Choike Newsletter - 21 January 2010

A Portal on Southern Civil Societies - Thu Jan 21 2010

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-> World Social Forum 2010
Celebrating its tenth year of existence, the World Social Forum will
take place in 2010 in a decentralized manner, starting with a great
event in the Greater Porto Alegre (Brazil), where it was born.

-> 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 (BPFA).

-> UN climate conference – Copenhagen, December 2009
Copenhagen was a unique opportunity to turn the world’s course away from
climate disaster, but leaders of the major powers negotiated for their
national interests, instead of safeguarding our shared destiny.


-> Preserving Palestine’s Roots of Resistance
According to UN figures, olive trees account for more than 45 percent of
all farmland and 80 percent of all orchards in Palestine. They also
happen to be a consistent target for Israeli settler and military attacks.

-> Social Movements 2.0
The tension around the pros and cons of online organizing has spurred a
healthy debate in the social movement community.

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Education for All - Global Monitoring Report 2010
Education systems in many of the world's poorest countries are now
experiencing the aftershock of the global economic downturn. The 2010
Education for All Global Monitoring Report, released on 19 January,
argues that the crisis could create a lost generation of children whose
life chances will have been irreparably damaged by a failure to protect
their right to education.
Source: UNESCO
More information in "Making literacy a priority":

Haiti: Grants to repay an odious debt?
There is no doubt that the recent natural disaster has lead to
considerable and unforeseeable material and human damage. Emergency aid
is therefore needed and everyone can agree on this point. However, this
earthquake was not the root cause of poverty and squalor. This country
needs to be re-built because it has been stripped of its means to
rebuild itself. Haiti is neither a free nor a sovereign country.
Source: Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt
More information in "External debt":

Climate indebted
While climate change is an environmental problem, the way we deal with
it will have a massive impact on economic development and inequality on
a global scale. A transfer of wealth and power from the global North to
South is essential to averting climate catastrophe, argues Tim Jones,
policy officer at the World Development Movement.
Source: Share the World's Resources
More information in "Climate change":

State of the World's Indigenous Peoples
There are over 370 million indigenous people in some 90 countries,
living in all regions of the world. The situation of indigenous peoples
in many parts of the world is critical today. Poverty rates are
significantly higher among indigenous peoples compared to other groups.
While they constitute 5 per cent of the world's population, they are 15
per cent of the world's poor.
Source: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
More information in "Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues":

Recovering from the crisis: A Global Jobs Pact
On 19 June 2009, the International Labour Conference, with the
participation of Government, Employers’ and Workers’ delegates from the
ILO’s member States, unanimously adopted “Recovering from the crisis: A
Global Jobs Pact”, a global policy instrument addressing the social and
employment impact of the international financial and economic crisis. It
promotes a productive recovery centred on investments, employment and
social protection.
Source: International Labour Organization
More information in "The global financial crisis: implications for the

Financing for Development and Women Rights: a critical review
This publication from WIDE reviews the current debates about
development, as well as the background for this new aid architecture,
and analyses the international frameworks for financing for development
and women rights, as well as governments´ commitments for resources. It
also summarises and analyses all the contributions to the aid
effectiveness agenda from a gender perspective.
Source: WIDE
More information in "Financing for Development":

Reporting gender based violence: A handbook for journalists
Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa has launched a new handbook for
reporters to support sustained media coverage of gender-based violence
beyond 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children. The toolkit
looks at various issues related to gender-based violence including
religious and harmful traditional practices, domestic violence, sexual
violence, femicide, sex work and trafficking, sexual harassment, armed
conflicts, HIV and AIDS, child abuse, the role of men, the criminal
justice system, as well as the costs of gender-based violence.
Source: IPS Africa
More information in "Gender-based violence":

