Posted by: comconcord | May 6, 2009

MEPs: make a pledge to support Fair Trade

European Parliament candidates should make a pledge to breach the gap between European policies and citizens´ and support Fair Trade.fair tradeOn the occasion of Europe’s Day and World Fair Trade Day falling on 9 May, the Fair Trade movement calls on the European Union to narrow the gap between its policies and EU citizens´ support for Fair Trade.

8 May 2009 – Brussels:

In the context of the Pledge for Fair Trade campaign, a growing number of candidates running for the European Parliament elections are making a pledge to support Fair Trade and, at the same time, to ensure that the needs of marginalised producers and poor workers in the South are reflected across all EU policy areas.

You too ask your favourite candidates for European Parliament to sign the pledge: http://www.fairtrade-advocacy.org/pledge

See the Pledge in: Estonian French Swedish

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Posted by: bondcampaign | May 6, 2009

Activities in the UK

ukIn the UK, the focus of the EU elections campaign is to put activists and MEP candidates in touch. Activities will therefore focus on hustings (i.e. public debates) where activists with an interest in international development, human rights and climate change will meet their MEP candidates and ask them what they intend to do if elected.

The list of hustings organised by BOND members can be found here.

More information about other aspects of the campaigns in the UK, including a list of which MEPs have signed up to the international development manifesto, can be found on BOND website pages on the EU elections.

8 May – EU Civil Society Manifesto launch Birmingham (West Midlands)12.30 – 14.45 at BVSC, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR. Opportunity to discuss the key recommendations for civil society in the next European Parliament with MEPs and candidates in the West Midlands. For more information, please contact nzinga.cotton@ncvo-vol.org.uk

 12 May – Climate Change elections Q&A Swansea (Wales)

7.30pm at The Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea. Organised by Stop Climate Chaos Wales. Candidates: Evan Price (Con), Lisa Stevens (Lab), Alan Butt Philip (Lib Dem), Jill Evans (Plaid). Chair: Phil McDonnel. To attend and for further details, please contact Peter Jones, RSPB Cympu (peter.jones@rspb.org.uk, 02920 353013)

 

13 May – Climate change elections Q&A Bradford on Avon (South West)

7.30pm  St Margaret’s Hall. Please send questions by May 10 to climatechampions@gmail.com. For more details, see www.climatefriendlybradfordonavon.co.uk 

 

14 May – International development elections hustings Birmingham (West Midlands)

7.30pm – 9.30 pm Birmingham Council House (Victoria Square, Birmingham). For more information, please contact Europe@bond.org.uk

 

16 May – International development hustings Bristol (South West)

3-5pm Saint Stephen’s Church, 21 St. Stephens st, Bristol, BS1 1EQ. The event focuses on corporate accountability, trade, development and climate change. For more information, please contact speaksouthwest@googlemail.com.

 

18 May – Campaigning stunt for launch of AidWatch report (Brussels)

A campaigning stunt will take place in Brussels to mark the launch of the 2009 AidWatch report. BOND members are invited to participate, please contact Europe@bond.org.uk for more information.

 

19 May – International development elections hustings Manchester (North West)

7pm – 9.30 pm. Free screening of award winning film ‘Total Denial’, followed by question time with MEP candidates, at AMC Cinema, 253 Deansgate, Manchester, M2 4EN. For more information, please contact Europe@bond.org.uk

 

Activities after the 19 May

20 May – UK launch of AidWatch report (London)

5.30 – 7pm. The AidWatch report will be launched and discussed at an event in London focusing on aid effectiveness. To find out more and to register for this event, please see the Overseas Development Institute’s website.

 

20 May – International development and human rights elections hustings London 

6-9pm at Amnesty International’s UK offices (17-25 New Inn Yard, London, C2A 3EA). This event, which is co-organised by BOND, Amnesty International and the Jubilee Debt Campaign, will focus on what MEP candidates intend to do to improve the EU’s human rights and anti-poverty work, both inside and outside the EU, if they are elected. To find out more and to register for this event, please contact europe@bond.org.uk

 

21 May – Trade justice and environment elections hustings Reading (South East)

7pm onwards at RISC, 35-39 London street, Reading RG1 4PS. The focus of the event is trade policies and their effecton developing countries, as well as candidates’ positioning on introducing a new green deal across Europe to address issues of trade, jobs and climate change. Candidates: Sharon Bowles (Lib Dem), Nirj Deva (Con), Janet Keene (Lab), Philip van der Helst (UKIP), Caroline Lucas (Green). Chair: John Madeley. To attend, please contact bente@rics.org.uk

 

Free Bus: there willbe a free bus to get people to Reading, leaving from Oxford (departure point to be confirmed) at 6pm. Returning from Reading 9:30pm, hoping to be back in Oxford by 10:30pm. Places are limited so please book your seat on the bus asap. Contact Julieanne Porter, Tel 01865 236 088 or jgp@phonecoop.coop.

