Good News Agency – Year IV, n° 6



Weekly - Year IV, number 6 – 4 April 2003

Managing Editor: Sergio Tripi, Ph. D.

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

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. Editorial research by Fabio Gatti. Good News Agency is published in English on one Friday and in Italian the next.  It is distributed free of charge through Internet to the editorial offices of more than 2,400 media  in 46 countries, as well as to 1,000 NGO.

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Human rightsEconomy and developmentSolidarityPeace and security

HealthEnergy and SafetyEnvironment and wildlifeCulture and education



Human rights



Iraq: ICRC starts visiting Iraqi prisoners of war

Geneva, 31 March Delegates from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today began visiting Iraqi prisoners of war captured by the coalition forces. The ICRC team consists of 15 delegates, including one doctor and six interpreters. (...)

Prisoners of war are protected by international humanitarian law. They must be treated humanely at all times. The Third Geneva Convention gives the ICRC access to all prisoners of war, wherever they are being held, so that the organization can monitor their treatment and conditions of detention. The ICRC will also be striving to re-establish contacts between the prisoners and their relatives.
In line with its standard practice, the ICRC will not comment publicly on treatment or conditions of detention, but will submit its findings to the detaining authorities with a view to achieving improvement if and when required.

The ICRC is actively pursuing its dialogue with the Iraqi authorities, with a view to gaining access to coalition soldiers captured by Iraq.


Republic of the Congo: Detainees released by government and rebels

Geneva, 26 March A number of people detained in connection with the conflict were released yesterday in Brazzaville in the presence of several ministers of the Congolese government, representatives of Reverend Ntumi's National Resistance Council and the ICRC.

The Congolese authorities released 21 people, all of whom had been arrested and detained for security reasons. The day before, Reverend Ntumi's movement had released 18 people, including 14 members of the Congolese armed forces who had been detained in the Pool region for several months by the Ninjas.

ICRC delegates had previously held private interviews with the people released by the government to ascertain their state of health and check their identities.

The detainees were set free following the commitment undertaken in the Congolese capital on 17 March by the government and a representative of Reverend Ntumi to respect the 1999 agreement calling for a ceasefire and an end to hostilities.


Democratic Republic of the Congo: ICRC reunites 45 children with their parents

March 24 - ICRC staff based in Goma have reunited 45 unaccompanied children with their families. The children aged between 6 and 17 had been separated from their relatives for several months or in some cases years owing to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

An ICRC aircraft was used to fly the children between the eastern and western parts of the country. On Thursday 20 March, 17 children were flown from Goma to Kinshasa, where 28 other children boarded the same aircraft the next day to return to their families in Goma and the eastern provinces.

Family reunifications are organized on a strictly voluntary basis and in cooperation with the National Society. They respond to one of the greatest causes of humanitarian concern in any armed conflict: the separation of family members. Since the beginning of the year, the ICRC has already reunited more than 240 Congolese children with their parents.



Economy and development




IFAD to support Resource Management project in the Arab Republic of Egypt

Rome, 20 March - A loan agreement was signed today at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) headquarters by H.E. Ambassador Helmy Bedeir, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Italy, and by Mr. Lennart Båge, President of IFAD. The loan, in an amount of USD 12.7 million, will help fund the Second Matruh Resources Management Project, with a total cost of USD 44.8 million.

The project area is located in Matruh Governorate, which is part of the North-West Coast region of Egypt; it is characterized by a very fragile resource base with low and erratic rainfall and recurrent drought.

Traditionally, the Bedouin population managed the areas natural resources that given the nomadic lifestyle was an ecologically balanced pastoral system. Increased pressure from people and livestock due to the sedentarization of the Bedouins has unbalanced the ecosystem and created a cycle of resource degradation and rural poverty that threatens bio-diversity and increases environmental hazards. 13 000 households are expected to benefit directly from the project and 22 000 households will be eligible to benefit from extension services, improved technology and other community-oriented investments. Project activities will be targeted at both men and women, a number of specific activities such as carpet making, home gardening, oil making etc will focus exclusively on women. (...)


Fishing communities mobilize in 25 West African countries

A new development approach helps them organize and change the system in their favour

Poor fishing communities in West Africa are participating in their own development as never before. Guided by a step-by-step method and helped by modest project funding, community members tackle problems they have identified as holding back their social and economic progress. This package profiles two such communities. In these stories from Ghana and Guinea, the men who catch the fish and the women who process and sell it recount how they have organized to diversify their livelihoods, enlisting powerful partners from the private and public sectors, and how they play a new role in patrolling their fishing grounds, keeping poachers at bay. (...)






