Good News Agency – Year X, n° 173



Weekly – Year X, number 173 – 18th June 2010

Managing Editor: Sergio Tripi, Ph. D.

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International legislation



Pan-European Committee adopts draft By-Laws and calls extraordinary Regional Conference

Brussels, June 16 - The PES Committee/ETUCE Executive Board met in Brussels on 15th June to consider the latest proposals for draft By-Laws for a new integrated structure for the European region.

The Committee/Board decided that the proposed By-Laws formed an acceptable basis to call an extra-ordinary European Conference/General Assembly to consider their adoption for the European regional structure. The decision to call the Conference required a decision by a two-thirds majority. The PES Committee/ETUCE Executive Board also decided, without any objections, to recommend the adoption of the revised By-Laws to the extra-ordinary Conference/Assembly. The extra-ordinary Conference will take place around 22nd November at the time scheduled for the next Committee meeting. Formal notice will be issued to the European member organisations in the near future. (...)

The working group will discuss and make recommendations on possible ways of making the new European governing structures more balanced and representative of the whole membership of EI’s European region in the longer term.


At ICC review conference, nations reaffirm commitment to Rome Statute

2 June - More than 80 nations have reaffirmed their commitment to the Rome Statue, which led to the founding of the International Criminal Court (ICC), emphasizing the crucial role of justice in achieving sustainable peace. The so-called Kampala Declaration was adopted yesterday at the end of the general debate segment of the two-week-long ICC review conference under way in the Ugandan capital. During the debate, 84 States, along with Palestine, international organizations and others, reiterated their support for the Court’s mission of tackling impunity, bringing justice to victims and deterring future atrocities. In the Declaration, States underscored their determination to end impunity for perpetrators of the most serious crimes and pledged to enhance efforts to promote victims’ rights under the Rome Statute. (…)

So far 111 countries have become parties to the Rome Statute that established the ICC, while 37 others have signed but not yet ratified it. But some of the world’s largest and most powerful countries, including China, India, Russia and the United States, have not joined. For the ICC to have the reach it needs, it must have universal support, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the start of the review conference on Monday. “Only then will perpetrators have no place to hide.” (...)


European trio agree to enforce jail terms imposed by International Criminal Court

1 June - Three European countries today signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to enforce the tribunal judges’ sentences of imprisonment, taking the number of countries that are willing to detain people convicted by the ICC to five. Representatives of Belgium, Denmark and Finland signed the agreement during a ceremony in Kampala, Uganda, where the review conference of the Rome Statute – which set up the ICC – is taking place. (…) Austria and the United Kingdom have previously entered into similar agreements with the court to enforce sentences.

A permanent court, the ICC is based in The Hague in the Netherlands and tries people accused of the most serious international offences, such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Currently investigations are ongoing into five situations: Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Central African Republic (CAR), the Darfur region of Sudan and Kenya. Four suspects are in the court’s custody and another eight suspects are at large, while two trials are under way.



Human rights



Teachers call for improvements in teacher training in Latin America

Brussels, June 16 - Meeting on 14 and 15 June in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the EI Regional Committee for Latin America called on governments in the region to prevent a heavy setback in education quality because of a lack of necessary investments.This assessment was shared by Education Minister Melanio A. Parades of the Dominican Republic. (...)

The Regional Committee also considered the human rights’ situation in Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras. In the past five years some 200 educators, members of FECODE, were assassinated. Senen Nino, President of FECODE, criticized the Columbian government for not providing adequate protection to educators who are targeted by extremists. He asked Education International for support in bringing together all FECODE members who were forced to leave their teaching positions due to death threats. (,,,)

On 16 June members of the Regional Committee travelled from Santo Domingo to Port au Prince, Haiti, where they met with the leadership of the Haitian teachers’ union CNEH to be informed about the solidarity programs that were initiated by Education International immediately after the earthquake in February 2010.


AFT hosts global webcast to end child labour

Brussels, June 7 - The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is co-sponsoring a high level government and NGO policy dialogue at the State Department in Washington with global leaders. The conference, which will take place on 8 June, is entitled ’Working Together to End Child Labor: It's Time to End the Exploitation of Children’ and forms part of the official US commemoration of World Day Against Child Labour. It is expected to attract more than 300 government and non-government participants including US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and US Secretary of Labour, Hilda Solis, among government officials and members of the US Congress, who will speak alongside AFT President, Randi Weingarten.

Collectively, the delegates will review progress and activities to evaluate what is working and determine what more needs to be done to eliminate child labour. It is hoped that the event will encourage the advocacy of a ‘holistic government’ approach to ending child labour around the world through US diplomacy and development aid. The AFT and International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) are preparing a policy reference document as the briefing paper for distribution before the event in order to maximize impact on the Government participants, who will be drawn from 11 state departments and federal agencies which have the elimination of child labour within their policy framework and development programs.

Innovatively, the conference will feature a live webcast in order for people from around the world to participate in real time, and there will be an interactive connection with 6-8 embassies in different regions, which will be hosting their own simultaneous policy discussions. (...)

To access the full information about the AFT event, please visit:


Integrating gender into humanitarian response: highlights from an InterAction 2010 Forum Workshop

Jun 4 - One of yesterday's Forum workshops, Different Needs, Equal Opportunities: Integrating Gender into Humanitarian Response, included a discussion about the Inter-Agency Standing Committee's (IASC) new gender e-learning course and how best to address the needs of all in humanitarian efforts. The course, Different Needs-Equal Opportunities, is a free self-paced course and participants receive a certificate upon completion. More information about the course is available on this website.

Developed over two and a half years, and based on IASC’s Gender Guide book, the course aims to address gender equality and integration in humanitarian response. It is a collaboration across multiple sectors, including: camp coordination and management, education, food distribution and security, health, livelihoods, non-food items, nutrition, shelter, and water, sanitation and hygiene. The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has made the course mandatory for all field staff and continues to urge other organizations to follow suit. (...)



