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Citizen Conclave

 

Date: June 30, 2018

New Delhi

 

 

After the highly successful first Citizens’ Conclave organised by India Inclusive, a second conclave was organised on the 30th of June 2018. The Conclave, titled “Safeguarding the Constitution: Ensuring the Independence and Integrity of the Civil Services and Defence Forces”.

The first session of the day was chaired by Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas and the speakers were, Air Marshal Vir Narain. Dr. Atul Bhardwaj (Economic Political Weekly, Former Naval Officer), NC Saxena (Former Secy, Planning Commission), Dr. Tuk Tuk Ghosh (Former Secy, Planning Commission), and Wajahat Habibullah (First Chief Information Commissioner of India).

 

Over 200 people attended the Conclave over the entire day and the sessions touched upon various themes that were related to the Constitution, those in the system, the system itself and the impending consequences of it all.

 

The session opened with Mr Vir Narayan discussing the ways in which the Constitution could be safeguarded. He said, “The danger is from within the system, the armed forces and the civil servants are pandering to those in power.” Dr. Atul Bhardwaj added to this by talking about the slowly crumbling structure of the defence forces. “The armed forces by nature are supposed to not side with any particular ideology, but today they are openly flouting those principles, it is a shame to see the structure of the forces being demolished from within.” Furthermore, while talking about the threats to the system and the people, Dr. Atul Bhardwaj also spoke about the idea of nationalism that the current government is peddling. “All this talk of nationalism is to hoodwink the citizens of this country. It acts as a smokescreen behind which the government continues to threaten the very systems that help the people to survive and empower themselves. They don’t want to protect the country or the people or Hinduism. They are protecting their class behind these illusions.”

 

Dr. NC Saxena spoke at length about the Civil Services and how the system has now succumbed to the political rulers of the country. “Ultimately, if our political system itself flawed, we cannot assume the civil services will continue being fair and transparent.” Wajahat Habibullah added to this by talking at length about how the civil services have now become prey to casteist and bigoted practices. “A great level of professionalism has to be brought back to the Services. The civil servants have to move away from the practice of maintaining their status quo and rather start acting efficiently and not be responsible for the precariousness of India’s democracy.” He further added that the challenge that the country faces now is to preserve the structures of democracy that have been put in place. The judiciary, the civil services and the defence forces have to be kept independent of the political ideologies in power.

 

Dr. Tuk Tuk Ghosh argued that, “The civil servants are responsible for carrying out the work of those in power, they do it without any sense of accountability, they are only concerned with their own upward mobility. When you point a finger at your politicians, remember the civil services who have emboldened them.” While talking about the lateral entry system, she said, “The lack of professionalism amongst by the civil servants have led to the questioning of their ethics and work. This will be used and is already being used as an excuse to privatise the services itself. The civil services will be wiped out of the country and it will be very easy to dismantle the governance that our constitution has guaranteed to us.”

 

While concluding the session, Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas spoke about the crippling effect that the want of wealth has on the civil services. While talking about the elite position that civil servants hold, he said “The constitution of India is the holiest book of this country, it should be treated as such and especially by civil servants who take their oath on it.”

 

A round of questions followed the session from the audience; the panellists reiterated the need to safeguard the structures that are responsible for ensuring the democracy of the nation. The fact that the actual assessment and critique of the State lies in the hand of the public was also repeated several times to embolden the public to take charge of those who work for them.

 

The second session of the day was chaired by Mr. Ashok Vajpeyi (Former Cultural Secy) while the speakers in attendance were Air Marshal Kapil Kak, Aruna Roy (Former IAS), Ashok Kumar Sharma (Former IFS). Commodore Lokesh K Batra (Retd.), Niranjan Pant (Former Deputy CAG) and K. S. Subarmaniam (Former Officer, IPS).

 

Air Marshall Kapil Kak opened the session, he stressed on the need to safeguard the organic link between the systems of civil services and defence services with that of the Constitution. The other organic link he spoke about was that between the armed forces and the general public at large. Mr. Niranjan Pant spoke about the indiscipline that has plagued the Indian Civil Services in the last few decades. “People in the Services are concerned with rankings, wealth and promotions. Their attitude towards work is conditional and they are now in debt to political leaders. We need to reform the system which will take time but without a reform we are headed to a complete breakdown of the country.”

