Choike Newsletter - 7 October 2009

A Portal on Southern Civil Societies - Wed Oct 07 2009

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->World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings - Istanbul, October 6-7, 2009

->G20 Pittsburgh Summit - 24-25 September 2009

-> 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.

-> All Events

-> 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.

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-> Honduras: women targeted for resisting coup

-> G20 Pittsburgh: rally on “The Hill”

-> Gaza report: credibility can’t be challenged


The World Bank in times of crisis: too many commitments and few
During the fiscal year from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009, the World
Bank?s activity was defined mainly by the global financial and economic
crisis and the effects it caused in low and middle income countries. The
official discourse highlights the record amounts pledged to meet the
crisis. However, the Annual Report 2009 figures reveal a significant
difference between the promised amounts and those actually disbursed.
Source: IFIs Latin American Monitor, ITeM
More information in "World Bank":

Social investment is the key
Robust social investment programs should be enacted in order to
effectively stimulate the global economy and mitigate the impacts of the
financial crisis on workers, women and the poor, concludes the
international civil society network Social Watch in its 2009 Report.
This will not only satisfy criteria of social justice but also is sound
economic policy, states the Report, titled People First.
Source: Social Watch

NGOs call for finance for socioeconomic and climate justice
More than 50 social movements, trade unions, environmental groups and
NGOs from 17 countries issued a statement at the UNFCC climate
negotiations that took place in Bangkok. The groups, said that rich
countries should acknowledge their historical responsibility and the
"ecological and climate debts" they owe to the Global South countries.
Source: Institute for Policy Studies
More information in "UN climate conference - Copenhagen, December 2009":

Gender is no distraction in climate change talks
As the countdown to the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit draws to a
close, gender and climate change advocates are doubling their efforts to
make sure that 23 gender-related paragraphs in the negotiating text will
make it to the new treaty that will be hammered out in December.
Source: IPS
More information in "Climate change":

Children non-discrimination toolkit
In Madagascar, the murder or rejection of children thought to be ?born
on an unlucky day? continues in some places. In some countries, children
can be detained for acts which are not treated as offences when
committed by adults. Only 24 countries in the world have banned corporal
punishment against children in all settings. While these are some of the
more extreme and overt examples of discriminatory treatment faced by
children, subtle day-to-day prejudice is much more pervasive.
Source: CRIN
More information in "Children's rights":

G20 & the IMF: peddling cosmetic changes while hounded by illegitimacy
The Women?s Working Group on Financing for Development, an alliance of
women's organizations and networks, believes that the current situation
of severe economic crisis affecting the livelihoods of women and men in
the whole world cannot be resolved with cosmetic changes designed from
an informal group of powerful countries such as the G20.
Source: WWG

The U.N. General Assembly adopts resolution to establish a new women's
After three years of extensive consultations, the UN General Assembly
adopted a resolution that takes the next step in the process that seeks
to establish a new United Nations entity focused on the rights of women.
Source: NGLS
More information in "The UN reform... and what about women?":

UN report confirms war crimes in Gaza
The UN Fact-Finding Mission released its long-awaited report on the Gaza
conflict, in which it concluded there is evidence indicating serious
violations of international human rights and humanitarian law were
committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict, and that Israel committed
actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity.
Source: UN
More information in "War crimes in Gaza":

Wealth for Africa, not from Africa
With much of Africa facing an effective re-colonisation in the wake of
the global financial crisis, William Gumede underlines the importance of
ever increasing cooperation and trade between African countries. As
forces to the east and west alike plunder the continent's mineral
wealth, it remains the task of African countries themselves to develop a
continental common market and political union based on sound democratic
foundations, Gumede concludes.
More information in "The global financial crisis: implications for the

World Bank agrees to suspend funding for palm oil sector
In response to an appeal by a global coalition of NGOs, IFC / World Bank
President Robert Zoellick has agreed to suspend IFC funding of the oil
palm sector pending the development of a revised strategy for dealing
with the troubled sector.
Source: Forest People's Programme

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African Labour Research Network - ALRN
This Network is a group of trade union-linked researchers from all over
Africa. It provides information and services to both the public and
African Labour researchers.

