Good News Agency – Year XI, n° 179



Weekly – Year XI, number 179 – 12th November 2010

Managing Editor: Sergio Tripi, Ph. D.

Rome Law-court registration no. 265 dated 20 June 2000.           

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International legislation



In Lao PDR, cluster bomb survivors hopeful key meeting will help to end suffering

The treaty’s historic First Meeting of States Parties is being held from 9-12 November

(Gemima Harvey)

November 8 -  Vientiane is buzzing with activity before the historic First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention of Cluster Munitions begins this Tuesday, where states are expected to agree on concrete actions to implement the decade’s most significant humanitarian and disarmament treaty. The meeting will convene more than 110 governments and more than 400 civil society campaigners from around the world to decide a 65-point action plan for implementing the Convention in the coming years and encourage additional states to get on board the ban.

The treaty highlights the power of civil society working in collaboration with governments, the United Nations and international organisations to prevent more cluster bomb victims and future suffering. Lao PDR is the world’s most heavily cluster-bombed country and a fitting place for governments to commit additional resources to assisting victims and clearing contaminated areas. The Convention seeks to create a future without these weapons, giving hope to cluster bomb victims like Chanthava Pobuly from Savannakhet province in Lao PDR.

People suffer. Development is stalled. Now cluster munitions are banned under international law, but all countries need to heed to the call and get on board the ban to end the suffering caused by cluster munitions.

More information on COPE:

More information on the Ban Advocates:  


Announcing launch of deed of commitment on children and armed conflict

November 2 - Geneva Call is pleased to announce the launch of the Deed of Commitment under Geneva Call for the Protection of Children from the Effects of Armed Conflict. This standard and universal instrument aims to provide Armed non-State actors (NSAs), which lack the legal capacity to become party to relevant international treaties, with an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to international norms protecting children from armed conflict.

This is the second such Deed of Commitment under Geneva Call. Its launch comes during the 10 year anniversary of the first – the Deed of Commitment under Geneva Call for Adherence to a Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Mines and for Cooperation in Mine Action with which to date, – 41 NSAs from around the globe have signed and substantially complied.

The new Deed of Commitment has been developed by Geneva Call following focused discussions with NSAs, and under the advice of an expert advisory group including participants from the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, UNICEF, the ICRC, the Quaker UN Office and international legal experts. As with the Deed of Commitment banning anti-personnel mines, the Republic and Canton of Geneva will act as custodian, and when possible, signings will take place in the Alabama Room where the 1st Geneva Convention was signed in 1864.


Opening door to Western Balkans

Soon citizens of Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina holding biometric passports will be able to travel to the Schengen area and stay for three months without applying for a visa. This is a result of the Justice and Home Affairs Council's meeting on 8 November, at which the ministers adopted an amendment of the regulation which lists third countries to which the visa-free regime applies.

To obtain the visa waiver for the Schengen area (which covers all EU member states except the UK and Ireland, as well as three non-EU members: Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) the two Balkan states had to fulfil a number of criteria, contained in the so-called "roadmaps" which they designed together with the EU member states and the European Commission.

The two candidates for visa-free travel had to carry out a number of important reforms, e.g. improve their capacity to fight organised crime and corruption, increase passport security and improve border controls. The European Union, which considers stability, peace and prosperity in the Western Balkans to be one of its highest priorities, helped to bring about these necessary changes and provided the requisite technical and financial assistance.



Human rights



International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - November 25

Violence against women takes many forms; all are unacceptable violations of human rights.

Each year, for 16 days, bookended by the International Day to End Violence Against Women (25 November) and Human Rights Day (10 December), groups from around the world join together to speak out against gender violence. Because all too often, it is covered up or tacitly condoned.

This year's theme is one of empowerment: Commit. Act. Demand. We CAN End Violence Against Women. It reflects the fact that gender violence is increasingly being recognized as a stain on humanity and something that must and can be dealt with.


Universal Children's Day - November 20

One of the outstanding keynotes of our present time is the focus that is being put on children: the rights of children; the needs of children; the importance of considering children in every area of life. At a global level this is reflected in The Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international human rights treaty that is transforming the lives of children and their families around the world. Under the Convention all but two of the world's countries have agreed to meet universal standards, guaranteeing children the rights to survival, health, education, a caring family environment, play and culture...

Universal Children's Day is observed on different days in different countries. It is a Day to celebrate children and to empower the vision of an interdependent world of families, communities and nations in which the rights and needs of children are accorded the highest priority. 20 November marks the day in which the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.


Media Literacy Week explores gender representation in media

November 3 - The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), together with Media Awareness Network, a not-for-profit centre for media and digital literacy, have launched Canada’s fifth annual Media Literacy Week. The theme of this year’s activities, which begin on 1 November, is ‘Gender and Media’ and will be used to highlight the need for parents, educators and young people to talk about the ways that gender is portrayed in media and how this can influence young people’s perceptions of themselves and others. An online resource has also been developed and made available to help parents keep up with their children online and to work with their families to develop ground rules that everyone can live with.

Media Literacy Week has been promoting the integration of media literacy activities in communities, schools and families across Canada for the past five years. The week underscores the importance of nurturing critical thinking skills in young people that will help them understand and effectively navigate their media-rich world.

Education International Vice-President, Irene Duncan-Adanusa, welcomed the initiative by CTF, an EI affiliate, and acknowledged the importance of educating young people about stereotypes still attached to gender and the advantages and dangers brought by new information technologies.



Economy and development



Food Security and Agricultural Strategies: What Room for Multilateral Governance?

On 17 November at the Committee of the Regions, 101, rue Belliard, Brussels

Recent food riots, hyper-volatile agricultural prices and speculation on agricultural raw materials have reminded politicians that agriculture is not only a specific sector, but a strategic one. What are the objectives of the world’s major powers’ agricultural policies? What kinds of means are being implemented towards their achievement? What consequences do they have in terms of food security, environmental and geopolitical stability?