 

22 May – Trade justice, climate change and international development elections hustings Edinburgh (Scotland)

7 – 9.30pm at St. John’s Church, West End of Princess St, EH2 4BJ, Edinburgh. Organised by the Trade Justice Movement and World Development Movement Scotland. To find out more, please call World Development Movement Scotland on 0131 243 2730.

 

27 May A cup of tea with an MEP – an informal discussion between candidates and activsts Glasgow (Scotland) 6.30 – 9pm at Hillhead Library, Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8AP. The event is organised by the Trade Justice Movement and World Development Movement Scotland. An opportunity to discuss trade justice and international developmetn with MEP candidates. To find out more, please contact wdmglasgow@gmail.com or 07913 724 854.

 

For more information, contact the national association:

BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development): Regent’s Wharf, 8 All Saint’s Street, London, N1 9RL – Tel: +44 20 7837 8344 – Website: www.bond.org.uk.

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Posted by: comconcord | May 6, 2009

Activities in the Netherlands

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‘Your vote during the European Elections can influence  the European policy for developing countries. On www.wereldstemwijzer.nl you can learn which political party fits your ideals.’

The vote guide will be launched during the week of 9-18 May, in occasion of the campaign ‘10 days of Action 4 Development’, organised by the Global Call to Action Against Poverty and CONCORD.

What is the vote guide?

NCDO, EEN (Dutch GCAP coalition) and Partos (Dutch national association, member of CONCORD) have developed a ‘vote indicator’ or ‘vote guide’. It gives voters an indication of the party closest to the ideals of the voter.

voteguideDevelopment NGOs are promoting this vote guide online, through offline media and through our members to stimulate the public to think about the role of Europe in the world and the influence of its policy on developing countries.

On the website of the vote guide the activities of the organisations involved in the campaign, as well as interviews of politicians, will be displayed. This website is the portal for the European Elections and Development Cooperation in the Netherlands.

The vote guide proposes 10 statements on international questions and development cooperation. They focus on peace and security, climate change and durability, trade policy, migration and development and aid promised by the European Union.

Who will be involved?

All voters (age 18+) including:

  • YOU !
  • 22.000 EENsupporters (contacted via a newsletter).
  • Members organisations of EEN and Partos (via e-mail)
  • Donors and members of the member organisations of EEN and Partos (via articles / banners in e-newsletters and banners on websites)
  • Readers of magazines on development cooperation (via press release)
  • Readers of newspapers (via press release / media stunt)

More: website: www.wereldstemwijzer.nl
contact @ EEN: Amanda van Nieuwenhoven, +31-(0)348-421670
contact @ Partos: Sander Laban, +31-(0)20-3209901

partos

If you want more information about the activities in the Netherlands, contact the national platform:

Partos:Nieuwe Keizersgracht 45, 1018 VC Amsterdam -Email : sdl@partos.nl or info@partos.nl Website: www.partos.nl

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Posted by: comconcord | May 5, 2009

Activities in Slovakia

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6th May: One month before Slovak date for the European election, the Slovak Platform MVRO sent a lobby letter to the Slovak candidates and its Manifesto for EP elections. 5 questions linked to the EU development cooperation and Slovak ODA were asked to the candidates. Meetings were organised with them afterwards in order to discuss these issues.

Before 14th May: Lobby letter is sent to Secretary of State of Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

14th May: Aid Watch Report Launch and breakfast meeting with journalists while issuing a press release.  MVRO stands against the attempts at cutting of ODA.

1st June: Press release before the European elections (also based on assessment of the answers of candidates for MEPs). The answers of candidates will be published at website of Platform (www.mvro.sk) and www.svetbezchudoby.sk

8th – 12th June: Lobby letter to elected Slovak MEPs with an offer for a meeting in order to discuss the issues of EU Development Cooperation.

