Good News Agency – Year XI, n° 175



Weekly – Year XI, number 175 – 23rd July 2010

Managing Editor: Sergio Tripi, Ph. D.

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Good News Agency carries positive and constructive news from all over the world relating to voluntary work, the work of the United Nations, non governmental organizations and institutions engaged in improving the quality of life – news that doesn’t “burn out” in the space of a day. It is distributed free of charge through Internet to 10,000 media and editorial journalists in 54 countries and to 3,000 NGOs and 1,600 high schools, colleges and universities. It is an all-volunteer service of Associazione Culturale dei Triangoli e della Buona Volontà Mondiale, an educational charity associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. The Association has been recognized by UNESCO as “an actor of the global movement for a culture of peace” and it is a member of the World Association of Non Governmental Organizations.  




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International legislation



General Assembly adopted a resolution on “The Right to Education in Emergency Situations.”

July 15 - The Resolution was approved unanimously by all 192 Member States, and underscores the fact that education is an essential and integral part of any sustainable post-crisis humanitarian response strategy. In effect, the Resolution instructs Member States, UN agencies, and other partners to dedicate significant effort to ensuring that educational provision is supported and strengthened in the face of crises. Given its work in some 25 post-crisis settings, UNESCO applauds the Resolution, as it recognizes that conflicts and natural disasters are one of the most significant impediments to achieving Education for All. UNESCO advocates and contributes to a holistic approach to the early revitalization of education services and systems in many conflict- and disaster-affected countries, addressing vulnerable age groups at different levels of the formal and non-formal education system.


New international treaty to better integrate environmental and health concerns into political decision-making

Geneva, July 6 - A new international treaty is set to ensure that environmental considerations inform and are integrated into governments’ strategic decision-making, in support of environmentally sound and sustainable development.

The Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment to the UNECE Espoo Convention, signed by 35 governments and the European Community back in May 2003 in Kiev, Ukraine, is set to enter into force on 11 July 2010. This follows Estonia’s ratification, which was deposited with the United Nations Secretary-General on 12 April. In becoming a Party to the Protocol Estonia joined 11 other European Union Member States, as well as the European Union as an organization, plus Albania, Croatia, Montenegro and Norway. Slovenia has since ratified the Protocol too.

Ján Kubiš, UNECE Executive Secretary, described this new international law as “making environmental protection an integral part of the development process”.

The Protocol also encourages the application of this powerful tool to higher levels of decision-making as well, requiring governments to endeavour to assess also their policies and legislation. It will also provide a legal basis for the health sector to have a role in development planning, requiring for the first time that health authorities are always consulted on development planning.

The entry into force of the Protocol will be a concrete step towards achieving Millennium Development Goal 7, to “ensure environmental sustainability”, and its first target: “Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources”. (…)


European justice at a click

An Italian travelling in Germany needs a lawyer. A French entrepreneur wants to search the Hungarian land register. An Estonian judge has a question about the Spanish court system. At the moment, it may take weeks to get the information. The European e-Justice Portal that was launched on 16 July sets up a single point of access making the search easier and quicker.

Ten million citizens in the EU are engaged in cross-border judicial procedures each year. With the new electronic one-stop-shop the answers to their questions – in 22 languages – will be only a click away. The portal helps citizens, businesses, lawyers and judges with legal questions involving another member state.

The first release with more than 12,000 pages provides links to laws and practices in all member states. You may find information on legal aid, judicial training and videoconferencing in a user-friendly language and have online access to legal databases, case law, insolvency, land and will registers. The portal also gives access to legal glossaries.



Human rights



Darfur rebels JEM, UN to sign child protection deal

July 19 - Sudanese rebel group JEM is to sign a landmark deal with the United Nations this week on the protection of children caught up in the Darfur conflict, mediators said Monday.

"As part of the agreement, the JEM (Justice and Equality Movement) commit to taking all steps necessary to ensure the protection of children in Darfur," said the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, which brokered the agreement. "UNICEF will have unimpeded access to all JEM locations to verify compliance with the agreement and the JEM will promise to designate a senior official as the focal point overseeing the agreement's implementation," it added.

UNICEF director for Sudan Nils Kastberg will attend the signing ceremony in Geneva on Wednesday, while the JEM delegation will be led by the group's humanitarian coordinator Suleiman Jamous and spokesman Ahmed Hussein.

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue said Darfur's Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the United Nations children's agency UNICEF would sign the agreement in Geneva on Wednesday.

"This is a very important and positive step. It is the result of more than a year's worth of dialogue between the U.N. agencies and JEM, sponsored by the HD Centre," the centre's humanitarian adviser, Dennis McNamara, said in a statement.

Under the accord, UNICEF will have unimpeded access to all JEM locations to verify compliance and UNICEF will work with all sides to help protect children from the conflict.


Kyrgyzstan: ICRC steps up humanitarian response amid continuing tension

Geneva (ICRC) July 14 - Immediately after the unrest began in the southern city of Osh, the ICRC and the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan stepped up their humanitarian operation, which gave priority to responding to the needs of wounded, sick and particularly vulnerable people, such as those internally displaced (IDPs) and those whose houses were destroyed. Immediately after the unrest began in the southern city of Osh, the ICRC and the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan stepped up their humanitarian operation, which gave priority to responding to the needs of wounded, sick and particularly vulnerable people, such as those internally displaced (IDPs) and those whose houses were destroyed.

The ICRC's activities will mainly focus on continuing to assist affected communities in their area of residence, internally displaced people and host families. The organization also seeks to gain access to all persons detained, in particular those arrested in connection with the violence, and to help families to find out what happened to their loved ones who went missing.

The ICRC has enhanced its presence in Kyrgyzstan where, in addition to its office in Bishkek, it now has representations in Osh and Jalalabad. ICRC staff working in the south of the country are focusing their efforts on the violence-affected zone in Osh and Jalalabad provinces.

