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3 - 4 October - 2013

High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development


The UN General Assembly is holding the second High Level Dialogue (HLD) on International Migration and Development at the UN headquarters in New York in October 2013. As roundly emphasized by participants during the Global Forum in 2011, civil society is looking towards the HLD for the potential it has to effect important change in the current international framework regarding migration and development.

In its recommendations at the 2011 GFMD, civil society called for urgently need international migration governance and for further reflections upon the possibility of integrating the GFMD within a rights-based, accountable and transparent framework with more binding engagements. Civil society is committed to put forward perspectives, if not potential models for future governance in preparation to the HLD 2013. In this direction, civil society is looking at forming a working group attached to the GFMD. More information will follow shortly

On 9 February 2012, John K. Bingham, ICMC’s head of policy and GFMD civil society coordinator, spoke at the Tenth Coordination Meeting on International Migration organized at UN headquarters by UNDESA*. He outlined the need for civil society and governments to “Fix, Focus and Reach” to achieve the goals set out by the first HLD in 2006 and beyond. He described the three greatest dangers on the path towards this second HLD in 2013:

Click here to visit the website of the High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, 2013.



26 - 28 September - 2013

Iraqi Social Forum

Another Iraq is Possible with Peace, Human Rights, and Social Justice




26-28 September, 2013
Baghdad, Iraq

Based upon their participation in the World Social Forum, the Iraqis have identified the following shared aspirations and goals:

1. Participants in this Forum believe that Iraq should be a civil, democratic, federal state, in which there is no discrimination by sex, color, religion, race, ethnicity, or nationality.

2. We believe in nonviolence as the only option for reform and change. We will defend this belief with all methods of nonviolent struggle against any attempts to dilute or undermine our commitment.

3. The Iraqi Social Forum is committed to cooperation and voluntary work, and rejects lavish expenditures for events and unneeded spending for any post.

4. Civil society must be a key, not a secondary, partner in building a democratic Iraq, free from occupation and dictatorship. Individuals and social movements have the right to use all nonviolent means to promote reform and change.

5. We understand civil society to include all the individuals and institutions / activities / organizations that work nonviolently to help the needy, to fight against corruption, violence, and sectarianism, and to promote human rights. Civil society actors perform voluntary work through non-profit organizations that provide services and assistance at the least possible cost.

6. Iraqi social movements arise in the Iraqi civilian communities that reject religious, ethnic and sexual discrimination, and that use methods of nonviolence in its many different forms to promote reform and social justice. Nonviolent means of promoting changes include traditional activities such as rallies and marches, as well as ICT [information and communications technology] to disseminate information and build social networks.

Forum Aims:

Finding an open space to stand with democratic civil state projects based on the principles of respecting individuals’ freedoms and advancing social justice.

Dealing with the current reality and its developments from a political, social, and economic perspective.

Discussing the reality and the role of civil society and its social movements in Iraq and how to make civil society a more effective actor in building true democracy.

Discussing the role for international civil society organizations to reaffirm their support for Iraqis’ causes and the development of social movements in Iraq.

More info here:  http://openfsm.net/projects/iraq-social-forum/project-home



22 - 28 September - 2013

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel



The World Council of Churches (WCC) invites its member churches, faith-based organizations and civil society to observe the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel from 22 to 28 September, invoking prayers, action and advocacy for justice and peace in Palestine.

Initiated by the WCC’s Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF), the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel is a call to end the Israeli illegal occupation of Palestinian land, urging justice and peace for all people.

Theme for this year’s week of prayer is “Jerusalem, the city of justice and peace”.

The theme corresponds to the vision of the Kairos Document issued by Palestinian Christian leaders in 2009. The document states that Jerusalem is a city “inhabited by two peoples of three religions, and it is on this prophetic vision and on the international resolutions concerning the totality of Jerusalem that any political solution must be based”.

Individuals and congregations observing the World Week for Peace 2013 will organize special activities calling people of faith to pray with churches living under occupation, using a special prayer from Jerusalem and other resources prepared for the week.

The week also invites actions that spread education about the ground realities in the region, especially those related to the city of Jerusalem. Advocacy initiatives emphasizing ecumenical policies in promoting justice and peace with political leaders are particularly encouraged.

As part of the most recent World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel in 2012, churches in at least 25 countries around the world sent a clear signal to policy-makers, community groups and their own parishes about the urgent need for a peace settlement that ends the illegal occupation and secures the legitimate rights and future of both peoples in Palestine and Israel.

“The World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel asserts the conviction that peace between Palestinians and Israel is a pressing imperative,” said John Calhoun, convenor of the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel.

“The week will bring together voices urging world leaders to call upon Israel to abide by the United Nations Security Council resolutions and end its illegal occupation of Palestinian territory. We recall how in November 2012, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly recognized Palestine as a non-member observer state. This decision has added impetus to our preparations for the week,” he added.

More information on World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel can be found at http://pief.oikoumene.org/en/world-week-for-peace.

To participate in WWPPI activities, email Michel Nseir: Michel.Nseir(at)wcc-coe.org and Ranjan Solomon: Ranjan.Solomon(at)wcc-coe.org

Program in Norway (click for larger version):





For more information on the Norwegian program, visit:  http://www.kirkeukaforfred.no.

26 September - 2013

Village Under the Forest - Film Showing

In cooperation with the Babel Film Club, and as part of the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, "The Village Under the Forest" will be shown on Thursday, September 26th.

Unfolding as a personal meditation from the Jewish Diaspora, The Village Under The Forest explores the hidden remains of the destroyed Palestinian village of Lubya, which lies under a purposefully cultivated forest plantation called South Africa Forest.

Directed by Emmy-winner Mark J Kaplan, The Village Under The Forest is written and narrated by scholar and author Heidi Grunebaum.  Audience Award: Best South African Film at Encounters Documentary Festival 2013

When:  Thursday, 26 September 2013 - 18:00

Where:  Arne Næss' Auditorium (Georg Morgenstiernes Hus), University of Oslo -  Blindernveien 31, inng. fra Moltke Moes vei




For more info, visit http://www.villageunderforest.com/ or http://babelfilmklubb.com/

Click below to read more about the film and its development.

THE MAKING OF "THE VILLAGE UNDER THE FOREST"
Voices from the South
Ms. Heidi Grunebaum
August 2013 ( - 431 KB)


12 September - 2013

UN Day for South-South Cooperation
On 22 December 2011, the General Assembly, in its decision 66/550, decided that, beginning in 2012, the observance of the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation would be changed from 19 December to 12 September,to mark the day in 1978 when the United Nations Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries adopted the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries.

The Assembly also urged all relevant United Nations organizations and multilateral institutions to intensify their efforts to effectively mainstream the use of South-South cooperation in the design, formulation and implementation of their regular programmes and to consider increasing allocations of human, technical and financial resources for supporting South-South cooperation initiatives.





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