Indonesia: Two seminars on surgical treatment and care for the wounded

March 27 - The ICRC delegation in Indonesia, the provincial Ministry of Health and the Indonesian Red Cross recently hosted two seminars on surgical treatment and care for the wounded in Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province. The seminars, which were held from 13 to 15 March and 18 to 20 March, were attended by 150 doctors working throughout the province.

At the opening ceremony, the provincial Minister of Health stressed how vital it was to ensure that medical practitioners could respond quickly to injuries in a province that was vulnerable to natural disasters and had experienced a long conflict.

The seminars were held in response to the particular needs expressed by many medical practitioners in Aceh province who wished to improve their ability to care for the wounded, both in places where injuries occurred and in hospitals. A number of national and international surgical specialists had been invited to share their experiences and discuss how they applied to the situation in Aceh.


U.N. hails South Korean support for aid programmes in North

Pyongyang, 27 March - Three United Nations agencies today welcomed a substantial pledge of support by the Republic of Korea for emergency feeding and healthcare programmes to assist millions of vulnerable children, women and elderly people in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

In its broadest commitment to date to the UN's humanitarian relief efforts in the North, the Seoul government has indicated it will channel almost US $20 million this year through the World Food Programme, the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children's Fund.

The aid - 100,000 tonnes of maize valued at $18 million through WFP, $700,000 for a WHO malaria prevention campaign and $500,000 in supplies to UNICEF for child health and nutrition programmes - is being provided in response to an urgent appeal last month by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Following a mid-January mission to the DPRK by his personal envoy, Maurice Strong, Annan warned of a major humanitarian crisis unless donors responded expeditiously to the pressing food and medical needs of the most vulnerable there.

"This very significant pledge by the Republic of Korea will help ensure that 3.5 million hungry people, many of whom had previously been cut from our distribution plans, receive cereal rations for up to three months", said WFP Executive Director James Morris. (...)


Border hospital receives UNFPA supplies to better assist pregnant refugee women

Amman, Jordan, 26 March - The Al-Ruwaished Hospital, in eastern Jordan, yesterday received a fresh shipment of emergency medical equipment, supplies and medications that would further prepare it to treat people displaced as a result of the Iraqi conflict. The new supplies, delivered by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, are particularly intended to boost the hospitals ability to assist pregnant women and to save the lives of mothers and their babies.

The government-run hospital at Al-Ruwaishedthe closest to the Jordan-Iraq borderhas been designated as the referral facility for persons in need of immediate medical attention. The new UNFPA supplies are intended to help the hospital undertake this role, if needed. To date, there has been no influx of Iraqi refugees into Jordan. (...)


ADRA prepares response to Iraq crisis

Silver Spring, MD, USA, March 26 - In the face of the looming humanitarian crisis in Iraq and neighboring countries, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) will begin its response by providing 10,000 refugees with emergency hygiene kits. Each hygiene kit will provide soap, detergent, towels, and other sanitary items.

ADRA has always played a major role in conflict areas and we will be involved in Iraq as the security situation improves, said Byron Scheuneman, vice-President of ADRA International. Historically, ADRAs response has included immediate shelter and housing reconstruction, water and sanitation, health care and healthcare reconstruction, basic education and education reconstruction, and food distribution. If such needs exist in Iraq, ADRA will respond accordingly, Scheuneman continued.

ADRA has established the Iraq Regional Crisis Fund, donations are invited.

The World Food Program estimates that about 13 million people in Iraq, or 60 percent of the population, are completely dependent on handouts. Eventually, the entire population of Iraq, or 27 million people, may need food for approximately six-months, according to the World Food Program.


ICRC and Egyptian Red Crescent assist Palestinians

March 25 - Early last year, as part of their ongoing cooperation, the ICRC delegation in Cairo and the Egyptian Red Crescent Society equipped a first-aid centre affiliated with the National Society in Rafah, on the Egyptian-Israeli border, with furniture and basic medical supplies.

The centre, staffed by a doctor and a nurse from the Egyptian Red Crescent, is currently providing medical care, shelter, food and water for Palestinians awaiting permission to enter the Palestinian territories, a process that can take many days.

