Good News Agency – Year X, n° 173
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Pan-European Committee adopts draft By-Laws and calls extraordinary Regional Conference
The Committee/Board decided that the proposed By-Laws formed an acceptable basis to call an extra-ordinary European Conference/General Assembly to consider their adoption for the European regional structure. The decision to call the Conference required a decision by a two-thirds majority. The PES Committee/ETUCE Executive Board also decided, without any objections, to recommend the adoption of the revised By-Laws to the extra-ordinary Conference/Assembly. The extra-ordinary Conference will take place around 22nd November at the time scheduled for the next Committee meeting. Formal notice will be issued to the European member organisations in the near future. (...)
The working group will discuss and make recommendations on possible ways of making the new European governing structures more balanced and representative of the whole membership of EI’s European region in the longer term.
ICC review conference, nations reaffirm commitment to
2 June - More than 80 nations
have reaffirmed their commitment to the Rome Statue, which led to the founding
of the International Criminal Court (ICC), emphasizing the crucial role of
justice in achieving sustainable peace. The so-called Kampala Declaration was
adopted yesterday at the end of the general debate segment of the two-week-long
ICC review conference under way in the Ugandan capital. During the debate, 84
States, along with
So far 111 countries have
become parties to the Rome Statute that established the ICC, while 37 others
have signed but not yet ratified it. But some of the world’s largest and most
powerful countries, including
European trio agree to enforce jail terms imposed by International Criminal Court
1 June - Three European
countries today signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC)
to enforce the tribunal judges’ sentences of imprisonment, taking the number of
countries that are willing to detain people convicted by the ICC to five.
A permanent court, the ICC is
call for improvements in teacher training in
Brussels, June 16 - Meeting on 14 and 15 June in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the EI Regional Committee for Latin America called on governments in the region to prevent a heavy setback in education quality because of a lack of necessary investments.This assessment was shared by Education Minister Melanio A. Parades of the Dominican Republic. (...)
The Regional Committee also
considered the human rights’ situation in
On 16 June members of the
Regional Committee travelled from
AFT hosts global webcast to end child labour
Collectively, the delegates
will review progress and activities to evaluate what is working and determine
what more needs to be done to eliminate child labour. It is hoped that the
event will encourage the advocacy of a ‘holistic government’ approach to ending
child labour around the world through
Innovatively, the conference will feature a live webcast in order for people from around the world to participate in real time, and there will be an interactive connection with 6-8 embassies in different regions, which will be hosting their own simultaneous policy discussions. (...)
To access the full information about the AFT event, please visit: www.aft.org/endchildlabor
Integrating gender into humanitarian response: highlights from an InterAction 2010 Forum Workshop
Jun 4 - One of yesterday's Forum workshops, Different Needs, Equal Opportunities: Integrating Gender into Humanitarian Response, included a discussion about the Inter-Agency Standing Committee's (IASC) new gender e-learning course and how best to address the needs of all in humanitarian efforts. The course, Different Needs-Equal Opportunities, is a free self-paced course and participants receive a certificate upon completion. More information about the course is available on this website.
Developed over two and a half years, and based on IASC’s Gender Guide book, the course aims to address gender equality and integration in humanitarian response. It is a collaboration across multiple sectors, including: camp coordination and management, education, food distribution and security, health, livelihoods, non-food items, nutrition, shelter, and water, sanitation and hygiene. The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has made the course mandatory for all field staff and continues to urge other organizations to follow suit. (...)
European Network of Migrant Women - Launch and high-level seminar
The theme of the inaugural
high-level seminar will be ‘Migrant Women in
The seminar will be followed by a reception to which members of the press are cordially invited.
OECD and FAO to release new ten year agriculture projections
FAO and the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will release a new edition of
their annual "Agricultural Outlook" report during a press conference
on 15 June 2010 at FAO's
The annual Agricultural Outlook is prepared jointly by the OECD and FAO. It provides market projections for biofuels, cereals, oilseeds, sugar, meats, and dairy products over the 2010-19 period.
