Kairos partners and networks sustainability circle
KAIROS PARTNERS AND NETWORKS For Sustainability Circle October 27-28, 2011
from KAIROS POLICY ON PARTNERSHIPS currently under revision• The same mission that calls churches together in Canada also calls churches to work together with partner organizations in Canada and around the world.• The unique characteristics and perspectives of KAIROS’s relationships with Southern partners also inform all KAIROS relationships: solidarity, respect, mutuality, integrity, and accountability.
KAIROS recognizes that thehistorical disparities betweenand among people of theglobal North and South areinjustices to which God callsus to bear witness. Thewealth of societies in theglobal North has often beenaccumulated at the expenseof people in the global South,as well as in the North.
A.2. The Scope of KAIROS B. CATEGORIES OFPartnerships PARTNERSHIPSIn Canada, KAIROS works through • B.1. ADVOCACY PARTNERSand with a number ofcoalitions, networks, andorganizations. Some of theserelationships are formal and longterm, while others are informal and • B.2. SOLIDARITY PARTNERStemporary. In the global South, KAIROSpartners with many • B.3. KAIROS-FUNDEDorganizations, includingchurches, church-related PARTNERS: GLOBALorganizations, people’smovements, coalitions, and PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAMnetworks. (GPP)Some KAIROS partnerships in theglobal South involve providing fundsfor partner programs, while others from KAIROS POLICY ON PARTNERSHIPSdo not. Whether or not funding is currently under revisioninvolved, all partnerships in theglobal South include the sharing ofinformation, joint advocacyefforts, and solidarity.
Advocacy Partners in Canada• Canadian Council for International Cooperation -Africa-Canada Forum -Americas Policy Group - Asia-Pacific Working Group• Canadian Council for Refugees• Canadian Environmental Network / Le Réseau Canadien de lenvironnement• CAN - Climate Action Network - Canada/ Réseau Action Climate - Canada• Climate Justice Now!• Common Frontiers• Halifax Initiative• Réseau œcuménique justice et paix (ROJeP)
Solidarity Partners• Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability• Hemispheric Social Alliance• Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility - U.S.• Jubilee South• MiningWatch Canada• Regroupement pour la responsabilité sociale et léquité (RRSE)• Via Campesina
GPP Partners in AfricaAWEPON• The African Women Economic Policy Network (AWEPON) is a membership organization registered in Uganda that focuses on the promotion of gender equity and economic justice.• KAIROS current partnership focuses on AWEPONs relatively new climate change program component, including the relation between climate change and food security. AWEPON proposes to work in Tanzania and Uganda on a program that includes training women, as food producers, in ecologically sensitive approaches.•
AIMES The African Initiative on Mining, Environment and Society• a pan-African network inspired by the Third World Network-Africa (TWN-A.• KAIROS partnership with AIMES focuses on the industrial impacts on food security in Africa and the development of own civil society alternatives for land use in Africa that address food security needs.• Analysis and engagement will be based on three pillars: human rights, environment and economic development.
Oilwatch Africa• Oilwatch Africa coordinates work across 15 countries in Africa and is hosted by Environmental Rights Action (ERA), in Nigeria.• The Oilwatch International network is dedicated to developing global strategies for communities affected by the oil operations and supporting their efforts to ensure ecological sustainability.• Oilwatch Africa makes an effort to raise the environmental conscience at the global level, exposing industry impacts on tropical forests and local populations, as well as establishing the relationship between land use and consumption and the destruction of biodiversity, climate change, food security and violations of human rights.
Oilwatch staff in front of Shell Gas Flare, inObele, Niger Delta
World Student Christian Federation• The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), Africa Region program, promotes the union of 26 national Student Christian Movements (SCMs) and is an association of youth, students and members of academic communities throughout Africa.• KAIROS partnership with WSCF will focus on mobilizing and harnessing the enthusiasm of youth and student leaders in the area of climate change mitigation and adaptation approaches to sustainable agricultural development and food security in DRC, Kenya and Sudan
Asia PartnersEcumenical Voice for Peace and Human Rights in the Philippines (EcuVoice) Works to build secure and sustainable communities, particularly in areas experiencing military conflicts or environmental harm In 2007, an international delegation of church leaders, human rights defenders and victims made representations to the governments of Canada, the U.S., and the European Union on the state of political killings in the Philippines targeting community leaders, including youth and student leaders. KAIROS partnership with EcuVoice focuses on addressing human rights violations and strengthening good governance to improve national protection frameworks that promote and protect the safety and security of children and youth, particularly of young women in areas of conflict.
RIMM/Innabuyog,• RIMM: International Women and Mining Network/Red Internacional de Mujeres y Mineria is a network aimed at promoting the rights of women to land tenure as they face loss of access to resources and land as larger areas are being claimed for use for big agribusiness and extractive operations.• Innabuyog is an alliance of indigenous womens organizations in the Cordilleras in Northern Philippines. committed to promoting Indigenous womens rights, including the right to land, access and control of their land to promote sustainable agricultural development and food security. Innabuyog functions as the secretariat for RIMM in Asia.
Community consultation on mining in Canatuan, Philippines
Vernie Diano Yocogan, from Innabuyogwith Women of Courage delegation in Barrancabermeja,Colombia
JATAM, Indonesia JATAM, a network of 26 NGOs and community-based groupsin Indonesia working, since 1985, directly with communitiesand Indigenous peoples on human rights, gender and theenvironmentJATAM is a response to environmental, displacement and foodsecurity challenges that occur as a result of resourceextraction.KAIROS partnership with JATAM was established in 2002.
