Eye on New Resources Social Watch E-Newsletter December 2009

First European Social Watch Report Focuses on Migration Policies

The European Union immigration and asylum policies should be in accordance with development objectives and respect migrants’ human rights, states the first European Social Watch Report, Migrants as Development Actors in Europe: Between Hope and Vulnerability. The report contains 30 articles on different aspects of migration and the role that migrants play – both as contributors to Europe, and to the development of their countries of origin. According to Genoveva Tisheva and Mirjam van Reisen, members of the Social Watch Coordinating Committee, “The European Union consistently presents itself as a key player in development aid and as a fervent defender of Human Rights. Indeed the Lisbon Treaty that will soon provide the legal basis for the European Union identifies the rule of law and respect for human rights, both inside and outside the Union, as founding values. However, European immigration and asylum policies are not always in line with development objectives, as this report shows. They often contradict international Human Rights standards, notably the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In addition they do not always comply with the European Social Charter.”

The Report was launched on Tuesday December 8th at the European Parliament and it is available online at http://www.socialwatch.org/node/11333.

Small Grants from IPRA Foundation for Peace Studies

Founded in 1990, the IPRA Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, that furthers the purposes and activities of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) which, since 1965, has sought to enhance the processes of peace. The Foundation provides small research grants (up to US$ 3000) to support studies of conflict phenomena and peace strategies. Special consideration will be given to applicants from the developing world. Applicants should explain how their projects would make an impact on the conditions of peace and/or the removal of causes of war and other forms of violence.

For more information on how to apply for IPRA small research grants visit: http://iprafoundation.org/application.shtml

“Climate Justice for a Changing Planet”, new publication from the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

Justice and equity should be central in any response to climate change coming out of the Copenhagen summit, and beyond, according to a new publication from the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS). Climate Justice for a Changing Planet: A Primer for Policy Makers and NGOs shines a light on the important intersection of equity and justice in the context of the current climate change debate. The book explores climate justice as an emerging concept and as a key to understanding the global debate. The book demonstrates that climate justice is not only an ethical imperative, but also an economic and social one. According to Elisa Peter, Acting Coordinator of UN-NGLS, “Climate justice acknowledges the massive contribution the world’s richest countries have historically made to the problem, and therefore have a greater obligation to take action and to do so more quickly. Many fear that whatever international agreement is reached between governments will increase the already unjust burden on the poor and vulnerable,” The publication was launched this month by co-author Barbara Adams at an official side event organized by the Third World Network at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

To access the publication online and for more information go to: http://www.un-ngls.org/climatejustice