 

Aruna Roy added to the point of demanding accountability of government officers and civil servants by urging the public to take up that role. “The need of the hour is for all of us, every citizen to understand the constitution, enforce it themselves and disallow anyone to threaten it.” She also reiterated Dr. Tuk Tuk Ghosh’s point on the role of civil servants in letting politicians run amok. “Behind a single politician there are dozens of civil servants who have put their ideologies into actual administrative actions” she said. K. S Subarmaniam talked about the lack of systemic aids that are available to the minority communities to acquire justice. “There is a total collapse of justice when it comes to minority groups. The IPC severely lacks the idea of accountability of the system in terms of case handling and prosecution, majority of it is about securing the state. If we want to safeguard minorities we need to work extensively on the Constitution. Which means the constitution has to be open to amendments in today’s day and age.” He said.

 

Commodore Lokesh and Dr. Ashok Kumar Sharma both spoke about safeguarding the services and that the public needs to wake up and take up the role of being the watchdogs of those in power. Commodore Lokesh criticised the lies that are being peddled as facts by the current government, while addressing the younger audience he urged that the public needs to verify the news it receives, especially via social media. Dr. Ashok Kumar Sharma spoke extensively about the civil services system and the methodical breaking down of it, “When we talk of the Civil Services, the problems are multiple. The selections are biased, the interviews themselves are a gateway to nepotistic biases. Furthermore, a certain type of ideology, which is right wing and destructive, is being fed into them and that reflects in their work later on.”

 

The Chair, Mr. Ashok Vajpeyi, concluded the session. “The politicians in power have worked consistently to endanger the country and the constitution for personal gain. The Civil servants are not far behind in that either”, he said. While talking about the efficiency of the system, he said, “The government has excelled in placing inexperienced and uneducated individuals in positions of power. Lies and collective amnesia is being encouraged by key political leaders who cannot be questioned due to the fear of retaliation.” He urged the public to realise that the power lies in their hands, “We all are responsible for electing this government into power, and we have to take the responsibility to safeguard the democratic nature of our country. And we should oppose any and everyone who tries to discredit the freedom that is provided to us by the Constitution”.

 

Anajli Hedge, core group of India Inclusive, concluded the Conclave with the vote of Thanks. She thanked the speakers and the participants and said that our efforts were to create space for discussing issues, which are concerned to us. She also asked everyone to help us in identifying the issues for the next conclave.

 

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António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino elected as new Director General of UN Migration Agency

António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino elected as new Director General of UN Migration Agency

Geneva – On Friday 29 June 2018, the member states of the IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, elected Portugal’s António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino as the International Organization for Migration’s next Director General.

Mr. Vitorino, 61 (DOB 12 January 1957), succeeds the United States’ William Lacy Swing, who is leaving IOM after serving two five-year terms as Director General. Mr. Vitorino’s directorship begins on 1 October 2018.

The latest IOM director general is a former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs (1999-2004) and former Minister of the Presidency and National Defence (1995-1997). He has also enjoyed a distinguished career in Portugal as a lawyer as well as in electoral politics.

Mr. Vitorino was elected to Portugal’s Parliament in 1980. In 1983 he became Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs. He later served as Deputy Secretary for the Governor of Macau until 1989, when he returned to Lisbon to become a judge of the Constitutional Court, a term that ended in 1994. He subsequently served as Minister for National Defence and Deputy Prime Minister within the government of António Guterres, now the United Nations’ Secretary General.

From 1999 to 2004 António Vitorino served as the European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs. During his tenure, Mr. Vitorino participated in conversations that led to the drawing of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Convention on the Future of Europe.

Since exiting politics in 2005, Mr. Vitorino has returned to law, serving as a partner with the firm of Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira & Associados. Vitorino has been President of the think tank Notre Europe since June 2011 and for many years enjoyed an ongoing role as commentator for the leading Portuguese television channel RTP 1.

António Vitorino earned a degree from the University of Lisbon’s School of Law in 1981, as well as a Master’s Degree in Legal and Political Science. Mr. Vitorino has authored works on Constitutional Law, Political Science, European Community Law, and was also a member of the Drafting Committee of the Portuguese White Book on Corporate Governance.

