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FRIDE (Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior) has released an analysis of the challenges and opportunities of adapting the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness in Latin America and the Caribbean. Systematising the lessons in implementing the Paris principles in six Latin American middle-income countries, the document aims to feed into the design of a regional aid effectiveness agenda which in turn could influence the global aid policies.
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Agriculture and food sovereignty
Participants of a Conference on Ecological Agriculture: Mitigating Climate Change, Providing Food Security and Self-Reliance for Rural Livelihoods in Africa called for the promotion and implementation of ecological agriculture in the continent. This is because ecological agriculture holds significant promise for increasing the productivity of Africa’s smallholder farmers, with consequent positive impacts on food security and food self-reliance, as well as has environmental benefits, including allowing adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.
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Civil and political rights
December 10, 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The achievements in the past 60 years are by no means negligible. At the time of its adoption, the UDHR was considered as a statement of principles to serve as a "common standard of achievement" rather than a legal treaty having the force of law. Nevertheless, the UDHR has not only set a standard of achievement but earned an increasing moral, legal and political significance.
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Children's rights
A new publication by Plan International - West Africa presents a brief overview of the various forms of sexual and abuse in and around schools, and recommends priority actions for children, families, aid agencies, and governments to help rid Africa of a major impediment to children’s rights to protection, education and non-discrimination as set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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Economic, social and cultural rights - ESCR
The unusual combination of financial crisis, food crisis, energy and climate crisis requires a new approach based on human rights, argues the international Social Watch coalition in its 2008 report, launched during the United Nations Conference on Financing for Development being held in Doha, Qatar, from 29 November to 2 December. Next December 10, as the report remembers, the 60th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be commemorated and the title of the Social Watch Report 2008 is, precisely, "Rights is the Answer".
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Health and health services, goods for sale
Civil society organizations and scientists from around the world are calling for 'a new development paradigm' to address the toxic combination of climate change, growing poverty and inequality and poor health. The new report, Global Health Watch 2, says that unfair social and economic policies combined with bad politics are to blame for the poor state of the health of millions of people in the world.
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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.

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Human Rights - Fri Jan 09 2009
Major ESC rights movements gathered in Kenya
More than 200 people coming from different parts of the world participated in the ESCR-Net's (a network of NGOs that work on economic, social and cultural rights around the world) Global Gathering on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights that took place in December 2008 in Kenya.
Source: ESCR-net

Human Rights - Tue Dec 16 2008
Call for papers on human rights of migrants and refugees
The Human Rights University Network - Sur and the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) invites all interested parties to send in their contributions for the Special Issue of the Sur Journal on Human Rights of People on the Move: Migrants and Refugees.
Source: Sur Journal

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Kenyan peace summit takes place in February (Pambazuka)

Obama and US policy towards Africa (Pambazuka)

Black American politicians vote for War on Gaza (Pambazuka)

The Africa that pushes back (Pambazuka)

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