Choike Newsletter - 6 November 2009

A Portal on Southern Civil Societies - Fri Nov 06 2009

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->Sign-on: Request for civil society participation in IMF study on
Financial Transactions Taxes
Sign-on letter to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director
International Monetary Fund, requesting for civil society participation
in IMF study on how the financial sector can help pay for the bailouts.


->People's Food Sovereignty Forum 2009

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

-> Events

->DAWN’s Supplement on ICPD+15
DAWN’s Supplement on ICPD+15: ICPD+15 at the Crossroads: Health, Rights
and Citizenship; Advocating for Full Sexual and Reproductive Health and
Rights: Still and Uphill Battle; Sexual and Reproductive Health and
Rights and Global Finance - Crisis or Opportunity?; ICPD Agenda Remains

->30 Years CEDAW
Join the campaign. Demand action on CEDAW now!

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At the Asia-Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing +15
Entitled, "Beyond the Crisis: Forging Ahead with Development
Alternatives," the DAWN plenary at the AP-NGO Forum on Beijing+15
explored important debates and dilemmas in global governance, the nature
of multilateralism, and the role of state and non-state actors that had
been made sharper if not overtaken by the current crises as well as
their implications on feminist politics and advocacies.
More information in "Beijing +15 - Fifteen-year review of the Beijing
Platform for Action":

Climate change and Africa's natural resources
On the eve of the climate change summit in Copenhagen this December,
momentum for action still falls far short of that needed to avert
catastrophe. Africa will suffer consequences out of all proportion to
its contribution to global warming, which is primarily caused by
greenhouse gas emissions from wealthy countries.
Source: Pambazuka
More information in "Climate change":

The humanitarian impact of two years of blockade on the Gaza Strip
A recent UN report documents the humanitarian impact of the blockade
imposed by Israel since June 2007 on the 1.5 million people living in
the Gaza Strip. It focuses on the effects of the import and export
restrictions and the travel ban to and from Gaza on livelihoods, food
security, education, health, shelter, energy and water and sanitation.
Source: United Nations
More information in "Israeli-Palestinian conflict":

Doing a decent job? IMF policies and decent work in times of crisis
Boosting equitable growth, meeting the most urgent needs of the poor,
and laying the foundations for a robust development which creates decent
work and benefits the poorest sectors of society should be the main
goals of the funding provided to counter the effects of the crisis.
However a new study raises strong doubts that IMF loans will have the
intended positive effect on developing countries.
Source: Eurodad
More information in "International Monetary Fund - IMF":

Brave new world emerges from IMF and World Bank Istanbul meetings
The IMF /World Bank 2009 Annual meetings were, as every three years,
held outside of Washington, this time in the city of Istanbul. The
meetings came on the heels of the recent summit of the Group of 20 in
Pittsburgh, giving follow up to several of its decisions. Some of the
outcomes were perplexing, there is little progress and, some might say,
even some signs of retrogression.
Source: Center of Concern

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

The state of food insecurity in the world 2009
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme
(WFP) have published a joint report, “The State of Food Insecurity in
the World, 2009: Economic Crises- Impacts and Lessons Learned”, which
documents the impact of the economic crises on global food insecurity,
and highlights the need for immediate and sustainable responses to end
Source: FAO
More information in "Agriculture and food sovereignty":

4. LATEST ADDITIONS: Southern NGOs and other resources

Free access database that offers research information covering all
aspects of human impact to the environment.

Poverty Portal - Sri Lanka
Online portal for practitioners and researchers who want to share or use
information, and will pull together macro and micro level information on
poverty in Sri Lanka.

Tanzania on-line
Tanzania Online is a gateway to information on development issues in
Tanzania. It is an initiative to address problems faced by Government
officials, policy makers, private sector, civil society, donor
community, researchers and academicians accessing information on
development issues in Tanzania.

World Deaf Information Resource Project
The Gallaudet University Center for International Programs and Services
(CIPS) initiated this web site to help people find deaf-related
resources around the world.

-> NGO directory

Human Rights

->UNICEF/Chile: stop violence against indigenous children
Reports of police violence against Mapuche children in the southern
Chilean region of Araucanía prompted the country's UNICEF
representative, Gary Stahl.
Source: IPS

->More protection for the internally displaced in Africa
The African Union IDPs Convention would be the first international
instrument of its kind and would send a signal to the rest of the world
about the seriousness with which Africa, home to around half of the
global total of internally displaced persons (IDPs), considers the issue.
Source: FIDH
Human Rights - Sexual diversity

->Ugandan NGOs set to respond to anti-homosexuality bill
Following the tabling of the Anti-Homosexual Bill in the Ugandan
parliament, a new Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and
Constitutional Law has been formed, set to respond to the draconian bill
which, according to the coalition undermines basic human rights and the
Constitution of Uganda.
Source: Behind the Mask

Trade and Regional Integration

European Union-India Summit:
Opportunity to hold the ongoing EU-India free trade agreement
negotiations and rethink trade relations from a sustainable development
and gender equality perspective!

->Historic WTO ruling on Brazil-US cotton
The WTO has issued an arbitration report in a dispute between the United
States and Brazil over US cotton subsidies, giving Brazil the right to
use trade countermeasures against the US, and in certain circumstances
to suspend intellectual property obligations.
Source: IP Watch


->Women’s rights under threat
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against
Women (CEDAW), WIDE Network reminds the European Union about the
importance and timeliness of CEDAW for women’s human rights and about
the EU’s commitments to advance gender equality.
Source: WIDE

->Asia Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing +15 kicks off
The Asia Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing + 15 opened today in the
Philippines, with no less than Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations
Undersecretary General and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia
and the Pacific Executive Secretary gracing the process.
Source: Isis Women

->Using technology against gender-based violence
Take back the tech!, a global campaign that calls for ordinary ICT users
to take control of technology to end violence against women is calling
for 16 days of activism against gender-based violence from 25 November
to 10 December 2009.
Source: Take back the tech!

->Why climate change is a woman's problem
While a UN climate change meeting was taking place in Bangkok, members
of the broad coalition, Women for Climate Justice (GenderCC) reiterated
the need to include women more comprehensively in the outcome documents
of the ongoing meetings on the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Source: Isis International

->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

-> All news

->Sign-on: Request for civil society participation in IMF study on
Financial Transactions Taxes
Sign-on letter to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director
International Monetary Fund, requesting for civil society participation
in IMF study on how the financial sector can help pay for the bailouts.

->Take back the tech!
Take back the tech!, a global campaign that calls for ordinary ICT users
to take control of technology to end violence against women is calling
for 16 days of activism against gender-based violence from 25 November
to 10 December 2009.

->Uganda action alert: Dismiss the anti-homosexuality bill
The Ugandan Parliament is now considering a homophobic law that would
reaffirm penalties for homosexuality and criminalize the "promotion of
Source: International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

->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

-> All campaigns
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