Established in 1951, International Organization for Migration has over 10,000 staff and over 400 offices in more than 150 countries. IOM is the UN Migration Agency and is the leading inter-governmental organisation in the field of migration. It is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

IOM works with its partners in the international community to assist in meeting operational challenges of migration, advance understanding of migration issues and to encourage social and economic development through migration while upholding the well-being and human rights of all migrants.

IOM provides services and advice to governments and migrants to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

IOM was granted permanent observer status to the UN General Assembly in 1992. A cooperation agreement between IOM and the UN was signed in 1996. IOM joined the UN system as a related organization in September 2016, when the agreement outlined in GA res.70/296 (2016) was signed during the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants.

For further information please contact Leonard Doyle at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 792857123, Email: ldoyle@iom.int

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Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai, on the List of World Heritage. 

  Victorian  Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai inscribed on the World Heritage List –Happy 37th, India!

New Delhi, 30 June 2018 – Today, the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee currently taking place in Manama (Bahrain) inscribed the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai, on the List of World Heritage.

Reacting to the decision from India, Eric Falt, UNESCO New Delhi Director said “I would like to offer my warm congratulations to the State Government of Maharashtra, and commend them for the excellent nomination dossier highlighting the outstanding universal value of these groups of buildings which are now inscribed officially on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.  This adds to the 36 other Indian sites already inscribed. Happy 37th, India!

The Nominated Property is situated in South Mumbai’s historic core district and comprises an urban ensemble straddling two heritage precincts of the Fort Precinct and Marine Drive. It includes the row of public buildings to the east of Oval Maidan and the Art Deco buildings consisting of the first row of Backbay Reclamation scheme and Marine Drive. 

By inscribing these building groups on the List of World Heritage, the World Heritage Committee recognized that the  Victorian Gothic and the Art Deco ensembles exhibit an important exchange of European and Indian human values over a span of time, creating an Indo-Gothic style.  The Committee further recognized that together the ensemble reflects the developments in urban planning in Mumbai and urban expansion over two centuries which led the city to become the internationally important mercantile city of the 20th century.  

UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.

 To access the congratulatory video message of the UNESCO New Delhi Director click here

 For further information, contact:

Junhi Han

Programme Specialist for Culture

UNESCO New Delhi

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Final Day of Glenmark 35th Sub Junior and 45th Junior National Aquatic Championships

Swadesh and Srihari dominate the 45th Glenmark Junior National Aquatic Championships 

2 Records on the Final Day

A total of 37 new national records in swimming were created as the curtains came down on the Glenmark 35th Sub Junior National Aquatic Championships and the 45th Junior National Aquatic Championships at Pune.

Swadesh Mondal and Srihari Nataraj were unvanquished in the individual events in the boys Group I and Group II sections.  They successfully defended their Best swimmer titles which is a superlative effort.  Swadesh  not only won his events but set new national records in each of his 5 events.  Srihari Nataraj set 4 national records and also managed one best time by an Indian swimmer in the 200 m backstroke.

 

In the girls group 1 section the best swimmer from the Khelo India games Suvana C Baskar beat Khushi Dinesh (both from Karnataka) to win the best swimmer award. Although both Khushi and Suvana had 4 individual golds but Suvana had one new record which helped her clinch the title.  Vedika Amin the best swimmer in the Girls Group III category last year clinched the best swimmer title in the girls Group II category. This is a remarkable achievement considering she is at the lowest end of the 2 year age group. Vedika won 4 golds 1 silver with 2 new national records.

Kiara Bangera who trains at the Glenmark Aquatic Foundation Mumbai representing SFI won the best swimmer award in the Girls Group III category. Kiara  won 4 Golds and One Silver medal. In the boys Group III category . Vidith S Shankar of Karnataka won the best swimmer award in Boys Group III winning 3 gold medals.

The Group IV category was the most closely contested group. The U-10 category saw R Navneeth Gowda of Karnataka and Arhee Buragohain of Assam win the Best swimmer in the boys and girls category by winning 3 gold and 2 gold medals respectively.