This one-day conference, taking place on the very day when Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos will be presenting the Commission’s communication on agricultural reform post-2013, will open a timely debate, raising new elements in the reflection on the future of agricultural systems throughout the world. Bringing together international actors to expose current challenges and exchange views on possible ways forward, the conference will explore proposals for the advancement of multilateral governance, taking into consideration the important role that the EU could potentially play in this field. To register, please send your name, position, and the name of your organisation, before 12:00 on Tuesday 16 November, to

The Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation is dedicated to promoting original thinking on the role of the European Union in an era of global change.


Africa crop tool launched

Interactive 43-nation guide on what to plant, when and where

Rome, November 11 - FAO has launched a quick reference calendar covering 43 major African countries that advises which crops to plant when, according to the type of agricultural zone from drylands to highlands. The web-based tool, developed by FAO experts, covers more than 130 crops from beans to beetroot to wheat to watermelon. It is aimed at all donors, agencies, government extension workers and non-governmental organizations working with farmers on the continent.

The FAO crop calendar is especially useful in case of an emergency such as drought or floods or for rehabilitation efforts following a natural or manmade disaster. As well as crops, it advises on tried and tested seed varieties that are adapted to the soil and climate conditions of each area.

There are 283 agro-ecological zones covered in the calendar, representing the vast richness and variety of the African ecology as well as challenges of land degradation, sand encroachment and floods. An estimated 50 percent of the global increase in yields over the past ten years has come from improving the quality of seeds. The other fifty percent has come from better water management and irrigation practices.


US$ 19.90 million IFAD loan-grant for economic empowerment of ethnic minorities in Viet Nam

Rome, November 9 - A new US$19.4 million loan and US$ 0.5 million grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam will increase the incomes of poor ethnic minority households in the Dak Nong Province. The agreement for the Sustainable Economic Empowerment of Ethnic Minorities Project was signed today, in Hanoi, Viet Nam, by Vu Nan Ninh, Minister of Finance of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD.

The project will help to strengthen provincial institutions that will help to integrate the priorities of ethnic minority groups, particularly women within the Government planning process.

Under the project, joint liability groups will be established as the conduit for bank lending to individual members, along with training. The main focus of the project will be on minority livelihood development, rural financial services and in providing agricultural and value chain lending. Collective action will be crucial to the empowerment of people in order to help them overcome poverty; by setting up shared liability groups and savings and credits associations among poor ethnic minority women.

Over 31,370 households are expected to benefit. These households consist of indigenous and migrant ethnic minorities. The project activities will, in particular, involve women in the poorest communes of the Dak Nong Province and low-income Kinh families. To date, IFAD has financed 10 projects in Viet Nam for a total investment of US$ 209.20 million directly benefiting 539,270 households. IFAD operations in Viet Nam


World Bank forms partnership for valuation of ecosystems

by Robert Kropp talks with the World Resources Institute about the initiative to integrate the economic benefits of ecosystems into national accounting systems., November 3 - The momentum for integrated reporting by companies, or at least a form of accounting for ecosystem services in corporate sustainability reporting, received support on the macroeconomic level last week, when the World Bank announced the formation of the Global Partnership for Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services Valuation and Wealth Accounting. According to the World Bank, the new initiative intends to "give developing countries the tools they need to integrate the economic benefits that ecosystems such as forests, wetlands and coral reefs provide, into national accounting systems."

The World Bank initiative was announced at the The Convention on Biological Diversity meeting, held in Japan, where 193 countries met "to meet the unprecedented challenges of the continued loss of biodiversity compounded by climate change." The United States, which has signed but not ratified the Convention, was present as an observer.

The partnership builds upon the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), a project hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Earlier in October, TEEB released its final report, which states, "The failure to account for the full economic values of ecosystems and biodiversity has been a significant factor in their continuing loss and degradation."


Hydroponic sector development in Lebanon

October 27 – ACDI/VOCA has won a $12 million, five-year Hydroponic Sector Development in Lebanon (HSDL) program to foster local economic growth. The innovative USAID-funded program will strengthen horticulture export market linkages and establish a vibrant high-value fruit, vegetables and flowers hydroponic sector. Hydroponics is an agricultural technique where plants are grown without soil in nutrient-rich water solutions or inert mediums like bark, coco peat and pumice.Lebanon’s varied climate—the country has nine growing areas due to multiple sub-climates and diverse environments—creates an opportunity for its greenhouse sector to become more competitive and access lucrative markets in Central Asia, the European Union and Gulf States.


Rural Poverty Report 2011

New realities, new challenges: new opportunities for tomorrow's generation

The Rural Poverty Report 2011 provides a coherent and comprehensive look at rural poverty, its global consequences and the prospects for eradicating it.

Since the last Rural Poverty Report was published by IFAD in 2001, there has been progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals. But 1.4 billion people continue to live in extreme poverty – and more than 70 percent of them are living in rural areas of developing countries, while the latest measurements show that 925 million of them are undernourished.

Young people and children make up the single largest group among poor rural people, and the Report emphasizes the importance of creating new and better opportunities for them – in particular, with a focus on expanding educational opportunities that specifically address the skills young people will need to succeed in the rural context.

Through extensive research by a team of international, regional and national experts in the field of poverty reduction – as well as through case studies and interviews with poor rural people themselves – the report provides unique insights into rural poverty around the world and how the livelihoods of the rural poor are changing. It explores the challenges that make it so difficult for rural people to overcome poverty, and identifies opportunities and the way forward to greater prosperity. And it highlights policies and actions that governments and development practitioners can take to support the efforts of rural people to overcome poverty.