Bernard Pfefferlé, head of the ICRC delegation in Cairo, said that the ICRC had financed the purchase by the National Society of tents, blankets, mattresses, hygiene articles, dry food and kitchen utensils to boost the centre's ability to meet any humanitarian needs that might arise. He added that this had enabled the ICRC and the National Society to assist pilgrims returning from Mecca last month at the rate of 500 persons a day for 15 days. The Rafah municipal council supports the centre by bringing in drinking water.


Knightsbridge International addresses the humanitarian crisis in Iraq

West Hills, California, USA, 20 March - (...) Knightsbridge International, Inc. (KBI) must respond to this crisis immediately. We are currently making arrangements for a small team to personally escort urgently needed medical supplies and food into northern Iraq. We have secured a commitment from suppliers in the Netherlands for nearly $10 million dollars worth of World Health Organization recommended medicines. This represents enough medicine to treat an estimated 100,000 people for up to one year. This mission can be safely completed for less than $700,000.00 total, which would include all direct logistical and mission related costs.

The KBI team expects to be in Iraq for between 30 and 45 days on this first phase of what will no doubt be an ongoing project. Because of their years of liaising with US Military Civil Affairs teams around the world during prior missions, they expect to be able to proceed with a minimum of interference and an unusual level of access, support and cooperation. (...) 


Hope Unlimited Inc.: Helping Street Children in Brazil, with Rotary’s support

On the streets of São Paulo, Brazil, thousands of homeless orphans live a life of prostitution, drug addiction, and violent crime. But an innovative residential and vocational program, developed by Hope Unlimited Inc. and supported by The Rotary Foundation, the Rotary Club of Campinas-Alvorada, Brazil, and Rotary clubs in the United States, has given some of these children hope for the future.

Two local schools now provide academic and vocational training, medical care, and counseling services free of charge. Students that fulfill program requirements are guaranteed a job and a home for the first six months after graduation. Because of the program's success rate, many graduates decide to volunteer with the program to help other kids get off the street.

For more information, contact Hope Unlimited at



Peace and security



Annan meets with Arab countries for talks on situation in Iraq

1st April 2003, Nejib Friji, UN Spokesman

Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday met with Arab countries to brief them and to hear their views about the situation in Iraq before starting a series of meetings this week with the regional groupings of UN Member States.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the Secretary-General said the Arab Group - which is not one of the five regional groups - were concerned about the situation on the ground, as well as the Iraqi population and the civilian casualties. "They are also anxious that assistance should get to the cities and to the people as soon as possible," he added. "But of course they are worried as to how all this is going to turn out, which nobody really knows."

As for the UN's Oil-for-Food Programme, which the Security Council voted last Friday to restart, giving the Secretary-General more authority to administer the operation, Mr. Annan said he thought the UN was taking steps to be able to get food to those in need. Some 60 per cent of the Iraqi population depends solely on the programme for their daily rations.

"We would expect the belligerents, we would expect the Government of Iraq and the coalition forces to give us humanitarian access and help us create humanitarian space for us to do our work and get assistance to the needy," he said.

Mr. Annan is expected to begin his broad consultations with the five regional groups tomorrow.

(Source: UNIC Rome)


Statement on consequences of the Iraq conflict and response by the ILO

28 March - Geneva (ILO News) - The Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO), Juan Somavia, and the Officers of the 286th session of the ILO Governing Body, issued the following statement regarding the consequences of the Iraq conflict:

War has broken out in Iraq despite the dedicated efforts to reach decisions to solve the problem through peaceful means. History has taught us that wars have far-reaching ramifications that affect people's lives, going beyond those directly involved in the conflict. The loss of lives on all sides will represent a tragedy for families everywhere and disruption of economic activities in the region will jeopardize the sources of income for millions of workers. (...)

In response, the ILO is taking a number of emergency measures as part of a UN-wide initiative on Iraq designed to address immediate needs, through an action plan to protect displaced workers, assess the needs of the job market after the conflict, and launch a number of reconstruction projects designed to create jobs and ensure adequate social protection for vulnerable groups.

The ILO is ready to participate with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the proposed programme for rebuilding Iraq. (...)


Conductor Valery Gergiev named UNESCO Artist for Peace

March 27 - Paris World renowned conductor Valery Gergiev, Director of St. Petersburgs Mariinsky Theatre, is to be named UNESCO Artist for Peace through Dialogue Between Cultures and Civilizations by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. The nomination ceremony will be held at UNESCO Headquarters on the occasion of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Days which will be celebrated at UNESCO on March 31 and April 1 in the presence of Alexander Dzasokhov, President of the Caucasian republic, which is part of the Russian Federation.