Aryan Nehra achieved the treble in the distance swimming category by winning the 400 m Freestyle  in addition to the 800 m Freestyle and 1500 m Freestyle. Aryan broke the record twice in a day to win gold with a time of 04:10.25. Kapil Shetty of Karnataka won silver with a time of 04:16.60 while Gyan Sandhan Kashyap  of Assam won bronze with a time of 04:17.56

Team mates from the SAI Glenmark TIDM programme Aryaan Vernekar of SFI and Bikram Changmai of Assam set the pool ablaze producing a riveting contest in the 100 m Butterfly Boys group II which resulted in Aaryan setting his second national record after his effort in the 50 m butterfly clocking as time of 00:58.14 to win gold. Bikram won silver with a time of 00:59.13 after his gold in the 200 m butterfly yesterday while Shoan Ganguly completed a wonderful campaign by winning bronze with a time of 00:59.88

Advait Page did not disappoint by winning gold in the 1500 m Freestyle Boys Group I. Advait who had clocked the best time by an Indian with a time of 15:25.98  last week in the Singapore National Swimming Championships 2018 was unable to break his national record winning gold with a time of 16:11.57.  Teammates from the SAI Glenmark TIDM programme Sanskar Tokas of delhi and Anurag Singh of Uttar Pradesh had a strong battle wherein Sanskar won silver with a time of 16:32.68 just edging past Anurag who clocked 16:33.83

Firdoush Khayamkhani from Rajasthan who trains at the SGTIDM programme in Delhi swum a fantastically paced race to beat a late challenge from top seed Vanshika Sharma of Delhi and her teammate Anubhuti Baruah from Assam to win her second gold of the meet. Firdoush clocked 02:30.90 while Vanshika claimed silver with a time of 02:31.80 and Anubhuti won the bronze with a time of 02:32.36

Nina Venkatesh won the 200 m backstroke in the girls Group II category to go with the 100 m and 50 m backstroke to win the golden treble and establishing her superiority in backstroke. Nina clocked 02:30.37 to beat early leader and top seed Palak Dhami from SFI who clocked 02:32.71 to win silver while Khushi Patel from SFI clinched the bronze with a time of 02:36.84

Rayna Saldanha a champion swimmer from Glenmark Aquatic Foundation representing SFI and one of India’s best age group swimmers who had won the best swimmer in the Group IV, Group II and Group I categories signed off from the event  in style by winning her second gold in the  200 m backstroke Girls Group I with a time of 02:24.63. She was composed and paced her race wonderfully to thwart a late challenge from Suvana Bhaskar of Karnataka who claimed her first silver to go along with her four golds with a time of 02:26.88 while Shrungi Bandekar of Goa won bronze with a time of 02:27.92

The 100 m backstroke boys group III saw an extremely competitive race with Vissesh Parameshwar Sharma from Tamil Nadu claiming an early lead and holding the lead to beat a strong rear guard challenge from teammate H Nithik Siddnath Singh Jadon of Madhya Pradesh and the diminutive slayer Vidith Shankar of Karnataka to win gold clocking a time of 01:05.97. Nithik won silver with a time of 01:06.12 while Siddhanth won bronze with a time of 01:11.19

The 100 m backstroke Girls group III saw top seed Ridhima Veerendra Kumar lead from start too finish to win gold with a time  of 01:13.12. While Aashna Ashwin Mattur of Karnataka won silver with a time of 01:15.75. Sanjana Prabhugaonkar of Goa caused a surprise by winning bronze swimming in lane 1 with a time of 01:16.28

Srihari Nataraj representing Karnataka enhanced his aura of invincibility  by winning his fifth gold  in the 100 m Butterfly with a time of 00:56.73. Tanish George Mathew of Karnataka won the silver with a time of 00:57.41 while Arjun M of SSCB won bronze with a time of 00:57.94

R Navneeth Gowda of Karnataka earned the title of being the fastest swimmer in the Boys Group IV category by winning the 50 m Freestyle with a time of                   00:31.28 narrowly beating top seed Angshuman Kashyap from Assam who won silver with a time of 00:31.40. Renukacharya Hodmani of Karnataka won bronze with a time of 00:31.45

Arihee Buragohain from Assam emulated team mate Jahnabi Kashyap by winning the  50 m freestyle Girls Group IV. Arihee clocked a time of 00:31.93 while Vihitha Nayana of Karnataka won silver with a time of 00:32.27. Aratrika Biswas of SFI won the bronze with a time of 00:32.67

Pranjal Patra of Bengal won his second gold of the meet by winning the 50 m butterfly boys Group III comfortably with a time of 00:29.38. Two swimmers from SFI Atharva Jarange and local boy Utkarsh Gor won silver and bronze with a time of 00:30.49 and 00:31.10 respectively

Kiara Bangera of SFI who trains of Glenmark Aquatic Foundation signed of from the Nationals in style by winning her 4th gold and secure the best swimmer award for the girls group III category in an extremely competitive 50 m Butterfly race. Kiara clocked 00:31.59 . Dhara Patel won the silver with a time of 00:31.79 just edging past Lavleen Das from Assam who clocked 00:31.80 to win bronze.

