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On January 25, around 62 participants from various civil society organizations and social movements from Latin America, Africa, Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Europe participated in a self-organized side event in Porto Alegre entitled "Civil Society Workshop on Alternatives and Peoples Struggles for Sustainability".

The "Global Civil Society Workshop on the Rio+20 Zero Draft and Rights for Sustainability" was held at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City last January 24. The workshop was attended by more than 70 participants from various civil society organizations (CSOs) and social movements from around the world. It was organized by IBON International in cooperation with Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), People's Coalition for Food Sovereignty (PCFS) and Centre for Environment and Development (CED) with the support of Diakonia - Asia Regional office, Both ENDS and the World Council of Churches (WCC).

UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights Dr. Cephas Lumina yesterday called on the world’s leaders negotiating the future of the Green Climate Fund to ensure that climate financing is indeed “new and additional” money that would help those most impacted by the changing climate to realize their fundamental human rights.

The World Bank’s so-called triple win solutions of “Climate Smart Agriculture” drew heavy flak at a side event organized yesterday by five major civil society groups at the ongoing 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) here in Durban, South Africa.

International non-government organization IBON International today took the US government to task for its aid policies that have largely influenced how aid is defined according to the interests of donor governments. Civil society groups gathered in Busan, South Korea questioned the sincerity of the US as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a speech at the Opening Ceremony of the 4th High Level Forum on Aid and Development Effectiveness

The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), in partnership with IBON International’s Reality of Aid Network (RoA), Better Aid and partner civil society organizations (CSOs), went full swing in the conduct of trainings on food sovereignty and consultations on aid effectiveness in Agriculture and Rural development (ARD) in Nepal, India and Uganda in September.

The IBON/Reality of Aid (RoA) Country Outreach Newsletter No. 6 is out this September.

Laura Lopez Gonzalez interviews TONY TUJAN, director of IBON International, on the upcoming high-level forum on Aid Effectiveness.

BetterAid together with IBON addressed the fast-unfolding issues of Rio+20 and Green growth and climate financing by conducting two engagement workshops at the recently-concluded Civicus World Assembly 2011.

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