Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Waiver

Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Waiver

 

Cooperation Canada, alongside CanWaCH and social justice advocates across the country, urges Canada to do more in supporting mechanisms crucial to fight COVID19 and foster a fair global recovery. 

Read our letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the TRIPS waiver, cosigned by Julia Anderson, CEO of CanWaCH, and our Chief Executive Officer, Nicolas Moyer.

It focuses on Canada’s support to India and South Africa’s proposal to waive the relevant obligations under the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on TRIPS, the COVID-19 Technology to Access Pool (CTAP) and the creation of a Canadian advisory group to explore solutions to the inequitable global response to COVID-19.

 

Call for nominations to the Cooperation Canada Board of Directors

Call for nominations to the Cooperation Canada Board of Directors

Cooperation Canada’s Board is composed of 14 Directors, elected to represent the diversity of our membership. At our AGM in June, members will be called upon to renew the mandates of some directors who seek re-election at the end of their two-year mandate. In addition, members will also be asked to elect new members of the Board to fill vacancies. In preparation, a call for nominations is now open and members are invited to submit the nomination of candidates by completing this form by May 21.

In preparation for this call for nominations, the Cooperation Canada Board Governance, Nominations and HR Committee has reviewed the present Board composition and our Board diversity policy. While overall Board diversity is strong and reflective of membership-wide diversity, the Committee nonetheless wishes to share some areas where it feels additional representation would be welcome. Nominations that present one or more of the following characteristics would help to round out Board diversity even further.

  • Representation from western provinces
  • Francophone
  • Youth
  • Faith community affiliation
  • Labour movement affiliation
  • Large organization
  • Persons self-identifying as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour

The characteristics above are not requirements for nominations and it is acknowledged it would be unlikely for any one candidate to represent all of these factors of diversity. These are provided only as a guide and to encourage nominations which may assist in further expanding the diversity of voices on the Cooperation Canada Board.

Please note that to be eligible, Director nominees must be affiliated to a Cooperation Canada member organization.

For any questions, or to discuss the implications of Board participation, please contact Nicolas Moyer at [email protected].

CPAG Membership – Call for Expressions of Interest

Global Affairs Canada and Cooperation Canada are co-Chairs of the Civil Society Policy Advisory Group (CPAG), which aims to advance to achievement of objectives outlined in Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) and the related GAC CSO Partnership Policy. The group supports the implementation of the CSO Partnership Policy Implementation Plan, focused on nine action areas: 

 

  1. Empowering women and girls, promote gender equality, and reach the poorest, most vulnerable and most marginalized as the most effective means to eradicate poverty
  2. Facilitating a safe and enabling environment for civil society
  3. Protecting human life and dignity
  4. Fostering CSO leadership in innovation
  5. Integrating the role of CSOs as independent actors into international assistance programming
  6. Establishing more predictable, equitable, flexible, and transparent funding mechanisms
  7. Fostering multi-stakeholder approaches to international assistance
  8. Engaging Canadians as global citizens in international assistance
  9. Promoting sustainability, transparency, accountability, and results

 

CPAG is comprised of GAC and CSO representatives specializing in the above-outlined action areas, but also representing sector diversity in terms of areas of professional specialization, organizational type and size, and geographic location, as well as individual identity factors such as gender, age, race, geographic and linguistic backgrounds etc. GAC Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) for the Partnership for Development Innovation Branch oversees the strategic direction of the group, which continuously engages a broader set of sector experts to inform their work. 

Building on commitments of membership rotation, inclusivity and diversity, CSO members of CPAG now invite CSO  sector specialists to express interest in serving on CPAG for a two-year term. Interested colleagues are required to  commit approximately up to 10 hours a month to ongoing  work, and to attending bilingual quarterly calls. The group will at all times aim to ensure intersectional approach to all areas of work.

The Call for Expressions of Interest can be found here. Colleagues are asked to answer a set of questions to support the membership selection process, which will be conducted by current CSO members. The deadline to submit applications is the end of day 17 May 2021. Applications will be anonymized to minimize bias, but only fully completed forms will be considered. We are determined to ensure CPAG is a safe and inclusive environment for all. Section decisions will be made by June. 

