Advertise for World
Press Freedom Day on 3 May: "What if
their words had never been heard?"
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has
launched a series of adverts for newspapers and news websites to
commemorate World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. This year's
campaign, entitled "Silence kills democracy, but a free press talks",
explores the link between a free press and freedom of expression, one
of the essential ingredients in any democratic system.
Help spread the word.
Opinions sought on the Right of Peoples to Peace
The UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee is currently preparing a
draft declaration on the right of peoples to peace. There is a short
window of opportunity for civil society around the world to contribute
to this process by completing a questionnaire and submitting it to the
Advisory Committee by 2 May 2011. There is a strong need to make sure
that the voices of civil society are heard in this process.
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Don't miss the
CIVICUS World Assembly: 10-12 September 2011, Montreal, Canada
The CIVICUS World Assembly is a key global gathering for civil society
to meet with government, donors and the business community to discuss
and find solutions to building a more just world. Join civil society
practitioners, researchers, activists, concerned business leaders and
representatives from development agencies to share ideas and
experiences on strengthening citizen participation and engage with
donors and government representatives under the focus theme of Civil
Society and Global Decision-Making: Doing It Better. Through plenary
sessions, special activities, workshops, learning exchanges and social
events, the World Assembly's strength is its ability to act as a forum
where traditionally unconnected sectors engage in dialogue to act
collaboratively towards the strengthening of civil society. Register by
30 May and get 40% off the registration fee
To register or find out more about the World Assembly, click here
Information Through Technology, Krems, Austria, 7-8 May
Join independent journalists, members of Human Rights groups,
non-profit managers and
members of non-technical advocacy groups to learn how to use mobile
phones, computers and
social media to communicate your message while remaining SECURE.
The workshop will be an interactive format over two days, 7 and8 May
2011 in Krems,
Theory of the State
"This book has two origins," Francis Fukuyama writes in the preface to
"The Origins of Political Order." "The first arose when my mentor,
Samuel Huntington of Harvard University, asked me to write a foreword
to a reprint edition of his 1968 classic, 'Political Order in Changing
Societies.' " Its second inspiration was the decade that Fukuyama spent
studying "the real-world problems of weak and failed states" and that
inspired his 2004 book "State-Building: Governance and World Order in
the 21st Century."
In discussing the origins of "The Origins, "Fukuyama is being modest,
if not disingenuous. He is best known for the international sensation
caused by the publication of his 1989 essay "The End of History?" in
the foreign policy journal The National Interest and the subsequent
book "The End of History and the Last Man." His thesis ignited a global
debate: "What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the cold war,
or the passing of a particular period of postwar history, but the end
of history as such: that is, the endpoint of mankind's ideological
evolution and the universalisation of Western liberal democracy as the
final form of human government."
book reviews, click
Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (application deadline 24 May,
Source: United Nations, Geneva
The Coordinator reports to the Interim Inter-Agency Support Group
(IIASG) on the Service's budget and programme performance. He/She will
exercise sound political judgement through all duties and
Officer (application deadline 30 June, 2011)
The Population/ Health/ Nutrition Officer provides assistance to
various field offices and its health, nutrition, family planning, water
and sanitation, environmental health and nutrition activities. In
particular, the officer provides technical advice and support to the
management of the Health Transformation programme. Contracts are one
year to start, renewable up to five years.
Safety and Security (application deadline 20 May, 2011)
Source: World Vision
In this position you will develop, monitor and ensure compliance with
World Vision U.S. safety and security procedures for staff, Board
members and potential and current donors travelling internationally at
the request of WVUS; communicate World Vision's Christian ethos and
demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.
Given all that has transpired since 2011 began, one would be forgiven
for imagining that world leaders meeting in fora ranging from the
Spring* Meetings of those august institutions, the World Bank and IMF,
to the BRICS summit, might be at least exploring solutions that address
the root causes of the crises that confront us. As food prices spiral
beyond the reach of increasing numbers, nuclear power's viability is
seriously questioned and revolution fueled by outrage at growing
disparity and utter lack of freedoms continues apace, all we have heard
thus far from those charged with 'leading' are more platitudes as this
article, Emerging Markets Clash with Anachronistic Institutions,
articulates. It speaks my thoughts.
*Spring in Washington DC at any rate!
takes the lead in development effectiveness
"In the midst of grave dangers and attacks on our rights, our resolve
to serve the marginalised sectors of society will not wither away but
will only grow stronger in time." That was the united statement
of the 24 national and regional organisations who participated in the
recent nationwide thematic consultation of Civil Society Organisations
(CSOs) in situations of conflict held in General Santos City on 1-2
CIVICUS' Open letter
to Iranian parliament
CIVICUS calls on the Iranian government to stop its Establishment and
Supervision of NGOs Bill. If passed the bill would "pose a major
threat" to independent civil society in Iran.