Saint Lucia: Red Cross reponds to devastation caused by Hurricane Tomas

By Rodolfo Bergantino, IFRC, in Panama

November 5 - As Hurricane Tomas passed over the Antilles, it brought heavy rains and sustained winds of more than 90 miles to Saint Lucia. The hurricane has caused severe damage to hundreds of homes and public infrastructure such as hospitals, road networks, water pipes, and electricity and telephone cables. Official reports put the death toll at five, with five people are still missing.

Staff and volunteers of the Saint Lucia Red Cross have been active since the storm alert was issued. The team has continued to deliver relief items to affected people and is carrying out damage and needs assessments to guide the relief efforts. However, several landslides triggered by Hurricane Tomas have severely damaged road networks, making assessments difficult and hampering access to affected communities.

Despite such difficulties, the Saint Lucia Red Cross -- with the support of its national intervention team and community disaster response teams – is currently providing assistance to displaced people who have taken up temporary residence in community shelters. The teams are also carrying out relief distributions to some of the affected communities (...)


Private giving in China tops $800-Million

November 5 - Charitable giving in China grew by 3.5 percent last year, to $812-million, the China Daily reports. The tally was provided by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, which examined giving by businesses and individuals.

The growth in the giving numbers comes in part from wealthy individuals.

“More private entrepreneurs want to exercise their social responsibility after accumulating huge wealth,” says Li Zhiyan, director of the Social Resources Institute, in the report.


Newman’s Own donations total $300-Million

November 5 - Newman’s Own, the company founded by the late actor Paul Newman, which donates all of its profits to nonprofit groups, has given $300-million to charity, says USA Today.

The company, whose salad dressing and other products are a staple on grocery shelves across the country, supports charities such as a camp for children with serious medical conditions and a program to award money to people who are outstanding volunteers.

Mr. Newman died in 2008 but his daughter, Clea Newman Soderlund, who sits on the board of Newman’s Own Foundation, said, “He felt that when you are given so much, you should reach out and help others that haven’t been so lucky.”


Save the Children assists families evacuated as Indonesian volcano continues to erupt

Jakarta, Indonesia, November 5 - Save the Children is providing much-needed aid to children and families forced to leave their homes as Indonesia’s most active volcano, Mt. Merapi, continues its violent eruptions.More than 80,000 children and adults have been evacuated from the area surrounding the volcano, which has been spewing superheated gas, ash and rubble for eight days. They are sheltering in schools, sports stadiums and camps.

Save the Children is distributing more then 7,100 hygiene kits to families who have sought refuge in temporary shelters. It has provided 12,000 face masks to children in schools in Boyolali District and another 6,000 face masks to evacuees in camps. The agency also is pulling additional supplies, including tarps, school tents and school kits, from its warehouse in Jakarta and shipping them to Yogyakarta.


Canadian couple gives lottery winnings to charity

November 5 – A couple in Nova Scotia who won $11.2-million in a lottery this summer has decided to give most of their winnings to charity, reports AOL News.

Allen and Violet Large, a retired couple who say they are living comfortably, told news agencies that winning the money was a hassle. They decided to give some to family and friends, and the rest went to charities such as hospitals where Ms. Large had received cancer treatments, churches, and organizations including the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

Ms. Large says giving the money away simply felt good.

“That money that we won was nothing,” Mr. Large adds. “We have each other.”


Airwalk and Payless ShoeSource team up to democratize giving and deliver hope to children in need with launch of The Good Shoe Project(TM)

Topeka, Kan., USA - November 4 - Airwalk, a leader in youth lifestyle footwear and apparel, is teaming up with Payless to democratize a new shoe-giving program to help those in need with the launch of The Good Shoe Project. Whenever a customer purchases the exclusive Airwalk Hope shoe for $19.99 at Payless between Dec. 15, 2010, through Feb. 14, 2011, the retailer commits to giving a free pair of kids' shoes to a child in need in Central America through a new alliance with humanitarian organization World Vision.

The Good Shoe Project is a strong complement to the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids  giving program that was first launched by the retailer in 2008. Over the past two years during the December holiday, Payless has given away a total of $2.2 million in free shoes to children in need in the U.S., Canada and in 10 Latin American countries through this initiative. Payless started Payless Gives in direct response to the recession to reach those most in need and to do so through local nonprofit agencies most directly in touch with them. Through this grass-roots campaign, Payless was joined by more than 750 nonprofits located across the U.S., Canada and Latin America to give children of families in need a free pair of shoes. The retailer distributes free shoe coupons redeemable at any Payless store to the various nonprofits, who then distribute the coupons to their clients.


Save the Children education programs to benefit from IKEA Soft Toy Campaign this holiday season

Westport, Conn., USA, November 1 - Save the Children global education programs  will get a boost this holiday season from the IKEA Soft Toy Campaign, running from November 1 to December 24. For every soft toy sold, 1 euro (approximately $1.35 US dollar) goes to IKEA global partners Save the Children and UNICEF to extend and start new children’s educational programs in 22 countries.

The funds raised through the soft toy campaign contribute to better school facilities, access to water and toilets, work towards strengthening the right to education for minority children, provide educational supplies and go to training teachers in child-friendly teaching techniques.

“With over 300 IKEA stores and many millions of customers joining the movement for children’s education, we can make a substantial and long-lasting impact on children’s lives. This year, we hope to raise a record 10 million euro (13 million dollars) from the sale of soft toys, Children’s IKEA products and the special kids’ meal while also raising awareness of the importance of education. This will help millions of children learn and thrive,” says Marianne Barner, head of IKEA Social Initiative.


ADRA responds to worst flooding in 30 years in Central Vietnam

October 29 – Silver Spring, Md., USA - The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues to assist residents affected by recent heavy flooding in north central coastal areas of Vietnam through the delivery of emergency food rations and other essentials, report emergency officials on the ground.

