Connecting Communities - Sharing Knowledge - Building a Common Future
June 8, 2005
“Although indigenous people in the region have increased their political power and representation during the last decade, this has not translated into the positive results -in terms of poverty reduction- we had hoped to find when we embarked on this research,” said Gillette Hall, World Bank economist and co-author of the study.
"Poverty rates among the indigenous population are higher and fall more slowly, which is particularly bad news for a continent that has set its sights on meeting the Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015,” said Harry Patrinos, World Bank economist and co-author of the study. click here to download the report.
Comment from Several Indigenous Leaders: Indigenous Leaders Say World Bank Should Take Its Own Advice- Diego Cevallos- IPS-May 20, 2005. click here for the full story.
International Indigenous Youth Conference
June 17-24, 2005
The second International Indigenous Youth Conference will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 17-24, 2005. The conference will take place within Indigenous territories on the coast and the interior of BC.
The goals set at the first conference will be furthered by addressing the theme of, “Strengthening solidarity among Indigenous youth in asserting Indigenous people's rights amidst globalization,” at the second International Indigenous Youth Conference in 2005. click here to register.
“Think Outside the Bomb”
August 15-21, 2005
Days after international commemorations of the 60th anniversaries of the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a select group of young leaders will convene in Santa Barbara, California to craft plans to create a more secure and compassionate world. “Think Outside the Bomb” will bring together some 70 student leaders, disarmament experts, veteran activists, and artists from across the US for panel discussions and skill training. The gathering is scheduled for August 15-21, 2005 at the University of California Santa Barbara. Among the goals of “Think Outside the Bomb” are for participants to deepen their understanding of nuclear issues, expand personal and professional networks, and familiarize themselves with various organizing resources.
Lodging and food will be subsidized for all participants. Limited travel stipends are available. For more information on “Think Outside the Bomb,” visit wagingpeace.org/youth or contact Michael Coffey, Director of Youth Programs, at (805) 965-3443 or email email@example.com
Amazon Alliance presents Amazon Forum VII
Sept 20-22, 2005 in Washington DC
For more info email Meghan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Call 202-785-3334
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National Network of Grantmakers Conference 2005
Oct 8-11, 2005
National Network of Grantmakers Conference 2005 THE POWER OF GENERATIONS: Pursuing Social Justice through Sacred Relationships at Semiahmoo Resort and Conference Center, Blaine Washington See www.nng.org for details
Funders Conference Calls
Funder Briefing Call on the WTO/Road to Hong Kong
June 9, 9am Pacific/Noon Eastern
The next WTO summit will take place in December 2005 in Hong Kong, and this meeting will be a crucial one for competing visions of the WTO1s future. If the agenda set forth last summer in Geneva is accepted more or less intact, the opportunity to change the course of the WTO will have been greatly diminished and the status quo will continue.
On the other hand, if worldwide and increasingly well organized civil society campaigning efforts combine effectively with increased assertiveness on the part of middle income countries such as Brazil and India, WTO expansion may come to a halt and the institution and the economic model it defends may be thrown decisively on the defensive. The ability to move ahead with alternatives that promote economic justice, safeguard the environment and enhance democratic accountability rests at least to an important extent on outcomes in Hong Kong.
Carin Smaller, with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policies Trade Information Project in Geneva. Margrete Strand Rangnes, Sierra Club1s Senior Trade Program Representative and helps coordinate the Our World Is Not For Sale alliance. Elizabeth Tang with the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions and a leader of The Hong Kong People1s Alliance on the WTO.
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Funders Conference Call - Threat to environmental safeguards from the US Courts
Tuesday, June 21 at 4 pm EDT
What's at Stake in the Battle Over Judges: Current Threats to Environmental Law
You are invited to join a conference call for funders interested in the current threats to environmental law. A briefing by Doug Kendall (Executive Director, Community Rights Counsel), Leslie Carothers (President, Environmental Law Institute), and Buck Parker (President, Earthjustice) on recent developments in the courts, on the Senate floor, and in the court of public opinion. CRC and ELI have created the "Partnership for Constitutional and Environmental Law" to investigate, publicize, and counteract threats to environmental law and to the larger constitutional framework. CRC and Earthjustice coordinate "Judging the Environment," a comprehensive campaign for highlighting the environmental stakes in judicial nominations and preventing the confirmation of anti-environmental idealogues to lifetime positions on the federal bench.The call is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st at 4:00 pm EDT. Please RSVP by reply e-mail to Osa Oiyayi at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to join this call.
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ECAS FUNDING GUIDE, 11th Edition
Accessing Europe's largest donor The ECAS guide provides a focal point, covering all potential EU funds in a practical handbook. This includes tips on how to apply, whom to contact for further information on each program and lots of links to websites and email addresses at different geographical levels. ISBN: 2-87451-001-7 For order form: Click Here
Award: Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership Deadline September 30, 2005
The Buffet Award for Indigenous Leadership is a recognition program funded by the Peter and Howard Buffett families and administered by Ecotrust to honor outstanding individuals in the field of conservation and community development within the Pacific salmon territory of North America. Individuals are eligible if they are First Nation or tribal members, over 35 years of age, and work or have worked with an indigenous organization or community within the Pacific salmon territory of North America. $25,000 cash award will be presented to an individual whose activities demonstrate durable qualities of leadership to improve the social, economic, political, and environmental conditions in his or her homelands. Visit: www.ecotrust.org for full details.
Investors Challenge Monsanto Over Risk from Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops
As You Sow and religious institutional investors filed a shareholder resolution calling for a company report on the impacts of GE crops. The resolution received a vote of 7.7% which represent nearly 14 million shares and more than $800 million in stock. As You Sow also released the report “Monsanto and Genetic Engineering: Risk for Investors,” by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. See website www.asyousow.org for 82-page report is the most in-depth analysis regarding the company's financial risks relating to these products. This is the story that Monsanto is not telling investors
The International Forum on Globalization (IFG) Indigenous Peoples and Globalization program has completed a map depicting the negative impacts of economic globalization on indigenous peoples. The map provides a striking visual image of the totality of the problem. It offers a unique visual representation of globalization across the many sectors impacting native communities: oil, dams, biopiracy, logging, militarization, and industrial agriculture, to name a handful. The map also includes text describing the various impacts. Click Here for the map.
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