Choike Newsletter - 20 November 2008

A Portal on Southern Civil Societies - Thu Nov 20 2008


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Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development - 29
November - 2 December 2008, Doha, Qatar

-> Events


->The global financial crisis: implications for the South
The international financial system, its architecture and its
institutions have been completely overwhelmed by the scale of the
current financial and economic crisis. But what are the implications for
the South?

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Statement on the proposed “Global Summit” to reform the international
financial system
In recent weeks, leaders worldwide have recognized the deficiencies of
the existing financial system and the need to meet to address a broader
set of proposals to reform the global financial system and its
institutions. The developed countries plus the G20 met in Washington DC
on 15 November 2008 to begin the discussions. However, civil society
organizations issued a declaration stating their concerns that the
proposed meetings were carried out in a rushed and non-inclusive manner,
and as a result, fail to address the comprehensive range of changes
needed, or fairly allocate their burden.
Source: Choike

The Golgotha of global finance
Leaders that met in Washington to debate the financial crisis should
reflect on the brawl at the Holy Sepulchre, where there is no fire
escape and the rooftop is about to collapse because those guarding each
sector defend their own selfish privileges instead of preserving the
common good. The international financial architecture resembles too much
the Golgotha Church.
Source: Agenda Global, La Diaria

How trade, the WTO and the financial crisis reinforce each other
Myriam Vander Stichele, SOMO, argues that the call made by the World
Trade Organisation and some European leaders to finalise the Doha round
at the same time of financial reform talks (so-called Bretton Woods II)
completely ignores that this would impose on the South exactly the same
recipe of deregulation and liberalisation of financial services that
caused the crisis in the first place. In fact, Free Trade Agreements
already signed by both nations in both the North and the South are
already likely to make increasing regulation of the financial sector
difficult, if not impossible.
Source: Casino Crash
More information in "World Trade Organization - WTO":

Gender in economics
Gender equality at the centre of Financing for Development
"The upcoming Review Conference on the Monterrey Consensus, to be held
in Doha, Qatar, next 29th November ­ 2nd December, provides the EU with
a new opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to policy coherence in
the context of gender equality and women´s human rights by ensuring that
macroeconomic issues are linked to development and social policy
Source: WIDE Network

Open letter from Maputo: V International Conference of La Vía Campesina
The entire world is in crisis, a crisis with multiple dimensions. There
is a food crisis, an energy crisis, a climate crisis and a financial
crisis. The solutions put forth by Power – more free trade, more GMOs,
etc. – purposefully ignore the fact that the crisis is a product of the
capitalist system and of neoliberalism, and they will only worsen its
impacts. To find real solutions we need to look toward Food Sovereignty
as put forth by La Via Campesina.
Source: La Via Campesina
More information in "Agriculture and food sovereignty":

Strategy for U.S. engagement with the International Criminal Court
The virulent campaign against the International Criminal Court waged by
conservative hardliners in the Congress and Bush administration has
alienated America from its allies and isolated the United States from
the court’s application and enforcement of atrocity law, including the
“crime of aggression”—with major implications for U.S. military
engagements overseas, write David Scheffer and John Hutson in a new
paper for The Century Foundation. The lurid worst-case scenarios spun
out by ICC foes have patently not come to pass, the former war-crimes
ambassador and former judge-advocate-general of the Navy point out, and
the next President and Congress need to engage the United States closely
in the court’s work.
Source: The Century Foundation
More information in "International Criminal Court":

Colombia: targeting civilians in Colombia's internal armed conflict
Colombia’s internal armed conflict has pitted the security forces and
paramilitaries against guerrilla groups for more than 40 years. It has
been marked by extraordinary levels of human rights abuses and
violations of international humanitarian law, with civilians by far the
principal victims. The Colombian government is in denial about the
country's human rights situation.
Source: Amnesty International
More information in "Civil and political rights":

Security Council reform – the 62nd GA Session and the road ahead
Long and contentious attempts to change the structure and working
methods of the Security Council are not new. The first concrete reform
proposals surfaced as early as the 1950s. Then in 1965 the number of
non-permanent seats was adopted, expanding the number of non-permanent
seats from six to ten. Although in large part the reform grew out of a
desire to accommodate the many newly independent African and Asian
countries, it failed to completely satisfy the rapidly growing UN
Source: Center for UN Reform Education
More information in "UN reform":

