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25 November 2014

Global Conference & International Civil Society Week 
News from the International Civil Society Week in Johannesburg, South Africa


Hundreds of civil society leaders and activists, including several CONCORD members, gathered in Johannesburg last week for a series of events to mark International Civil Society Week, including the Action/2015 assembly. Get a first roundup of some of the main events.

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Get the new CONCORD AidWatch report

How much aid does your country give to developing countries? Get the latest EU aid data, infographics and more.

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Nominations? Solidar Silver Rose Awards

Send your nominations for this award which celebrates indivudals or organisations that contribute to global justice.
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NGOs call for end to "inflated" aid spending

The EU has deliberately over counted the amount of aid transferred to developing countries, inflating the figure by €5.2 billion in 2013

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CONCORD input to EU Human Rights plan

CONCORD would like to share some initial inputs for the review process of the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy.

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CONCORD meets EU Commissioner Mimica 

New EU Development commissioner met with CONCORD members last week for a first exchange on 20 November

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CONCORD at EU Parliament meeting

Ester Asin talked on behalf of CONCORD at a meeting on development & humanitarian aid policies 2014 - 2019.

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People step forward: how human capital is leading development

When: 2 December
Where: Residence Palace, Brussels 

What impact has the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child had on the lives of children globally?

When: 3 December
Where: European Parliament - Brussels

Preparatory seminar on EU-CELAC civil society forum

When: 9 December
Where: CONCORD Office

The Economic Costs of Exclusion and Gains of Inclusion of People with Disabilities

When: 9 December
Where: European Parliament - Brussels

Enlarged stakeholder meeting on the EYD 2015

When: 9 December
Where: The Egg conference centre - Brussels

International & European Development Agendas: Subsidiarity, Efficiency, Accountability and Citizenship - Time for an active role of regional and local authorities

When: 9 December
Where: Brussels

Taking stock for a Revised European Neighborhood Policy (South)

When: 11 December
Where: European Endowment for Democracy - Brussels



CONCORD EPAN Working group meeting 

The EPAN (Enlargement, Pre-accession and Neighborhood) working group meeting will be held in the CONCORD premises, in Brussels in the afternoon of 10th December 2014, starting 3:00 pm. The working group meeting aims to set the group priorities for 2015, discuss strategies and ways forward for the group.

Please see the attached agenda for details

Engaging people: 12 lessons for communicating about development

The lessons are based on evidence and experience from Development Assistance Committee (DAC) peer reviews and from the Network of DAC Development Communicators, which the OECD Development Centre hosts and co-ordinates.

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EFSG group online meeting - webinar

The EFSG (European Food Security Working Group) will meet through a webinar - a video-supported conference - in order to discuss:
- programme of the dialogue on food security and PCD, co-organized by CONCORD and DEVCO (to take place next year)
- EFSG workplan 2015.

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New Migration and Development Task Force: chair, steering group and work priorities

At the kick off meeting of CONCORD’s new Task Force on Migration and Development on 4 November, Bob van Dillen of Cordaid (NL) representing Caritas Europa was elected as Chair. The members of steering group were also elected and include: Tiguida Camara from FORIM representing  Coordination Sud (France), Udo Enwereuzor from COSPE representing Concord Italia, Salvatore Parata from Terre des Hommes, Sophia Wirsching from Brot für die Welt representing VENRO (Germany) and Jara Henar from Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain).
The group is finalizing its Terms of reference and preparing a workplan for 2015. The TF workplan will be developed from the perspective of development and developing countries, prioritizing activities where Concord can add value from its mandate as a confederation of development NGOs. It was agreed that the 2015 European Year on Development, post-2015 process, EU Migration and development policies and PCD are strategic priorities in the coming year.

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Online course "Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities"

The Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) launched their MOOC (massive open online course) titled Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities. The MOOC will feature lectures from top sustainability scientists, including Johan Rockström, and will run from November 17, 2014 to January 18, 2015.
The course contains eight different modules, covering key sustainability science topics, such as: the Anthropocene, social-ecological systems thinking, planetary boundaries, and resilience thinking. The MOOC is also designed to be as interactive as possible through online forum discussions with other students and teaching assistants, and a chance to ask the top scientists questions through scheduled video “hangouts.”

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New SOLIDAR briefing: Taking Stock for a New European Neighborhood Policy: Decent Work, Social protection and Freedom of Association  

SOLIDAR presents the results of the consultation that was organised in cooperation with the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), members and partners from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.
In the week of 9 to 11 December, SOLIDAR together with ANND, EuroMed Platform, CONCORD, BankWatch, CNCD, Association of Local Development Agencies (ALDA) will be organising various activities in the European Parliament and the European Endowment for Democracy to prepare our input into the stock taking process. These events include round tables in the European Parliament on the future of the ENP and EU Trade Relations with the region.

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Coordinator - Cercle de Coopération 

Senior Policy and Research Officer

Advocacy Officer - IPPF 

Fundraising Officer for Africa - BirdLife International 

Communications Manager - CBM

Secretary General - EPR

Policy Officer - EUROPA NOSTRA

Coordinator - Alianza por la Solidaridad 

Consultant to draft Report on impact of EU Migration and Asylum Policies - Caritas Europa


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