CIDSE Highlights No.9  

Christmas, time of joy and solidarity..
18 December 2012
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Climate change wins, poorest bite Doha's dust

The poorest bite Doha's dust, as governments keep the negotiations on track towards a global deal by 2015, but do little more to avoid catastrophic climate change.

In Doha, developed countries made no new cuts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, urgently needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Even though some European countries announced new climate funds in Doha, this is insufficient to meet existing and future needs of the most vulnerable communities in developing countries.


Human rights 'due diligence' report presented at the UN

A new report outlining existing instruments and available options for States to meet their duty to ensure corporations are not contributing to human rights violations was presented on Monday 3 December at the United Nations in Geneva.

The report is a result of the “Human Rights Due Diligence Project", which CIDSE supported by organising the Latin America regional consultation in Peru last October.

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FTT on its way, but where will the money go?

The European Commission has given 11 EU member states the green light to implement a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), showing that the EU has no intention to be hostage of the financial sector’s vested interests.

However, now that the tax is finally on its way, the question is whether it will benefit those it was originally meant for, the poorest, or whether it will end up plugging leaky national budgets or filling a bailout fund for banks and financial institutions.



  • CIDSE Directors will meet in Lisbon from 20-22 January 2013 for their annual board meeting, hosted by our Portuguese member, FEC. The mid-term review of CIDSE's 2010-2015 Strategic Framework is one of the important agenda items.
  • CIDSE is currently preparing its participation at the next World Social Forum in Tunisia (26-30/03/2013) . More information in the next issue of the CIDSE Highlights.


CIDSE is an international alliance of Catholic development agencies working together for global justice

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 . Fastenopfer - Switzerland . FEC - Portugal . FOCSIV-Volontari nel Mondo - Italy . Fondation Bridderlech Deelen - Luxembourg . KOO - Austria . Manos Unidas - Spain . MISEREOR - Germany . SCIAF - Scotland . Trócaire - Ireland.

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Published in December 2012.
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