Economy and development



European Network of Migrant Women - Launch and high-level seminar

Brussels, 15 June - Two years after its formation and the commencement of its activities, the official launch of the European Network of Migrant Women will take place on Friday 18 June in Brussels in cooperation with the European Economic and Social Committee. The European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) is an innovative network bringing together more than one hundred non-governmental and non-profit organisations from 16 European Union countries to democratically represent the concerns, needs and interests of migrant women at EU-level.

The theme of the inaugural high-level seminar will be ‘Migrant Women in Europe: Challenging Policies and Highlighting Good Practices to Ensure an Inclusive Europe’.  A first session will give voice to members of ENoMW from diverse EU countries to highlight the contributions of migrant women to integration in Europe. This will be followed by a roundtable discussion with decision-makers from the European Commission, European Parliament, Fundamental Rights Agency, European Institute of Gender Equality and Council of Europe. The full programme is available here:

The seminar will be followed by a reception to which members of the press are cordially invited.


OECD and FAO to release new ten year agriculture projections

FAO and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will release a new edition of their annual "Agricultural Outlook" report during a press conference on 15 June 2010 at FAO's Rome headquarters.

The annual Agricultural Outlook is prepared jointly by the OECD and FAO. It provides market projections for biofuels, cereals, oilseeds, sugar, meats, and dairy products over the 2010-19 period.

The macroeconomic conditions are more positive this year and the anticipated return to global economic growth, a rising population, emerging biofuel markets, and a higher cost structure are expected to underpin international commodity markets and prices over the next ten years. Developing countries are expected to be the driving force behind the expected growth in agricultural production, consumption and trade.

This year’s report also includes a special section on commodity price volatility.


Soy industry members agree to environmental safeguards for responsible production

Sao Paolo, Brazil, June 11 - Members of the soy industry have agreed to finalize new global standards to improve soy production, moving responsible soy closer to being available in the marketplace. The Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) on Thursday adopted voluntary sustainability standards that will help ensure that current soy production and further expansion of the crop will be done in an environmentally sound and socially responsible way that avoids clearance of native forests and high conservation value areas. The standards also call for soy production to avoid polluting the environment and creating social conflicts. (...)

Most importantly, the standards require producers to take certain measures to protect the environment. Those include prohibitions on the conversion of forests and areas with high conservation value – such as rich savannahs –reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and eliminating the most hazardous pesticides in soy farming. (...)

The RTRS also agreed to develop a voluntary annex for RTRS members that wish to produce or trade in soy that is labelled as GM free.

The agreement is the result of years of dialogue between WWF, other NGOs, farmers, and the soy industry and finalized at the group’s fifth annual meeting this week in Brazil. The RTRS currently counts more than 140 members, including major private interests in the soy industry, smallholder farmers, feed mill operators, traders, retailers, financial institutions, and social and environmental organizations. (...)


ACDI/VOCA wins new USAID award to fight hunger in Eastern, Southern Africa

‘Support for food security activities’ IQC to harmonize regional food security efforts

Washington, D.C. June 9 - ACDI/VOCA recently was awarded its largest USAID Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) as part of a newly expanded U.S. effort to reduce hunger and improve nutrition in eastern and southern Africa. The five-year “Support for Food Security Activities” (SFSA) contract, which has a $500 million ceiling, represents a significant new source of funding for agricultural development and food security programs in countries of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) as well as Tanzania.

It also represents a USAID new approach to harmonize regional hunger- and poverty-fighting efforts in these countries, where significant portions of populations face chronic food insecurity and the production of staple crops fails to meet local and regional demand. (...)

In implementing this contract, ACDI/VOCA will draw on its 46 years of agricultural value chain and food security experience in Africa to oversee efforts to integrate market-oriented humanitarian assistance with market-driven staple food production and trade promotion interventions. (…)


Europe beefs up support to global food security

FAO gets additional €13.2 million in EU-funding

Rome, 4 June  - The European Union (EU) has added €13.2 million to its funding of FAO's efforts to boost agricultural production in developing countries worst hit by high food prices. This brings the total amount of the EU "Food Facility" funds channeled through FAO to an unprecedented €228 million. (...)

In Bangladesh, €7.5 million will be used to improve the food security of over 80 000 farmers, livestock holders and fishermen. They will receive training as well as production inputs, such as agricultural machinery, seeds and fertilizer, irrigation equipment and support, small and large ruminants, poultry, animal feed, and fishing equipment.

€3 million will double the size of FAO's EU-funded efforts in Niger, hit hard by the drought that ravaged harvests in the Sahel region. First priority is to reduce malnutrition of 72 000 farmer families, or some 500 000 people, by increasing their agricultural production.

In addition, €2.7 million will go to FAO's Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme as an extension of the EU's longstanding help to kill off one of the most devastating animal diseases known to man, rinderpest, responsible for famines over the course of hundreds of years in Asia, Africa and Europe. FAO is confident that field operations can come to a close by October 2010 and that the disease can be officially declared eradicated in mid 2011. 


Strong coffee value chain yields commercial success for Colombian growers

Connecting smallholder coffee farmers to global markets puts more money right where it’s needed: the growers’ pockets.

June 3 - ACDI/VOCA’s USAID Specialty Coffee Program in Colombia connects smallholder farmers’ groups with important commercial players to elevate their bargaining position on the coffee value chain. More money for the farmers means more income for their families and better investments in their communities. The program’s success was evident at the 22th Annual Specialty Coffee Association of America Expo held in Anaheim, Calif.

ACDI/VOCA helps farmers make commercial connections

ACDI/VOCA-Colombia staff traveled to the SCAA expo with beneficiary coffee farmers and program partners. During the event, ACDI/VOCA-supported farmers, who won the first and second prizes in the USAID Best Alternative Coffee competition, received the official checks reflecting the premium prices given by the National Coffee Growers.

