CIDSE Highlights No.27
Mobilising, influencing, connecting
26 October 2016
Binding treaty on business and human rights
Rights for people, Rules for business
The EU is attending the 2nd session of the Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights following a successful FoEE petition supported by CIDSE which gathered 90.000 signatures and called on the EU and its members state to support the negotiations' process. CIDSE is also in Geneva this week with allies and partners.

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Stories of change
Sustainable food for people and the planet
On the occasion of World Food Day, the campaign ‘Change for the Planet - Care for the People’ launched its storytelling project on sustainable food for the people and the planet with the release of an interview featuring Alfredo Sendim, an organic farmer in Portugal. New stories sharing experiences will be published each month.
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Climate and agriculture

Harvesting people's solutions for sustainable food systems
CIDSE organised a workshop in Brussels whose objective was to identify transition pathways such as agroecology through the presentation of case studies and experiences from across continents. As part of the programme, an evening panel debate offered a dynamic discussion on different views on agroecology and climate smart agriculture which inspired many participants.
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  • Together with sef: (Development and Peace Foundation), we will organise a policy lunch debate entitled ‘From Shared Vision to Common Action. Realising the SDGs in the EU's External Activities’. See programme & registration form before 1st November. On this occasion, CIDSE will present its views on the current EU Development Consensus Review and its recommendations in a new policy brief to be launched on that day. (Brussels, 07/11/2016) .
  • CIDSE’s Directors of Advocacy and Programmes will meet in Brussels to discuss the operationalisation of the new CIDSE strategic framework 2016-2021. (Brussels, 8-10/11/2016)
  • A delegation will attend the COP22 in Morocco where several activities are planned: side event with CCFD-Terre Solidaire and Action contre la Faim on ‘Understanding agriculture in relation to industrial food systems, compensation and food security’ (15 November, Conference centre), side event on ‘Solutions for sustainable food systems in a time of climate change’ (17 November, Green Zone) in collaboration with our members and partners.  Additionally, Misereor, ActionAid International and Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) will hold a side-event entitled ‘The 1.5°C challenge: Promises and Pitfalls of Technofix Climate Politics’ (9 November, Conference centre). (Marrakech, 7-18/11/2016). Moreover,  together with other members of the ‘Partners for Resilience’ Alliance, Cordaid will organise an event at the Development and Climate Days. (Marrakech, 12-13/11/2016)
  • A delegation will attend the 5th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights as well as related civil society side events. (Geneva, 14-16/11/2016)
  • CIDSE members − CCFD-Terre Solidaire, Entraide et Fraternité and Misereor − will participate in the Nyéléni (Europe Movement for Food Sovereignty) 2nd Forum (Romania, 26-30/10/2016).
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CIDSE is an international family of Catholic social justice organisations, working together to promote justice, harness the power of global solidarity and create transformational change to end poverty and inequalities. We do this by challenging systemic injustice and inequity as well as destruction of nature. We believe in a world where every human being has the right to live in dignity.

Members: Broederlijk Delen - Belgium . CAFOD - England and Wales . CCFD-Terre Solidaire - France . Center of Concern - USA . Cordaid - the Netherlands . Development and Peace - Canada . Entraide et Fraternité - Belgium . eRko - Slovakia . Fastenopfer - Switzerland . FEC - Portugal . FOCSIV-Volontari nel Mondo - Italy . Fondation Bridderlech Deelen - Luxembourg . KOO - Austria . Manos Unidas - Spain . MISEREOR - Germany . Progressio - UK . SCIAF - Scotland . Trócaire - Ireland.

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Published on 26 October 2016.
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