The Wave

  • Safe Sex & Sustainable Development

    Sarah Spencer was a recent Global Affairs Canada intern with the Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit in Cape Town, in partnership with Dalhousie University’s International Development Studies. As the global development community embarks upon its journey to 2030 guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it does so seeking to reduce maternal mortality (SDG […]

  • Post-Tanzania Reflections

    Post-Tanzania Reflections from Kelly Ramsauer, IYIP Intern with VIDEA in Dar Es Salaam with the Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF) One of the most striking aspects I found working with Tanzanians on issues of gender equality through the Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF) were the strong & active groups of men and boys outspokenly engaged in the fight for gender […]

  • International Women’s day in Tarime, Tanzania

    Reflections from Rachel Barr, IYIP Intern with VIDEA Rachel is currently in Tarime, Tanzania with the Victoria International Development Education Association (VIDEA)’s International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) funded by Global Affairs Canada. Below, she shares reflections from her time placed with The Children’s Dignity Forum. International Women’s Day is important to me because I think […]

  • Tomorrow’s Deadline of 6:00 PM

    Reflections from Michael Simpson, BCCIC Executive Director, from Paris, France, December 10th, 2015. Tomorrow’s deadline of 6:00 p.m. for the world to come to a climate agreement is breathtakingly close. We are in the absolute home stretch (there is no mandate for the UN to keep negotiating) and it is worth reflecting on why development […]

  • COP 21: The Big Issues

    Reflections from Michael Simpson, BCCIC Executive Director Frenetic seems the most precise way of describing this climate change meeting here in Paris. It has a markedly different feel than the recent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meeting in New York, which was basically a gathering of Heads of State in September to announce a pre-negotiated text. […]

  • Mid-COP Check-In

    Reflections from Emilia Belliveau, BCCIC Youth Delegate to COP21 To evaluate how COP21 is progressing, I find it helpful to reflect on the history of UN climate negotiations. The following is a very brief video summarizing negotiations past. Disclaimer: This is not to undervalue the efforts of those who strived tirelessly to bring progress and agreement […]

  • A Day in the Life

    Reflections from Emilia Belliveau, BCCIC Youth Delegate to COP21 My apologies for the sporadic posting, it’s easy to get swept away in the side events, exhibitions, actions, plenaries, and press conferences – and end the day too tired to write. I’ll be posting more about Canada’s role in negotiations so far, a mid-COP check-in, and […]

  • 10 Odd Observations from Inside the Blue Zone

    Reflections from Emilia Belliveau, BCCIC Youth Delegate to COP21 The Blue Zone is what they call the conference grounds requiring UN approved access. Security guards the doors, scanning UNFCCC ID badges before permitting entry. There are three main statuses that grant access to the Blue Zone: party, media, and observer (me). Once inside, additional security  clearance […]