To learn more about CPAG and the CSO Partnership Policy, please click here. Thank you very much for considering contributing to this vital advisory  group. 

With best wishes,

CSO CPAG Members  

Our thoughts on the March 16 Foreign Policy Town Hall with the Hon. Erin O’Toole

Our thoughts on the March 16 Foreign Policy Town Hall with the Hon. Erin O’Toole

 

In a virtual town hall on foreign policy on March 16, Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole shared his vision for Canada’s engagement on the international stage. Cooperation Canada welcomes his reversal during this event of a Conservative Party election platform policy during the last federal election to cut Canada’s official development assistance (ODA). Canada ialready contributing less than its fair share globally: Canada’s ODA levels are below those of other peer countries, currently at their lowest point in 50 years.    

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages lives, devastates economies and increases inequalities around the globe, Canada has an important role to play in contributing to a global recovery that is inclusive for everyone,” said Nicolas Moyer, CEO of Cooperation Canada. “Canada must do more on the global stage, not less, if we are to see the kind of global recovery that reflects Canada’s values and principles of human rights, equality and inclusive progress.” 

As the current crisis shows, our economy is global, our population is multicultural, and we cannot solve global challenges in isolation. Canada will not recover until the world recovers. Mr. O’Toole recognized this and assured Canadians that the Conservative Party’s approach to global engagement would be predictablestrategic and impact-oriented, while enabling civil society actors to support the most marginalized communities through equitable partnerships in Canada and abroad.  

We welcome these vital positions shared by Mr. O’Toole, including his pledge to reform the Canada Revenue Agency’s severely outdated ‘direction and control’ regulations, which hinder the ability of Canada’s charitable actors to establish equitable partnerships with communities and actors in Canada and abroad. Senator Ratna Omidvar’s Bill S222, tabled before the Senate, represents a collectively devised solution to this urgent issue for Canadian charities, including those working internationally 

Under the Together Project, Canada’s international cooperation sector is calling on all parties to commit to long-term increases of ODA and global climate finance mechanisms needed to meet our country’s fair share for global solutions that will benefit us all. More specifically, our sector is asking that 1% of Canada’s COVID-19 response and recovery budget be allocated towards global solutions. We thank the Hon. Erin O’Toole for engaging in a conversation with us and look forward to further discussing these urgent yet strategic investments.  

 

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Cooperation Canada with the Business Council of Canada, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Canadian International Council and Global Canada convened the March 16 Foreign Policy Town Hall discussion with the leader of the Conservative Party 

We look forward to convening similar conversations in the future as we strengthen collective forums for inclusive discussions on key global challenges. As our town hall has demonstrated, the interlinkages between all aspects of Canada’s global engagement, including international trade, diplomacy, development assistance and security, are crucial in solving global challenges. 

 

Anti-Racism Advisory Group convened by Cooperation Canada launches Anti-Racism Framework for Canada’s International Cooperation Sector

Anti-Racism Advisory Group convened by Cooperation Canada launches Anti-Racism Framework for Canada’s International Cooperation Sector

Cooperation Canada is proud to announce the launch of the Anti-Racism Framework for Canada’s International Cooperation Sector, developed by our independent advisory group after months of consultations. Below is their statement:   

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We are tremendously grateful to colleagues, allies and critics of our sector who have contributed to the elaboration of the Anti-Racism Framework. This is a true collective effort that we hope will accelerate our collective shift towards a more antiracist sector. 

 This Framework is a firm recognition of the responsibility of the international cooperation sector to address systemic racism, which is an important step towards intentional and continuous action and the promotion of human rightsBut the Framework is so much more: it is a collective springboard for greater accountability and data on racial justice, more equitable organizations, more dignifying narratives of and by our sector, and a multitude of collaborative initiatives aimed at proactive antiracist efforts and the amplification of Black, Indigenous and other racialized voices in Canada and abroad.  