The macroeconomic conditions are more positive this year and the anticipated return to global economic growth, a rising population, emerging biofuel markets, and a higher cost structure are expected to underpin international commodity markets and prices over the next ten years. Developing countries are expected to be the driving force behind the expected growth in agricultural production, consumption and trade.
This year’s report also includes a special section on commodity price volatility.
Soy industry members agree to environmental safeguards for responsible production
Most importantly, the standards require producers to take certain measures to protect the environment. Those include prohibitions on the conversion of forests and areas with high conservation value – such as rich savannahs –reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and eliminating the most hazardous pesticides in soy farming. (...)
The RTRS also agreed to develop a voluntary annex for RTRS members that wish to produce or trade in soy that is labelled as GM free.
The agreement is the result of
years of dialogue between WWF, other NGOs, farmers, and the soy industry and
finalized at the group’s fifth annual meeting this week in
wins new USAID award to fight hunger in Eastern,
‘Support for food security activities’ IQC to harmonize regional food security efforts
It also represents a USAID new approach to harmonize regional hunger- and poverty-fighting efforts in these countries, where significant portions of populations face chronic food insecurity and the production of staple crops fails to meet local and regional demand. (...)
In implementing this contract,
ACDI/VOCA will draw on its 46 years of agricultural value chain and food
security experience in
FAO gets additional €13.2 million in EU-funding
€3 million will double the
size of FAO's EU-funded efforts in
In addition, €2.7 million will
go to FAO's Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme as an extension of the EU's
longstanding help to kill off one of the most devastating animal diseases known
to man, rinderpest, responsible for famines over the course of hundreds of
years in Asia, Africa and
Strong coffee value chain yields commercial success for Colombian growers
Connecting smallholder coffee farmers to global markets puts more money right where it’s needed: the growers’ pockets.
June 3 - ACDI/VOCA’s USAID Specialty
Coffee Program in
ACDI/VOCA helps farmers make commercial connections
ACDI/VOCA-Colombia staff traveled to the SCAA expo with beneficiary coffee farmers and program partners. During the event, ACDI/VOCA-supported farmers, who won the first and second prizes in the USAID Best Alternative Coffee competition, received the official checks reflecting the premium prices given by the National Coffee Growers.
The SCAA event drew more than 8,000 international coffee professionals from 40 countries. The expo was a key event for ACDI/VOCA staff for promoting the Colombian Specialty Association and pursuing new commercial opportunities for our beneficiaries. SCAA is the world's coffee authority and largest coffee trade association with nearly 3,000 member companies. (...)
responds after deadly tropical storm strikes
Answering the call for assistance by the Honduran government, ADRA worked in coordination with the nation’s Permanent Commission on Contingencies (COPECO) to transport and distribute basic hygiene kits to 750 families, or 3,750 beneficiaries. ADRA also consulted with other aid organizations working in the region to determine delivery sites based on needs.
Tropical Strom Agatha, the first storm of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season and the deadliest tropical cyclone in the eastern Pacific since 1997, killed nearly 200 people and damaged bridges, homes, potable water supplies and electrical lines, according to authorities. (...)
Shelter for the many homeless
June 9 - Five months after
the earthquake in Haiti the ACT Alliance is evaluating the work so far in order
to be able to streamline and coordinate the continued effort even better.
Secretary General, Henrik Stubkjær, writes from
The earthquake in January
struck right in the middle of
The 500.000 people who fled Port au Prince have now taken refuge with family and friends in the rural areas outside the capital. The rest live in more or less organized tent camps in the capital.
1.300 camps have been established and in May the NGOs announced that now shelter has been provided for everyone. Since then an effort has been made to organize the camps better.
Sheets have been replaced with real tents or tarpaulins and an effort has been made to provide water supply to the camps.