Following four days of continuous torrential rains that caused rivers to overflow their banks and flood thousands of homes, ADRA responded immediately targeting more than 500 households, or 3,000 people, in the hard hit Huong Khe District, Tĩnh Province. Each family received a food package designed to sustain them for up to 14 days. In addition, they also received two mosquito nets to decrease the spread of insect borne diseases such as malaria.

ADRA is working closely with the Tĩnh People’s Committee to ensure that effective coordination takes place with other international non-governmental organizations assisting in the region.



Peace and security



Guinea: UN envoy lauds peaceful conclusion of presidential run-off

8 November – The United Nations envoy for West Africa today welcomed the peaceful conclusion of the second round of the presidential election in Guinea, saying the country’s citizens had demonstrated their commitment to democracy by participating in the poll.

In an interview with the UN News Centre, Mr. Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, said the UN had facilitated efforts by the international community to ensure the success of Guinea’s transition to democracy. The logistical support provided by the UN will facilitate the collection of poll returns and thus contribute towards easing tensions associated with the announcement of results, Mr. Djinnit added.

The presidential election, which includes yesterday’s run-off poll and the first round of voting held in June, was the final stage of the interim Government’s efforts to restore democracy after Captain Moussa Dadis Camara seized power in a coup in 2008 following the death of long-time president Lansana Conté.


Lebanon ratifies cluster munitions ban

First formal meeting of the treaty countries to open on november 9

Beirut, November 6 - Lebanon ratified the international convention banning cluster munitions on November 5, 2010, just ahead of the opening of the convention's first formal meeting of its states parties. The ratification is especially significant because Lebanon has suffered greatly from cluster munitions, Human Rights Watch said today.

Lebanon's parliament approved ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions on August 17, 2010, and the government officially deposited the instrument of ratification with the United Nations in New York on November 5. Lebanon was an early leader in the movement to ban cluster munitions. Israel's use of cluster munitions containing millions of submunitions in south Lebanon in 2006 was one of the catalysts behind the "Oslo Process," which resulted in the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Lebanon actively participated in the negotiations, was the host of a regional meeting in November 2008, and was one of the first governments to sign the convention on December 3, 2008.


High-level meeting ends with pledges of $29 million to UN Peacebuilding Fund

5 November - The United Nations efforts to augment peace and stability in countries emerging from conflict has received a boost, with Member States pledging $29 million for the business plan of the UN Peacebuilding Fund. The pledges were made at the inaugural High-Level stakeholders meeting in New York, which ended yesterday, and provided an opportunity to review the Fund’s achievements and discuss how best to strengthen its role in peacebuilding. A total of 33 Member States spoke at the meeting, commending the Fund as a fast, relevant and catalytic resource. They also endorsed the importance of the Fund and pledged further support.

The Fund, established by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in October 2006 following a request from the General Assembly and the Security Council is a global fund designed to support post-conflict peacebuilding initiatives. It seeks to support peacebuilding efforts in up to 20 countries in areas such as security sector reform, rule of law, national dialogue, support to women and civil society, and economic revitalization. As of October 2010, the Fund has extended its reach to 18 countries, working with 15 recipient organisations which are implementing 150 projects.

For the Fund’s business plan, pledges and receipts this year amount to $53 million from 21 Member States, of which $29 million was newly pledged during the meeting.


Niger backs new constitution towards civilian rule

November 3 - Voters in Niger overwhelmingly backed a new constitution meant to pave the way back to civilian rule, full preliminary results of a referendum in the West African desert state showed on Tuesday. Sunday's referendum was the first in a series of votes due to end with the swearing-in of a new civilian leader by April next year, replacing a junta that toppled President Mamadou Tandja in February.

Some 90.18 percent of voters backed a proposed constitution that will undo sweeping new presidential powers which Tandja awarded himself before he was deposed, and aims to improve governance in the mining sector of the leading uranium-producer.

Turnout was nearly 53 percent, the election commission said in a statement, noting that was high for a country where past votes have seen barely a third of voters cast their ballots.

The constitution guarantees immunity for the leaders of February's coup and commits them to handing over power on April 6 next year, by which time a newly elected civilian president is due to have been inaugurated.


Empowering the next generation of peacemakers

by Peter Schmidtke

Rotary International News, 3 November - Cameron Chisholm didn’t waste any time deciding how he would provide others with the skills he was gaining as a 2006-08 Rotary Peace Fellow. During his fieldwork in Ethiopia, he drafted a plan for a peace advocacy organization.

“I had been studying early conflict warning systems and thought I had it figured out,” says Chisholm, who studied at the University of Bradford, England, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. (...) “I asked myself how I could create this for other people to allow them to experience these things,” Chisholm says. In 2009, while working as a global security analyst and watch officer for the World Bank, Chisholm founded the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI), based in Washington, D.C., to raise public awareness of peace and security issues.

In cooperation with Johns Hopkins University, IPSI hosted a monthlong symposium in Bologna, Italy, in part of June and July, attended by 55 people, including three Rotary Peace Fellows. Students and practitioners from 28 countries learned mediation and peacekeeping techniques from current and former representatives of the United Nations, International Criminal Court, and other institutions and governments. (...) Participants also received instruction on social entrepreneurship -- using entrepreneurial principles to make social change -- and were invited to submit proposals for funding. IPSI awarded funding to Canadian Craig Vandermeer, founder of the nonprofit Schools Building Schools, for his proposal to provide graduates of vocational trade schools in southern Uganda with microloans and follow-up consultation with local business advisers starting next summer.

IPSI will offer the Bologna symposium annually and in 2012 will add a four-week program in The Hague focusing on international and transitional justice. Chisholm also hopes to add regional symposiums, roundtable discussions, and a speaker series on conflict resolution.