Mr Gergiev, who was born in 1953 in Moscow to Ossetian parents, will be honoured for his support of UNESCOs ideals, his commitment to safeguarding peace and cultural identities and for his exceptional contribution to the preservation of opera and classical dance. He will receive his diploma on March 31, after the opening of a photo exhibition North Ossetia-Alania Today which will take place at 5.30 p.m. (...)






From farm to table: a global approach to food safety

Linking the food chain

Rome, 31 March -- Food safety is a global issue which demands an integrated, global response. But the answer to tackling the issue of food-borne hazards which know no geographical boundaries lies very close to home - in the farms, fields, orchards and rivers, large or small - where our food has its source.

FAO is advocating a new approach to ensuring that the food we eat is free from food-borne hazards - everything from pesticides and industrial chemicals, through to unwanted bacteria and contaminants - the "Food Chain Approach".

The system, to be discussed during a week-long high-level Committee on Agriculture meeting (31 March - 4 April 2003), urges prevention as well as cure.

The key is to strengthen each and every link in the complex process of food reaching the consumer - from the way it is grown or raised, to how it is collected, processed, packaged, sold and consumed. (...)


Japanese government supports opium eradication, alternative development in Myanmar

Vienna, 31 March -- The Government of Japan has decided to provide $1.2 million in assistance to the Drug Control and Development Project in the Wa Region of the Shan State in Myanmar. The goal of the project -- to be implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) -- is to support the opium poppy eradication effort in that opium-producing region. Planned activities include training in construction of an irrigation system, building communities' capacity to manage and monitor the system, developing flat paddy fields, and introducing double cropping of rice.

The project is expected to contribute to increasing the food security of opium farmers, improving their living standard, and eventually eradicating opium poppy cultivation.

UNODC alternative development projects have already contributed to a substantial reduction of areas under opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar. According to the UNODC 2002 Annual Opium Poppy Survey, with an estimated production of 828 tons in 2002 -- although 25% less than the previous year -- Myanmar is the second largest producer of opium in the world. The first is Afghanistan with an estimated 3,400 tons in 2002 and the distant third is the Lao PDR. (...)


WHO reports 10 million TB patients successfully treated under DOTS 10 years after declaring TB a Gobal Emergency

But urgent effort and funding still needed to stem the double burden of TB and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa

Geneva, 24 March -- On the occasion of World TB Day, 24 March 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the achievement of a significant milestone in global efforts to fight the resurgent epidemic of tuberculosis. Over 10 million tuberculosis (TB) patients have now been successfully treated under DOTS, the internationally recommended TB control strategy. Of these, more than 90% live in developing countries where the disease causes the most suffering, economic loss and death. (...)

According to the WHO Global Tuberculosis Control Report for 2003, released today, growth in the global incidence rate of TB has slowed to 0.4% per year. The number of countries that have adopted the DOTS strategy has grown to 155 (of 192 WHO Member States), and more than 60% of the world's population now has access to DOTS services. China and India, which together account for nearly 40% of all TB cases, have made remarkable progress in quickly expanding population coverage while maintaining high cure rates.

However, the WHO report found the TB epidemic is still growing unabated in sub-Saharan Africa where it is closely linked to HIV/AIDS and poverty and in many of the Newly Independent States arising after the break-up of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, where it is exacerbated by poverty and social disruption. (...) Reversing the growing burden of major communicable diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB are among the Millennium Development Goals adopted unanimously in 2000 by all members of the United Nations.


Young japanese contribute to counter-narcotics efforts

Vienna, 20 March -- Young Civic Ambassadors, a group of six Japanese teenagers representing the Tokyo-based Drug Abuse Prevention Centre (DAPC), visited the headquarters of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna today. They presented clear evidence of their support for global counter-narcotics efforts through their latest contribution of US$170,000 towards the international fight against illicit drugs. Since 1994 DAPC is running a nationwide fund-raising campaign in Japanese cities, collecting money in the streets, as well as from the private sector and civil society at large, and each year from six to eight of the most effective participants come to Vienna as designated ambassadors to present their contribution to UNODC. Their activities contribute to increasing awareness among Japanese youth of the dangers of drug abuse.

"Over the past decade, the DAPC has raised more than US$ 3.5 million in support of our work, which makes them equal to some major donor countries in terms of contribution," Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of UNODC, said in a meeting with the young ambassadors today.

Their contribution to UNODC is used for grants, ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, supporting non-governmental organizations in developing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe in their grass-root activities in drugs abuse prevention. So far, more than 300 grants have been given to such organizations in over 90 countries.