To date, the ICRC has distributed two-week rations of flour and oil to over a quarter million people, and essential household items to more than 45,000 people. Thanks to the installation of water tanks, the use of water trucking and other quick solutions, some 15,500 people also have improved access to clean water and, as a result, better hygiene conditions.


Sri Lanka: tea for displaced persons and host communities in Iraq, Pakistan and the West Bank

Colombo (ICRC)July 9 – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has purchased 118 tonnes of locally-grown tea in Sri Lanka and shipped it to Jordan and Pakistan for distribution to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and resident populations affected by armed conflict and internal violence.

The first 48 tonnes of tea were sent to Karachi In May this year, and from there the ICRC distributed it to 34,000 IDPs living in camps or with host families.

Khalid Hasan is living in the ICRC-run Khungi Sha camp in Lower Dir District, north-west Pakistan. "Drinking tea is an important element of Pakistani culture," he says. "Being able to offer tea to my visitors, even in the camp, has helped me maintain a tradition and restore my dignity."

A consignment of 28 tonnes reached Peshawar in the first week of June, and the ICRC is busy distributing it to around 168,000 people – both displaced persons and residents of the areas where the IDPs are staying.

Finally, the ICRC has sent a shipment of 42 tonnes to its Middle East logistics hub in Jordan, where it will be included in food parcels for 100,000 displaced persons in the West Bank and Iraq.



Economy and development



MCC and MEDA collaborate to help Haiti’s homeless

MCC and MEDA collaborate to repair and rebuild hundreds of homes in Haiti, primarily those of microfinance clients, most of whom are women.

by Wally Kroeker

Winnipeg, Man.,Canada, July 21 - Haitians left homeless by January’s earthquake are getting construction help from a collaborative venture of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA).

MCC contributed $1.43 million to rebuild and repair about 775 homes of microfinance clients, most of whom are women. MEDA will administer and monitor the 18-month project, expected to be completed on Nov. 30, 2011.

Recipients of the assistance are clients of Fonkoze, the country’s leading microfinance provider, with 46,000 microloan clients. Fonkoze has been a long-term partner of MCC and MEDA.

Fonkoze will coordinate the training of community teams of masons and carpenters in techniques for building and repairing homes that will be earthquake and hurricane resistant. Those teams will predominantly do the building and repair in their home communities, north and south of Port-au-Prince. All recipients of the construction assistance, plus about 400 more people, will receive training in home ownership and maintenance.


Lives stake in Niger: IFAD and partners focussed on sustainable livelihoods

Rome, July 15 - Amid a growing food crisis in the Sahel region in West Africa, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced today that a large number of families in the Maradi region of Niger are managing to sustain themselves by utilizing cereal banks. To reduce vulnerability and food insecurity in the regions affected by the food crisis, IFAD has promptly combined the efforts of two ongoing projects in the area: the Project for the Promotion of Local Initiative for Development and the Agricultural and the Community-based Development Program.

The fragile Sahel region is a narrow band south of the Sahara desert that includes Burkina Faso, Chad, Eritrea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan.

Media Relations and Ext. Comm.s: Katie Taft - David Paqui


CARE brings shelter, dignity to thousands in Haiti

Six months after deadly earthquake, women lead rebuilding, healing

Port-Au-Prince, July 9 - Six months after an earthquake killed more than 220,000 people in Haiti and displaced another 1.5 million, CARE is ramping up efforts to ensure that survivors have a sturdy roof over their heads and a strong foundation to rebuild their lives.

CARE, which is constructing 25 to 30 transitional shelters per week, is on pace to complete up to 2,000 of the structures by December. And CARE plans to distribute 20,000 shelter reinforcement kits containing wooden planks, nails, rope, hurricane straps and other materials. Strengthening self-built structures will be particularly critical as Haiti moves deeper into what forecasters predict will be a busy hurricane season.

''In many cases we're working with widows, women-headed households and other vulnerable people,'' said Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA. ''On a basic level, shelter gives them privacy, dignity and safety. But it also provides a base from which to recover. We've found that even those Haitians who have lost the most haven't lost the will to rebuild their country.''

In camps of displaced people, CARE has supported the formation of volunteer committees that, like the camps themselves, tend to have more women than men. In many cases these women have stepped into leadership roles, assuring CARE reaches those most in need and spreads life-saving information about hygiene, health and psychological support for children. These women leaders also are helping raise awareness about the prevention of gender-based violence.

Whenever possible, CARE is helping families move out of camps and back into their communities. Building on its 56 years of experience in Haiti, the humanitarian group is providing economic opportunities, strengthening governance and improving health and educational services – both in earthquake-affected communities and outlying provinces.


Democratic Republic of the Congo: ICRC assists 35,000 in Équateur province

Geneva / Kinshasa (ICRC), July 6 – The ICRC today began distributing seed and agricultural implements in Équateur province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The operation will benefit 25,000 people in the town of Dongo and the surrounding area.

In addition, the ICRC will be providing 2,000 fishermen with fishing equipment.

Around 1,000 houses are to be repaired by local workmen, who will receive payment for their work and support from volunteers of the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In addition to benefiting the families who will live in the houses, the rebuilding programme will boost the local economy through the wages the workmen receive.

Dongo, in the district of Sud-Oubangi, has been hit particularly hard by the armed violence affecting the region since October 2009. Tens of thousands have been displaced, with most of them taking refuge in neighbouring countries. People have lost a major part of their harvests, their equipment and their livestock. What little infrastructure remains, such as schools, health centres and the market, were partly destroyed by looters.

The ICRC had already distributed seed and farming equipment to over 27,000 people in the region back in March this year. The ICRC has been working in the RDC since 1978 and opened its Dongo office in June this year. The organization is working with the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to protect and assist the victims of armed conflict and situations of violence in the country.


Unprecedented number of non-governmental organizations from Asia-Pacific region join United Nations Department of Public Information

New York, UNDPI - On June 30, at the first biannual meeting of the Non-Governmental Organizations Committee, 62 non-governmental organizations were associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information.  This brings to 1,588 the number of non-governmental organizations that work with the Department in the area of communications and information.