The SCAA event drew more than 8,000 international coffee professionals from 40 countries. The expo was a key event for ACDI/VOCA staff for promoting the Colombian Specialty Association and pursuing new commercial opportunities for our beneficiaries. SCAA is the world's coffee authority and largest coffee trade association with nearly 3,000 member companies. (...)






ADRA responds after deadly tropical storm strikes Honduras

Silver Spring, Md., USA, June 10  - Following the recent devastation caused by Tropical Storm Agatha that brought widespread flooding and landslides across Honduras and other parts of Central America, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) provided assistance to some of the most affected communities.

Answering the call for assistance by the Honduran government, ADRA worked in coordination with the nation’s Permanent Commission on Contingencies (COPECO) to transport and distribute basic hygiene kits to 750 families, or 3,750 beneficiaries. ADRA also consulted with other aid organizations working in the region to determine delivery sites based on needs.

Tropical Strom Agatha, the first storm of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season and the deadliest tropical cyclone in the eastern Pacific since 1997, killed nearly 200 people and damaged bridges, homes, potable water supplies and electrical lines, according to authorities. (...)


Shelter for the many homeless

June 9 - Five months after the earthquake in Haiti the ACT Alliance is evaluating the work so far in order to be able to streamline and coordinate the continued effort even better. Secretary General, Henrik Stubkjær, writes from Haiti.

The earthquake in January struck right in the middle of Haiti’s capital Port au Prince. Over 200.000 people lost their lives under the rubble. 1,5 million were rendered homeless.

The 500.000 people who fled Port au Prince have now taken refuge with family and friends in the rural areas outside the capital. The rest live in more or less organized tent camps in the capital.

1.300 camps have been established and in May the NGOs announced that now shelter has been provided for everyone. Since then an effort has been made to organize the camps better.

Sheets have been replaced with real tents or tarpaulins and an effort has been made to provide water supply to the camps.

Via the ACT Alliance we have provided over 50.000 people with water since then. We have now reached a delivery rate of 2 liters per person per day – which is still far below international standards, which say 15 liters per person per day. However, we are working on increasing the supply of clean drinking water for everyone. (...)


ICRC assists record numbers of IDPs in 2009

Geneva (ICRC), June 9 - In 2009, some 4.6 million internally displaced people (IDPs) – 20% more than in 2008 – benefited from humanitarian assistance provided by the ICRC, in association with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in 33 countries all over the world. The ICRC devoted approximately 15% of its operational budget, or 150 million Swiss francs, to its efforts to alleviate the suffering and address the needs of people driven from their homes as a result of armed conflict and other violence. (...)

The ICRC increased its assistance to displaced people in response to greater needs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia and Yemen and thanks to better access in Iraq. People driven from their homes have special needs at every stage of their displacement: as they flee, when they return and once they start to resettle. Communities hosting them also often have wide-ranging needs.

In total, the ICRC assisted 14.25 million civilians in 2009, 30% of whom were people displaced within their own countries. Its largest operations in terms of the budget devoted to the displaced were conducted in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Sudan. (...)

The ICRC worked with the authorities in many countries to help them better fulfil their obligation to protect civilians, including internally displaced people. In addition, the ICRC helped those displaced to restore and maintain contact with their families.


Small Rotary club scores big with end polio effort

By Dan Nixon

Rotary International News, June 8 - In the past nine months, the residents of Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia, have learned a lot about polio and the global effort to eradicate the disease. Led by the town’s Rotarians, they’ve also given a lot back.

In September, the Rotary Club of Bribie Island embarked on Project Eradication, aimed at raising A$1 (about US$0.80) for each one of the community’s 19,490 residents. (...) Over the next several months, the 25-member club organized a raffle, a children’s coloring competition, wine sales, monthly food markets, a movie night, an Australia Day Ball, a golf day, and a 10-kilometer fun run/walk. Local newspapers were briefed about the effort in advance and agreed to publish monthly feature articles about the events.

The club also obtained support from the town’s polio survivors. One drew the winning tickets for the raffle and took part in the run/walk, pushed in a wheelchair by a Rotarian. Another gave an interview to area newspapers and reinforced the message that some parents in Australia still weren’t getting their children immunized. Yet another, who walked with a limp, began the dancing at the Australia Day Ball. A fourth spoke at a meeting of the Bribie Island club, inspiring members with his personal story of determination.

As the fundraisers unfolded, the project gained increasing visibility in the community and media. The club also sent out news releases about the work of Jenny Horton -- a nurse and member of the Rotary Club of Kenmore, Queensland -- in the polio immunization effort in India.

The publicity helped generate significant donations from residents and groups such as the Lions club, Bowls club, and community orchestra. The Bribie Island club also gained 12 new members.

On 13 May, Bribie Island Rotarians presented a check for A$20,000 (about US$16,600) for Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge  to Past RI President Clem Renouf at a celebration in Nambour. (...)


Save the Children supports children and families affected by tropical storm Agatha in Central America

Westport, Conn., USA, June 8 - Save the Children is providing immediate relief, including food, hygiene supplies and other items to families affected by tropical storm Agatha, which brought heavy rains and flooding to large areas of Guatemala, Honduras  and El Salvador in late May.

Governments in the three countries have declared states of emergency. The storm forced tens of thousands of children and adults into shelters and washed away homes, roads and bridges. It also affected agriculture, exacerbating a simmering food crisis in Guatemala.

In Guatemala, the international humanitarian agency — which works in six Guatemalan departments and 322 communities providing education, nutrition, health, protection and other programs — will provide more than 46 metric tons of rice, beans and vegetable oil to families in Chichicastenango and Sacapulas. Save the Children also is assessing needs related to damage to crops and loss of livestock. (...)