Swift implementation of cluster munition ban saves lives

Bangkok, 1 November - The destruction of millions of stockpiled cluster submunitions years before deadlines mandated under the Convention on Cluster Munitions—a legally-binding treaty banning the weapon which entered into force on 1 August 2010—shows the treaty’s effectiveness in saving civilian lives, according to Cluster Munition Monitor 2010, a report released today.

Seven states that have joined the convention have already completed destruction of their stockpiles of cluster munitions, destroying more than 13.8 million submunitions contained in 176,000 cluster munitions. At least eleven other countries are currently destroying their stocks.

Among the 108 countries that have signed the convention are 38 former users, producers, exporters, or stockpilers of the weapon. Of these signatories, 42 have now ratified the convention, and 10 have already enacted national legislation to implement the convention.


International Day for Tolerance - 16 November

In 1996, the General Assembly invited Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public ((resolution 51/95 of 12 December). This action came in the wake of the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the Assembly in 1993 (resolution 48/126). The Year had been declared on the initiative of the General Conference of UNESCO. On 16 November 1995, the UNESCO member States had adopted the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year. 

The 2005 World Summit Outcome document (A/RES/60/1), outlines the commitment of Heads of State and Government to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.






Norwegian Government announces $1 million for initiative using mobile technology to support maternal health

Grant to mHealth Alliance supports use of wireless networks and devices to reduce maternal and newborn mortality

Washington, DC, November 9 - The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Norad, will commit US$1 million to support the Maternal mHealth Initiative. The commitment was announced during opening keynote remarks at the mHealth Summit, a three-day conference underway this week to explore ways mobile technology can increase the access, quality and efficiency of healthcare all over the world.  The announcement follows on the heels of a $1 million commitment to the mHealth Alliance, announced yesterday by HP.

“More than five billion people around the world already have a mobile phone. Our aim is to transform this into a tool that can be used to provide access to the information and services that save mothers’ lives and help them deliver healthy babies,” said Tore Godal, Special Advisor for Global Health to the Prime Minister of Norway.

As co-chair of the United Nations’ Innovation Working Group for the Global Strategy for Maternal Health, Norway was instrumental in identifying mHealth, or the use of mobile technologies to support improved health delivery and services, as a critical innovation to achieving UN Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, concerning child and maternal mortality and health.


2010 mHealth Summit - November 8-10

In partnership with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) and the NIH, the mHealth Alliance is a co-organizer of the second annual mHealth Summit, which takes place in Washington, D.C. on November 8-10, 2010.  The Summit will include high-level events surrounding a number of keynote addresses, including those delivered by UN Foundation Founding Chairman Ted Turner and Co-Chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, among others.

The 2010 mHealth Summit is the event where leaders enabling cutting-edge research, evidenced-based practice, and innovative policy solutions come together to advance the benefits mobile technology can bring to the health and wellbeing of developed and developing world populations.

The debate: “mHealth: Digital Efficiency and Extension or Disruptive Transformation?,” will close the 3-day 2010 mHealth Summit on Wednesday, November 10, at 1:15-2:45 pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This special session will deal with several key issues that are sparking contentious dialogue within the mobile health ecosystem. 


Bivalent oral polio vaccine delivers powerful blow

by Dan Nixon 

Rotary International News, 8 November - Developed to stop transmission of the type 1 and type 3 wild polioviruses simultaneously,  bOPV was introduced in all four polio-endemic countries -- Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan -- in late 2009 and early 2010. It has helped reduce the incidence of polio in India to 39 cases as of 26 October, compared to 498 for the same period in 2009. The number of cases in Nigeria has fallen to 8 from 382 for that period.  

"There’s been the largest ever year-to-year drop in polio cases following the use of bOPV," says Dr. Bruce Aylward, director of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) at the World Health Organization. The results of a field trial published in the British medical journal the Lancet in October underscore the effectiveness of the new vaccine. The randomized, double-blind, controlled trial, conducted by WHO between August and December 2008, involved 830 newborns in India who received bOPV or another polio vaccine.  

"In this study we showed that the bivalent [vaccine] is much better than the trivalent," says Dr. Roland Sutter, coordinator of the GPEI’s research and product development team. "We get about 30 [percent] to 40 percent more immunity [from] the bivalent compared to the trivalent for types 1 and 3." (...)

Rotary International has been a major player in bringing about that achievement, Aylward said at the meeting of the International PolioPlus Committee in October. PolioPlus grants awarded by The Rotary Foundation "have been strategically linked closely to all of the major gains that we’ve seen over the last 12 months," he noted. "The most striking impact is what your funds have achieved in Nigeria. Over $23 million has gone into operational costs. That 98 percent drop in cases could not have been achieved without that money to get the vaccine to the kids." 

Health officials see an expanded role for bOPV in the vaccine arsenal. On 26 October, 15 African countries launched a synchronized mass immunization campaign, the third on the continent in 2010. About 290,000 vaccinators went door to door to immunize 72 million children -- 55.7 million of them received bOPV.  By simplifying the logistics of immunizing children against polio, bOPV has become the centerpiece of the global strategy to end the disease. "This vaccine could get us over the top and to the finish line for eradication," Sutter says.


At Haiti’s cholera outbreak, treatment continues and assessments underway in north

November 2 – MSF teams are currently supporting two Haitian Ministry of Health hospitals in the Artibonite Region, where the cholera outbreak originated. At St. Nicholas Hospital in St. Marc, 170 people are admitted daily on average. Further south, in Petite Riviere, approximately 150 people are admitted per day in the hospital there.

In the midst of the current cholera outbreak in Haiti, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical teams continue to treat patients. As of October 31, MSF has treated close to 3,600 people who presented to medical facilities with acute or severe cases of diarrhea, symptoms consistent with possible cholera infection.