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Kiyo Akasaka, welcomed the large and diverse group: “I am delighted to see the increase in geographical diversity of non-governmental organizations associated with the Department of Public Information with applications from all the different regions of the world.”  The organizations presented for review their work on a wide range of issues, including on global health; improvement of the quality of life for indigenous, underprivileged and marginalized peoples; substance abuse; ensuring safe birthing environments; non-violence and human rights; poverty alleviation; and more.

Among the non-governmental organizations newly associated, 32 were from Australia, 5 were from the Philippines and 3 were from Pacific islands.  For the first time, the Committee associated organizations from Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu, recognized as small island developing States — low-lying island nations that share similar physical and structural challenges to their development, which have been a priority on the United Nations agenda.

The new additions contribute to solidifying the trend of increasing geographic diversity among the non-governmental organizations affiliated with the Department of Public Information, a result of the Department’s recently revised policy, whereby priority is given to associating organizations based in the region hosting the Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference.

The registration for the 63rd Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference has been extended to Friday, 6 August. For details related to the Conference and to register, please visit our Conference website at

For further information, please contact DPI/NGO Relations: The Directory of non-governmental organizations associated with the Department of Information is also available at


Zambia - Conservation farming: improving crop yields

Conservation farming, the growing of crops with minimum disturbance to the soil, is quickly becoming the preferred farming method for several small scale farmers in the rural areas of Zambia

By Valerie Chanda Chibuye, Food Security and Relief Programme Officer at DanChurchAid Zambia

June 30 - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Department of World Services Zambia, has been promoting the adoption of conservation farming among its target groups in the Food Security and Livelihood (FOSELI) project since 2006. The project focuses on building the capacity of the targeted beneficiaries in conservation farming and other agricultural technologies that promote soil and water conservation.

Conservation farming promotion mainly focuses on the use of locally available soil nutrient enhancing resources such as animal and plant residues. Conservation farming is done by ‘ripping’ (using a ripper that is driven by oxen) or making permanent planting stations or ‘basins’. Basins are made by hand using a hoe following standard dimensions of depth, width and length.

Conservation farming has proved to be a very appropriate technology to move poor marginalized rural population out of perpetual food insecurity into more food secure households. By reducing the cost of production, it has increased the ability of these household to have increased access to food even with very minimal financial resources. Conservation has also reduced hunger in times of drought because it is also a very good adaption mechanism for extreme weather. It should therefore be highly promoted in adapting to the negative effects of climate change.


Photo Essay: ACDI/VOCA's continuing work in Haiti six months later

ACDI/VOCA is proud that we managed to feed and support more than 150,000 people in Haiti since the devastating Jan. 12th earthquake. However, more work clearly remains to be done, especially in terms of long-term economic development.

After initial disruption, ACDI/VOCA has been able to maintain our USAID-funded agricultural development projects in Haiti's Southeast Department, which is one of the country's least food-secure regions and suffers from high stunting rates, low levels of pre-natal care and high poverty levels. ACDI/VOCA helps farmers in rural areas to increase production through high-yielding seed and seedlings and increased access to local markets.

See images below [] of an ACDI/VOCA-supported seedling nursery and farmers as they harvest beans and prepare their June crop to sell at local markets. To learn more, visit our Haiti Relief and Recovery page here:






Pope to donate $250,000 to rebuild Haitian school

Vatican City, July 16 - An annual meeting of the Populorum Progressio Foundation dedicated to allotting funds to projects for vulnerable people across Latin America and the Caribbean will take place later this month. During the meeting, a substantial donation will be made in the Pope's name for the rebuilding of a Haitian school damaged in January's earthquake.

The administrative council of the Populorum Progressio Foundation, formed of Catholic prelates from across Latin America and representatives of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum," will meet this year in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from July 20-23.

During what is their first annual meeting in a Caribbean nation, they will be discussing the allocation of funds destined to finance projects that aid indigenous, mestizo and African-American laborers in the Caribbean and throughout Latin America.

At the meeting, 230 projects from 20 different countries from Mexico to Bolivia, Brazil and the Antilles will be presented. Besides paperwork, the group will visit Church-run aid camps in Haiti and will celebrate Mass with the local Church community.

Also on that day, they will meet with representatives from humanitarian aid organizations and visit Caritas' national headquarters, where the president of "Cor Unum," Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, will make a $250,000 donation on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI towards rebuilding St. Francis de Sales school in Port-au-Prince. The school was destroyed in the devastating earthquake last January.


InterAction launches initiative to map recovery projects in Haiti

July 15 - Agencies and donors participating in the ongoing recovery and rehabilitation efforts in Haiti are in need of current information about where assistance is needed and which areas of response are already being addressed.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC); FedEx; and InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable, are working together to develop a web-based mapping platform to bring transparency and accountability to these efforts in Haiti. This online platform will share critical data about resource allocation, programmatic activities deployed in Haiti and unmet needs. The prototype can be found at

Humanitarian organizations – primarily those with membership in InterAction – will provide data on their activities and ongoing needs, while donors will be able to generate real-time reports about where they can provide the most assistance. The completed mapping platform will provide aggregated information about the different sectors, the financing of projects, and planned spending in Haiti.


Niger/Mali: 290,000 people benefit from massive aid operation

Niamey (ICRC), July 9 - Farmers and stockbreeders in northern regions of Niger and Mali are suffering the combined effects of drought and inter-community violence. In May this year, the ICRC launched a large-scale aid operation to help 290,000 of them. Moussa Alhousseïni is head of the administrative office at Baleyara in Tillabéry, north-west Niger. He tells us: "Thanks to the food and seed distributed by the ICRC, farmers in the area can face the sowing season with more confidence." Over 20,000 people in Filingué and Ouallam departments benefited from this operation during June. Elsewhere in northern Niger, the ICRC has just started distributing food to 120,000 people in Dabaga, Timia, Gougaram, Iférouane and Tchirozérine, all of which are located in the region of Agadez.