-> NGO directory


Human Rights

->World day for decent work mobilizations
Trade unions in more than 100 countries, from the eastern Pacific to the
west coast of the Americas, are mobilising on 7 October to tackle the
global economic and employment crisis and demand fundamental reform of
the world economy.
Source: ITUC

->Coup declares state of siege, suspends Constitutional rights
The coup regime in Honduras took one giant step forward in the abuse of
illegitimate power by issuing an Executive Decree to suspend guaranteed
rights under the Honduran Constitution, with the pretext of "serious
disruption of the peace". The decree justifies the suspension of rights
citing vandalism and "the quantity of illegal protesters".
Source: Americas Program blog

->Strides and setbacks for domestic and rural workers
In the last few years, several Latin American countries have attempted
to improve labour conditions for rural workers and domestics, whose
labour rights have long been ignored. But the new laws, even those with
limited scope, are not always enforced.
Source: IPS

->Separating religion from public life
Activist Nawal El Saadawi who recently founded the Global Solidarity
Movement for Secular Society writes about the inter-relationship between
the power of the military, the police, capitalist markets and media, and
religion, both at a global and local level. Religion is ?a very personal
individual private matter and should be totally separated from public
life' he says.
Source: Pambazuka

Economy and Financial Affairs

->Online survey for civil society on the impact of the economic crisis
The UN is inviting organizations to take part in a survey on the current
situation that local, national and international civil society
organizations (CSOs) are facing as a result of the global economic and
environmental crises.
Source: DESA

->Turkey: student protester hurls shoe at IMF chief
A student journalist threw a shoe at IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn
on Thursday and ran toward the stage shouting "IMF get out!" as the
finance official answered questions at a university in Istanbul.

->G-20 leaders remain vague on commitments to world's poorest
The United Nations Millennium Campaign is disappointed that the recently
concluded G-20 meetings ended with nothing more than vague commitments
to the needs of the world?s poorest represented by the Millennium
Development Goals.
Source: GCAP


->More Powerful UN Gender Equality Entity finally on the way
The United Nations General Assembly has finally mandated the
establishment of a new gender equality entity. What does this mean?
Source: AWID

->Dominican Republic: approved article is a serious violation of women’s
human rights
The National Congress of the Dominican Republic, has passed the
controversial Article 30 of the Constitutional Reform presented by the
executive branch. Approved in its second revision, this article
incorporates the right to life “from conception to death.”
Source: LACWHN

Sustainable Development

->World Bank's role as climate talks near
With roughly two months until the Copenhagen climate negotiations
commence, questions loom about quantities of climate finance and which
institutions will channel it, leaving speculation about the role the
World Bank will end up playing.
Source: Bretton Woods Project

-> All news

->Ask the UN to convene the next Global Water Forum
Water is a shared global commons. Crucial decisions about its management
and governance should be made by a legitimate representation of global
civil society. Asks the UN to convene the next Global Water Forum, and
to refrain from joining the World Water Council's Board of Governors.
Source: Blue October campaign

->Campaign for access to essential medicines
Many people living with HIV in developing countries are not able to get
hold of the medicines they need. The UNITAID patent pool for HIV
medicines could change this. Join MSF in pushing drug companies to put
their patents in the pool.
Source: MSF

->Demand greater leadership to Obama in tackling global climate change
Sign the following letter urging President Obama to show far greater
leadership in tackling global climate change. The U.S. stance on climate
change must be dramatically strengthened for a successful outcome at the
UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December. The letter calls for
vastly higher levels of ambition for the United States? contribution to
both emission cuts and a package of finance and technology for
developing countries.

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