Choike Newsletter - 31 August 2010

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IN THIS EDITION:

-> 1. In-depth reports
-> 2. Choike Blog
-> 3. Updates
-> 4. Latest additions: Southern NGOs and other resources
-> 6. News
-> 7. Campaigns

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1. IN-DEPTH REPORTS

-> Millennium Development Goals - MDGs
World leaders will meet on 20-22 September 2010 in New York to review
progress and gaps to achieve the eight Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs) by 2015. Several civil society organizations were invited to
participate in the debate with Heads of State during the summit.
http://www.choike.org/2009/eng/informes/302.html

All in-depth reports
http://www.choike.org/nuevo_eng/especial_index.html
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2. CHOIKE BLOG

->Contradictions in the Latin American Left
Latin America has been the success story of the world left in the first
decade of the twenty-first century writes Immanuel Wallerstein.
http://blog.choike.org/eng/anlysis/1003

-> Read all entries
http://www.choike.org/nuevo_eng/evento_index.html
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3. UPDATES

Tourism in Central America: social conflict in a new setting
Even though the impact of the tourism industry is becoming increasingly
well known and local conflicts are breaking out across Central America,
the capacity for global mobilization in the face of its expansion is
still quite limited. In many of these local conflicts, the communities
are quite isolated and the capacity to respond is very weak.
Source: Alba Sud
http://www.albasud.org/publ/docs/32.en.pdf
More information in "Tourism":
http://www.choike.org/2009/eng/informes/1811.html

Mexico: Supreme Court upholds non-discrimination against gays
Mexico's Supreme Court has taken a fundamental step in recognising the
rights of gays and lesbians by voting to uphold a Mexico City law that
allows same-sex couples to adopt. The legislation is part of a series of
progressive laws passed by the leftwing government of the federal
district, that has also included the legalisation of abortion, in line
with a similar trend seen in other countries of the region. Argentina
recently became the first Latin American nation to legalise same-sex
marriage.
Source: IPS
http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=52509
More information in "Sexual diversity and the law":
http://www.choike.org/2009/eng/informes/854.html

World Education Forum 2010 - Palestine
The WEF activities will be carried out over 4 days, from the 28th to the
31st of October, 2010, and will simultaneously take place in Ramallah,
Haifa, Gaza, Jerusalem and Beirut. "Expanded activities" will also be
taking place all over the world during the WEF, as part of its program.
Source: WEF
http://www.wef-palestine.org/
More information in "World Social Forum (WSF)":
http://www.choike.org/2009/eng/informes/4601.html

Argentina: guarantee women's access to health care
A new Human Right Watch´s report entitled "Illusions of Care: Lack of
Accountability for Reproductive Rights in Argentina", documents the many
obstacles women and girls face in getting the reproductive health care
services to which they are entitled, such as contraception, voluntary
sterilization procedures, and abortion after rape.
Source: HRW
http://www.hrw.org/node/92336
More information in "Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean":
http://www.choike.org/2009/eng/informes/6416.html

"Green" energy boom destroys tribes
To mark the UN Day of Indigenous People, Survival has released the
report "Serious Damage: Tribal peoples and large dams" highlighting the
devastating impact on tribal people of a massive boom in dam-building
for hydropower. Drawing on examples from Asia, Africa and the Americas,
Survival's report exposes the untold cost of obtaining 'green' electricity.
Source: Survival
http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/6323
More information in "Indigenous peoples and globalization":
http://www.choike.org/2009/eng/informes/1290.html

Conditionality in World Bank crisis-lending to Ghana
A new briefing by Eurodad concludes that many of the World Bank's
conditions impede on Ghana's sovereign right to decide independently on
appropriate measures to recover from the global crisis and to boost long
term sustainable development. If the Bank is committed to improving
developing countries' ownership over their development pathways, its
practices need to be aligned to its promises allowing developing
countries their legitimate right to decide on their future.
Source: Eurodad
http://www.eurodad.org/whatsnew/reports.aspx?id=4211
More information in "World Bank":
http://www.choike.org/2009/eng/informes/1752.html

Leave new oil in the soil in Africa
Throughout the continent, 'oil has correlated with imperial subjugation,
local authoritarianism and flagrant human rights abuses'. Citing
examples of the devastating consequences a growing global hunger for
energy has had for communities and ecosytems in oil-bearing regions,
Oilwatch Africa calls for the world to start weaning itself from its
'addiction to oil' by 'investing more in renewable energy, energy
efficiency, better public transportation and small decentralised energy
projects.'
Source: Pambazuka
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/66289
More information in "Oil fueling conflicts":
http://www.choike.org/2009/eng/informes/1282.html

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4. LATEST ADDITIONS: Southern NGOs and other resources

AfricaAdapt
This independent bilingual network (French/English) aims to facilitate
the flow of climate change adaptation knowledge for sustainable
livelihoods between researchers, policy makers, civil society
organisations and communities who are vulnerable to climate variability
and change across Africa.
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump.cgi?ID=8662

Blue Planet Project
The Blue Planet Project is an international civil society movement to
protect the world's fresh water from the growing threats of trade and
privatization.
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump.cgi?ID=8654

-> NGO directory
http://www.choike.org/nuevo_eng/links.html
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5. NEWS