Meanwhile, in northern Mali, the ICRC has distributed food to 22,000 people in the Ansongo and Ménaka areas, near Gao. A seed-distribution operation is underway in Ménaka and Bouarem, covering some 65,000 people.

The ICRC is buying up livestock at the prices breeders were obtaining before the crisis. Since May, the organization has bought 38,000 head of livestock from 12,000 stockbreeding families in the regions of Agadez (Niger) and of Gao and Tombouctou (Mali). The idea of this aid is to inject cash into the economies of vulnerable households and to stabilize livestock prices by reducing supply. The animals purchased, chosen from among the weaker members of the herds, are slaughtered. Their meat is dried and distributed to those most in need. According to estimates, almost 70% of herds are threatened by the drought currently affecting the entire Sahara/Sahel region.

"The ICRC's operation will ultimately help some 290,000 farmers and stockbreeders," explains Jürg Eglin, who runs ICRC operations in Niger and Mali.


Philippines: rebuilding after the typhoons, nine months on

By Necephor Mghendi and Afrhill Rances in Manila

July 9 - More than 600 families, who were left homeless when typhoons Ketsana, Parma and Mirinae lashed the Philippines in late 2009, now have roofs over their heads thanks to assistance from the Philippine Red Cross, supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The 630 families – 30 in La Union, 560 in Laguna and 40 in Pangasinan provinces of Philippines’ largest island, Luzon – are among the first to finish building their own transitional shelters after receiving building materials from the Red Cross. The construction of 1,600 more shelters in Bulacan, Kalinga, La Union, Laguna, Pangasinan and Rizal provinces is underway or in the planning stage. Many of these families were living in poverty before the typhoons struck and could not afford to rebuild their homes or replace property lost to the typhoon.

Construction of the transitional shelters is being carried out through bayanihan – the common tradition in the Philippines where community members volunteer to help each other. In all, the Red Cross plans to construct 6,500 cyclone-resistant transitional shelters for people whose homes were destroyed and to provide repair materials to 10,000 households whose homes were partially damaged. However, because of funding constraints, thousands of families in need may not get a safe roof over their heads. The emergency appeal launched by IFRC for 16.3 million Swiss francs (16.1 million US dollars or 10.9 million euros) has raised only 9 million Swiss francs. (...)



Peace and security



All Norwegian cluster munitions destroyed

July 20 [NorwayPost] - With 11 days left until the Convention on Cluster Munitions enters into force, Norway has already completed one of their key obligations. On Friday 16 July, the State Secretary for the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, Roger Ingebrigtsen, pushed the button to destroy Norway's last batch of cluster munitions. The destruction took place in an old mine at Løkken Verk south of the city of Trondheim. Norway was among the first states to start stockpile destruction of cluster munitions after the Convention was signed. The State Secretary for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide, stated, "The obligation to destroy stockpiles of cluster munitions is the most important guarantee for non-proliferation. By destroying stockpiles we ensure that the ammunition will never be used again and that resources will be re-allocated for the clearance of contaminated areas and for victim's assistance." 


Darfur rebels, UN to sign deal to protect children

July 19 - Rebels in Sudan's Darfur region and the United Nations will sign a deal this week to protect children, an independent mediation group said on Monday, in a move that appears aimed at stopping the use of child soldiers. The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue said Darfur's Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the United Nations children's agency UNICEF would sign the agreement in Geneva on Wednesday. (...)

The statement made no reference to recruitment of child soldiers but officials who asked not to be identified said one of the points of the deal was to stop this scourge in Darfur.

Under the accord, UNICEF will have unimpeded access to all JEM locations to verify compliance and UNICEF will work with all sides to help protect children from the conflict. (…)


African Union appoints peace ambassadors for Africa

July 19 - The commission of the African Union have announced the appointment of an Advisory Council and Peace Ambassadors to support the implementation of the 2010 Year of Peace and Security. The Advisory Council and Peace Ambassadors were drawn from multiple sectors and multiple regions, with appointees declaring that they are ready to make peace happen. For the Advisory Council, all African Nobel Laureates and other eminent Africans were approached.

The announcement was made during the inaugural meeting of the Year of Peace and Security Advisory Council Members and Peace Ambassadors held at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa last week.

The 26 will support the Commission in conflict resolution and peace building efforts on the continent by advocating for the ratification and implementation of various AU instruments and commitments. This will include the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, mobilising resources, generating popular support and awareness and implementing specific activities developed by the Commission such as encouraging businesses to sign the Make Peace Happen Industry Charter and encouraging schools to use the Make Peace Happen Lesson Plan. They will also play a key role in the implementation of various activities leading up to and on Peace Day.  


Donors visited cleared land

Cyprus Ambassador and ITF representative visit DCA Lebanon Programme

By Claus Nielsen, DCA’s Programme Manager, Mine Action, Lebanon

July 12 - On June 15, the Ambassador of Cyprus to Lebanon, His Excellency Dr. Kyriacos Kouros, and Mr. Iztok Hocevar, advisor for International Relations at the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF) visited DCA’s Lebanon Mine Action Programme in South Lebanon.

Earlier this year, DCA received a grant of 100,000 Euro from CyprusAid (through ITF) to fund its cluster munitions clearance activities in South Lebanon. A total area of 52,850 square metres was cleared during the two month funding period, releasing valuable land back to the community.

The visit allowed Ambassador Kouros to observe the positive impact his governments’ donation has had on the village of Tuline where four houses are currently being constructed on recently cleared land. In addition, the two visitors were able to witness the benefits of DCA’s activities since crops planted on cleared land in the spring will be ready for harvest later this summer when locals can once again cultivate their olive groves in an environment free from the risk of destructive and deadly cluster munitions.

Overall, both visitors were impressed by the high socio-economic impact DCA clearance efforts have had in South Lebanon; especially the fact that cleared land is being used within days of clearance completion.