In Honduras, Save the Children is supporting families in shelter and those made homeless by the storm. It is providing food, hygiene supplies, kitchen and bedroom kits and water to families in shelters. The agency also has three mobile health teams, who will focus on increasing health services in affected communities, particularly for children under the age of 5. Working in coordination with the Ministry of Health, the health teams will provide vaccinations, de-worming and micronutrients, as well as monitor health threats and conduct epidemiological surveillance.


Save the Children prepares to assist children and families in Pakistan as tropical storm Phet swamps coastal communities

Westport, Conn., USA, June 7 - Save the Children has sent medical teams and deployed lifesaving supplies to Pakistan's southern Sindh Province to provide relief to children and families affected  by tropical storm Phet, which brought heavy winds, rain and flooding to villages and cities near the coast. The storm, which struck Oman as Cyclone Phet before being downgraded, forced the evacuation of thousands of people, destroyed or damaged mud homes and left the streets of many towns under water. Save the Children staff are reporting widespread damage to homes and fishing boats in Gwadar. Authorities are establishing relief camps in Thatta.

Save the Children is conducting rapid assessments in Thatta and Badin districts and has three emergency medical teams (comprising a medical doctor, lady health visitor, and medicine dispenser) now in Hyderabad. They will be deployed within the surrounding area according to greatest need. The humanitarian agency also has delivered more than 34,000 water purification sachets and three emergency medical kits (each serving 8,000 people for two weeks) to its Hyderabad office. (...)



Peace and security



Women hold UN events to chart progress on female participation in peacebuilding

June 11 - Women in countries affected by past or ongoing conflict today concluded a week of events organized by the United Nations to explore ways of strengthening women’s participation in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.  The “Global Open Days for Women and Peace,” organized by several UN agencies and departments, were intended to raise awareness and take stock of progress made since the Security Council passed a landmark resolution 10 years ago that put women’s experiences of conflict on the international peace and security agenda. (…)

“This anniversary is an opportunity to reaffirm the core message of the landmark text: sustainable peace is possible only with women’s full participation – their perspectives, their leadership, their daily, equal presence wherever we seek to make and keep the peace,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message to mark the Open Days. (…) The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), one of the co-organizers of the Open Days noted that while some progress has been made in the past decade, gaps in implementation of the resolution remain. Highlighting the progress that had been Mr. Ban said that in many post-conflict countries, the number of women in government has increased. (…)


Falkland Islands de-mining pilot project – Completion of phase 1

[MercoPress] As mentioned in 3 June edition of Today's Mine Action News, four task sites on The Falkland Islands have been declared mine-free. This concludes phase 1 of the demining project. Merco Press elaborates on the challenges and successes of the project and how they will influence the UK government's decisions on future demining projects. This phase of the clearance will have reduced the number of mines buried in the Falkland Islands by 5% but in terms of area cleared it is a very small percentage.


Eight Annual International Day of the UN Peacekeepers         

The eight annual commemoration of the  International Day of the United Nations Peacekeepers took place at Palais des Nations on Monday, 31 May 2010. The ceremony, organized in collaboration with the International Association of Soldiers for Peace, started at the United Nations Memorial in the Ariana Park with a flag raising ceremony, at the presence of a representation of blue helmets, followed by a minute of silence in honour those who have lost their lives for the cause of peace. (…) Afterwards, Mr. Laurent Attar-Bayrou, President of the United Nations Peacekeepers Association gave a speech talking about the difficult year that the UN Peacekeepers had, regarding the loss of 101 United Nations peacekeepers in the tragic earthquake of last January in Haiti, and the will to establish a fund for peacekeeping operations. (…)


UN pays tribute to peacekeepers’ work and sacrifices in world’s hot spots

28 May - The United Nations celebrated on 28 May the dedication and courage of the men and women who play an indispensable role in the cause of peace around the world, while honouring the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price in that service. The eighth annual International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers pays tribute to the more than 124,000 personnel who are serving in 16 operations on four continents, doing everything from clearing landmines and delivering aid to helping refugees and supporting free and fair elections. (…)

As part of the commemorative events, 218 peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving under the blue flag over the past 14 months were posthumously awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld medal at a ceremony presided over by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy. This year’s theme is “Haiti Standing,” to mark the loss of 101 UN peacekeepers in the 12 January quake and highlight the ongoing contributions by the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to the country’s recovery. (…) The Assembly established the International Day in 2002 to pay tribute to all men and women serving in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.


Sri Lanka: School reopenings an essential part of conflict recovery

The civil war ended in May 2009, but before people could go home the area needed to be surveyed for mines and other remnants of conflict, which had been used extensively during the conflict and contaminated the north of the country. MAG identified one minefield and several items of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Mulliyavalai West GN Division in March this year. These were cleared by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA), enabling people to return – and the school to be reopened – on 26 April. So far, 400 students and 16 teachers have gone back to the school, with a further 300 pupils expected. (...)

The army has helped the community clean up the grounds and UNICEF has provided tarpaulin sheets for the children to sit on, as there are no chairs or desks. The school is also still lacking stationery and books, while nothing remains of the computer and science labs or library. However, the Education Department plans to provide stationery in the next few weeks and the Principal has requested help from a number of non-governmental organisations that support the country’s schools. MAG has continued to support Mulliyavalai since the resettlement, providing information to people on the risks from remnants of conflict in their area and arranging immediate clearance by the SLA of any further UXO found in the area.






Polio: Outbreak response activities continue in Tajikistan and neighbours

June  11 - Tajikistan has held four rounds of vaccination activities in response to an outbreak of polio now totalling 183 paralyzed children (as of 8 June), and at least one further round is planned. The number of cases reported has started to decline following the mass vaccinations.

Neighbouring countries continue to take precautionary measures: Uzbekistan has held two nation-wide campaigns with reportedly high coverage of children; children living in the bordering provinces of Afghanistan have been vaccinated twice since the outbreak was reported in Tajikistan: in Russia, control measures and heightened surveillance are in place.