For information about the activities in Slovakia, contact the national platform:

MVRO

MVRO -The Non-governmental Development Organizations Platform / Platforma mimovládnych rozvojových organizácií – Platforma MVRO: Mileticova 7, 821 08 Bratislava – Tel./fax. +421 2 5738 5256 – E-mail: office@mvro.sk – Website: http://www.mvro.sk

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Posted by: comconcord | May 5, 2009

Activities in Poland

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If you want information about the activities, contact the national association:

Zagranica: Sapiezynska 10a, 00-215 Warsaw – Tel: + 48 22 536 02 16 – E-mail: zagranica@engo.pl  – Website: www.zagranica.org.pl

zagranica

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Activities in Malta

hungaryIf you want information about the activities in Malta, contact the national association:

SKOP: Office 82, Tal-Qroqq National Pool Complex, Msida – Telephone/Fax : +356 21315562 – ngdo@maltaforum.orgwebsite : www.skopmalta.org

skop

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Activities in Latvia

For information about the activities in Latvia, contact the national association:

lapas

Latvian NGDO Platform LAPAS: Gertrudes Street 19/21-3, Riga, LV-1011 – Website: www.lapas.lv

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Activities in Hungary

hungaryFor information about the activities in Hungary, contact the national association:

hand

Hungarian Association of NGOs for Development and Humanitarian Aid (HAND): Budapest 1116, Tomaj u. 4 – Website: www.hand.org.hu

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Activities in Greece

greeceFor information about the activities in Greece, contact the national association:

Hellenic Committee of NGDOs: Themistocleous 27, 106 77 Athens – Tel.: +30 210 3813 052 –  E-mail: greekplatform@europers.gr

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Activities in Slovenia

sloveniaOn 14 May 2008, Sloga, the national association of Slovenian development NGOs, is holding a press conference with parliamentarians to present the 2009 CONCORD Aid Watch report and the European Election manifesto.

SLOGA promoting dialogue with different stakeholders

The Slovenian NGDO platform SLOGA has organised several activities between March and May 2009. An overview:

Preparing Manifesto for the Slovenian EP elections’ candidates:
In cooperation with 5 of its working groups, SLOGA has prepared a Manifesto for the EP elections entitled »You too are part of this World – Represent the vulnerable«. It was officialy presented at a press conference and national consultation with development stakeholders on the 27th of May. Among the participants were 8 candidates from 5 political parties, 3 ministerial representatives and a representative from the Office of the President of the Republic of Slovenia. The candidates agreed that we need a responsible Europe in the world and effective development aid. They as well recognised the role of development NGOs in Slovenia and obliged themselves to promote civil dialogue once they are elected.

Slovenian minister for foreign affairs part of the solidarity run team:
In the framework of the Ljubljana Festival which took place from 7-9th of May, Slovenian foreign minister Samuel Žbogar ran for the “solidarity team” together with SLOGA coordinator Marjan Huč and manager of the Fair trade shop “3Muhe” Darja Urbas. The creation of such a team proved that both, the Slovenian MFA and NGDOs, are part of the same world and partners until the finish line – international development committments. After the run, the team was welcomed at the 3Muhe-shop by musicians and fair trade food.

Identifying Slovenian NGDO experiences in Africa:
Following the national NGDO consultation on the Slovenian priority countries in Africa on the 15th of March, SLOGA initiated a process to identify NGDO experiences in Africa. The conclusions reflect the reality: It is not possible to identify one single country where most of NGDOs could agree to work because the Slovenian NGDOs are present in various African countries with different development projects. SLOGA has been collecting questionnaires from NGDOs by the 15th of May and is currently preparing a position paper for the MFA.

Urging the MFA to establish a development project evaluation system:
At the SLOGA national seminar on development project evaluation on the 3rd of April, the SLOGA working group on ODA monitoring and evaluation called the Slovenian government to prepare an overall evaluation of Slovenian development cooperation since 2004, as well as to establish an evaluation system for future projects. The participants of the seminar, among them governmental representatives, agreed on the necessity to start a process of preparing national guidelines on development project evaluation by autumn 2009. Currently, the MFA is preparing a meeting for NGDOs about the evaluation results of project proposals which were submitted within the second call for co-financing of Slovenian NGDO development projects in sub-Saharan Africa and Neighbouring countries; the call had been launched in March 2009.

sloga

Information provided by Anja Mešič, SLOGA

 For more information, contact the national platform: SLOGA : Povšetova 37, 1000 Ljubljana -Tel. +386 (01) 542 1422 – Website: http://www.sloga-platform.org

 

 

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