Kenisha Gupta representing SFI showed her class and superiority by winning the 50 m freestyle and winning the title of the fastest female swimmer of the meet with a time of 00:27.71. Shivangi Sarma the vastly improved swimmer from Assam training at SGTIDM Delhi won silver with a time of 00:28.06 while Annie Jain of Madhya Pradesh signed off her career as a junior with a bronze clocking 00:28.11

The last event of the day saw Vedika Amin clinch her fourth gold of the meet to be crowned the best swimmer in the girls Group II category. She clocked 00:28.22 beating Liyana Fathima Umer of Kerala who clocked 00:28.49 while Janhvi Choudhary of Assam caused a surprise by winning the last available medal of the meet winning the bronze with a time of 00:28.54.

In the diving events team SSCB swept the boys category team championships I

SSCB garnered 27 points in Group I, 32 points in Group II and 33 points in Group III. The girls section saw Gujarat and SFI win the team championship for Girls Group I with 17 points. SFI won the title in Group II and Group III categories with 28 and 34 points respectively.

In the Water Polo events. Bengal won both the girls and boys championships. SFI and Kerala won the silver in the boys and girls categories respectively while Kerala and SFI bagged the bronze medal in the boys and girls category

In swimming Karnataka won the overall team championships both in the Junior Age Group with 447 points and in the Sub Junior Age Group with 250 points.

In the Sub Junior Category Tamil Nadu emerged the best team in the Boys Group III category with 61 points. Karnataka won the Boys Group IV category with 76 points,.  Karnataka reigned supreme in the Girls Group III category with 78 points and Assam won the team championships in Group IV category with 67 points.

In the junior Category Karnataka won the Boys Group I category with 114 points while Assam won the Boys Group II championships with 87 points. Karnataka won the Girls Group I category with 143 points while team SFI won the Girls Group II championships with 167 points.

 

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M6.0 Earthquake – near the coast of Jalisco, Mexico

Preliminary ReportMagnitude6.0Date-Time

  • 30 Jun 2018 03:56:52 UTC
  • 29 Jun 2018 20:56:52 near epicenter
  • 30 Jun 2018 07:56:52 standard time in your timezone

Location19.070N 105.093WDepth24 kmDistances

  • 43.9 km (27.2 mi) WSW of Emiliano Zapata (El Ranchito), Mexico
  • 58.5 km (36.3 mi) WSW of Cihuatl�n, Mexico
  • 79.2 km (49.1 mi) W of Manzanillo, Mexico
  • 81.8 km (50.7 mi) W of Manzanillo, Mexico
  • 145.1 km (89.9 mi) W of Colima, Mexico

Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 8.2 km; Vertical 4.8 kmParametersNph = 139; Dmin = 410.8 km; Rmss = 1.31 seconds; Gp = 63°
Version =Event IDus 2000frwr

 

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INVITATION National Conference

INVITATION

National Conference

Unravelling Regressive and Anti People Amendments to Land, Forest, Environment, Coastal and other Laws

Attack on People’s Sovereignty and Rights

Venue : Gandhi Peace Foundation, Delhi | July 9, 2018 | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Dear Friends,

Since the passage of the Right to Fair Compensation, Transparency in Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Act, 2013 (also known as land law 2013), several attempts have been made to amend, dilute or negate the provisions which work in the favour of project affected people, protect the rights of the farmers and workers. One of the first things which NDA government govt did after coming to power was to bring out an Ordinance to amend the 2013 land law, which didn’t become a law primarily because of intense opposition by the peoples movements, farmers and workers organisations, and the political parties. However, the defeat at the central level has led to a shift in their strategy. The BJP ruled states got on to amending the central law and thereby incorporating all the changes which Ordinance was proposing to make. On that basis Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and some other states have made those changes. In addition, the State rules have also tried to undermine some of the positive provisions of consent, options assessment, social impact assessment, compensation and R&R provisions, return of land to original owners, protecting land rights and so on.