The size of the outbreak in Tajikistan means that it outstrips all other polio-affected countries, accounting for more than two-thirds of all polio cases in the world this year. Until polio is eradicated, any country is at risk of an importation, and high population immunity is the only protection against a large outbreak.

Tajikistan is in the European Region of the World Health Organization, certified polio-free in 2002. Three of the four remaining polio-endemic countries in the world are close to or bordering Tajikistan: Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. The poliovirus that has caused the Tajikistan outbreak is of Indian origin.


Gates signs soccer ball in Nigeria

Rotary International News, June 10 - Bill Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, added his support to the Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign this week, signing a soccer ball that is making its way through the continent before the 2010 World Cup. (...) As he signed the ball in Abuja, Gates commended Nigeria for making significant gains in the fight against polio and called upon the country’s leaders to finish the job. Gates was in Nigeria to learn more about the dramatic decline in polio cases since his last visit in February 2009. This year, only three cases have been reported in the country through 8 June, compared with 298 during the same period in 2009. (...)

Since Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative began their fight against polio in 1988, the incidence of the disease has been reduced by 99 percent. In Africa, only Nigeria remains polio-endemic, but the disease still affects children in many other high-risk countries, emphasizing the importance of protecting all African children against polio. The virus is also endemic in three other countries: Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan.

The Gates Foundation has awarded Rotary US$355 million in challenge grants in support of its efforts to eradicate polio. In response, Rotary has committed to raising $200 million by 30 June 2012. As of this month, Rotarians have raised $128.7 million.

“As the volunteer arm and private-sector partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has contributed $388 million for polio eradication efforts in Africa,” said June Webber, Kick Polio Out of Africa project coordinator. She added that Rotarians and their global partners are determined to provide a lasting legacy as they "celebrate the first World Cup on African soil.”


Kyrgyzstan: ICRC and Red Crescent assist hospitals in Osh

Bishkek/Moscow/Geneva (ICRC), June 11 - Following ethnic clashes in the city of Osh, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Kyrgyz Red Crescent Society have provided medical supplies to six hospitals in the area to help them cope with a mass influx of wounded. The supplies included dressing sets, glucose and painkillers and were urgently needed to replenish medical stocks exhausted by about 400 injured patients, most of whom were suffering from gunshot wounds and required emergency treatment. More than half needed further care. (...)

Amid concerns about recurring violence in Kyrgyzstan since early April, the ICRC recently reinforced its presence in Osh to monitor humanitarian needs in the south of the country. Working with the Kyrgyz Red Crescent Society, it had already begun pre-positioning first aid and surgical materials in recent weeks in order to be able to respond quickly to acute medical needs.



PACOM Commander experiences Pacific partnership first-hand during visit

By Pacific Partnership 2010 Public Affairs

Quy Nhon, Vietnam, June 9 - Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, made a two-day stop in central Vietnam here June 8-9 during his Southeast Asia visit to personally witness the diverse team-building of Pacific Partnership 2010. “We think this mission is wonderful. You need look no further than this courtyard to see the many thousands of people that this mission continues to service,” said Willard, addressing reporters at the Hai Cang school’s medical civic action program (MEDCAP) after receiving a tour of a local school which had been temporarily transformed into a community health clinic. This MEDCAP site provided optometry, dental, and primary care services to more than 500 patients each day.

Pacific Partnership 2010 is the fifth in a series of annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance endeavors aimed at strengthening regional partnerships among U.S. government organizations, host nations, partner nations, and international humanitarian and relief organizations. Vietnam serves as the first of six host nations to welcome the Pacific Partnership team this year.

By providing basic medical services ashore or more in-depth procedures and surgery onboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), anchored off Quy Nhon’s coast for the visit, Pacific Partnership provides the opportunity to strengthen the deep relationships and refine the skills necessary to ensure that its diverse array of participants are capable of quickly responding to a natural disaster by delivering humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (...)

One of those non-governmental organizations who teamed up with the U.S. Navy in response to the tsunami that struck Indonesia and the surrounding area in 2004 is Project HOPE, founded in 1958 on the willingness of medical professionals to travel the world on a floating hospital ship. (...)


More than 2.5 million children to be vaccinated and over 8,000 patients in care with biggest measles outbreak in over a decade in Malawi

June 9 - In coordination with the country’s health authorities, MSF teams are providing care and vaccination campaigns. The epidemic threshold has been surpassed in 23 of the country's 28 districts. Along with the vaccination efforts by MSF are training and medical support throughout the country.

Since February, Malawi has been facing its biggest measles epidemic in 13 years. Together with the country’s health authorities, MSF teams are providing care to measles patients and have launched vaccination campaigns for more than 2.5 million children. But more efforts will be needed at national and international level to put an end to this serious epidemic which put many lives at risk. (...) MSF teams have decided thus far to focus their efforts on the six districts with the highest attack rate – number of new cases observed for a determined period and population. These districts are Blantyre, Chiradzulu, Lilongwe, Mangochi, Mzimba and Thyolo.

In collaboration with Malawi’s Ministry of Health, MSF has been providing medical care to 8,106 measles patients since April. MSF has been supporting 88 hospitals and health centres located in both rural and urban areas. MSF support is ranging from reinforcing and training medical staff, to donations of treatments and equipment. In Blantyre, as measles also hit one of the main prisons, a specific 15-bed unit has been set up inside the hospital for prisoners with measles. (...)


Amid vaccination campaign, MSF treats wounded in Guri-el, Somalia

June 8 - Following recent clashes in Somalia’s Galgaduud region, MSF is treating wounded patients in Istarlin hospital in Guri-el. The 80-bed hospital has been working to near full capacity in most departments, including treating patients for malnutrition, whooping cough and measles.

At the end of April, MSF launched a vaccination campaign in Guri-el and its surroundings. So far teams have vaccinated 3,937 people against measles and 2,552 people against whooping cough.

