Many delegates from across the Commonwealth are expected to attend the Commonwealth People's Forum (CPF), which has the theme 'Partnering for a more equitable and sustainable future.' Eight assemblies will form the core of the CPF programme. Topics of discussion will cover: human rights; financial crisis and economic development; environment and climate change; gender; health and HIV and AIDS; peace and conflict; deepening democracy and governance; and creativity and innovation. Cross-cutting areas include: youth, media, education, disability, gender and Millennium Development Goals. Make your voice heard at CHOGM by attending the Forum. Registration costs US$100 for delegates from outside of Trinidad and Tobago.
Jobs and Announcements
The Global Development Network is now accepting submissions for its annual competition for development research proposals/papers and development projects. Researchers and non-governmental organisations from developing and transition countries are invited to participate in the competition. The competition is funded by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Finance, the government of Japan and other donors. It focuses on key issues such as globalisation, regional integration, climate change and international migration against the backdrop of the current global economic and financial crisis, the political and economic repercussions of which can already be felt across countries and regions. The impact of these crises on the architecture of developing countries cannot be understated. They have prompted many to challenge globalisation and they are also likely to hasten the structural shift in global economic power from Western countries to emerging markets.
The Forum will take place on 27 and 28 February 2010, immediately preceding the 54th session of the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women, which will also undertake a 15-year review and appraisal of the Beijing Platform for Action. Early registration (by 15 October) is recommended, as it is cheaper than late registration (after 15 January). 2010 marks the 15th anniversary of the Beijing World Conference on Women. In recognition of this anniversary, the Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) Committee on the Status of Women is organising an NGO Global Women’s Forum to consider implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA). The Forum programme will include two full conference days commencing with an opening ceremony, and continuing with plenary sessions, panel discussions and workshops. The Forum is working closely with NGOs and UN partners to assure full and representative participation from all regions of the world, especially from developing countries.
In line with its mandate to promote high-level scientific and academic debates on various aspects of socio-economic development in Africa, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) hereby announces the 2011 edition of its Gender Symposium which will be held from 1-3 November, 2011, in Cairo, Egypt. The Gender Symposium is a forum organised annually by CODESRIA to discuss gender issues in Africa, and the theme of this year’s edition is Gender and the Media in Africa.
Authors wishing to report original research, innovative projects or novel programs related to global health are encouraged to submit abstracts. Abstracts in all areas of global health are welcoming including:
•Global burden of disease
•Innovations and interventions to advance global Health equity
•Globalization, global trade and movement of populations as drivers of health inequity
•Partnerships and capacity building for education and research in global health
•Social, economic and environmental determinants of health
•Human rights, legal issues, ethics and policy
Abstracts may focus on a new finding, the development of a program, project or new global health tool, moving from development to implementation, policy or ethical issues, or related topics.
Abstract submission deadline: August 1, 2011
Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, and ten years since the landmark United Nations (UN) General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS, stakeholders from around the world will come together to review progress and chart the future course of the global AIDS response at the 2011 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS from 8–10 June 2011 in New York. Member States are expected to adopt a new Declaration that will reaffirm current commitments and commit to actions to guide and sustain the global AIDS response.
As part of the Nutrition Society’s efforts to support learned societies in the developing countries, the Nutrition Society ANEC Travel Fellowship 2012 Award supports deserving students worldwide to enable them participate in the 5th Africa Nutritional Epidemiology Conference (ANEC V) in Bloemfontein, South Africa 30 September to 4 October 2012. ANEC V this year comes under the Umbrella of the Nutrition Congress Africa 2012 (NCA2012) which is a joint scientific meeting between the South African Nutrition Congress, South African Dietetics Association and the African Nutrition Society. The Fellowship is open to university students or young scientists with an interest in nutrition who wish to participate in the Nutrition Congress Africa (NCA2012), the largest continental scientific gathering on nutrition in Africa taking place between the 30 September to 4 October 2012 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The award is given towards travel costs including return air travel, accommodation and conference participation.
The 2012 CIVICUS World Assembly intends to be more than the primary annual gathering of civil society and other stakeholders of society. It will also see the start of a process of defining a new charter of citizen demands. This comes in response to recent changes in civil society organisation, marked by crisis, volatility and rising dissent, in which the relationships between the state, business, citizens and other parts of the social sphere are being redefined and renegotiated. The World Assembly has three themes: 1. Changing nations through citizens: how can the power of citizen action be maximised to achieve social and political change at the national level? 2. Building partnerships for social innovation: what new partnerships are needed for change, how can they be brokered and what principles should underpin them? 3. Redefining global governance: what needs to change in multilateral processes and institutions to enable effective citizen’s participation?
The Zimbabwe Social Forum is a space dedicated to those struggling against, and directly challenging corporate fascism, neo-liberalism and market-led globalization. The Event will be held at the Raylton Sports Club in Harare under the theme “Our Resources, our Future!!!” Reclaiming the Social Movements Agenda for Social and Economic Justice. Participating Thematic Clusters are as follows: Gender and Women’s Rights; Debt and Trade; Students and Youths; Social Service Delivery; Labour; Media; Democracy and Rights; Natural Resources Governance; Health; Disability; Land, Environment and Climate Justice; Art s and Culture. Send enquiries to the email below.
The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), in partnership with the International development Research Centre (IDRC), is pleased to announce the eighth call for applications for the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships (ADDRF). The ADDRF Fellowship Program seeks to facilitate more rigorous engagement of doctoral students in research, strengthen their research skills, and provide them an opportunity for timely completion of their doctoral training. The Program targets doctoral students with strong commitment to a career in training and/or research. The overall goal of the ADDRF Program is to support the training and retention of highly-skilled, locally-trained scholars in research and academic positions across the region. The ADDRF will award about 20 fellowships in 2015. These fellowships will be awarded to doctoral students who are within two years of completing their thesis at an African university and whose dissertation topics focus on health systems. The fellowship will primarily support research (including data collection and/or analysis). Funds will not be used to support coursework. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of a sub-Saharan African country. For further details and application procedures see the website.