Siti Maemunah, Board member of JATAMParticipated in the Ecumenical Conference on Mining and the KAIROScircle meetings
The Pacific Council of Churches,Fiji A regional ecumenical organization with a membership of 34Pacific churches and nine National Councils of Churches.• Works on promoting human rights and ecological justice, focusing on climate change and its visible impact in the Pacific.• Adaptation is an urgent issue facing the Pacific people as some Pacific islands are on the verge of sinking, requiring relocation of whole communities• PCC-KAIROS partnership focuses specifically on Kiribati, Tuvalu and Tahiti, working with their member churches in those countries.
KONTRAS, IndonesiaKONTRAS is committed to documenting human rights violations, exposing militaryand paramilitary abuses and educating the people in general to end impunity inIndonesia.KONTRAS plays a lead role in pushing the Indonesian government to investigatepast military abuses, particularly those involving youth and students as victims,demanding convictions for those proven guilty and compensation for victims (andthe families of victims) of human rights violations and military atrocities.KONTRAS has been a KAIROS partner since 2002. The current partnership focuseson monitoring, documentation and advocacy related to the human rights impactsof conflict on young women and men. KONTRAS has started a Human RightsSchool to educate and train youth on various national and international humanrights instruments, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Partners in Latin America• 5 partners in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Ecuador as well as regional partner• Focus on issues of Indigenous rights, women’s rights, resource extraction, impunity• Work with impacted communities and bridging them with national and regional policy and advocacy networks
CEIBA, (Association for CommunityDevelopment and Promotion) Guatemala• works with communities in four departments and 17 municipalities in Guatemala, providing human rights support and integral community development. Increasingly, these communities with have been impacted by resource extraction industrial agriculture, as well as by climate change.• CEIBA has accompanied close to 50 community, working with local authorities, in consultations on mining• Networks: Friends of the Earth, MOVIAC (movement of Victims of Climate change), Latin America Network of Women Defenders of social, economic and environmental rights
An Indigenous woman from Huehuetenango,GuatemalaCEIBA brought community members, impacted by mining, to theAmericas Social Forum in Guatemala City, October 2008
Naty Atz Sunuc, Director of CEIBAParticipated in the G20 tour in June 2010, The Ecumenical miningconference and KAIROS circle meeting in May 2011
Centro Tepeyac Human Rights Centre, Mexico• Founded by the Diocese of Tehuantepec in 1992• has monitored and documented human rights violations of the Indigenous peoples in the region.• In a region with great bio diversity, they are seeing new levels of hunger and malnutrition related to the impacts of climate change and unsustainable industrial practices that lead to ecological degradation. Tepeyac is an important partner in understanding the impacts resource extraction and climate change on the food security and livelihoods of Indigenous communities.• Networks: REMA (Mexican network on Mining), Friends of the Earth
Javier Balderas, Director of TepeyacFacilitating a workshop on Indigenous rights, October 2009
Community workshop on Indigenous rightsin Tehuntepec, Oaxaca Mexico
Accion Ecologica, Ecuador• founded in 1986 and recognized as one of the lead environmental groups in Ecuador for its work with Indigenous and peasant communities as well as its policy development at a national and international level.• works on a range of environmental issues ranging from local transportation and recycling to mining, petroleum, biodiversity and agro fuels.• important partner in work with Jubilee South, instrumental in the development of the concept of Ecological Debt• Networks: Jubilee South, Oilwatch, OCMAL (Observatory of Mining Conflicts in Latin America, Latin America Network of Women Defenders of social, economic and environmental rights
Gas flare reflected in a tailings pondTaken during the Toxi tour, organized by Accion Ecologica
Young girl from a Cofan communityA community that peaceful shut down the oil well in their communityand has resisted oil exploitation ever since
George Poitras from Fort ChipewaynTalks about the impacts of the Tar Sands on his community to Indigenouscommunities in the Ecuador
Latin America Council of Churches (CLAI)• an ecumenical council of over 150 churches and Christian networks from 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, founded in 1982. In recent years, CLAI has been exploring programs on sustainability and climate change at a regional level and developing a program in the area of human rights and military conflict.• In Colombia, CLAI was instrumental in the formation of an ecumenical network involving 12 church organizations which seeks to define joint action and policy work on human rights. Networks: WCC and councils of churches worldwide, AGAPE (Wealth, Poverty and Ecology) process
Organizacion Femenina Popular (OFP), Colombia• A grassroots womens organization in Magdalena Medio, Colombia, founded in 1972 as a program of the Diocese of Barrancabermeja. The OFP now has a membership of 5,000 women in the region of Magdalena Medio and runs 22 womens centers, offering programs which include integrated community development, human rights of women, education and advocacy.• The OFP is also a leader for human rights and peace at a regional and national level, forming part of national and international networks of women against the war. In the last five years, KAIROS has supported the OFP in building a regional and national network of women against the war, based on its work with grassroots women. KAIROS has been supporting the work of the OFP financially since 2001, but ecumenically the churches have a longer history of supporting the advocacy work of OFP and other human rights organizations in Barrancabermeja, a region that has experienced some of the worst human rights abuses and crimes against humanity in Colombia
A meeting at one of the women’s centres run by the Popular Women’sOrganizacion (OFP) in Barrancabermeja, Colombia
An Embera Katio woman and delegate and the OFPAssembly
The Popular Women’s Organization (OFP) participatingthe National Youth Assembly and March, October, 2003
KAIROS Delegation to UNFCCC COP17 in Durban• Jim Davis, KAIROS• Dr. Julia Edwards, Climate Change Researcher/Advisor for the Pacific Conference of Churches• Jackson Kentebe, Oilwatch Africa• Ivonne Yanez, Accion Ecologica/Oilwatch South America• Georgine Kengne Djeutane, World Student Christian Fellowship – Africa Region