UN gears up for discussions on first-ever arms trade treaty

July 9 – With the first round of United Nations-backed talks on a global, legally-binding treaty on the import and export of weapons set to kick off next week, the official chairing the discussions said today he hopes that the pact will be concluded in 2012.

The priority given to the question of the weapons trade stretches back decades to the League of Nations, the forerunner to the UN, Ambassador Roberto García Moritán of Argentina, Chair of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), told reporters today.

Currently, 80 per cent of the global trade in conventional weapons is dominated by a handful of countries, but with globalization, new producers are entering the market, with over 100 nations producing some type of weapons.

“So the ATT is an effort to try to put a little bit of predictability into a very complex and sensitive issue,” Mr. García Moritán said at a press conference in New York.

The ultimate goal, he added, “is to try to have common standards to be applied by all countries when they export or import weapons.”


US Conference of Mayors calls for the abolition of nuclear weapons

(The Sunflower, July) - The US Conference of Mayors, a body made up of the mayors of every US city with a population over 30,000, unanimously passed a strongly-worded resolution on June 14 calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The statement reads in part, “[We] call on President Obama to work with the leaders of the other nuclear weapon states to implement the UN Secretary-General’s Five Point Proposal for Nuclear Disarmament forthwith, so that a Nuclear Weapons Convention...can be agreed upon and implemented by the year 2020.”

To read the US Conference of Mayors’ full statement on nuclear disarmament, click here.


ICAN Report on the NPT Review Conference

(The Sunflower, July) - A new report from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) provides a day-by-day analysis of the NPT Review Conference, with a focus on the growing support for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, efforts aimed at delegitimizing nuclear weapons and bringing humanitarianism into the disarmament debate. ICAN notes that while nuclear-weapons states claim that they are fulfilling their legally binding obligation to disarm, such claims seem tenuous in light of the fact that there are 23,000 nuclear arms in the world 40 years after the inception of the NPT. They further observe that the popularly adopted incremental approach to disarmament has not even satisfactorily curtailed nuclear proliferation. The report describes the practice of applying different nuclear standards to different states as “Nuclear Apartheid,” and urges immediate action. It reads, “Pursuing a convention would fundamentally alter the discriminatory status quo of nuclear ‘haves’ and ‘have nots,’ by establishing a universal ban on nuclear weapons for all.” To read the full report, click here.


Environmental Peacemaking

The public is invited to attend the presentation in the EU Parliament on June 29

This month a delegation of FoEME representatives were invited to present the Jordan River Rehabilitation Project to the European Union Parliament in a special workshop organized by the S&D Group.  The presentation entitled " The Jordan River: Rehabilitation and Trust building: Friends of the Earth Middle East's Jordan River Rehabilitation Project" brought together EU Members of Parliament, parliamentary staff, policy advisers and external supporters. 

FoEME is currently working to advance support for a regional rehabilitation plan for the Lower Jordan River in partnership with both regional stakeholders and the international community.  The FoEME delegation also presented the Jordan River Rehabilitation Project at UNESCO's office in Delft, the Netherlands and held a public event in Amsterdam.

To complement FoEME's recently released environmental flows study entitled "Towards a Living Jordan River: A Regional Strategy to Rehabilitate the Lower Jordan River", FoEME released this month a paper entitled "Environmental Flows and River Basin Management: Case Studies Towards Exploring Best Practices." The paper outlines best practice approaches for providing environmental flows to regulated river water systems in order to maintain their ecological health.

The Jordan River Rehabilitation Project is supported by USAID, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, the Green Environment Fund and the Global Nature Fund / Ursula Merz Foundation.






ViiV Healthcare announces further initiatives to improve access to HIV medications for people living in the least developed countries

Voluntary licence policy extended to 69 countries, where 80% of all people with HIV live

London, July 16 - Today ViiV Healthcare announced a new series of initiatives to support people living with HIV/AIDS in the poorest and most vulnerable countries. To address the evolving treatment needs in these countries, people living with HIV/AIDS will now be able to access the whole portfolio of ViiV Healthcare antiretroviral medicines, produced by generic companies. ViiV Healthcare is expanding the number of countries that this relates to, to include all least developed countries, all low income countries and all of sub-Saharan Africa – that is 80% of all people currently living with HIV.

ViiV Healthcare is also making the groundbreaking step of making all patents available to generic manufacturers in these countries for all future pipeline developments, such as the novel integrase inhibitor jointly under development by Shionogi-ViiV Healthcare LLC.

Voluntary licences are granted by patent holders to allow a generic company to manufacture and sell versions of their products. ViiV Healthcare will now make this available, royalty free, to generic companies for their entire current portfolio, including the newer innovative products as well as future pipeline developments.


Project HOPE and RAD-AID, with support from Philips, begin work to bring radiology to medically-underserved areas

Millwood, Va., USA, July 15 - Project HOPE and RAD-AID International, today announced a strategic collaboration to improve access to medical imaging services for people in medically-underserved areas of emerging and developing countries. The project, supported by Philips, begins with an assessment in northern India and western China, where there is limited access to advanced medical technologies and services.

The initiative utilizes RAD-AID’s Radiology-ReadinessTM framework – a structured multidisciplinary approach addressing economic development, technology implementation and optimized clinical applications, for assessing and planning sustainable long-term medical imaging in communities with limited health care resources.

The partnership, which focuses on health facilities with which Project HOPE has relationships, is designed to expand and optimize vital medical imaging services as a component of HOPE’s health care programs. The initiative serves as a model public-private partnership leveraging the expertise of Philips with two global nonprofit organizations for developing innovative approaches to health care development.


New polio eradication plan launched

by Dan Nixon

Rotary International News, July 12 - The World Health Organization and UNICEF cohosted a meeting with Rotary International and other stakeholders in Geneva on 18 June to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Strategic Plan 2010-12.

The new plan comes at a critical time for the GPEI. Key endemic countries are witnessing historic gains against the disease. Nowhere is progress more evident than in Nigeria, which has reported just three cases in 2010 as of 6 July compared with 333 cases for the same period in 2009. India has reported 22 cases compared with 107 cases. Across Africa, 10 of the 15 previously polio-free countries reinfected in 2009 have stopped their outbreaks.

