Good News Agency – Year XI, n° 175
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.
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
New international treaty to better integrate environmental and health concerns into political decision-making
The Protocol on Strategic
Environmental Assessment to the UNECE Espoo
Convention, signed by 35 governments and the European Community back in May
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
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.
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
"As part of the
agreement, the JEM (Justice and Equality Movement) commit to taking all steps
necessary to ensure the protection of children in
UNICEF director for Sudan Nils Kastberg will attend the signing
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
"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.
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
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
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.
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
A consignment of 28 tonnes reached
Finally, the ICRC has sent a
shipment of 42 tonnes to its Middle East logistics
and MEDA collaborate to help
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
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
The fragile Sahel region is a narrow band south of the Sahara desert
brings shelter, dignity to thousands in
Six months after deadly earthquake, women lead rebuilding, healing
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
''In many cases we're working
with widows, women-headed households and other vulnerable people,'' said Dr.
Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE
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
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
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
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
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 www.undpingoconference.org
For further information, please contact DPI/NGO Relations: email@example.com. The Directory of non-governmental organizations associated with the Department of Information is also available at http://www.un.org/dpi/ngosection/index.asp
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
By Valerie Chanda
Chibuye, Food Security and Relief Programme
Officer at DanChurchAid
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.
Essay: ACDI/VOCA's continuing work in
ACDI/VOCA is proud that we
managed to feed and support more than 150,000 people in
After initial disruption,
ACDI/VOCA has been able to maintain our USAID-funded agricultural development
See images below [http://www.acdivoca.org/acdivoca/PortalHub.nsf/ID/feature-Haiti-Photos-Six-Months-Later-ACDI-VOCA] 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: www.acdivoca.org/haitirecovery
Pope to donate $250,000 to rebuild Haitian school
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
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
At the meeting, 230 projects
from 20 different countries from
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
launches initiative to map recovery projects in
July 15 - Agencies and donors
participating in the ongoing recovery and rehabilitation efforts in
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
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
Niger/Mali: 290,000 people benefit from massive aid operation
Niamey (ICRC), July 9 -
Farmers and stockbreeders in northern regions of
Meanwhile, in northern
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 (
operation will ultimately help some 290,000 farmers and stockbreeders,"
explains Jürg Eglin, who runs ICRC operations in
Mghendi and Afrhill Rances in
July 9 - More than 600
families, who were left homeless when typhoons Ketsana,
The 630 families –
Construction of the
transitional shelters is being carried out through bayanihan
– the common tradition in the
All Norwegian cluster munitions destroyed
July 20 [NorwayPost]
- With 11 days left until the Convention on Cluster Munitions enters into
Darfur rebels, UN to sign deal to protect children
July 19 - Rebels in
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
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. (…)
Union appoints peace ambassadors for
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
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
By Claus Nielsen, DCA’s Programme Manager, Mine
July 12 - On June 15, the
Ambassador of Cyprus to
Earlier this year, DCA
received a grant of 100,000 Euro from CyprusAid
(through ITF) to fund its cluster munitions clearance activities in
The visit allowed Ambassador Kouros to observe the positive impact his governments’
donation has had on the
Overall, both visitors were
impressed by the high socio-economic impact DCA clearance efforts have had in
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
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
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
Sunflower, July) - 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
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.
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
To complement FoEME's recently released environmental flows study
entitled "Towards a Living Jordan River: A Regional Strategy to
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
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
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
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
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
“The complete eradication of
polio is an absolute goal, and it requires absolute commitment from us all,”
$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,
to improve pediatric care in Boost hospital, Helmand
July 10 - In November 2009, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
started supporting Boost provincial hospital in the outskirts of Lashkargah in
“Pediatrics is one of the most
important components of the hospital’s services,” said Dr. Dorian Job, MSF
medical coordinator . “In
“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.
toward poliomyelitis eradication in
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
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
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 --
The doctors and volunteers performed 3,500 dental procedures and 2,000 major surgeries, including reconstructive surgery, orthopedic work, and eye operations. (...)
Jatropha - a bioenergy crop for the poor
FAO/IFAD review anti-poverty potential of jatropha development
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.
"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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
“For the first time,
development of protected areas in
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
The UN has declared 2010 the
International Year of Biodiversity, culminating in October at the 10th
Conference of the Parties in
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.
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?
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
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 http://www.challenge-day.org/downloads/If_You_Really_Knew_Me.pdf After each episode, a discussion guide will posted at http://www.challengeday.org/mtv
More information is at MTV -- http://www.mtv.com/shows/if_you_really_knew_me/series.jhtml and with the pioneering creators, Challenge Day -- http://www.challengeday.org Check your local listing for the broadcast where you live. These and hundreds of other success stories are preserved at: http://traubman.igc.org/messages.htm
14 July - 11 August at 6:30 p.m.,
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,
The Jerusalem Fund for
Education and Community Development is an independent 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization based in
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
look to ‘Raise The Radio' at
Construction underway on facility that seeks to end the cycle of poverty through technology training, health and education services, and radio station
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
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: email@example.com
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
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: www.t4scl.eu
The InBev-Baillet Latour Chair at the
College of Europe and the Madariaga – College of
The event will open with a
keynote by Mr. Chen Baosheng,
Vice - Chairman of the China Reform Forum (CRF) and Vice - President of the
Discussions will range from
whether or not the Lisbon Treaty makes real changes to
the EU’s policy towards
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
CIVICUS 9th World Assembly-2010, Palais des congres, Montreal, Canada, 20-23 August
The CIVICUS 9th World Assembly
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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