Via the ACT Alliance we have
provided over 50.000 people with water since then. We have now reached a delivery
ICRC assists record numbers of IDPs in 2009
Geneva (ICRC), June 9 - In 2009, some 4.6 million internally displaced people (IDPs) – 20% more than in 2008 – benefited from humanitarian assistance provided by the ICRC, in association with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in 33 countries all over the world. The ICRC devoted approximately 15% of its operational budget, or 150 million Swiss francs, to its efforts to alleviate the suffering and address the needs of people driven from their homes as a result of armed conflict and other violence. (...)
The ICRC increased its
assistance to displaced people in response to greater needs in the
In total, the ICRC assisted
14.25 million civilians in 2009, 30% of whom were people displaced within their
own countries. Its largest operations in terms of the budget devoted to the
displaced were conducted in
The ICRC worked with the authorities in many countries to help them better fulfil their obligation to protect civilians, including internally displaced people. In addition, the ICRC helped those displaced to restore and maintain contact with their families.
Small Rotary club scores big with end polio effort
By Dan Nixon
Rotary International News, June 8 - In the past nine months, the residents of Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia, have learned a lot about polio and the global effort to eradicate the disease. Led by the town’s Rotarians, they’ve also given a lot back.
In September, the Rotary Club of Bribie Island embarked on Project Eradication, aimed at raising A$1 (about US$0.80) for each one of the community’s 19,490 residents. (...) Over the next several months, the 25-member club organized a raffle, a children’s coloring competition, wine sales, monthly food markets, a movie night, an Australia Day Ball, a golf day, and a 10-kilometer fun run/walk. Local newspapers were briefed about the effort in advance and agreed to publish monthly feature articles about the events.
The club also obtained support
from the town’s polio survivors. One drew the winning tickets for the raffle
and took part in the run/walk, pushed in a wheelchair by a Rotarian. Another
gave an interview to area newspapers and reinforced the message that some
As the fundraisers unfolded,
the project gained increasing visibility in the community and media. The club
also sent out news releases about the work of Jenny Horton -- a nurse and
member of the Rotary Club of Kenmore, Queensland -- in the polio immunization
The publicity helped generate
significant donations from residents and groups such as the Lions club, Bowls
club, and community orchestra. The
On 13 May, Bribie Island Rotarians presented a check for A$20,000 (about US$16,600) for Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge to Past RI President Clem Renouf at a celebration in Nambour. (...)
the Children supports children and families affected by tropical storm Agatha
Governments in the three
countries have declared states of emergency. The storm forced tens of thousands
of children and adults into shelters and washed away homes, roads and bridges.
It also affected agriculture, exacerbating a simmering food crisis in
In Guatemala, the international humanitarian agency — which works in six Guatemalan departments and 322 communities providing education, nutrition, health, protection and other programs — will provide more than 46 metric tons of rice, beans and vegetable oil to families in Chichicastenango and Sacapulas. Save the Children also is assessing needs related to damage to crops and loss of livestock. (...)
