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.

30 May - June 3 - 2012

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel
The World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel invites WCC member churches, faith-based communities, civil society organizations and other agencies working for justice to join a week of prayer, education, and advocacy for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine and a just end to the conflict. This year our common focus is on the displacement and dispossession suffered by Palestinians under the continuing occupation.

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Kirkenes verdensråd inviterer medlemskirker og kirkelig baserte organisasjoner til å delta i markering av en kirkeuke for solidaritet og aksjoner for rettferdig fred i Palestina og Israel. Siktemålet er å gi et kirkelig
bidrag til å sikre legitime rettigheter og en framtid for begge folkene.
Samtidig skal denne internasjonale kirkeuken også sette fokus på de
utfordringer som de kristne kirkene i regionen står overfor.

Hovedfokuset for Kirkeuka 2012 er Hjemmefra, eller "displacement" på engelsk.

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May 31 - 2012

Karibu Board Meeting
The Karibu Foundation's Board meets in Oslo on Thursday, May 31st. No applications will be accepted after Thursday, May 10th.

28 March - 2012

Karibu Board Meeting
The Karibu Foundation's Board meets in Oslo on Wednesday, March 28th. 

6 March - 2012

Naim Ateek of Sabeel, "Come and See" Seminar, Oslo

Seminar held in Norwegian...

Kom og se!  Norske pilegrimers møte med palestinske kristne

Et av budskapene i det palestinske Kairosdokumentet er en invitasjon:

«For å forstå vår virkelighet, sier vi til kirkene: Kom og se! Vi vil vise dere sannheten om vår virkelighet ved å ta imot dere som pilegrimer som kommer til oss for å be, og som har med et budskap om fred, kjærlighet og forsoning. Dere vil få kjennskap til virkelighet og folk i dette landet, både israelere og palestinere.»

For å utfordre norske kirker, organisasjoner og reiseoperatører om hvordan de bidrar til at norske pilegrimer faktisk får denne kjennskapen inviteres du til

Kirkens Hus, Rådhusgt 1-3 (ved Oslo Børs), rom Bjørgvin og Agder (1. etg), tirsdag 6. mars kl 18.30-20.30

I panelet er:

Berit Hagen Agøy – Mellomkirkelig råd for Den norske kirke
Jorunn Langmoen – Den norske israelsmisjon
Rolf Solås – Sabra Fokusreiser
Tor Øystein Vaaland – Journalist i Morgenbladet og forfatter
Naim Ateek – Sabeel    

Ordstyrer: Jorunn Strand Askeland, Kommunikasjonsrådgiver i Kirkens Nødhjelp

Arrangører: Kirkens Nødhjelp, Norges Kristne Råd, Mellomkirkelig råd for Den norske kirke, KFUK-KFUM Global, Norske Kirkeakademier, stiftelsen Karibu og Sabeels venner i Norge

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