Choike Newsletter - 10 September 2009

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->Cairo +15 - International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)
Today, 15 years after having generated a new paradigm in the
relationship between population and development there is no sufficient
political will to translate the consensus of the ICPD into
programmes,policies and actions.

-> Beijing +15 - Fifteen-year review of the Beijing Platform for Action
>From March 1 to 12 2010, government delegations attending the UN
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will assess progress made in the
implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA).

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->UN climate conference – Copenhagen, December 2009
The meeting that takes place 7-18 December 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark
has been regarded as a crucial moment for the future of humankind and
the planet.

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-> Beijing +15 overview and regional activities

-> South Africa: landmark water case reaches Constitutional Court

-> Women’s groups join battle against bus segregation in Israel

-> Labour and Social Movements under/against a Globalised and
Informatised Capitalism

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What the G20 Pittsburgh summit needs to do
Over the past year, the US and European governments have committed over
45 times the sums they spent on
development assistance in 2007 to failing banks and other financial
institutions. Simultaneously, the 5 months since the London G20 have
seen world poverty continue to soar with almost 1 billion people going
hungry every day. If urgent and concrete action is not taken, it is
estimated that a further 100 million people, mostly those living in
countries in the global south will have fallen into extreme poverty by
the end of 2009.
Source: GCAP
More information in: "The global financial crisis: implications for the

Divide and rule: the politics of climate change negotiations
The IPCC has confirmed that the Earth has a limited capacity to absorb
greenhouse gas emissions (limited “emission or carbon budget”).
Negotiations over a global goal and mitigation commitments are
addressing how to share this limited atmospheric resource between rich
and poor nations. At stake in the climate negotiations, therefore, is
among the largest divisions of wealth and resources in modern history.
Source: OilWatch
More information in: "UN climate conference – Copenhagen, December 2009":

Which Fund do you want?
Technical or political, friendly or heated, several debates have
explored all the aspects of the tumultuous relationship between the IMF
and Latin America, except for one: What Fund do we want? How should we
reform the Fund, if we could? This is the precise question that the IMF
has formulated to a group of academics, unionists, and NGO activists,
who have been convened to participate in an off- the-record,
experimental but potentially transforming dialogue with the institution.
Source: Social Watch
More information in "The global financial crisis: implications for the

Multiple Activities throughout the world to mark the WSF's 10th birthday
celebrations in 2010
In 2010, the World Social Forum will celebrate the 10 years of its
process. To mark this date the WSF will hold multiple activities
throughout the world year-round. To give the WSF process during 2010 a
common identity, the IC suggested using the global crisis theme –
understood not just as an economic crisis, but also as an environmental,
food, energy, civilization and humanitarian crisis – but at the same
time respecting the local organization autonomy in the definition of
themes to be discussed during each event.
Source: WSF
More information in: "World Social Forum (WSF)"

Returning to the IMF is not for free
In the past weeks, several voices were heard in favour of Argentina’s
return to the IMF, allowing the institution to carry out the review of
the economy known as Article IV. The last review was carried out in 2006
and, since then, it has been put off by the government. Those who
support this review maintain that it would operate as a "seal of
approval" for the economic administration, which would grant access to
external finance from the IMF and private investors. It could be thought
that in a context of external constraint and recession, this
contribution would be useful for the implementation of counter-cyclical
policies that may reduce the impact of the economic crisis.
Nevertheless, the Fund’s operating rules and economic history certainly
allow to pose question marks on this approach.
Source: Cash, Página 12
More information in "International Monetary Fund - IMF"

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Climate Funds Update
This website, developed by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and
the Heinrich Böll Foundation, provides information on the growing number
of international funding initiatives that have been designed to help
developing countries address the challenges of climate change.

Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators
The Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators are a contribution to
the worldwide effort to develop comprehensive statistics of national
well-being that go beyond traditional macroeconomic indicators.

Ethical Markets
Independent media company covering the emergence of a sustainable,
green, more ethical and just economy worldwide.

-> NGO directory

Human Rights

Lawmakers in Uruguay have approved a bill allowing gay and lesbian
couples to adopt
Despite opposition from Uruguay's Roman Catholic Church and some of the
political opposition, the 99-seat Chamber or Representatives on Thursday
passed the bill 40-13, with the remaining members absent.

->Brazil liable for illegal wiretap of landless movement
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights of the Organization of American
States (OAS) condemned Brazil for illegal wiretaps of the Landless
Workers Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, MST) in
the southern state of Paraná.
Source: Justiça Global

->Before Beijing + 15
The Beijing + 15 Regional Review Meeting will be held in Geneva on 2-3
November 2009. The NGO Working Group on Women’s Employment and Economics
of Gender is organising an interactive roundtable on 30-31 October in
preparation for the 15th Year Review about “New challenges and
opportunities for gender equality in the ECE region: key issues and
policy responses”.
Source: WUNRN

Sustainable Development

->Significant pressure needed for a just outcome in Copenhagen
The process to date on negotiations that are going to culminate at talks
in Copenhagen this December has been thoroughly lamentable.
Source: Friends of the Earth Blog

->Uganda: carbon trading scheme pushing people off their land
With the world’s attention focused on climate change, one of the methods
suggested to reduce global carbon emissions is causing the displacement
of indigenous persons as western companies rush to invest in
tree-planting projects in developing countries.
Source: IPS

Human Rights - World Peace and Security

->Coup catalyzes Honduran women's movement
Honduran women have built a movement that, despite little media
attention and the barriers of a male-dominated society, has garnered
international support from women around the world and respect from the
general resistance movement. By Laura Carlsen.
Source: Americas Program

Sexual diversity

->Latin American dialogue on sexuality and geopolitics
SPW is organizing a series of Regional Dialogues on Sexuality and
Geopolitics and the next one, the Latin American, will take place 24-26
Source: Sexuality Policy Watch


->The next edition of WSF to be held in Dakar, Senegal, Africa, in 2011
The last WSF International Meeting, in May, approved to hold the next
World Social Forum in Dakar, in Senegal in 2011. According to the
African Social Forum organizers, the Dakar proposal is supported by
several social movements in the region, such as feminist organizations
and trade unions.
Source: WSF

->Quebec Social Forum will be held from October the 9th until the 12th
>From October the 9th until the 12th it will be held in Canada the
second edition of the Quebec Social Forum. More than six people are
expected to participate in the several programmed activities. Some of
the event's cross-cutting themes address resistance and the creation of
alternatives to capitalist, patriarchal, racist and homophobic forms of
oppression, and of a “Reinventing the Quebec of tomorrow”.
Source: WSF

->MPs will audit Brazil’s external debt
On Wednesday, August 19, at 2 p.m., the Parliamentary Commission of
Inquiry (CPI) on Debt was set up by the Plenary Session of Commissions
of the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia. This Commission represents a
major step for the official auditing of the Brazilian public debt,
provided for in the 1988 Federal Constitution and long vindicated by
Brazilian social movements.

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