the Children prepares to assist children and families in
Save the Children is
conducting rapid assessments in Thatta and Badin districts and has three
emergency medical teams (comprising a medical doctor, lady health visitor, and
medicine dispenser) now in
June 11 - Women in countries affected by past or ongoing conflict today concluded a week of events organized by the United Nations to explore ways of strengthening women’s participation in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The “Global Open Days for Women and Peace,” organized by several UN agencies and departments, were intended to raise awareness and take stock of progress made since the Security Council passed a landmark resolution 10 years ago that put women’s experiences of conflict on the international peace and security agenda. (…)
“This anniversary is an opportunity to reaffirm the core message of the landmark text: sustainable peace is possible only with women’s full participation – their perspectives, their leadership, their daily, equal presence wherever we seek to make and keep the peace,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message to mark the Open Days. (…) The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), one of the co-organizers of the Open Days noted that while some progress has been made in the past decade, gaps in implementation of the resolution remain. Highlighting the progress that had been Mr. Ban said that in many post-conflict countries, the number of women in government has increased. (…)
[MercoPress] As mentioned in 3
June edition of Today's Mine Action News, four task sites on The Falkland
Islands have been declared mine-free. This concludes phase 1 of the demining
project. Merco Press elaborates on the challenges and successes of the project
and how they will influence the
Eight Annual International Day of the UN Peacekeepers
The eight annual commemoration
of the International
Day of the United Nations Peacekeepers took place at Palais des Nations on
Monday, 31 May 2010. The ceremony, organized in collaboration with the
International Association of Soldiers for Peace, started at the United Nations
Memorial in the
UN pays tribute to peacekeepers’ work and sacrifices in world’s hot spots
28 May - The United Nations celebrated on 28 May the dedication and courage of the men and women who play an indispensable role in the cause of peace around the world, while honouring the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price in that service. The eighth annual International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers pays tribute to the more than 124,000 personnel who are serving in 16 operations on four continents, doing everything from clearing landmines and delivering aid to helping refugees and supporting free and fair elections. (…)
As part of the commemorative
events, 218 peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving under the blue flag
over the past 14 months were posthumously awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld medal at
a ceremony presided over by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
Alain Le Roy. This year’s theme is “
The civil war ended in May 2009, but before people could go home the area needed to be surveyed for mines and other remnants of conflict, which had been used extensively during the conflict and contaminated the north of the country. MAG identified one minefield and several items of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Mulliyavalai West GN Division in March this year. These were cleared by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA), enabling people to return – and the school to be reopened – on 26 April. So far, 400 students and 16 teachers have gone back to the school, with a further 300 pupils expected. (...)
The army has helped the
community clean up the grounds and UNICEF has provided tarpaulin sheets for the
children to sit on, as there are no chairs or desks. The school is also still
lacking stationery and books, while nothing remains of the computer and science
labs or library. However, the Education Department plans to provide stationery
in the next few weeks and the Principal has requested help from a number of
non-governmental organisations that support the country’s schools. MAG has continued
to support Mulliyavalai since the resettlement, providing information to people
on the risks from remnants of conflict in their area and arranging immediate
clearance by the
Outbreak response activities
June 11 -
continue to take precautionary measures:
The size of the outbreak in
signs soccer ball in
Rotary International News,
June 10 - Bill Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, added
his support to the Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign this week, signing a
soccer ball that is making its way through the continent before the 2010 World
Cup. (...) As he signed the ball in
Since Rotary and its partners
in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative began their fight against polio in
1988, the incidence of the disease has been reduced by 99 percent. In Africa,
The Gates Foundation has awarded Rotary US$355 million in challenge grants in support of its efforts to eradicate polio. In response, Rotary has committed to raising $200 million by 30 June 2012. As of this month, Rotarians have raised $128.7 million.
“As the volunteer arm and
private-sector partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has
contributed $388 million for polio eradication efforts in
Bishkek/Moscow/Geneva (ICRC), June 11 - Following ethnic
clashes in the city of
Amid concerns about recurring
PACOM Commander experiences Pacific partnership first-hand during visit
By Pacific Partnership 2010 Public Affairs
Quy Nhon, Vietnam, June 9 - Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, made a two-day stop in central Vietnam here June 8-9 during his Southeast Asia visit to personally witness the diverse team-building of Pacific Partnership 2010. “We think this mission is wonderful. You need look no further than this courtyard to see the many thousands of people that this mission continues to service,” said Willard, addressing reporters at the Hai Cang school’s medical civic action program (MEDCAP) after receiving a tour of a local school which had been temporarily transformed into a community health clinic. This MEDCAP site provided optometry, dental, and primary care services to more than 500 patients each day.
