30 August - 2012

Karibu Board Meeting
The Karibu Foundation's Board meets in Oslo on Thursday, August 30th. No applications will be accepted after Tuesday, August 14th.

For more information, contact director Eilert Rostrup at post(a)

28 June - 7 July - 2012

South Asia School of Human Rights

The Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI) has initiated a discourse among its students on the role of affirming human rights for all. This discourse has inspired several students across the country, and have brought to a point that human rights are faith issues, and therefore a wider debate on them would facilitate the students to become the harbingers of peace and justice in our times today.

The SCMI will therefore be coordinating a "South Asia School of Human Rights" which will take place in Bangalore, India, June 2012.  The initiative will bring together five participants from each of the South Asian Country, namely Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan & India. 

For more information, visit

20 - 22 June - 2012

Rio +20 Summit

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
(Rio +20) will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.

It is envisaged as a Conference at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government or other representatives.

The Conference will result in a focused political document.

Objective of the Conference

The objective of the Conference is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges

Themes of the Conference

The Conference will focus on two themes: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development.

15 - 23 June - 2012

Subject 2 Citizen Youth Summit

Harare, Zimbabwe - University of Zimbabwe

Africa Alliance of YMCAs’ (AAYMCA) will be gathering participants from its Subject to Citizen (S2C) initiative for a youth summit June 2012.  The S2C initiative is based on the concept that young people are subject to the will of others in that they are often excluded and manipulated politically, economically and socially. The result is that many youth are at risk, idle, lack hope and confidence and are thus open to exploitation, often turning to violence as a result. S2C moves youth to a state of citizenship where they understand the root causes of problems, articulate viewpoints and are part of positive change at various levels of decision-making.

The programme consists of:

Participants will be S2C Ambassadors from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the Gambia, Togo and Zambia.

For more information, visit

4-7 June - 2012

Rio for People Conference
SAVE THE DATES! June 4-7, 2012

RIO FOR PEOPLE: Strengthening People’s Capacity for Genuine Sustainable Development

Hanoi, Vietnam

Despite calls for renewed political commitment to the principles and goals of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to address the unequal and unsustainable character of dominant development patterns, Rio+20 is inclined to reinforcing the same neoliberal framework that was the very cause of the multiple crises of today. The Green Economy, premised on the commodification of nature and ecosystem services, allows for business as usual and very well suits the interests of the corporate sector.

Meanwhile, the world’s most affected people, especially those from the South, who have real sustainable solutions in their hands and can thus respond to calls for a ‘change in patterns of production and consumption’ remain left out. While the United Nations has a mechanism for involving different social sectors, Rio+20’s focus on Green Economy despite wide opposition expressed in Preparatory Meetings such as in Asia Pacific and Latin America shows that the people’s agenda are not priority in the Rio negotiations and thus leaves the world’s most affected without effective representation in such critical decision-making processes. Besides deliberate exclusion or marginalization in these processes, some activists note the lack of a consolidated and coordinated civil society movement on Rio+20 and sustainable development at the regional and global levels.

The Southern grassroots peoples’ voices and contributions deserve a place in the global debate about the social and ecological future of the planet. It is high time that they exert more influence and power in the negotiations, decision-making, policy formulation, and other processes on matters that affect their lives. In many if not all cases, however, they acknowledge the lack of capacity in many areas of work such as lobbying, advocacy, and policy work. The Asia Pacific Research Network aims to help address these concerns through a capacity development conference guided by researches that show the realities on the ground and address issues for more effective advocacy and engagement for genuine sustainable development towards and post-Rio+20.

The conference, to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, will be a research-guided capacity development exercise for grassroots organizations from the South for a coordinated advocacy and engagement aimed at achieving genuine sustainable development towards and post-Rio+20. More specifically, it aims to (1) promote critical awareness of Rio +20 issues among Asian CSOs and constituencies; (2) promote better coordination for Asian CSO participation from the grassroots; (3) support critical initiatives for policy advocacy; and (4) develop research initiatives to pursue future directions in sustainable development advocacy and implementation initiatives.

For more information, visit the Asia Pacific Research Network.

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