At MSF’s own five facilities in the capital, Port-au-Prince, teams are prepared to treat people presenting with cholera-like symptoms, with more than 300 beds already set aside for treatment in CTCs. Up to 800 beds will be available soon, should the outbreak spread.


Haiti: ADRA intensifies cholera prevention efforts following outbreak

October 29 – Silver Spring, Md., USA, - In the wake of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed more than 300 people and sickened thousands, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is ramping up efforts to prevent the spread of the disease to vulnerable populations in Port-au-Prince. As a result, ADRA is focusing cholera awareness efforts in various camps in Carrefour, a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince where thousands of displaced persons have been living in makeshift shelters since the deadly January 12 earthquake.

Using live drama presentations, pamphlets and posters in the local Creole language, ADRA staff and volunteers have instructed residents on the dangers of cholera and prevention practices. In addition, hand sanitizers and a total of 2,880 water purification tabs have been distributed to camp residents. Each tab can disinfect 2.6 gallons (10 liters) of water.

In the displaced persons camp located on the campus of the Haiti Adventist University, ADRA has conducted cholera training for the camp management team and continues the distribution of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) in the camp’s three remaining inhabited zones where some 500 families live.


Investors applaud U.S. National Institutes of Health's landmark agreement to share HIV patents with newly-formed medicines patent pool

New York, October 4 - Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) members celebrate the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) decision to grant the first license of U.S.-government patents to the newly-formed Medicines Patent Pool Foundation.  This agreement will facilitate access to life-saving HIV medicines for those who need them most, particularly in the developing world where the cost of treatment is priced out of reach. Currently, 33 million people are living with HIV worldwide and only one third are receiving treatment. Patent pools are a mechanism whereby a number of patents held by different parties are brought together and are made available to others for production or further development. The patent pool will foster generic competition which is proven to reduce prices, and on September 30, 2010, the NIH became the first patent-holder to share its intellectual property with the Medicines Patent Pool. 

The Medicines Patent Pool Foundation is an initiative which was recently established with the support of UNITAID, an innovative global health financing mechanism founded in 2006 to improve access to medicines for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, diseases that disproportionately impact the world’s poorest countries.  The Medicines Patent Pool streamlines the production of needed HIV/AIDS formulations and offers legal certainty for all participants. Pharmaceutical companies can actually protect their business model by operating within the patent pool because it will provide an alternative to expected increased pressure for compulsory licensing in countries with populations that cannot afford the more expensive treatments for a variety of diseases.



Energy and safety



USA: EPA rules require disclosure of oil and gas methane pollution and electronics fluorinated gas emissions

Washington, D.C., November 9 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced final rules for the disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry, one of the largest sources of methane, a potent global warming pollutant. "For far too long the public has been kept in the dark about the large volumes of pollution released from facilities in the oil and gas sector," said Emma Cheuse, an attorney at Earthjustice. "EPA’s action will strengthen public accountability for this major source of global warming pollution."

Under today’s final rule, data collection will begin in January 2011, and reporting of annual emissions to EPA will begin in March 2012. EPA estimates that the rule will cover 85 percent of the greenhouse gas discharges from the oil and gas sector and will require reporting by about 2,800 facilities. EPA also finalized rules requiring inventory and disclosure for large sources of fluorinated gases.

In addition to the oil and gas rules, EPA has finalized rules for high-potency greenhouse gases that would require reporting from producers of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) and other fluorinated greenhouse gas products, electronics manufacturing, manufacturers of electrical equipment, and importers of pre-charged equipment and certain foams.


Volvo Group joins WWF Climate Savers in pledge to reduce emissions and lead transport sector towards a CO2 neutral future

November 4 - The Volvo Group announced today that it would join WWF Climate Savers Programme, making it the world’s first vehicle manufacturer to take part in the initiative.

As a WWF partner, the Volvo Group’s truck companies will undertake to reduce the CO2-emissions from vehicles manufactured between 2009 and 2014 by 13 million tons – equal to Sweden’s annual CO2 emissions during a three month period.

The independent technical experts from Ecofys will monitor this work on a yearly basis and oversee that the Volvo Group complies with its targets.

More than 10 years ago, WWF created the Climate Savers Programme, a unique programme to mobilize leading multinational companies to cut their CO2 emissions in absolute terms and lead on the issue of climate change. Over the decade more than 20 world-known companies have shown that it’s possible to reduce their carbon footprint while growing both their business and shareholder value. To be included, companies in the Climate Savers Programme agree to reduce their CO2 emissions in accordance with an individual reduction target defined by WWF, the company and independent technical experts.


Latin American Mayors unanimously support nuclear weapons ban

Sunflower Newsletter, November 1 - Dr. Tadatoshi Akiba, President of Mayors for Peace, received unanimous support from the Latin American mayors during the “Semana del Municipalismo” in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In mid-October, FLACMA (Latin American Federation of Cities, Municipalities and Associations of local governments) signed an agreement with Mayors for Peace to support eliminating nuclear weapons by 2020.

The Treaty of Tlatelolco, which entered into force in 1968, made all of Latin America a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone.

“Latin American Mayors Unanimous in Support of Global Nuclear Weapons Ban by 2020,” Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign, October 17, 2010.



Environment and wildlife



WWF prescribes recipe for climate success in Mexico

Gland, Switzerland, November 2 - With another round of preparatory climate change talks starting in Mexico City this week to get ready for the Cancun climate summit, WWF is publishing a list of “policy prescriptions” for eleven of the world’s most influential nations to bring to the table of the UN climate negotiations.