In May, the World Health Assembly welcomed the new plan while expressing deep concern about the substantial funding gap over the next three years. The shortfall is a serious risk to ending polio and highlights the need for Rotary to reach its goal of raising US$200 million. (...)

An essential element of the plan is the bivalent oral polio vaccine, which is being used effectively against wild poliovirus types 1 and 3 in all four endemic countries: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. (Type 2 poliovirus has been eradicated.)

The plan also focuses on known polio migration routes, which have made outbreaks of the disease largely predictable. Aggressive synchronized immunization campaigns are now being used to help prevent and stop outbreaks.

The partners of the GPEI are exploring every option to secure fresh funding and are managing existing cash flow to limit any threat to the eradication effort. The risk of not stopping polio in endemic countries was made clear when a large outbreak occurred in Tajikistan, caused by poliovirus that had spread from India in early 2010. The outbreak has paralyzed 334 children as of 29 June. Tajikistan had been polio-free since 1997.

“The complete eradication of polio is an absolute goal, and it requires absolute commitment from us all,” says UNICEF Executive Director Tony Lake. “Rotary believes the new strategic plan provides the blueprint to achieving the goal of polio eradication,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar.


Kaiser Permanente and La Maestra Community Health Center celebrate ribbon cutting of innovative 'green' clinic

$1 million grant from Kaiser Permanente Funds construction of environmental model of excellence for community clinics

San Diego, USA, July 16 - With today's ribbon-cutting ceremony, La Maestra Community Health Center in San Diego, California, officially welcomed City Heights neighbors and community leaders to preview the new, larger facility which, thanks to a $1 million grant from Kaiser Permanente, will now increase capacity three-fold and be able to accommodate an anticipated 180,000 patient and client visits per year. The funding represents the largest grant La Maestra has received to date from any single donor, and the largest grant Kaiser Permanente has ever given to a San Diego nonprofit organization.

La Maestra's new facility is also designed with the highest environmentally friendly standards. Zara Marselian, chief executive officer of La Maestra Community Health Centers, said she is grateful to Kaiser Permanente because throughout the years the company has provided core support funding not only for her organization, but other county community clinics. That help, she said, "goes to the care we provide to the uninsured."


Working to improve pediatric care in Boost hospital, Helmand province, Afghanistan

July 10 - In November 2009, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) started supporting Boost provincial hospital in the outskirts of Lashkargah in Helmand’s provincial capital. Over the last months, the breadth of medical care given to the nearly 300 new patients seen weekly across departments, including maternity, surgery and pediatrics, has been improving, and quality drugs are now available for free.

“Pediatrics is one of the most important components of the hospital’s services,” said Dr. Dorian Job, MSF medical coordinator . “In Afghanistan, we often talk about the high levels of maternal mortality, when in fact child mortality can be up to ten times higher.” The pediatric department admits nearly half of the hospital’s patients, five to ten percent of which are newborns requiring special attention.

“We’re seeing around 20 new children a day,” said Dr. Sergio Cabral, MSF’s pediatric doctor. “With only 16 beds in two wards, we’re stretched to capacity, so we put nine extra beds in the corridors. Clearly, this situation is far from ideal, which is why we are hoping to expand the pediatric ward soon.” As such, Dr. Cabral’s main goal over the past months has been to train pediatric staff in proper diagnosis and treatment. Since January 2010, over 1,500 children have received care in Boost hospital’s pediatric department.


Progress toward poliomyelitis eradication in Nigeria from January 2009 to June 2010

The reasons behind the progress, from traditional leadership to improved operations, and plans to safeguard the progress.

July 9 – This report provides an update on poliovirus epidemiology in Nigeria during the past 18 months, January 2009--June 2010, and describes activities planned to interrupt transmission. Reported wild poliovirus cases in Nigeria decreased to 388 during 2009 (24% of global cases), and WPV incidence in Nigeria reached an all-time low during January--June 2010, with only three reported cases. Cases of circulating type 2 vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2), which first occurred in Nigeria in 2005, also declined. One indicator of the effectiveness of immunization activities is the proportion of children with nonpolio acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) who never have received oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV). In seven high-incidence northern states of Nigeria, this proportion declined from 17.6% in 2008 to 10.7% in 2009. During 2009--2010, increased engagement of traditional, religious, and political leaders has improved community acceptance of vaccination and implementation of high-quality supplementary immunization activities.


Medical mission touches the 'unreachable'

By Ryan Hyland 

Rotary International News   July 6 – Organized by Past RI President Rajendra K. Saboo and Vivek Tankha, additional solicitor general of India and past governor of District 3260, several health camps offered medical exams, dental procedures, and surgeries to a population with limited access to health care. The team included 24 doctors and surgeons, nine volunteers, and four medical assistants. (...)

The magnitude of the effort exceeded Tankha's expectations."The patient turnout, voluntary assistance rendered by Rotary and the state government, and the sight of the entire task force working under the banner of Rotary was something which I neither anticipated nor imagined," he said. "This mission presents a perfect example of people's participation towards a healthy society."

The medical camps were organized by treatment type. Four venues -- Mandla District Hospital, Katra Hospital, Yogiraj Hospital, and the local Red Cross -- received new equipment and other enhancements to handle an increased patient load.

The doctors and volunteers performed 3,500 dental procedures and 2,000 major surgeries, including reconstructive surgery, orthopedic work, and eye operations. (...)



Energy and safety



Jatropha - a bioenergy crop for the poor

FAO/IFAD review anti-poverty potential of jatropha development

Rome, July 22 - Using the energy crop jatropha for biodiesel production could benefit poor farmers, particularly in semi-arid and remote areas of developing countries, according to a report published by FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

But the report stresses that jatropha is still essentially a wild plant sorely in need of crop improvement. Expecting jatropha to substitute significantly for oil imports in developing countries is unrealistic. Many of the actual investments and policy decisions on developing jatropha as an oil crop have been made without the backing of sufficient science-based knowledge," the report said. "Realizing the true potential of jatropha requires separating facts from the claims and half-truths."

