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17 - 21 September - 2012

International Conference on Fisheries and Globalization


Organisations of small-scale fisherfolk and their advocates troop to Aklan City in the Philippines this November for an International Conference on Fisheries and Globalization.

The international fisherfolk conference is a two-day knowledge and advocacy gathering of fisherfolk groups, support civil society organizations (CSOs), academic and other institutions for the development of sustainable alternatives in the face of globalization.  These alternatives, which will be in the form of policy recommendations and campaign platforms, will be based on the presentation of research-based information and grassroots experiences of various stakeholders on the impact of neo-liberal policies especially on small-scale fisheries since the approval of the General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the eventual establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The activity shall likewise serve as a springboard for the possible formation of a coordinative group for the research and education on issues, and the mobilization of campaigns and struggles of fisherfolk at the international level.

The conference themes will cover: Trends and Analysis on the Global Fisheries Situation; Impact of Trade and Investment in Fisheries and Related Recommendations;  Impact of Climate Change and Related Recommendations;  Impact of Privatization (including coastal settlement) and Related Recommendations; and Summary Recommendations on Issues and Concerns of the Fisheries Sector.  These will be presented through a panel type format composed of advocates, experts and members of grassroots organizations and simultaneous workshop sessions will be conducted for each topic.

Relevant member organisations who would be interested in attending can contact PCFS, a partner organization to IBON International, for further information: secretariat@pcfs.org

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)karibu.no.

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 http://www.scmindia.org/.


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 http://www.africaymca.org/


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.




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