(...) MSF has worked in Somalia continuously since 1991 and today is present in eight regions: Banadir, Bay, Hiraan, Galgaduud, Middle Juba, Middle Shabelle, Lower Shabelle and Mudug.

MSF does not accept funding from any government for its work in Somalia, choosing to rely solely on private donations.



Energy and safety



EWEA predicts a strong European market for wind turbines in 2010

June 14 - The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) today released its forecast for wind power installations in 2010. It expects 10 gigawatt (GW) of new wind power capacity to be installed in the EU during 2010, taking total installed capacity by the end of 2010 to almost 85 GW - an increase of 13%. Last year – a record year for wind power installation – saw 10.163 GW of new wind power capacity installed, constituting 39% of all new power capacity installed in the EU that year. Total installed wind power capacity by the end of 2009 was 74.767 GW.

“We predict another strong year for wind turbine installations in Europe, repeating the high level achieved in 2009,” said Christian Kjaer, CEO of EWEA. “What is encouraging is that, unlike in 2009, the 2010 results consist of orders placed after the start of the financial crisis. This shows continued and strong investor confidence in the technology.”

“It is too early to say whether, for a third year running, there will be more wind energy capacity installed than any other electricity generating technology, but it is clear that wind energy will be competing for the top spot with new gas power plants,” added Kjaer.

2010 will see more installations in offshore wind power, with up to 1 GW of new capacity expected to be installed during the year compared to 577 MW installed in 2009. EWEA expects France and Italy to again install around 1 GW each in 2010. The expected decline in installations in Spain will be more than compensated for by a doubling of installations in the new member states – led by Romania and Bulgaria - and significant growth in the UK, particularly offshore. Germany is expected to be the largest market this year, closely followed by the UK.[tt_news]=1852&tx_ttnews[backPid]=259&cHash=d6984642138625d305a5faccf68bffdd


Mark the date: Global Wind Day – 15 June 2010

June 7 - In 2010 the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) are organising wind events around the world for both the public and the media to come and find out more about wind energy. Already some 45 organisations have signed up to take part, with others sure to join them. “Imagine being able to harness the power of nature in a sustainable way to create abundant clean energy, tackle  climate change, create jobs and end our dangerous dependence on polluting fossil fuels”, said Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of  GWEC. “It’s not a dream, it’s wind energy – and it definitely deserves a special day.”  

Last year over 300 Global Wind Day events were held in 35 countries from China to the Czech Republic to Canada. “2010 will be even bigger,” said Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive of EWEA. “Wind Day has grown in popularity since its launch in 2007 because wind power itself is breaking all records. In Europe more wind power was installed in the last two years than any other energy-generating technology. There is spectacular growth in China, the US and elsewhere. It's a global success story." (...) 

EWEA has put up a 29 metre turbine blade in the middle of the Schuman roundabout next to the European Commission and European Council in the heart of the European quarter of Brussels, to promote its message and new campaign: “Give Europe a breath of fresh air”.

From wind farm open days and conferences, to exhibitions, information days, sporting contests and photo contests, there will be something for everyone in most corners of the globe.  For example, in the spectacular setting of the Villa Borghese in central Rome there will be conferences and sporting events for over two weeks. In Poland, inflatable wind turbines eight metres high will be placed in front of government offices around the country. In Estonia, a ‘wind turbines in the future’ design contest will award the winner the chance to drive a Toyota Prius for one month. In Argentina, Sweden and the Netherlands there will be photo competitions. In Brussels, on Monday, 14 June there will be a press conference (on the day before Global Wind Day) at the foot of the blade on Schuman roundabout.

For more information about the Global Wind Day and events around the world see


European Wind Initiative: Europe launches ten year research and development plan for wind energy

June 3 - As the Spanish EU Presidency launched the 'European Wind Initiative' (EWI) - a €6 billion ten year research and development roadmap for the wind energy sector - the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) said that, if properly funded, it would give European companies a competitive boost.

"The European Wind Initiative is a big step forward in our efforts to maintain and strengthen Europe's global leadership in wind energy technology", said Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), today in Madrid at the SET-Plan Conference organised by the Spanish EU Presidency. (...)

The EWI is the result of several years of joint effort by the European wind energy sector, the European Commission and EU Member States working towards three common goals, to:

■ maintain Europe's technology leadership in both onshore and offshore wind power

make onshore wind power the most competitive energy source by 2020, with offshore wind power following by 2030;

■ enable wind energy to supply 20% of Europe's electricity in 2020, 33% in 2030, and 50% in 2050;

■ create 250,000 new skilled jobs in the EU in the wind energy sector by 2020.

The EWI focuses on four main technology areas: new turbines and components, offshore technology, grid integration, resource assessment and spatial planning.[tt_news]=1848&tx_ttnews[backPid]=259&cHash=8da872f7b88bcb3e4cfc9e2e71b93495



Environment and wildlife



EU bathing water quality remains high

June 10 – Clean bathing waters are vital for key economic sectors such as tourism and for plant and animal life. The annual bathing water report presented by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency shows that 96 % of coastal bathing areas and 90 % of bathing sites in rivers and lakes complied with minimum standards in 2009. It also describes where to obtain detailed and up-to-date information on bathing sites.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said, "Over the last thirty years, EU and national legislation has significantly improved the quality of Europe's bathing waters but our work does not end here. Despite our decade-long track record of high quality, we need to keep up the effort constantly to both improve and maintain what we have achieved." (...)

Efforts to improve the quality of bathing waters should be seen in the context of Europe's efforts to achieve good ecological and environmental status in accordance with the EU Water and Marine Framework Directives. (...)


China, Nepal reach historic biodiversity agreement

Beijing, China, June 9 - WWF welcomes the historic pledge by China and Nepal to work together to better protect nature in their countries. On June 3, the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding on environment and biodiversity conservation, made between the State Forestry Administration of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation of the Government of Nepal.