A promising crop - Jatropha curcas L. grows reasonably well in dry areas on degraded soils that are marginally suited for agriculture. The roots of the low-growing jatropha trees reach water deep in the soil. The surface roots assist in binding the soil and can reduce soil erosion. Jatropha seeds can be processed into lesser polluting biodiesel than fossil diesel to provide light and cooking fuel for poor rural families. Seed cake, a by-product from this process may be valuable as fertilizer and animal feed after detoxification. Unlike other major biofuel crops, such as maize, jatropha is not used for food and it can be grown on marginal and degraded lands where food crops can not grow.

The report says jatropha has the biggest potential in dry and remote areas where - because of the high price of inputs such as fertiliser and transport costs - food production is not competitive. However, to obtain sustained yields in degraded soils in dry areas, inputs such as water and fertilizer are needed.Particularly smallholder farmers, oil mill outgrowers and members of community plantation schemes or workers on private-enterprise jatropha plantations can earn an income from jatropha production.

Contact: Erwin Northoff Farhana Haque Rahman


"The Chopper" - the new generation of wind turbines 

The major shortcoming of the current wind turbines is that only about half of the wind force is rotating the turbine to generate electricity. The other half of the wind energy is actually working against us - as it applies strong forces against the propeller, the tower and the base. This not only reduces the electrical output of the turbine but also affects the lifespan of the blades and requires a more expensive infrastructure (tower and base) All this leads to an increased cost of the wind generated energy. 

The good news is that this situation may soon change thanks to a new VAWT turbine created by Canadian engineer Dan Bostan.

Here is a brief illustration of this solution nicknamed: "The Chopper"

People are invited to communicate with us to test it, to produce it, to spread it. For any inquiries please write to:


Pentair commits to sustainable water recycling exploration, grants money to the WateReuse Research Foundation

Initiative marks unique corporate-nonprofit partnership to conduct and promote applied research on water reclamation, recycling, reuse and desalination

Minneapolis, USA, July 16 - Pentair, Inc., a leader in sustainable water solutions, and its Foundation  announced today a $175,000 grant to the WateReuse Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization that conducts and promotes applied research on the reclamation, recycling, reuse and desalination of water. The grant reflects Pentair's commitment to developing reusable water solutions, and funds two research projects that promote on-site water recycling systems and evaluate graywater treatments for more widespread adoption.

The first project, a $125,000 grant, will provide guidance for implementing water reuse in new buildings and developments to achieve sustainability goals. The project's end result will arm developers and architects with effective methods to implement satellite water recycling systems for new and mixed-use developments. Satellite treatment systems, which are onsite, stand-alone technologies, harvest and treat rainwater and graywater – including wash water from sinks, showers and washing machines – and present one of the strongest growth opportunities for sustainable recycled water applications. Reusing graywater can reduce the demand for municipally treated water by 30 to 60 percent.

Pentair has also granted $50,000 to the WateReuse Research Foundation to examine graywater treatment technologies in the United States.



Environment and wildlife



Russia to create new national parks and reserves nearly size of Switzerland

Posted on July 6 - Polar bears, walruses, sea otters, and other endangered species are all set to benefit from a Russian decision to boost its national protected areas to nearly 3 percent of its territory by 2020, a move which helps the country to meet its international obligations to protect biodiversity. The Russian government’s decision establishes 9 new nature reserves and 13 national parks covering a total area of over 3.8 million ha by 2020. Russia is also introducing marine buffer zones of over 1 million ha.

“For the first time, development of protected areas in Russia will be based on the analysis of all available data on biological diversity of Russia”, said Vladimir Krever, WWF-Russia biodiversity coordinator. “The creation of protected areas is crucial to save Russia’s diverse and unique biodiversity,” he added.

An existing 9 reserves and 1 national park will see their areas increased by 500 thousand ha.

The decision was based on an analysis of WWF in cooperation with The Nature Coservancy and MAVA Foundation, carried out between 2006-2008, and is aimed at fulfilling Russia’s commitment under the Convention on Biodiversity to establish effective protected area systems that safeguard biodiversity.

The UN has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity, culminating in October at the 10th Conference of the Parties in Nagoya. WWF is calling on governments in Nagoya to adopt a clear roadmap and allocate additional financing to halt biodiversity loss by 2020.


Illegal trade in natural resources: what can Brussels do?

European Economic and Social Committee  29-30 September 2010

The over exploitation of natural resources is recognised as one of the main challenges affecting our planet today and has been a growing concern of the international community for several years. At the same time, natural resources are extensively used by protagonists in local armed conflicts to finance wars that have resulted in the death of millions of people in recent years.

By organising the Pathfinder Conference, the Institute for Environmental Security and its Partners seek to address the issues and discuss the role the European Union could play to reinforce the legality of international trade in natural resources. Attendance to the conference is by invitation only. Please contact the conference secretariat for more information.



Religion and spirituality



HOW-TO for successfully knowing each other in classrooms, camps, neighborhoods, nations

Below are tools -- a how-to for the practitioner of face-to-face engagement. This is for difficult relationships that require crossing daunting chasms and lowering old walls to reach people's hearts.

Film Evening - A dozen very short films with popcorn highlighted last Monday evening, 12 July 2010, to celebrate the 18th Anniversary of the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue. Fifty youth and adults in the large circle together viewed the short videos then sat in triads of three to answer two questions: (1) What touched you?  (2) What creative ideas occurred to you?

Camp Activities - Best practices for conferences and camp-like programs are collected in Camp Activities for Relationship Building -- 

New TV Series "If You Really Knew Me" - Beginning Tuesday, 20 July 2010 at 11:00 pm on MTV, a new, long-awaited,12-episode TV series will demonstrate that the miracles of connection and compassion are available to everyone. Week after week -- from 12 different U.S. school campuses -tools will be provided to allow any youth or adult to Be The Change we wish to see in the world.