Pacific Partnership 2010 is
the fifth in a series of annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic
assistance endeavors aimed at strengthening regional partnerships among
By providing basic medical services ashore or more in-depth procedures and surgery onboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), anchored off Quy Nhon’s coast for the visit, Pacific Partnership provides the opportunity to strengthen the deep relationships and refine the skills necessary to ensure that its diverse array of participants are capable of quickly responding to a natural disaster by delivering humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (...)
One of those non-governmental
organizations who teamed up with the U.S. Navy in response to the tsunami that
than 2.5 million children to be vaccinated and over 8,000 patients in care with
biggest measles outbreak in over a decade in
June 9 - In coordination with the country’s health authorities, MSF teams are providing care and vaccination campaigns. The epidemic threshold has been surpassed in 23 of the country's 28 districts. Along with the vaccination efforts by MSF are training and medical support throughout the country.
In collaboration with
campaign, MSF treats wounded in
June 8 - Following recent clashes in
At the end of April, MSF launched a vaccination campaign in Guri-el and its surroundings. So far teams have vaccinated 3,937 people against measles and 2,552 people against whooping cough.
(...) MSF has worked in
MSF does not accept funding
from any government for its work in
EWEA predicts a strong European market for wind turbines in 2010
June 14 - The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) today released its forecast for wind power installations in 2010. It expects 10 gigawatt (GW) of new wind power capacity to be installed in the EU during 2010, taking total installed capacity by the end of 2010 to almost 85 GW - an increase of 13%. Last year – a record year for wind power installation – saw 10.163 GW of new wind power capacity installed, constituting 39% of all new power capacity installed in the EU that year. Total installed wind power capacity by the end of 2009 was 74.767 GW.
“We predict another strong
year for wind turbine installations in
“It is too early to say whether, for a third year running, there will be more wind energy capacity installed than any other electricity generating technology, but it is clear that wind energy will be competing for the top spot with new gas power plants,” added Kjaer.
2010 will see more
installations in offshore wind power, with up to 1 GW of new capacity expected
to be installed during the year compared to 577 MW installed in 2009. EWEA
Mark the date: Global Wind Day – 15 June 2010
June 7 - In 2010 the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) are organising wind events around the world for both the public and the media to come and find out more about wind energy. Already some 45 organisations have signed up to take part, with others sure to join them. “Imagine being able to harness the power of nature in a sustainable way to create abundant clean energy, tackle climate change, create jobs and end our dangerous dependence on polluting fossil fuels”, said Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of GWEC. “It’s not a dream, it’s wind energy – and it definitely deserves a special day.”
Last year over 300 Global Wind
Day events were held in 35 countries from
EWEA has put up a
From wind farm open days and
conferences, to exhibitions, information days, sporting contests and photo
contests, there will be something for everyone in most corners of the
globe. For example, in the spectacular
setting of the Villa Borghese in central
For more information about the Global Wind Day and events around the world see www.globalwindday.org
June 3 - As the Spanish EU Presidency launched the 'European Wind Initiative' (EWI) - a €6 billion ten year research and development roadmap for the wind energy sector - the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) said that, if properly funded, it would give European companies a competitive boost.
"The European Wind
Initiative is a big step forward in our efforts to maintain and strengthen
Europe's global leadership in wind energy technology", said Christian
Kjaer, Chief Executive of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), today in
The EWI is the result of several years of joint effort by the European wind energy sector, the European Commission and EU Member States working towards three common goals, to:
■ make onshore wind power the most competitive energy source by 2020, with offshore wind power following by 2030;
■ enable wind energy to
supply 20% of
■ create 250,000 new skilled jobs in the EU in the wind energy sector by 2020.
The EWI focuses on four main technology areas: new turbines and components, offshore technology, grid integration, resource assessment and spatial planning.
EU bathing water quality remains high
June 10 – Clean bathing waters are vital for key economic sectors such as tourism and for plant and animal life. The annual bathing water report presented by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency shows that 96 % of coastal bathing areas and 90 % of bathing sites in rivers and lakes complied with minimum standards in 2009. It also describes where to obtain detailed and up-to-date information on bathing sites.