Hemispheric Conference against militarization says no to Merida
Initiative, U.S. military bases
More than 800 representatives from organizations throughout the Americas
made their way to the northern city of La Esperanza, Honduras to take a
strong stand against the militarization of their nations and
communities. Following three days of workshops, the participants read
their final declaration in front of the gates of the U.S. Army Base at
Palmerola, Honduras, just hours from the conference site.
Source: Americas Program - Center for International Policy (CIP)[Americas%20Updater]%20Anti-Militarization%2C%20Operation%20Chihuahua%3A%20Failed%2C%20Bolivian%20Crisis%20Series
More information in "Disarmament":

A third Palestinian Intifada in the making
Palestinian collective revolts are not a singular response to singular
problems caused by outsiders, for example the British mandate, Zionist
colonial designs, Israeli occupation, and so on. What is often missed
are the internal factors which anger the Palestinian masses, such as
their leadership's failures, divisions, u-turns, corruption, nepotism,
and so on.
Source: Palestine Chronicle
More information in "Israeli-Palestinian conflict":

The link between gender, international finance and climate change
A new briefing prepared by Gender Action introduces the gender impacts
of International Financial Institution (IFI) and commercial bank
investments in sectors heavily impacted by climate change: agriculture,
health, reproduction, post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction.
Source: Gender Action Action Link - Climate Change.pdf
More information in "Climate change":

Forging partnerships towards a renewed vision of adult education in Africa
The African Platform on Adult Education, composed of four networks:
ANCEFA, FEMNET, PAALAE and PAMOJA is convinced that the 6th
International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) will offer
the opportunity for policy dialogue and advocacy on adult education
which will lead to a renewal of commitment at the national, regional and
interna-tional levels. A civil society report of the Platform aims to
contribute to both the Regional Preparatory Conference in Kenya in
November 2008 as well as to CONFINTEA VI in May 2009 in Brazil.
Source: African Platform for Adult Education
More information in "Making literacy a priority":

Unions demand respect and rights for domestic workers
Trade unions, the self-organisations of domestic workers and support
NGOs are working together, with the International Union of Food, Farm
and Hotel Workers (IUF) taking the lead at a global level for
domestic/household workers to be recognised as workers/ employees by the
International Labour Organization (ILO).
Source: IUF / IRENE
More information in "Global labour rights":

The IMF is dead; long live the IMF
Rumors of the International Monetary Fund's demise appear to have been
greatly exaggerated. While the IMF has spent most of the last three
years looking for clients and "relevance," the end of the U.S. housing
bubble and the resulting global credit crunch seem to have given the
institution a new lease on life. However, it is on its track record on
which the IMF should be judged as today's financial and economic crises
unfold. The IMF's policy advice is always designed to reflect the best
interest of investors.
Source: Foreign Policy In Focus
More information in "International Monetary Fund - IMF":

4. LATEST ADDITIONS: Southern NGOs and other resources

Global Labor Strategies - GLS
They work to contribute to building global labor solidarity through
research, analysis, strategic thinking, and network building around
labor and employment issues.

Respect and Rights for Domestic Workers
The web site aims to give space to organisations of domestic/household
workers to present themselves in the web.

The African Platform for Adult Education
Four African networks have united to form a joint platform with a view
to prepare for CONFINTEA VI (The International Conference on Adult
Education) that will take place in Belém Pará, Brazil from 19-22 May 2009.

-> NGO directory

Human Rights

->The state of world population 2008
Despite many declarations and affirmations in support of women’s rights,
the UNFPA state of world population 2008 report argues that gender
inequality is widespread and deep-rooted in many cultures.
Source: UNFPA

->Uruguay: Signatures from around the world against the veto
"We hope the democratic system returns the rights your veto has violated
to all Uruguayans."