This is a historic moment for both the countries as their governments have joined hands for the first time to promote cooperation in the field of biodiversity conservation, management of forest resources and protection of wildlife. The two countries agreed to implement the obligations of international multilateral environmental agreements and conventions to protect the environment and conserve biodiversity. (...) WWF China and WWF Nepal, along with TRAFFIC, WWF’s specialized global wildlife trade programme, played a pivotal role in fostering cooperation between the governments of the two countries. (...)

The Department of International Cooperation of the State Forestry Administration of People’s Republic of China and Department of Forests and Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation of the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, and the Government of Nepal will be the implementing agencies of the agreement for the two governments respectively.


Philippines: ICRC assists more than 7,000 drought-affected families in Ifugao

Manila (ICRC), June 4 - Starting this week, more than 7,000 families in two Ifugao municipalities will receive food, seed and fertilizer from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) after their lands were severely damaged by El Niño, a phenomenon associated with dramatic changes in weather patterns. (...) Although the ICRC's task consists mainly in serving people affected by armed conflict and other violence, the organization is also prepared to work together with the Philippine Red Cross to do what it can to help when calamities like El Niño occur in sensitive areas. (...) Alongside the food distribution, the ICRC also gave corn seed and fertilizer to each of the 2,400 families whose farms were destroyed by the recent drought after already being damaged by last year's typhoons. (...)


Tropical storm Agatha: Red Cross assists population affected by first storm in Central America

31 May - The heavy rain accompanying tropical storm Agatha has resulted in severe flooding in Central America causing rivers to break their banks, mudslides and infrastructure to collapse. (...)

Guatemala  (...) The Guatemalan Red Cross is maintaining activities in its emergency operations centre and is closely monitoring the situation. It is also coordinating response activities with its various branches and working with the national coordinator for disaster reduction – or CONRED, as it is known in Spanish. (...)

El Salvador (...) Salvadorean Red Cross staff and volunteers were immediately deployed to the worst affected areas where they remain active. Various search and rescue groups, including aerial response units, have also been mobilized to assist in the search for missing people. At the same time, Salvadorean Red Cross teams continue to assess houses and infrastructure for damage.

Honduras - In Honduras, where Tropical storm Agatha has also led to a national emergency being declared, the Honduran Red Cross is coordinating with national emergency organizations and is mobilizing its volunteers to assist with aid efforts. At least two deaths have been reported. (...)



Religion and spirituality



URI celebrates its 10th anniversary

Internationally acclaimed interfaith network to meet in Amman, Jordan, June 26

San Francisco, CA, June 14 - United Religions Initiative (URI), one of the world’s largest interfaith organizations, will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of its Charter signing on June 26th at the Royal Cultural Center in Amman, Jordan. Bringing together grassroots leaders from across the faith spectrum, the event will commemorate ten years of interfaith action for peace and justice around the world. The celebration will cap the annual summit of URI’s Global Council and global staff as well as a gathering of its Middle East and North Africa region. Amman’s Mayor, Mr. Omar Maani, has been invited to speak.

URI is an internationally recognized global network connecting hundreds of grassroots groups and organizations around a shared commitment to interfaith peace and cooperation. When URI’s Charter was signed on June 26, 2000, it launched with 83 member organizations—called Cooperation Circles (CCs)—in 30 countries. In just ten years, it has grown to a powerful community of more than 470 CCs in 75 countries. Its nearly half a million members are overcoming distrust and hostility every day to better the lives of their neighbors—mediating religiously motivated conflict; building schools, orphanages and health clinics; campaigning for citizenship rights and more in 75 countries. They touch the lives of an estimated 2.5 million people each year. The 10th anniversary celebration will open with an interfaith ceremony by URI leaders from around the world. (...) For more information please contact Mark Mancao or Barbara Hartford by e-mail at and


Building an interfaith community - Bossey, Switzertland, July 5 to 31

"How can we affirm our identity as Muslims, Jews and Christians not in separation or against each other but in relation to one another?" This is the question some 30 young adults from around the world are to explore during a July summer seminar at the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Ecumenical Institute in Bossey. Activities include spiritual and academic exercises as well as sports, recreation and everyday tasks.

At a time when the monolithic society created on the old pattern "one nation, one culture and one religion" is rapidly becoming a relic of the past, the one-month programme "Building an Interfaith Community" prepares the future generation of leaders in churches, other faith communities and society at large for the challenges of living peacefully in a world of religious plurality.

Each day starts with a moment of prayer and spirituality, prepared alternately by the Christian, the Jewish and the Muslim participants. The experience of living under the same roof, eating and worshiping together, is enriched by lectures offered by specialists from Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities as well as through participation in the religious activities in Geneva.

More information on the seminar on the website of the Ecumenical Institute



Culture and education



SIGNIS promotes media education and children’s creativity in Karlstad

Karlstad, June 14 (SIGNIS) - The World Summit on Media for Children and Youth, which brings together the world’s leading experts in the field of children, youth and media, kicks off on June 14 in Karlstad, Sweden. As in Rio in 2004 and in Johannesburg in 2007, a SIGNIS delegation actively participates in the Summit by promoting media education and children’s creativity through different working sessions.

SIGNIS members are presenting or animating no less than 9 Workshops, sessions or panels exploring media education, children’s creativity, culture of peace, intercultural dialogue or future challenges. (...) Members of the SIGNIS delegation will also participate in international panels on “Human Rights and Intercultural Dialogue. How Media Literacy increases awareness of differences and develop respect for the others” and "Implementation and evaluation of Media Literacy in the classroom".