Pro-transgender development: Challenges posed by religious extremism
Just as we should deplore the role of religious extremism in terrorist
acts, we must reject extremist intolerance and antipathy towards sexual
minorities, argues Audrey Mbugua. Rather than 'surrender your brain' to
hate-mongering religious leaders and misplaced fear, Mbugua stresses, we
must focus on promoting peace and understanding.
Source: Pambazuka
More information in "Homophobia":

Cairo Declaration To End Israeli Apartheid
Roughly 1400 activists from 43 countries converged in Cairo on their way
to Gaza to join with Palestinians marching to break Israel's illegal
siege. They were prevented from entering Gaza by the Egyptian
authorities. As a result, the Freedom Marchers remained in Cairo. They
staged a series of nonviolent actions aimed at pressuring the
international community to end the siege against Palestinians. This
declaration arose from those actions.
Source: Counter Currents
More information in "Israeli-Palestinian conflict":

5. LATEST ADDITIONS: Southern NGOs and other resources

Global Fair Banking Initiative
Cross-national collaboration to advance fair and inclusive financial
systems everywhere in the world, along with effective standards and
incentives that promote the highest professional benchmarks, best
practices and responsive innovations from financial firms that are
necessary to meet the evolving financial needs of diverse populations
around the world. US.

-> NGO directory


->Feminist international solidarity camp to open on Haitian-Dominican
Republic border
The solidarity camp is named after Myriam Merlet, a feminist activist
who was killed in the earthquake last week. As an outspoken activist,
Merlet helped draw international attention to the use of rape as a
political weapon.
Source: AWID

->Women's movement mourns death of 3 Haitian leaders
Myriam Merlet, Magalie Marcelin and Anne Marie Coriolan, founders of
three of the country's most important advocacy organizations working on
behalf of women and girls, are confirmed dead, victims of last week's
Source: CNN

Economy and Financial Affairs

->High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development
NGO in consultative status with ECOSOC as well as those that were
granted ad hoc accreditation to the International Conference on
Financing for Development (ICFfD), its follow-up process and the Doha
Review Conference are eligible to apply for this event, which takes
place on 16-17 March 2010 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Source: UN NGLS

Environment - Globalization

->2010 to decide how world is governed
Will discussions and decisions on global issues like the economic crisis
and climate change be made in a democratic way or through small groups
of countries, which traditionally have been dominated by rich nations?
This question on "global governance" has been debated for years. But
2010 will be a crucial year in defining the answers. By Martin Khor.
Source: The Star

Sustainable Development

->Peoples' World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth's Rights
The Government of Bolivia calls on the peoples of the world, social
movements and Mother Earth's defenders to the Peoples' World Conference
on Climate Change and Mother Earth's Rights to be held from 20th to 22nd
April 2010 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Source: Official site


->Three approved GMOs linked to organ damage
In what is being described as the first ever and most comprehensive
study of the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health,
researchers have linked organ damage with consumption of Monsanto's GM
Source: Counter Currents


->UN experts urge Thailand to stop immediately the expulsions of Hmong
Two independent experts of the UN Human Rights Council expressed their
grave concern at reports of forcible return of large numbers of Hmong
from Thailand to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
Source: OHCHR

Sexual diversity

->Argentine gay couple becomes first in region to marry
Alejandro Freyre and Jose Maria Di Bello tied the knot in a civil
ceremony in the southern city of Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego province.
Gay marriage is illegal in Argentina. However, the Tierra del Fuego
governor issued a special decree allowing the couple to wed there.
Source: BBC News

-> All news

->Solidarity and respect for Popular Sovereignty: Haiti is calling
Now is the time for the governments that form part of the MINUSTAH, the
UN and in particular France and the United States, the governments of
Latin America, to revise this action that is contrary to the basic needs
of the Haitian people.
Source: Jubilee South/Americas

->Malawi: end arrests and discrimination against LGBT people
Join the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in
calling upon the Malawi government to release Steven Monjeza (age 26)
and Tiwonge Chimbalanga (age 20) from detention and end discrimination
against LGBT and HIV/AIDS activists.
Source: International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

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