DAPC plans to continue this fund-rising campaign until 2008, in support of the goals set by the 1998 UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem. (...)



Energy and safety



Community meetings in South Lebanon to discuss internet access

ESCWA Assistance for South Lebanon is carrying out a study to assess the state of Internet access in south Lebanon and propose solutions.

As part of the study, two meetings were arranged in Marjeyoun and Kfar Kila on 18 and 21 March 2003 with the local community. The meetings were attended by ESCWAs study group and Mr. Dewachi, the Regional Adviser on Telecom and Computer Networking.

Participants in the two meetings shared views on how the Internet could best bridge the digital divide in disadvantaged communities through its introduction in schools, education, employment, business, electronic mail and networking with the rest of the world. A survey, that was conducted by the study group for the present state of Internet access in south Lebanon, was also discussed.

Participants voiced their concern about the present affordability of the basic components necessary to provide Internet access, such as the PC and the connection cost. Such cost is considered prohibitive to the average family in south Lebanon. Cost-effective options for connectivity and the various technical solutions for short, medium and long term Internet access were considered, and many suggestions for overcoming obstacles were presented. Some of the recommendations will be taken into account and will be incorporated in the study that will be finalized during April 2003.



Environment and wildlife



WRI Welcomes Six Portuguese NGOs into The Access Initiative

Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento (FLAD) Lisbon, Portugal - April 2

Six Portuguese NGOs will join WRIs The Access Initiative (TAI) and begin to assess environmental decision-making in Portugal. They will be welcomed at a meeting  of TAI members co-sponsored by the World Resources Institute and Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento in Lisbon, Portugal. The six Portuguese NGOs (GEOTA, INDE, IMVF, LPN, OIKOS, and Quercus) will be welcomed into The Access Initiative (TAI), an international network of civil society groups committed to ensuring citizens have a voice in the decisions that affect their environment and lives. These NGOs join 24 other like-minded groups representing Chile, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, and the United States.

Using TAI guidelines, they will undertake a comprehensive national assessment of environmental decision-making in Portugal. The assessment will provide a roadmap for improvement and support strategies by NGOs, government agencies, and businesses to implement practical solutions that improve public access to information, participation and justice in policy decisions that affect the environment in Portugal.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to create practical ways to protect the Earth and improve people's lives.


10 Nations Gather in Lisbon for Inaugural Meeting of the Partnership for Principle 10

Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento (FLAD) Lisbon, Portugal - April 3-5, 2003

The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento co-sponsor the first working meeting of the Partnership for Principle 10 in Lisbon.

This inaugural meeting will bring together representatives from governments and national NGOs representing 10 nations as well as five international bodies to discuss implementation of international agreements to transparent, inclusive, and accountable decision-making at the national level.

The Partnership for Principle 10 (PP10) is a cooperation of governments, international bodies, and NGOs founded at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) and committed to implementing practical solutions that improve public access to information, participation, and justice in policy decisions that affect the environment.

More than a decade ago, Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration articulated public access to information, participation in decision-making, and access to justice as key principles of environmental governance.

In Lisbon, PP10 will layout a road map for implementation of Principle 10 including systems for holding governments accountable to commitments made during the recent WSSD and ways NGOs can work with governments to ensure best practices are used in doing so.


UN-HABITAT  Governing Council meeting: Nairobi, Kenya, May  5 - 9

The 19th session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, (UN-HABITAT) will be held from 5 to 9 May 2003. The meeting will take place at UN-HABITAT headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.  Among the key issues to be discussed are:

UN-HABITAT's work programme for the biennium 2004-2005 and the proposed budget for the United Nations Habitat and Human Settlements Foundation for the same biennium

Follow-up to the 25th special session of the General Assembly to get an overall review and appraisal of the implementation of the Habitat Agenda (Istanbul +5), including the Rules of Procedure UN-HABITAT's Governing Council

Two special themes, on:

- Urban development strategies and shelter strategies favouring the poor;

- The rural dimension of sustainable urban development;

Report of the Executive Director on the dialogues on effective decentralization and strengthening of local authorities;

Cooperation between UN-HABITAT and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), as well as cooperation with other agencies and organizations within the United Nations system, with intergovernmental organizations outside the United Nations system, and with non-governmental organizations. (...)