Syria: CIVICUS calls
for immediate release of journalist Fayez Sara
"Arbitrary arrests, detentions and intimidation of activists,
journalists and political opponents in Syria by security forces and
members of the intelligence unit is no way to respond to legitimate
calls for reforms by citizens in Syria," said Netsanet Belay, Policy
and Research Director for CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen
Civil Society stands
in solidarity with people of Swaziland
International and South African civil society groups strongly condemn
the brutal crackdown by Swaziland security forces on anti-government
Follow threats and
take action to protect civil society: www.cswatch.org
Syria to lift emergency rule after 48 years - but violence continues
Source: The Guardian
Syria's government has approved the lifting of a draconian, decades-old
emergency law in the most important concession yet made by the
embattled president, Bashar al-Assad, after a month of unrest
protest move to slash U.N. budget
The Group of 77 (G77), the largest single coalition of developing
countries, has issued a strong letter of protest against a proposal to
cut some 155 million dollars from the UN's 2012-2013 biennium budget
beginning next January.
Libya death toll
Source: Al Jazeera
Libya's opposition leaders have said that at least 10,000 people have
died since the start of the conflict in February
MSF says new malaria
treatment could save 200,000 lives annually
Data from recent medical trials in Africa show that the lives of nearly
200,000 people could be saved annually if countries with high rates of
malaria treated patients with a pricier, yet more effective drug.
labour activists unifying as failed regime acknowledges crisis
Leading Cuban dissidents have dismissed Raul Castro's call for term
limits on future presidents as a cosmetic gesture designed to prolong
Communist rule after the end of the Castro dynasty.
What in the world?
China calls out the U.S. on human rights
Source: Opinion, CNN
Earlier this month the U.S. State Department released a report on the
state of human rights around the world, as it has done annually for the
past 35 years. The response from China? A report of its own.
Agenda for Durban on the table
Poor countries and small island states have used their combined muscle
to keep debate at the UN climate change talks in 2011 focused on steps
to ensure global temperatures do not increase more than two degrees by
the turn of the century.
China puts its mark
Driving through Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, it is difficult to miss the
imposing building under construction in the city centre. It's the
country's first five-star hotel, 90 million dollars worth of
well-appointed rooms, a state-of-the-art conference centre and 14
opulent presidential suites.
companies avoid tax
Source: New York Times
General Electric, the nation's largest corporation, had a very good
year in 2010. The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion,
and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the
United States. Its American tax bill? None.
Juliano Mer Khamis (29 May 1958 - 4 April 2011)
"Juliano is dead. He was shot in the head five times."
These were not the words of a news anchor on TV or a reporter in the
paper; this was my friend chatting to me online yesterday
morning. Our boss from the summer of 2008 had been murdered, and
in extraordinary circumstances. But then again, our job that
summer was far from ordinary. We worked in Jenin Refugee Camp in
the West Bank at a place called The Freedom Theater, established and
run by Juliano Mer Khamis. To know Juliano and the work of the
theater is to understand that his murder was an assassination and that
even in death he will continue to give voice to pro-peace Palestinian
Freedom on the net
2011: A global assessment of Internet and digital media
Source: Freedom House
Cyber attacks, politically motivated censorship and government control
over internet infrastructure are among the diverse and growing threats
to internet freedom, according to a new report.
assessment of security challenges in West Africa: Report
Source: Institute for Security Studies
This paper aims to appraise and map the security challenges that have
faced West African countries since independence with a special focus on
the period after 1990.
Dashoguz women's prison colony: Report
Source: Norwegian Helsinki Committee
This report gives a unique look into everyday life in the prison
colony, where over 2000 female inmates serve their sentences under very
harsh conditions, some of which amounts to ill-treatment and torture.
While Turkmenistan remains completely closed to international human
rights monitoring, its human rights record is also one of the worst in
the world, placing it at the very bottom of all indexes on democracy
and basic freedoms.
Newsletter - April Issue
The latest issue of the Open Forum newsletter is now available. It
contains new updates, interesting interviews and interactive links
about the activities and events around CSO Development Effectiveness,
including CIVICUS highlights around the World Assembly.
Help civil society make its voice clear at this year's High Level Forum
on Aid Effectiveness, Busan, South Korea
This year CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is helping
to co-ordinate the selection process for NGO representation and we need
your voice in Busan. It's vital for civil society to have a strong
presence at this forum. The Fourth High Level Forum (HLF4) on Aid
Effectiveness will take place in Busan, South Korea from 29 November -
1 December, preceded by civil society organisations' pre-activities
forum from 26-28 November.
Applications close on 8 May.
WTO Public Forum
2011: Call for proposals
Source: World Trade Organisation (WTO)
The 2011 Public Forum will provide an opportunity for the public at
large to identify the principal trade challenges at the global level
that impact on the multilateral trading system and identify solutions
to ensure the WTO effectively adapts and responds to our fast-changing
world. Civil society representatives interested in organising a session
during the 2011 Public Forum should fill out the Call for Proposals
Form by 6 May 2011.