The demand for land and land acquisition has become essential to many of the grand infrastructure projects like, industrial corridors, Sagar Mala, Bharatmala, smart cities, bullet trains etc, planned by many of the state governments. This has meant changes in the land laws, environment laws, mining laws, forest right act, labour laws and so on. All this has also close links to the reforms being carried out in order to improve the ease of doing business rankings and the expected foreign investments from international financial institutions and other sources. These retrograde and anti people reforms are facilitating assault and harassment on farmers, workers, activists, journalists and overall on the nation’s sovereignty itself. The lack of political will and the insecurity of the State is more than evident in the non implementation of the Forest Rights Act 2006, through bureaucratic delays and denial of claims on frivolous grounds in states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and the hill states of Himachal and Uttarakhand.

The recent increase in violence and police firing leading to the death of 12 people in Tuticorin, 6 people in Mandsaur, 6 people in Hazaribagh few years ago, arrests of hundreds of adivasis, rights and environmental activists, criminalisation of the land rights and Pathalgarhi movements, they all point to the desperation of the capital to illegally facilitate plunder and loot of peoples and natural resources.

It is in this context that National Alliance of People’s Movements and Bhumi Adhikar Andolan invite you to a day long meeting on July 9th at Gandhi Peace Foundation to discuss, understand these changes and then strategise to challenge this.

Agenda :

9:00 – 9:30 am Registration and Tea

9:30 – 11:30 am Inaugural Session / Political Context

11:30 – 03:00 pm Detailed presentation on changes in land laws / environmental laws / coastal zone / forest rights act

01:00 – 02:00 pm Lunch

03:00 – 04:00 pm Legal or Ground Challenges

04:00 – 04:30 pm Tea Break

04:30 – 06:00 pm The Way forward

We invite activists, advocates, journalists, researchers and everyone to come and join us in challenging these changes. We look forward to having you with us.

for details contact : 9971058735 |napmindia@gmail.com

National Alliance Of Peoples’s Movements |Bhumi Adhikar Andolan

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Naresh — Given the news coming out of the Supreme Court

Onward Together – Default

Naresh —Given the news coming out of the Supreme Court this week, I wanted to introduce you to the newest group that Onward Together is partnering with.

Demand Justice organizes progressive activists and voters around protecting our federal courts. In the time since the announcement from Justice Kennedy regarding his plans to retire at the end of July, Demand Justice has motivated thousands of people across the country to make calls and join protests demanding that Senate Democrats promise not to vote to confirm any of Trump’s extreme right-wing likely nominees for Justice Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court.

Reproductive rights, voting rights, access to health care — so many things we hold dear hang in the balance if the Supreme Court swings to the right. Our court system is one of the important tools we have for keeping our country just and fair. Please take a moment today to learn more about how Demand Justice plans to protect it.

Thank you,

Hillary


Onward Together works to build a brighter future for generations to come by supporting groups that encourage people to organize in their communities or run for office. Because you’re an important part of Onward Together, we wanted you to get a chance to know these groups a little bit better. To learn more about Onward Together, click here.
The organization: Demand Justice

The organizers: Brian Fallon, Executive Director

The mission: To protect the federal judiciary and stop Trump from hijacking the courts.

The story: In the wake of the 2016 election, veterans of Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Clinton and Obama campaigns came together to tackle the issue of keeping our courts balanced and fair by motivating progressive voters on issues related to the federal judiciary while influencing the Senate on judicial nominees.

The latest: After Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court, Demand Justice lept into action, launching a movement to demand that Democrats in the Senate oppose anyone on Donald Trump’s SCOTUS shortlist.

The next step: Head to demandjustice.org to get involved and support Demand Justice

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Web-based tool offers innovative solutions in support of rural development

Rome, 29 June 2018 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today launched the world’s first web-based tool designed to collect and share agriculture and rural development solutions implemented in developing countries.

The main objective of the Rural Solutions Portal is to promote the uptake of successful innovative agricultural and rural practices, technologies and methodologies across diverse contexts to support development in rural communities and rural transformation. The portal is a key commitment by IFAD to advance the “Brasilia Declaration and Action Agenda,” adopted during the International Conference on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) held in Brasilia in November 2017.