Delegations from approximately 30 countries are meeting on a ministerial level in Mexico City on 4 and 5 November to hammer out a basis for success when environment ministers meet in Cancun, Mexico, in late November to continue efforts towards a global climate deal. Governments of the eleven countries analyzed have a pivotal leadership role to play. They need to come with commitments based on concrete legislative and administrative steps nationally in order to demonstrate their willingness to lead internationally. Other countries can help by supporting and encouraging such initiatives.

Financing for poorer nations is pivotal for making the climate deal work: apart from US$30 billion pledge for funding up to 2012, developed country governments need to show how they will honor their Copenhagen commitment of US$100 billion by 2020. “Ministers will need to agree to put in place a legally-binding global climate agreement under the UNFCCC,” said Mr. Shepherd. “They should give primary consideration to the patient – the planet – and stop focusing on obstacles.”


EC Presidency Conference on wild area restoration - Brussels 16-17 November

Titled ‘Restoring the Natural Heart of Europe’, this event is organized by Wild Europe in association with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) who are providing the venue. It has received official accreditation from the EC Presidency and is supported by the European Commission.

 “With future EU Biodiversity Strategy post 2010 being determined, this is a particularly important moment to raise the profile of wilderness and wild areas in Europe” said René-Marie Lafontaine of the Royal Belgian Institute “Many wild areas are threatened, but there are also substantial opportunities for restoration, creation of new areas and linkage with ecological corridors - both in the EU and neighbouring states”.

The conference will review the success stories of restoration across Europe, learn of ambitious plans for new areas and develop a joint strategy for large scale restoration. Participation in building this strategy is open to all. Contributions will be invited from ministries, agencies, NGOs, academics, field practicioners and members of the public.


Rewilding Europe - Official launch: 18 November, Flagey, Brussels

Representatives of the first five field projects of Rewilding Europe (Velebit, Western iberia, Danube Delta, Southern Carpathians and Eastern Carpathians), funding institutions, politicians, communities, and NGO’s from all over the continent, will jointly call for action to rewild Europe.

Rewilding Europe is bringing back the variety of life to Europe's abandoned lands. Fresh ideas and new livelihoods based on a common heritage. Rewilding Europa aims at rewilding one million hectares of Europe by 2020. The programme will initiate 10 areas, each of at least 100,000 hectares, reflecting the majority of European ecosystems, flora and fauna. The ten areas will serve as the front-runners for a large scale shift in land use across Europe towards wilderness-based economies. Millions of people will be offered the opportunity of enjoying a Wild Europe.

The Launch of Rewilding Europe is organized back to back with: The EU Presidency Conference on wild area restoration – “Rebuilding the Natural Heart of Europe”


The Aristotle Onassis International Prize for the Protection of the Environment 2010     awarded to "Friends of the Earth Middle East"

Tel Aviv / Amman / Bethlehem, November 4 - Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) is the recipient of the first Onassis Prize for the Protection of the Environment.  The official award ceremony will take place in the City Hall of Hamburg, on November 17, 2010.

The three FoEME Directors, Jordanian Munqeth Mehyar, Palestinian Nader Khateeb and Israeli Gidon Bromberg, said, in one voice, "we are humbled and honored to have been recognized to receive this prize from such a well-known and prestigious organization. We applaud the Onassis Foundation for recognizing the critical environmental issues of the Eastern Mediterranean, for focusing on promoting sustainable development in the region and for helping us to encourage fairer sharing of critical water resources between the peoples of Jordan, Israel and Palestine and our shared environment."

 For more information, contact Mira Edelstein, FoEME Foreign Media officer, 


Conference of Youth, Cancun, Mexico - November 26 - 28

The International Youth Climate Movement is a vast and diverse network of young people actively responding to the dangers of climate change. Every year for the past 5 years they have been meeting together for an international conference.

This year young people attending the United Nations Climate Negotiations from all over the world will meet together to strategise, plan and share just before the main conference begins.


United Nations Climate Change Conference, Cancun, Mexico, November 29-December 10

Continuing on from the Copenhagen conference in 2009, this major gathering of parties to the UN Climate Change Framework Convention will see governments negotiating and struggling to reach agreement on a common approach to climate change.

Although Cancun is primarily a negotiation for governments, a new economics is emerging out of a vast, multi-faceted process involving peoples the world over, business, science as well as governments. Governments are pressured by popular opinion. So at Cancun thousands of participants will gather from every part of the world representing a vast array of civil society movements and international organisations.

At Copenhagen the daily webcast of Press Conferences held by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) were extremely informative and illuminating. Details of these and other webcasts will be available: on the UN conference site: and the official Mexican government site: See also the Civil Society site:



Religion and spirituality



Earth Charter introduced at the World Forum of Spiritual Culture, Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, the largest country at the very heart of Central Asia, has launched an initiative supported by the Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbaev and endorsed by political, public, and religious leaders from more than 35 countries. This initiative aims to organize the World Forum of Spiritual Culture (WFSC) annually.  This year the World Forum of Spiritual Culture took place in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan; 500 participants were invited from 71 countries to work together from 17 - 21 October 2010 in this beautiful city.

The organisers of this ongoing event sought to draw attention of the global community to the ethical- and values crisis of the modern human civilization, and find the answer to the question of existential importance: should it be humanity’s spiritual destiny to survive collectively by means of building a just, sustainable and peaceful world community? Marina Bakhnova Cary, ECI Secretariat coordinator for activities in the Eurasian region, suggested that the ethical vision of the Earth Charter shared by hundreds of thousands of individuals, communities and organisations worldwide, can be the answer.  

The work of the Forum was organised through discussions held at the 8 working groups: Spiritual Culture and its impact on the development of the human civilization; Social and moral responsibility of power; Spiritual Culture and mass media; Education in the third millennium: family, school, society; Global Strategic Initiative; Ideological and philosophic foundation of the modern worldview; Interfaith dialogue; Innovations: new ideas, new concepts; art as the key instrument of spiritual transformation.