Environment Commissioner Janez
Potočnik said, "Over the last thirty years, EU and national legislation has
significantly improved the quality of
Efforts to improve the quality
of bathing waters should be seen in the context of
This is a historic moment for both the countries as their governments have joined hands for the first time to promote cooperation in the field of biodiversity conservation, management of forest resources and protection of wildlife. The two countries agreed to implement the obligations of international multilateral environmental agreements and conventions to protect the environment and conserve biodiversity. (...) WWF China and WWF Nepal, along with TRAFFIC, WWF’s specialized global wildlife trade programme, played a pivotal role in fostering cooperation between the governments of the two countries. (...)
The Department of International Cooperation of the State Forestry Administration of People’s Republic of China and Department of Forests and Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation of the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, and the Government of Nepal will be the implementing agencies of the agreement for the two governments respectively.
Manila (ICRC), June 4 - Starting this week, more than 7,000 families in two Ifugao municipalities will receive food, seed and fertilizer from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) after their lands were severely damaged by El Niño, a phenomenon associated with dramatic changes in weather patterns. (...) Although the ICRC's task consists mainly in serving people affected by armed conflict and other violence, the organization is also prepared to work together with the Philippine Red Cross to do what it can to help when calamities like El Niño occur in sensitive areas. (...) Alongside the food distribution, the ICRC also gave corn seed and fertilizer to each of the 2,400 families whose farms were destroyed by the recent drought after already being damaged by last year's typhoons. (...)
storm Agatha: Red Cross assists population affected by first storm in
31 May - The heavy rain
storm Agatha has resulted in severe flooding in
Religion and spirituality
URI celebrates its 10th anniversary
Internationally acclaimed interfaith network to meet in
URI is an internationally recognized global network connecting hundreds of grassroots groups and organizations around a shared commitment to interfaith peace and cooperation. When URI’s Charter was signed on June 26, 2000, it launched with 83 member organizations—called Cooperation Circles (CCs)—in 30 countries. In just ten years, it has grown to a powerful community of more than 470 CCs in 75 countries. Its nearly half a million members are overcoming distrust and hostility every day to better the lives of their neighbors—mediating religiously motivated conflict; building schools, orphanages and health clinics; campaigning for citizenship rights and more in 75 countries. They touch the lives of an estimated 2.5 million people each year. The 10th anniversary celebration will open with an interfaith ceremony by URI leaders from around the world. (...) For more information please contact Mark Mancao or Barbara Hartford by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Building an interfaith community - Bossey, Switzertland, July 5 to 31
"How can we affirm our identity as Muslims, Jews and Christians not in separation or against each other but in relation to one another?" This is the question some 30 young adults from around the world are to explore during a July summer seminar at the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Ecumenical Institute in Bossey. Activities include spiritual and academic exercises as well as sports, recreation and everyday tasks.
At a time when the monolithic society created on the old pattern "one nation, one culture and one religion" is rapidly becoming a relic of the past, the one-month programme "Building an Interfaith Community" prepares the future generation of leaders in churches, other faith communities and society at large for the challenges of living peacefully in a world of religious plurality.
Each day starts with a moment
of prayer and spirituality, prepared alternately by the Christian, the Jewish
and the Muslim participants. The experience of living under the same roof,
eating and worshiping together, is enriched by lectures offered by specialists
from Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities as well as through participation
in the religious activities in
promotes media education and children’s creativity in
SIGNIS members are presenting or animating no less than 9 Workshops, sessions or panels exploring media education, children’s creativity, culture of peace, intercultural dialogue or future challenges. (...) Members of the SIGNIS delegation will also participate in international panels on “Human Rights and Intercultural Dialogue. How Media Literacy increases awareness of differences and develop respect for the others” and "Implementation and evaluation of Media Literacy in the classroom".
