Sadly, Bill C-486, The Conflict Minerals Act, did not pass second reading Wednesday night. Its defeat denies the bill the hoped-for review by the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. All New Democrat, Liberal, Bloc Québécois, Green Party members and the single independent member voted in favour. Notably, one Conservative member, Mr. Steven Read more . . .
August 1, 2014 Dear Minister Paradis, We are writing to thank you for hosting the Roundtable on July 9th, 2014 to discuss Canada’s approach to supporting access to quality education in developing countries. As Canadian-based development organizations focused on education, we are proud of Canada’s continued commitment and long-term support to education programming. We encourage Read more . . .
The illegal trade in minerals that fuels conflict also leads to dramatic increases in violence against women and children. GRAN’s Violence Against Women committee on Conflict Minerals invites you to join in the Just Minerals Campaign’s Day of Action: On September 17, 2014 at 6 p.m. the Just Minerals Campaign invites Canadians to turn off Read more . . .
On June 26th, over 800 delegates from donor and developing countries gathered in Brussels to start a second replenishment period for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). As of mid-August, Canada has yet to make its official pledge to the GPE. Canada was represented at the conference by Greta Bossenmaier, Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Read more . . .
There are devastating consequences when girls and young women are forced into marriages. Opportunities for education are cut off while the risks to health, abuse and violence increase. It constitutes a human rights violation that is deeply implicated in gender inequality. Read GRAN’s Child Early and Forced Marriage Backgrounder and our Policy Statement for more information.
With President Obama promising a draft of TPP agreement by November 2015, it would seem that time may be running out to impact this process. The only real opportunity left may be by domestic pushback- making the TPP unsaleable in Canada. At a briefing by the Canadian government following recent TPP negotiation meetings in Ottawa, Read more . . .
GRAN participants reach out to support key campaigns that address our priorities. We invite you to consider supporting this effort of the African Union. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, African Union Goodwill Ambassador for the Campaign to End Child Marriage, invites you to join the global effort. See her viewpoint at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-q4IZbU7Ms. Letter from Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, African Union Goodwill Read more . . .
GRAN ADDS SUPPORT TO THE MSF REGARDING THE THREAT TO ACCESS TO MEDICINES BY THE TPP The most recent round of TPP negotiations were held in Ottawa July 3-12 under a level of secrecy never seen in Canada before according to activists who rallied outside the Delta Hotel where the meetings were taking place (http://metronews.ca/news/ottawa/1092869/activits-call-for-transparency-on-transpacific-partnership). Read more . . .
The 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)–previously called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will guide international efforts around the world for sustainable development in the UN system and beyond over the next 15 years. 192 UN member states, including Canada, have agreed to develop and operationalize activities to meet these goals as part of the post-2015 Read more . . .
At the recent Global summit the Prime Minister hosted on maternal, new born and child health in Toronto, May 28 to 30, he made a very welcome announcement on new funding for the this initiative. While GRAN is delighted at the $3.5 billion promised over 2015-2020, we are urging the government to close a current Read more . . .