->Controlling migrant women, not helping sex workers
Italian´s municipal ordinances to keep streets ’safe’ lead to repression
of street prostitutes who are seen as
irregular/unauthorised/undocumented migrants.
Source: Laura Agustín

->UN human rights chief calls for end to Israeli blockade of Gaza Strip
"By function of this blockade, 1.5 million Palestinian men, women and
children have been forcibly deprived of their most basic human rights
for months," said Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Source: UN News Centre

->Somalia: UNICEF speaks out against stoning death of 13-year-old rape
Aisha Duhulow was stoned to death in a stadium full of spectators in the
southern port city of Kismayo on 27 October after authorities found her
guilty of adultery.
Source: UN News Centre

->Facebooking a hunger strike: Saudi activists' innovative online campaign
Seventy Saudi activists launched a two-day hunger strike via Facebook to
protest the detention of 11 human rights activists who have been held in
Saudi Arabia for months -some for almost two years- without charge.
Source: The Hub

People - Society

->ASEAN Peoples' Forum 2008
Civil society organizations and social movements from across Southeast
Asia will gather in Bangkok for the ASEAN Peoples' Forum (APF), from
December 12 to 14, 2008.
Source: ASEAN Peoples' Forum 2008

Sustainable Development

->Poison fire: oil and gas abuse in Nigeria
A new film - Poison fire - follows a team of local activists as they
gather “video testimonies” from communities on the impact of oil spills
and gas flaring in Nigeria. November 2008.
Source: Friends of the Earth International


->Global call for action around the 30th anniversary of the Alma Ata
In 1978, at the Alma-Ata Conference, ministers from 134 countries in
association with WHO and UNICEF called for 'Health for All by the Year
2000' and identified Primary Health Care as the strategy to achieve it.
Unfortunately, that dream never came true.
Source: People's Health Movement

->President’s veto an insult to democracy
The Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network, LACWHN, rejects
utterly and with indignation the veto imposed by the President of the
Republic of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez, with regard to the Law to Defend
Sexual and Reproductive Health, which was recently approved by both
houses of this country’s legislative branch.
Source: LACWHN

Economy and Financial Affairs

->Ecuadorean government postpones payment of debt interests
The Minister of Finances of Ecuador announced that the government
decided to suspend payment of $ 30 million in interest on its 2012
global bonds. President Correa will use the 30-day grace period
contemplated in the bond agreement itself to decide what will his next
move be based partly on the audit's results.
Source: IFIs Latin American Monitor

->Social movements in Latin America confront the G20 and develop a plan
of action to cope with the financial crisis
Social leaders belonging to the Hemispheric Social Alliance gathered in
Quito to discuss the implications of the current global financial crisis
and the actions that the peoples of the continent should take.
Source: Hemispheric Social Alliance

->Zoellick 'misled' storm-struck Haitians over debt cancellation
Haitian and international civil society groups have written to World
Bank President Robert Zoellick asking him to clarify 'misleading'
remarks about debt cancellation made on a visit to storm-ravaged Haiti.
Source: Jubilee Debt Campaign


->G20: summary and analysis of Washington meeting
Despite being billed as a 'Bretton Woods 2' meeting, the first G20 heads
of state meeting in Washington in mid-November agreed little of
substance, and was criticised for an opaque, closed preparation process.
Source: Bretton Woods Project

->The IDB has set its "roadmap" with civil society in Montevideo
Within the framework of the 8th IDB-Civil Society meeting held on
October 17-18, 2008 in Montevideo, Uruguay, organizations taking part
raised their concerns about the Bank’s actions before the IDB president.
Source: IFIs Latin American Monitor

-> All news

->A global response to a global crisis. No "Bretton Woods II" without me
and you!
Please endorse the statement asking for an inclusive negotiation process
(already more than 2500 signatures) and the new substantive statement
calling for new principles and rules to build an economic system that
works for the people and the planet.

->La Via Campesina: call to action on the 60th anniversary of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
La Via Campesina call to all its members and allies to get mobilised in
their respective countries, on 10 December 2008, to demand the
institutionalisation of the rights of the peasants.
Source: La Via Campesina

->D.R. Congo: Tracking the Eastern Congo Conflict
This website allows anyone to submit crisis information through text
messaging using a mobile phone, email or web form.
Source: Ushahidi

->The global economic crisis: An historic opportunity for transformation
An initial response from individuals, social movements and
non-governmental organisations in support of a transitional programme
for radical economic transformation.
Source: Casino Crash

->Support the women in India brutally attacked by the police
In yet another incident, the tribal and dalit women of village Harna
Kachar, Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh, had to bear the brunt of
atrocities by the Police and the Forest Department.
Source: WRM

-> All campaigns

7. IFIs Latin American Monitor

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IFI campaigns for reform of the Bretton Woods institutions by
translating key information, producing and disseminating news and
analysis, thus promoting dialogue and collaboration between key actors.
This project is possible thanks to the support of Mott Foundation.

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