Many other international
organisations, including other members or affiliates of SIGNIS, such as MED
(www.medmediaeducation.it) or Media Animation (www.media-animation.be), will
contribute to the content of the
Union of Education
June 11 -EI General Secretary, Fred van Leeuwen, has paid tribute to the leadership of its affiliate member, the Independent Trade Union of Education Workers of the Azerbaijan Republic (AITUCEW), which celebrated its 90th anniversary on 9 June, 2010.
Speaking at an event to mark
the celebratory occasion, van Leeuwen paid tribute to the
review the EFAIDS Programme in
9 - Thirty leaders and master trainers converged at the Volta GNAT Conference
Centre in Ho,
Participants were drawn from
across the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and included
provincial, deputy and assistant secretaries, district officials and school
representatives, as well as head teachers who together make up the master
trainers and administrators of the EFAIDS programme in
reception for the global launch of WE - June 21st, 7pm at
A new global campaign to unite and amplify the efforts of people, organizations and movements working for the common good
The WE Campaign, in association with Fordham University, GreenWorks NYC, the US Partnership for the Decade of Education and We, The World, invites you to a reception celebrating the global launch of WE - Monday June 21st 7pm to 10pm, Fordham University Atrium, 113 West 60th Street at Columbus Avenue in Manhattan, New York, featuring Jonathan Granoff (Global Security Institute), Deborah Moldow (World Peace Prayer Society), Shawn Sweeney (Youth Council Director, Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots), Letty Chiwara (U.N. Development Fund for Women) and Rick Ulfik (Founder, We, The World), and special video messages from Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, U.N. Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, 350.org founder Bill McKibben and Rwandan bestselling author of "Left To Tell" Immaculee Ilibagiza, plus musical performances and other special guests.
Tickets: $25 at the door, $20 until June 20th, $15 Students, Seniors, Low Income. All proceeds benefit the WE Campaign, a program of the non-profit organization We, The World. For advanced tickets and more information, go to www.WE.net/events/june21, email: Tickets@WeTheWorld.org
EC+10 event in
As per the 10 years
celebrations of the Earth Charter, a major event will take place on 29 June in
The Peace Palace,
1. To celebrate 10 years Earth Charter and create a vision for its future.
2. To encourage business and youth actors to be inspired by the Earth Charter
when taking on the challenges of today and the future.
3. To enhance public and media outreach on the relevance of the Earth Charter for
topical issues and challenges.
The Central theme for all activities in the light of 10 years Earth Charter worldwide is :
Dialogue, Collaboration and Action for a Sustainable Future. This theme is reflected in the programme by providing room for dialogue and interaction among participants coming from different generations, sectors and parts of the world.
The venue of this event is limited to 200 people and it is by invitation only. However, anyone will be able to follow this from anywhere in the world through Internet.
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The Secretary-General of the Uuited Nations:
Message on World Refugee Day
20 June 2010
On this observance of World Refugee Day, we must note a troubling trend: the decline in the number of refugees who are able to go home.
In 2005, more than a million
people returned to their own country on a voluntary basis. Last year, only 250,000 did so - the lowest
number in two decades. The reasons for
this include prolonged instability in
The theme of this year’s observance -- “Home” -- highlights the plight of the world’s 15 million refugees, more than three-quarters of them in the developing world, who have been uprooted from their homes by conflict or persecution.
For many refugees today, rapid urbanization means that home is not a crowded camp run by an international humanitarian organization, but a makeshift shelter in a shantytown, outside a city in the developing world.
As these cities continue to experience spectacular growth, refugees are among their most vulnerable residents. They must struggle for the most basic services: sanitation, health and education. The impact of the global financial and economic crisis only increases the threat of marginalization and destitution.
We in the humanitarian community must adapt our policies to this changing profile of need. This means working closely with host Governments to deliver services, and intensifying our efforts to resolve conflicts so that refugees can return home.
On World Refugee Day, let us reaffirm the importance of solidarity and burden-sharing by the international community. Refugees have been deprived of their homes, but they must not be deprived of their futures.
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