 By officially signing onto the Framework, 78 organizations of various sizes, charitable purposes and geographical location have pledged to work within their institutions, with their peer organizations and partners, and with the general public, to advance deliberate antiracist action. The Framework, available here in English and French, outlines key commitments that represent the minimum benchmarks for meaningful antiracist shifts. With the overarching commitment of centering Black, Indigenous and other racialized employees, volunteers, partners and other stakeholders, the Framework is focused on transforming international cooperation organizations, the narratives we promote and the work we and our partners do.  

 The Framework is accompanied by an overarching indicator framework, which informs annual surveys that signatories are requested to submit. The annual surveys are developed and analyzed by a Task Force, which is co-led by sector actors and which will produce annual reports with recommendations for collective and institutional sector efforts. These recommendations will be presented to the Working Group and the broader public on May 21, 2021. Annual reports will be used to signal sector trends, inform most effective action and help sector actors hold themselves and each other accountable for the prioritization of anti-racist efforts in their organizations and their work.   

 We thank the signatory organizations, whose staff and leadership declared a commitment to contributing to a more equitable, racially just future. This Framework is not all that we will do, but it is a start. Over the next period, we aim to build around this collective Framework and construct inclusive structures supporting signatories to make progress on Framework commitments and support international and domestic partners working on similar objectives, particularly those led by Black, Indigenous and other racialized groups. This Framework is not perfect nor final. As our Open Letter to the Sector states: “This is just the beginning, and we can’t wait to begin this work with you. 

In solidarity, 

 

Anti-Racism Advisory Group convened by Cooperation Canada  

 

 List of signatory organizations 

 

ADRA Canada 

Aga Khan Foundation Canada 

AIPEO Canada 

Alberta Council for Global Cooperation 

Alternatives  

Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI) 

Atlantic Council for International Cooperation 

British Columbia Council for International Cooperation 

Canada Sierra Leone Friendship Society Inc. 

Canada World Youth – Jeunesse Canada Monde 

Canadian Association for the Study of International Development 

Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation 

Canadian Christian Relief & Development Association (CCRDA) 

Canadian Feed the Children 

Canadian Foodgrains Bank 

Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) 

Canadian Red Cross 

CARE Canada 

Carrefour international bas-laurentien pour l’engagement social (CIBLES) 

CECI (Centre d’études et de coopération internationale) 

Children Believe 

Clowns Sans Frontières 

Coady International Institute 

CODE

Comité de Solidarité/Trois-Rivières 

Cooperation Canada 

Crossroads International / Carrefour International 

Cuso International 

Development and Peace – Caritas Canada 

Développement, Expertise et Solidarité Internationale (DESI) 

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada 

Engineers Without Borders Canada 

Equitas 

Ethiopiaid Canada 

FairTrade Canada 

Farm Radio International 

Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie 

Fondation Village Monde 

FSA Université Laval 

Global Health Projects, University of Calgary 

Grand Challenges Canada 

Humanitarian Coalition 

Inter Pares 

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development 

Inter-Council Network 

International Teams Canada 

IRIS Mundial 

Islamic Relief Canada 

Manitoba Council for International Cooperation 

Mennonite Economic Development Associates

Mennonite Central Committee Canada

Mission inclusion 

Northern Council for Global Cooperation 

Ontario Council for International Cooperation  

Oxfam Canada 

Oxfam-Québec 

Partners in Health Canada 

Peace Africa Alliance Consulting, Educating and Training Centre (PAACET) 

Presbyterian World Service & Development 

Rayjon Share Care of Sarnia, Inc. 

Results Canada 

Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation 

Save the Children Canada 

Solidarité Montérégie Amérique Centrale 

Teach Peace Development 

Tearfund Canada 

Tenth Church Vancouver 

The Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security 

The Equality Fund 

the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada 

The Wellspring Foundation for Education 

Trade Facilitation Office Canada/Bureau de promotion du commerce Canada 

Ujeengo Global Community 

United Church of Canada 

VIDEA 

World Renew 

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) 

World Vision 

YMCA Canada