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News from the BC Council for International Cooperation

BCCIC Releases Ebola Policy Brief : Impact and Recommendations for Future Response

Since January, BCCIC has been holding a series of roundtables throughout the province that brought together local dignitaries, health officials, medical
professionals, civil society, academics, and concerned global citizens to contribute to the formulation of a document that articulates British Columbians’ recommendations around this issue.

The recent Ebola crisis has exposed the weaknesses in the health systems of the three most affected countries – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone – and has exposed the challenges of both humanitarian response and long-term development priorities. This policy brief focuses on the impact of the virus and recommendations for future response.

The Sustainable Development Goals

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Reflections from Michael Simpson, Executive Director, BCCIC

Our species has managed to grow in both size and complexity. We are not bad at setting targets and achieving them. We have walked on the moon, landed technology on Mars and managed to prove the Higgs Boson with the Large Hadron Collider, pushing our curiosity to the outer and inner limits of the physical universe. But we still have over a billion people living in poverty, inequality still defines our gender perspective and conflict and environmental challenges threaten the foundation of our species well- being. While we may have explored the limits of the physical universe there is much work to do to refine our thinking and our shared ethics. Our minds remain an ongoing challenge, common values elude us and challenges such as climate change that can only be tackled through the global commons have yet to be solved. There has been no shortage of goal setting when it comes to defining the well-being of our species. These common global goals are a matter of mind, opinion and perspective

BCCIC International Leadership Award | Call for Nominations

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Opportunity for a member to bring an international partner to BC

BCCIC member organizations are invited to submit nominations for the International Leadership Award. Awarded on a bi-annual basis to a BCCIC member’s international partner, this award aims to recognize exceptional contributions to international cooperation within the BCCIC global community.

The selected BCCIC member will receive $2,500 to cover the travel costs of bringing a partner organization from the global South to British Columbia to attend BCCIC’s Annual General Meeting as an honoured guest and keynote speaker in September 2015. BCCIC will also support a public engagement tour within the province during the partner’s visit up to the amount of $1,000.

Deadline to nominate is NOON, Friday May 1st, 2015

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