After viewing, practice the tool of If you really knew me by having people share their experience of the show and how it applies to their lives. A small-group guide is at After each episode, a discussion guide will posted at

More information is at MTV --  and with the pioneering creators, Challenge Day -- Check your local listing for the broadcast where you live. These and hundreds of other success stories are preserved at:



Culture and education



"Voices of Palestine" Summer 2010 film series

Wednesdays, 14 July - 11 August at 6:30 p.m., Georgetown University, Washington DC

The Jerusalem Fund and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University are pleased to present their annual summer film series highlighting recent documentary and feature films from and about Palestine that explore the social, cultural and political complexities of Palestinian life and identity.  

The annual film series is hosted jointly by The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development and The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. All films begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. All films are screened at The Jerusalem Fund and are in English or have English subtitles. Attendance is free and open to the public. However, space is limited. For inquiries, call The Jerusalem Fund at (202) 338-1958, or email 

The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that maintains three programs. The Palestine Center hosts educational briefings and publishes analysis of the Palestinian experience and U.S. policy in the region. The Humanitarian Link provides short-term grants on a semi-annual basis to humanitarian organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and surrounding refugee camps. The Jerusalem Fund Gallery hosts art exhibits, workshops, film screenings and more that showcase the rich artistic heritage of the region.


Vuvuzelas ring for education as FIFA World Cup ends

July 15 - Hours before the FIFA World Cup final on 11 July, UNESCO’s Director-General and political leaders from across the African continent gathered in Pretoria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Education Summit. Heads of State addressed the education challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa and called for increased investment in education. Participants adopted a statement urging governments and the international community to translate their commitment to education into concrete actions, affirming that “No country has ever climbed the human development ladder without steady investment in education”. Convened by President Jacob Zuma, the Summit was the result of efforts led by the 1Goal campaign and FIFA to get Africa’s 32 million out-of-school children onto the international agenda. (…)


Youth look to ‘Raise The Radio' at Community Resource Center in slum settlement of Nairobi, Kenya

Construction underway on facility that seeks to end the cycle of poverty through technology training, health and education services, and radio station

Nairobi, Kenya, July 13 - Kenyan NGO Slums Information Development Resource Center (SIDAREC) is working with the 50x15 Foundation and Architecture for Humanity to bring a youth technology and resource center to the Mukuru slum settlement of Nairobi. The center will give residents Internet access, computer and technology training, health clinic services, early childhood development programs, and a community theater. A radio station and recording studio will top out the construction project, beaming SIDAREC's radio station 99.9 Ghetto FM to more than 650,000 local residents and countless listeners around the world.

The youth of Mukuru say the center is like a rain cloud, "One raindrop will not do much, but a number of raindrops falling down within a community is enough to allow seeds to grow into new plants." The center will address the needs of the young people living in the slums of Nairobi, where the AIDS/HIV pandemic is critical. According to the World Bank, only one in every two Kenyan youth is enrolled in secondary education, and one in ten adolescent females gives birth.

Local architects and contractors are heading up construction efforts. They have erected the building walls and community residents soon will be able to see the technology center take shape. Leaders from the sponsoring organizations are raising funds to complete the structure. They feel an added sense of urgency since a devastating fire burned down SIDAREC's original center in Nairobi, which housed 99.9 Ghetto FM, a library, computer lab, health clinic and afterschool program. Thousands of children and youth were left without services or a safe place to gather.

Media Contact: Diana Bianchini, Architecture for Humanity:


Teachers and students join to promote student-centered learning

July 7 - As part of its ongoing project with the European Students’ Union (ESU), EI [Education International] organised a training seminar on student-centered learning (SCL) recently from 1-4 July in Sliema, Malta. More than 20 higher education personnel from EI member organisations in the European region and students representatives from ESU member organisations participated in the event.

The main aim of the training session was to empower the participants, down the road from theory to practice, for further dissemination of their acquired knowledge on SCL to their colleagues and peers. As the positive evaluations of the training have shown, the participants have widened their scope of arguments for SCL and are ready to continue their support in common EI-ESU effort to promote SCL.

For more information about EI-ESU’s project “Time for Student-Centered Learning”(T4SCL), please visit the project website:


EU – China relations 35 years after their establishment- seminar in Bruxelles on July 26

The InBev-Baillet Latour Chair at the College of Europe and the Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation

The event will open with a keynote by Mr. Chen Baosheng, Vice - Chairman of the China Reform Forum (CRF) and Vice - President of the Central Party School on China’s recent developments and future perspectives of cooperation between the EU and China. A discussion session will follow.

Discussions will range from whether or not the Lisbon Treaty makes real changes to  the EU’s policy towards China, in particular in respect to trade, climate change and finance,  what China and the EU could do to strengthen sustainable global growth, but also what are the perspectives in China’s policies toward the EU for the next five years.

The seminar, organised with the support of the Chinese Mission to the EU, will be held from 9.00 to 12.30 at the Conseil central de l’économie (17-21, Avenue de la Joyeuse entrée – 1040 Brussels To register please send an email to Chiara Galluccio at More information is available at


CIVICUS 9th World Assembly-2010, Palais des congres, Montreal, Canada,  20-23 August

The CIVICUS 9th World Assembly 2010, a globally recognised summit where up to 1000 civil society stakeholders (media, government, business, International NGO’s, grassroots organisations etc.) will meet and discuss contemporary issues confronting civil society. This year’s focus theme is Seeking Out Solutions: Economic Justice.

The Assembly will focus on economic justice as its core theme underpinned by development effectiveness and climate justice. It will offer the media an opportunity to interact with the key figures involved in global and local governance.Translations will be available in French, Spanish and English. Media accreditation is available prior to the World Assembly by contacting CIVICUS (

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is a global movement of civil society with members and partners in over a hundred countries.



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