World Day of Prayer and Action for Children - November 20

Religious leaders and child rights advocates around the globe will observe the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children on 20 November with celebrations aimed at improving the welfare of the planet’s most disadvantaged women and children.

In religious services, prayers and meditations from Sri Lanka to Tanzania, faith groups from every tradition will join forces with secular organizations, governments, NGOs and community groups in a global expression of hope, determination and concrete actions.

In New York, the World Day observances will be launched with a candlelight vigil on 16 November in Times Square attended by United Nations diplomats, U.N. officials, non-governmental organizations, faith communities and members of the public to honor child victims of abuse and exploitation worldwide.

Celebrated every year on 20 November to coincide with Universal Children’s Day, the World Day’s primary aim is to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight internationally agreed targets to improve the wellbeing of the planet and its poorest inhabitants by the year 2015.

The World Day for Prayer and Action for Children was initiated by the Arigatou Foundation, a Japanese based interfaith organisation. The Day brings people together to pray and take action for the well-being of children. In 2009, more than 9,000 people in 29 cities in 22 countries participated in programs on the Day.


Dialogue travels to Nigeria

In Nigeria, 200 eager, intelligent, courageous Muslims and Christians from all over their green nation gathered from October 22 to 24 in search of Dialogue tools for successful interfaith communication and healing.

On the high plateau in Jos, central Nigeria, facilitation was by invited participants of the 18-year-old Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue of San Mateo, California, USA. Many of the best-practices were derived from the five successful years of the Palestinian-Jewish Peacemakers Camp in California -- 



Culture and education



Help rebuild schools in Togo, West Africa

November 3 - The IAVE member organization Voluntary Action for Development (VAD), based in Togo, works to give young people from different countries the opportunity to become involved in the construction of societal ideals in the West African country "by giving a little of their time, energy and knowledge".

Since 1995 VAD-Togo has worked to bring all youth to think positively and to join forces in building their ideal worlds through social education, literacy and training for the young and old alike. Inspired by the ideals of environmental protection and the promotion of ecological agriculture, VAD is looking for volunteers for the construction of buildings for public and community clinics as well as libraries, schools, public toilets and the education of local children in Togo, West Africa.

The project includes tutoring sessions with VAD mentors, games and useful recreational activities, such as painting and staining with local children and with the assistance of professionals.The next project begins December 20, 2010 and ends January 9th, 2011, though there are many opportunities with this organization, depending on the volunteer’s goals.


Media Literacy Week explores gender representation in media

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), together with Media Awareness Network, a not-for-profit centre for media and digital literacy, have launched Canada’s fifth annual Media Literacy Week. The theme of this year’s activities, which begin on 1 November, is ‘Gender and Media’ and will be used to highlight the need for parents, educators and young people to talk about the ways that gender is portrayed in media and how this can influence young people’s perceptions of themselves and others.

Media Literacy Week has been promoting the integration of media literacy activities in communities, schools and families across Canada for the past five years. The week underscores the importance of nurturing critical thinking skills in young people that will help them understand and effectively navigate their media-rich world.


EDC awarded $25M to provide education, job skills to youth in Mali

Newton, MA, USA, October 21 - Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), has been awarded $25 million over the next five years to offer basic education and training to youth ages 14–25 in the West African nation of Mali. The Mali Out-of-School Youth Project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the portfolio of youth livelihoods and workforce development projects known as EQUIP3.

Mali’s population is one of the fastest growing in the world, with roughly 50 percent under the age of 18. Only about 30 percent of adults can read and write, and more than a third of children ages 7-12 do not attend school. To reach the large population of out-of-school youth, EDC will collaborate with communities and youth associations to meet youth needs for basic education, workforce readiness skills, and practical work experience. The project will combine active learning, practical experience, and community involvement.

The project will involve youth living outside urban centers and in rural areas and, consequently, will have a strong focus on agro-enterprise opportunities. EDC will also promote the use of mobile technologies. For example, EDC will offer basic education lessons via mobile phones to supplement classroom learning as well as offer youth involved in agricultural activities the ability to use SMS text messaging to research local and regional market prices.


The UPS Foundation renews support for NCSE green job internships

Washington, DC, October 18 - The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) recently received a $100,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant supports the Campus to Careers Program in providing "Green Job Internships" for college students or recent graduates at businesses and non-profit organizations across the country.

The Campus to Careers Program supports young professionals in their first steps towards professional careers in the environmental and energy fields. It exposes students to real world work experiences and works closely with employers in the rapidly growing green sector to train and mentor the future workforce. Launched in 2008, Campus to Careers has expanded rapidly providing over 100 paid internships over the last two years.

Through The UPS Foundation grant, interns will have the opportunity to undertake field or policy work, research and public outreach related to clean energy technologies, environmental services or sustainability at businesses, research institutions and non-profit organizations across the country. The grant allows Campus to Careers to continue and expand the "Green Job Internships" program that was initiated last year with a $75,000 grant from The UPS Foundation.


Tele Lumiere launches multi-lingual international platform for cultural diversity

Beirut, October 10 (Tele Lumiere) - Tele Lumiere launched the first multi-lingual satellite programming from Lebanon to the 5 continents, in a special celebration held at the General Manager’s Residence in Chahtoul. Director of Programs, Ms Marie-Therese Kreidy stated that the most important reason for this unique platform is to share with the world every positive contribution for peace and a better life in every possible language.

The programs broadcast range from a variety of cultural, social, educational, religious and family oriented programs, including masses, documentaries, musical concerts, movies and series. Kreidy said that the channel today is offering an original 3 hours of Spanish, 3 Hours of English, two of French and one hour of Portuguese programming. The programs are re-run twice and are broadcast according to the countries time zones, in a special grid.



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