continuing to push privatisation in public services such as health, education and water, despite fierce criticism.
Source: Bretton Woods Project

->A New UN Agency for Women
The President of the General Assembly, Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, began his term with an expression of strong support for the new women's agency. "No issue needs or deserves the leadership of the General Assembly more than the pursuit of gender equality."
Source: AIDS-Freeworld

->Gay sex 'not criminal': Delhi High Court
The Delhi High Court has legalised gay sex among consenting adults, holding that the law making it a criminal offence violates fundamental rights.
Source: InfoChange India

->Reflections on trafficiking crusades
Reflections on trafficiking crusades
"I've written many times in multiple places about how the desire to save prostitutes from misery fails to address what many of them perceive to be preferable in their lives, in the moment." Laura Agustín.
Source: Zed Books

->Report reveals shocking human rights abuses in Africa
Amnesty International's 2009 Report on the state of the world's human rights has revealed a staggering evidence of human rights violations purported against LGBTI communities in African states.
Source: Behind the Mask

->The Voksenaasen Statement
The Voksenaasen Statement on a necessary response to the global financial and economic crisis

-> All news

->Justice now! ratify to protect all human rights
For the Optional Protocol on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to enter into force, 10 States need to ratify or accede to it. This campaign proposes national level events and other actions in preparation for the UN Signature Ceremony that will take place September 24, 2009 in New York.

->Right to health and health care campaign
A global Right to Health and Healthcare campaign which involves coordinated national and international level action.
Source: People's Health Movement

->India: support Delhi Court's decision to decriminalize sodomy
The High Court of Delhi has ruled in Naz Foundation (India) Trust v. Government of NCT Delhi and Others that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is unconstitutional.
Source: International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

->Email your nearest Honduran embassy
Write to your nearest Honduran embassy and demand that the Honduran Armed Forces immediately re-instate the ousted President Zelaya and re-establish respect for all elected authorities.
Source: Friends of the Earth

->Sign the call for a global climate change deal
In December world leaders will meet in Copenhagen to decide our destiny. If enough people from around the world show support, our leaders will have the courage to act. Add your name to the call for a global deal to save our planet from catastrophic climate change.

->World Bank sign-on letter: leverage funding for reproductive health!
Please join Gender Action and its partners in leveraging World Bank funding and integrating gender into their HIV/AIDS and reproductive health investments by supporting the sign-on letter.
Source: Gender Action

->Count me in: sexual rights for all
The petition will be presented to the United Nations to demand governments act now to fulfil their promises on access to sexual and reproductive health services, education and information for all young people.
Source: 15 and Counting

->Stop the violation of Burundian refugees' rights in Tanzania
Send an email message to Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania, and other world leaders.
Source: Refugees

-> All campaigns
8. IFIs Latin American Monitor

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