Presentation on theme: "Canada making a difference in the world: Park View Education Centre April 6,2006."— Presentation transcript:
Canada making a difference in the world: Park View Education Centre April 6,2006
An Atlantic Canadian`s take (SML) “A Developing World” map What is sustainable development? International development works But challenges remain… How is Canada involved? CIDA and the MDGs How you can help achieve the MDGs
What is sustainable development? Meets the most basic human needs — food, clean water, good health, shelter. Provides the chance to earn a living in a society where human rights are respected and where women, as well as men, can participate in the life of their communities. Builds an infrastructure that provides essential services for all and must be in place to support economic growth. Supports an economy that encourages innovation and is in harmony with the environment.
International development works With assistance from countries like Canada, developing countries have made real progress over the past 40 years: Life expectancy in developing countries increased by almost 20 years, from 46 to 63. Child mortality rates have been cut in half. Average incomes have doubled, despite increased population growth. Today, 82% of the world's people can read and write — the highest % in history.
But challenges remain… More than 1 billion people still struggle to survive on less than $1 a day. More than 852 million people go to bed hungry every night. HIV/AIDS is wiping out an entire generation in some parts of Africa. Around 104 million children, 2/3 of them girls, are not in school. More than 1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water.
How is Canada involved? Through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), a part of the federal government Our mandate: to support sustainable development in the world’s poorest countries. That means we help people get the tools they need to achieve the kind of life they want to live. CIDA supports the social and economic development programs of its partner countries and organizations. These include governments, non-governmental organizations and institutions, community groups, businesses, and international bodies, such as the World Bank and UNICEF. Through Atlantic organisations like Nova Scotia Gambia Association, Coady International Institute, Dalhousie, NSAC, … Through individuals like each of us
What Canada/CIDA is doing Canada is leading the fight against HIV/AIDS: Canada is the first country to put significant financial support behind the World Health Organization's "3 by 5" initiative. This initiative will give 3 million people with HIV/AIDS access to treatment by the end of 2005. Canada is the first country to take action on the World Trade Organization's decision to make safe, effective, less- expensive medicines available to developing countries facing public health challenges.
How you can help achieve the MDGs Get to know the problems that most of the world’s people face each and every day. Learn and talk about international development. Volunteer with an organization that supports international development. Make the right choices as a citizen and consumer. Join butterfly 208. Work overseas as a youth intern. Become a youth speaker or a global youth ambassador.
Butterfly 208 Youth Contest www.bp208.ca www.bp208.ca Annual art, writing and multimedia contest for 14-18 year olds Top prize – trip to a developing country Themes: HIV/AIDS Child protection Basic education Environment Health and nutrition Governance Individual and group categories Deadline: April 25, 2006
CIDA website: www.cida.gc.cawww.cida.gc.ca Youth Zone: www.cida.gc.ca/youthzonewww.cida.gc.ca/youthzone butterfly 208: www.bp208.cawww.bp208.ca A Developing World map: www.canadiangeographic.ca/worldmap IYIP: www.cida.gc.ca/internshipswww.cida.gc.ca/internships Global Classroom Initiative: www.cida.gc.ca/gciwww.cida.gc.ca/gci Canada Fund for Africa: www.cida.gc.ca/canadafundforafrica www.cida.gc.ca/canadafundforafrica Get the information. Get connected. Make a difference!