Gender

->Building capacities of young feminists in the economic South
The 4th edition of the Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era
(DAWN) training institute will be held in Southeast Asia in October
2011. The course aimed at young feminist activists from Southern
countries aims to build capacity in understanding linkages between
different issues and advocacy agendas, particularly those concerned with
gender justice in its multiple and inter-linked dimensions.
Source: DAWN
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=7932

->Burkinabé women's economic empowerment key to girls' education
An initiative to keep girls in school by supporting income-generating
activities for their mothers is bearing fruit in Burkina Faso, where
poverty and cultural values still deprive many girls of an education.
Source: IPS
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=7931

->Women united for food sovereignty and against violence towards women
"In Maputo, Mozambique, on the occasion of the international seminar on
building alliances for food sovereignty and against violence towards
women held in Maputo from July 26 to 29, La Via Campesina worked
together with World March of Women (WMW), Friends of the Earth
Intenational (FoEI) and women of the countryside from Asia and Africa
and shared our ideas to plan our work on women".
Source: La Vía Campesina
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=7928

Environment

->How FAO helps greenwash the timber industry's greenhouse gas emissions
Faced with greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of the production
chain, the timber industry has a choice. It could look at reducing
emissions. Or it could attempt to greenwash its operations, in effect
attempting to evade responsibility. Perhaps not surprisingly, given its
record, the industry is opting for the latter.
Source: WRM
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=7935

->Outrage at UN report on Nigeria oils spills
Friends of the Earth International is outraged by reports that a major
UN investigation into Nigeria oil spills funded by oil giant Shell
relies more on figures produced by oil companies and Nigerian state
statistics than on community testimony and organizations on the ground
who work with communities.
Source: FOEI
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=7933

->Oil palm in Africa
Mainly driven by the international demand for palm oil -and more
recently for agrofuels- African communities are facing the expansion of
large scale oil palm plantations. This trend is not only happening in
West and Central African countries, but is even expanding to parts of
Eastern Africa.
Source: Oil palm in Africa
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=7930

->U.N. decade hopes to push back encroaching deserts
Desertification has long been recognised as a major environmental,
economic and social problem for countries the world over. But despite
major efforts, which started with the United Nations Conference on
Desertification (UNOCD) in 1977, the process of land degradation is
intensifying.
Source: IPS
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=7927

->Chair issues draft text as Kyoto Protocol session ends
The week-long session of the working group under the Kyoto Protocol
ended on Friday 6 August with the issuance of a new 50-page draft
proposal by the Chair of the group, and a closing plenary in which
developing countries strongly criticised developed countries for their
so far abysmal plans to cut emissions and the apparent refusal of many
of them to commit to a second commitment period of the Protocol.
Source: TWN
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=7925

Society

->Dakar World Social Forum: resistance and struggle of African peoples
Focusing on the history of resistance and struggle of African peoples,
the 2011 WSF should find the necessary interface with global struggles
and strategies that are common with those of Africa, the South and the
rest of the world.
Source: WSM
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=7934

Democracy and Participation

->Civil Society deeply concerned about roll back in democratic freedoms
in South Africa
Civil society organisations express deep apprehension at the recent
attempts to strangle the media and the freedom of expression in South
Africa.
Source: Civicus
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=7924

->Technology transforms election monitoring in Kenya
Civil society organizations in Kenya have helped build an online
platform that has actively monitored Kenya's constitutional referendum
on August 4, 2010 via sms, titter and mail. This is a key step towards
the consolidation of democracy in the country.
Source: uchaguzi
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=7918

Globalization

->Americas Social Forum celebrates change in Paraguay
The Fourth Americas Social Forum kicks off Wednesday in the Paraguayan
capital with a colourful march through the streets, as some 12,000
people prepare to take part in the activities organised by 50 local
groups and 550 organisations from Argentina to Canada.
Source: IPS
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=7923

->"Widespread schizophrenia" in Doha Round
There is clearly a "widespread schizophrenia" among Members of the World
Trade Organization (WTO) on the issue of "ambition" in the context of
the Doha Round of trade negotiations, outgoing Ambassador Ujal Singh
Bhatia of India told a meeting of the General Council Thursday.
Source: Third World Network
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=7919

->Towards an International Tribunal on Economic Crimes
During the last 6 years, social movements and organisations from Latin
America and Europe, connected through the Europe-Latin America
bi-regional network Enlazando Alternativas, have repeatedly exposed how
voluntary codes of conduct, which form part of the Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) approach, have failed to tackle human rights and
environmental abuses of Transnational Corporations (TNCs).
Source: Transnational Institute
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=791

World Peace and Security

->Laos Takes Centre Stage in Cluster Bombs Treaty
After being relegated to the shadows for decades by its more powerful
neighbours, Laos is finally taking the lead role in a global campaign to
ban the use of cluster bombs.
Source: IPS
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=7917

-> All news
http://www.choike.org/nuevo_eng/noticia_index.html
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6. CAMPAIGNS

->Sign the call towards the World Assembly of Inhabitants
The International Alliance of Inhabitants is convening the World
Assembly of Inhabitants (WSF Dakar, 2011), a common space towards
achieving the Right to the City.
Source: IAI
http://www.choike.org/cgi-bin/choike/2009/eng/jump_inf.cgi?ID=7914

-> All campaigns
http://www.choike.org/nuevo_eng/campana_index.html

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