Culture and education



The Earth Charter: “A Quiet Revolution” on the National Geographic satellite

A Quiet Revolution video, featuring Wangari Maathai, Earth Charter Commissioner, and narrated by Meryl Streep, was broadcasted on the National Geographic satellite channel in many countries on March 16. Another showing in Europe in April will be scheduled. National Geographic will be translating the script and dubbing it in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Danish, Swedish, Turkish, Polish, Dutch, Norwegian, Hebrew, Greek, Romanian, Czech, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Malay, Hindi, Tamil and Mandarin. More information on the complete list of countries at the NEWS section of


The new urban leaders: Joyce Ladner headlines Citylinks, part of Curran Installation

Dayton, Ohio, 27 March -- People with a deep commitment to social justice can work outside the system and transform the lives of others. That's the message Joyce Ladner, author of The New Urban Leaders, will bring to Dayton when she keynotes the University of Dayton's annual CityLinks Neighborhood Conference in Kennedy Union on Friday, April 11. About 200 neighborhood leaders are expected to attend the conference, which is part of three days of events celebrating the installation of Daniel J. Curran as UD's 18th president. (...)

It's fitting that Ladner, senior fellow of governmental studies with the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., be part of Curran's installation. She's currently working on ways to increase civic engagement among young people.

A sociologist by training, Curran will talk about civic engagement and social justice in his 3 p.m. installation address at the Frericks Convocation Center. "A Catholic university must be a social force for change," he said when he was appointed president in February 2002. "As a community of educators, we must analyze the causes of social injustice and educate professionals with a conscience." (...)


UNESCO will present IPDC prize to two South American community radios

March 25- Paris Representatives of two South American community radios the Radio Huanacache network set up by the Maestro Pablo Pizzuno School in Argentina and the Peruvian radio station Quispillaccta will receive the IPDC-UNESCO Prize for Rural Communication from Torben Krogh, Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), on March 26 at UNESCO Headquarters (5 p.m.).

The award ceremony will be part of the 23rd session of the IPDC and will be attended by representatives of the Councils 39 Member States. (...)

The $20,000 prize is awarded every two years to a person, group of people or one or more institutions or organizations for their particularly meritorious and innovative actions aimed at improving communication and facilitating the participation of rural populations, especially in developing countries, in the economic, cultural and social life of their countries.

The Huanacache radio network was chosen because it brings together a dozen schools and communities in the northeastern Lavalle Desert of Argentinas Mendoza province. (...)

The second project to receive a Prize is that of Radio Quispillaccta which broadcasts in the Quechua language from the town of Ayacucho (Peru) and aims to revive Andean farming and cultural traditions. (...)

Since it was set up in 1980, the IPDC has provided nearly $90 million to support about a thousand communication projects.


4th Global Action Week: 6 - 13 April 2003

The Global Action Week is one of several events organised by the Global Campaign for Education with the intention of mobilising public opinion to exert pressure on governments and intergovernmental agencies to provide free, quality education for all.

On April 9, educators and community leaders in 180 countries will join forces for the worlds largest teach-in about girls education. The lesson will highlight the promises for girls that are within international agreements and the role of governments worldwide in making these promises a reality. EI and the Global Campaign for Education have organised the teach-in on girls education to raise international awareness among every-day people and international leaders.

Global Campaign for Education is an alliance that represents organisations active in 180 countries, including Education International, Oxfam International, Action Aid, the Global March Against Child Labour, and dozens of regional and national NGO coalitions in developing countries.

Education International is a world-wide trade union organisation of education personnel, whose 26 million members represent all sectors of education from pre-school to university 310 national trade unions and associations in 159 countries and territories.


IAEWP 13th World Congress - 16-17-18 May,  Lago Maggiore, Italy

The International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP) is a non-for-profit, non-political, non-racial, and a non-governmental organization geared towards the attainment of world peace through education. IAEWP has more than 100 chapters established throughout the world.

The themes that will be discussed at the IAEWP World Congress include: Education: Hope for Future Generations -  Education: Towards a Culture of Peace - Culture and Spirituality - Peace Education Through Art - From Spiritual Education to Environmental Education and Care - Bio-Ethics and Mental Health: a bridge to the future - Solutions to Drug Abuse. Also, a parallel presentation of the activities of different national charters of IAEWP (Switzerland, Great Britain, Nepal, Germany, France, Japan, Egypt, Cuba, Philippines, Brazil, Panama, Mozambique, Australia, Korea, Russia, Italy, Canada, etc.)

The Reading & Signing of the Manifesto "Peace Education: the Best Investment for Future Generations" will conclude the congress.



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