“Common challenges can be addressed by common solutions,” said Ashwani K. Muthoo, IFAD Director of Global Engagement and Multilateral Relations, at the first presentation of the platform to Government officials, development partners and representatives of diplomatic missions in New Delhi, India, today. “The potential for smallholder farmers, development practitioners and institutions from the Global South to learn from each other is immense, and the first step is sharing information about what works.”

Developing countries share common challenges related to food security, the management of scarce natural resources, household  nutrition, climate change and the marginalization of rural communities. Often, solutions that work in a specific environment can be adapted and successfully replicated in another.

The Rural Solutions Portal is a user-friendly repository of knowledge and information about innovative solutions, success stories and case studies in agriculture and rural development. The portal will facilitate peer-to-peer learning and encourage the cross-fertilization of ideas among smallholders, organizations and institutions of developing countries. Users can request access to the different solution providers for more information and support.

The portal presents solutions from IFAD operations implemented in different countries. Each solution focuses on specific problems that smallholder farmers, rural small business or fisher folk face, and have been validated by technical experts for their reliability and replicability.

In the future, the portal will also be populated with innovative solutions from development partners, such as governments, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme , multilateral development banks, NGOs, UN partners and the private sector.

IFAD is committed to facilitating SSTC in the areas of agriculture, rural development and inclusive rural transformation. According to Muthoo, SSTC is a key method for implementing the 2030 Global Agenda because it encourages innovation, knowledge sharing and scaling up successful and cost-effective practices. SSTC also strengthens developing country leadership and ownership of development programmes.

As part of its organizational commitments, IFAD has recently set up three SSTC and Knowledge Centres in Brazil, China and Ethiopia to support this important agenda

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Will there be any consequences for Hillary Clinton

Will there be any consequences for Hillary Clinton after this new report is released?

Newt Gingrich isn’t mincing words.

Will there be any consequences for Hillary Clinton after this new report is released?Newt Gingrich isn’t mincing words.

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Web-based tool offers innovative solutions in support of rural development

 Rome, 29 June 2018 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today launched the world’s first web-based tool designed to collect and share agriculture and rural development solutions implemented in developing countries.

The main objective of the Rural Solutions Portal is to promote the uptake of successful innovative agricultural and rural practices, technologies and methodologies across diverse contexts to support development in rural communities and rural transformation. The portal is a key commitment by IFAD to advance the “Brasilia Declaration and Action Agenda,” adopted during the International Conference on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) held in Brasilia in November 2017.

“Common challenges can be addressed by common solutions,” said Ashwani K. Muthoo, IFAD Director of Global Engagement and Multilateral Relations, at the first presentation of the platform to Government officials, development partners and representatives of diplomatic missions in New Delhi, India, today. “The potential for smallholder farmers, development practitioners and institutions from the Global South to learn from each other is immense, and the first step is sharing information about what works.”

Developing countries share common challenges related to food security, the management of scarce natural resources, household  nutrition, climate change and the marginalization of rural communities. Often, solutions that work in a specific environment can be adapted and successfully replicated in another.

The Rural Solutions Portal is a user-friendly repository of knowledge and information about innovative solutions, success stories and case studies in agriculture and rural development. The portal will facilitate peer-to-peer learning and encourage the cross-fertilization of ideas among smallholders, organizations and institutions of developing countries. Users can request access to the different solution providers for more information and support.

The portal presents solutions from IFAD operations implemented in different countries. Each solution focuses on specific problems that smallholder farmers, rural small business or fisher folk face, and have been validated by technical experts for their reliability and replicability.

In the future, the portal will also be populated with innovative solutions from development partners, such as governments, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme , multilateral development banks, NGOs, UN partners and the private sector.

IFAD is committed to facilitating SSTC in the areas of agriculture, rural development and inclusive rural transformation. According to Muthoo, SSTC is a key method for implementing the 2030 Global Agenda because it encourages innovation, knowledge sharing and scaling up successful and cost-effective practices. SSTC also strengthens developing country leadership and ownership of development programmes.

As part of its organizational commitments, IFAD has recently set up three SSTC and Knowledge Centres in Brazil, China and Ethiopia to support this important agenda