Many other international organisations, including other members or affiliates of SIGNIS, such as MED ( or Media Animation (, will contribute to the content of the Summit. The conclusions of the event will be processed by a team which will include SIGNIS staff member Jim McDonnell. The complete World Summit 2010 programme is available online at You can find more information and follow the event on the Summit website,


Union of Education workers in Azerbaijan mark 90th anniversary

June 11 -EI General Secretary, Fred van Leeuwen, has paid tribute to the leadership of its affiliate member, the Independent Trade Union of Education Workers of the Azerbaijan Republic (AITUCEW), which celebrated its 90th anniversary on 9 June, 2010.

Speaking at an event to mark the celebratory occasion, van Leeuwen paid tribute to the Union for setting an example for other education unions in a region which has been at the centre of political and ethnic conflict over the past two decades. (…)  Mehbaliyev’s remarks were a direct reference to the turbulent times at the beginning of the last century when the country was still an integrated part of the Soviet Union. In fact, it was not until 1991, when Azerbaijan regained its independence, that the AITUCEW - to which more than 90 per cent of the country’s educators are affiliated – was freed from Soviet Union laws and practices which limited the freedom of all trade unions. Mr Mehbaliyev, who is also president of the Azerbaijani Trade Union Confederation, tackled a wide range of challenges facing the national school system, including the responsibility of supporting one million refugees from the Armenian occupied territory of Nagorno Karabah. (…) EI General Secretary, Fred van Leeuwen, added: “Let us not forget that in today’s global community, teaching is also a matter of imparting democratic values, of making every student understand his or her cultural identity while being aware of the diversity of cultures that make up the richness of humanity.” (…)


Teacher activists review the EFAIDS Programme in Ghana

June 9 - Thirty leaders and master trainers converged at the Volta GNAT Conference Centre in Ho, Ghana, on 8 June, 2010, at the launch of a three-day workshop to evaluate the EFAIDS programme in Ghana.

Participants were drawn from across the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and included provincial, deputy and assistant secretaries, district officials and school representatives, as well as head teachers who together make up the master trainers and administrators of the EFAIDS programme in Ghana. Other participants were from the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service. In his opening remarks which demonstrated a deep commitment to the EFAIDS programme in Ghana, GNAT Chairman of the Volta Region, Alexander Muwasi Buadi, said the programme was of great importance because there were still knowledge gaps about the impact of HIV/AIDS on education. (…) Helena Awurusa, the EFAIDS Coordinator in Ghana said that the programme had afforded GNAT great opportunities to work with a number of partners like the Ghana AIDS Commission, UNICEF, and Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG).(…) The EFAIDS programme is coordinated by more than 80 Education International teacher union affiliates in almost 50 countries in four regions globally.


NYC reception for the global launch of WE  - June 21st, 7pm at Fordham University

A new global campaign to unite and amplify the efforts of people, organizations and movements working for the common good

The WE Campaign, in association with Fordham University, GreenWorks NYC, the US Partnership for the Decade of Education and We, The World, invites you to a reception celebrating the global launch of WE - Monday June 21st 7pm to 10pm,  Fordham University Atrium, 113 West 60th Street at Columbus Avenue in Manhattan, New York, featuring Jonathan Granoff (Global Security Institute), Deborah Moldow (World Peace Prayer Society), Shawn Sweeney (Youth Council Director, Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots), Letty Chiwara (U.N. Development Fund for Women) and Rick Ulfik (Founder, We, The World), and special video messages from Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, U.N. Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder Bill McKibben and Rwandan bestselling author of "Left To Tell" Immaculee Ilibagiza, plus musical performances and other special guests.

Tickets: $25 at the door, $20 until June 20th, $15 Students, Seniors, Low Income. All proceeds benefit the WE Campaign, a program of the non-profit organization We, The World. For advanced tickets and more information, go to, email: 


Major EC+10 event in The Hague, Netherlands on 29 June 2010

As per the 10 years celebrations of the Earth Charter, a major event will take place on 29 June in The Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands. This will be exactly 10 years since the launch of the Earth Charter, it will be a wonderful occasion to look backwards and forward with regards to the Earth Charter Initiative! The aims of the Earth Charter event in the Netherlands are :

     1.  To celebrate 10 years Earth Charter and create a vision for its future.

     2.  To encourage business and youth actors to be inspired by the Earth Charter

           when taking on the challenges of today and the future.

     3.  To enhance public and media outreach on the relevance of the Earth Charter for

           topical issues and challenges.

The Central theme for all activities in the light of 10 years Earth Charter worldwide is :

Dialogue, Collaboration and Action for a Sustainable Future. This theme is reflected in the programme by providing room for dialogue and interaction among participants coming from different generations, sectors and parts of the world.

The venue of this event is limited to 200 people and it is by invitation only. However, anyone will be able to follow this from anywhere in the world through Internet.


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The Secretary-General of the Uuited Nations:


Message on World Refugee Day

20 June 2010


On this observance of World Refugee Day, we must note a troubling trend: the decline in the number of refugees who are able to go home.


In 2005, more than a million people returned to their own country on a voluntary basis.  Last year, only 250,000 did so - the lowest number in two decades.  The reasons for this include prolonged instability in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and southern Sudan.


The theme of this year’s observance -- “Home” -- highlights the plight of the world’s 15 million refugees, more than three-quarters of them in the developing world, who have been uprooted from their homes by conflict or persecution. 


For many refugees today, rapid urbanization means that home is not a crowded camp run by an international humanitarian organization, but a makeshift shelter in a shantytown, outside a city in the developing world.


As these cities continue to experience spectacular growth, refugees are among their most vulnerable residents.  They must struggle for the most basic services: sanitation, health and education.  The impact of the global financial and economic crisis only increases the threat of marginalization and destitution.


We in the humanitarian community must adapt our policies to this changing profile of need.  This means working closely with host Governments to deliver services, and intensifying our efforts to resolve conflicts so that refugees can return home.


On World Refugee Day, let us reaffirm the importance of solidarity and burden-sharing by the international community. Refugees have been deprived of their homes, but they must not be deprived of their futures.


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