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Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice

CUSJ is an associate member of the Canadian Unitarian Council.

CUSJ publishes the Justnews three times a year and discussion papers whenever possible. 1800 copies of each issue are now being widely distributed within the Canadian Unitarian community and beyond. Unitarians have a proud history of being in the forefront of the struggle for social change and justice. CUSJ follows in the footsteps of our forebears by keeping their spirit very much alive.

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Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

Established in 1960, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is a non-partisan Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) comprised of a network of diverse women with consultative status at the United Nations ECOSOC. For almost 50 years, VOW has tirelessly advocated for a world without war.

VOW is one of the non-governmental organizations (NGO) cited by UNESCO’s standing committee in the working group report entitled “The Contribution of Women to the Culture of Peace”. An accredited NGO to the United Nations, affiliated to the Department of Public Information (DPI) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), VOW was the Canadian lead group for peace at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Members have been active in follow-up activities, including writing the chapter,”Women and Peace” in Take Action for Equality, Development and Peace.

We are a part of a growing and select number of NGOs that provide women the opportunity to appeal to national government and international diplomats, attend conferences at the United Nations including the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and to write and present briefs and statements to political heads of state and nations worldwide on women and peace issues. We readily respond to calls for guidance and research on peace and women’s issues locally, nationally, and internationally. VOW is a non-partisan, non-religious organization that values women in all their diversities.

Our Mission

To provide a means for women to exercise responsibility for the promotion of world peace and justice, through education of themselves and others to take an equal part in the democratic process of decision making; and to cooperate with women throughout the world to create the mutual respect and understanding necessary for the peaceful resolution of international conflict.

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Canadian Federation of University Women

CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 100 CFUW Clubs, located in every province across Canada. Since its founding in 1919, CFUW has been working to improve the status of women, and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace. CFUW is the largest affiliate of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), the leading girls’ and women’s global organization run by and for women, advocating for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality education and training up to the highest levels.


CFUW/FCFDU is committed to:

  • Improving the status of women and girls
  • Promoting quality public education
  • Advancing the status of women, human rights, justice and peace
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University of Waterloo Coalition for Sustainable Development

The University of Waterloo Coalition for Sustainable Development (UWCSD) serves as a platform for University of Waterloo students to voice their opinions, raise awareness and take action for social, environmental and economic sustainability.

Established in August 2013, by a group of University of Waterloo students with the support of the Faculty of Environment and advisors, the UWCSD is currently involved in activities and negotiations preparing for the upcoming COP19 UNFCCC Conference. A delegation of students and advisors will attend the summit this November in Warsaw, Poland representing the University of Waterloo at the international level.

The following are the objectives of UWCSD as established by all delegates and those involved:

  1. Represent, be educated, and understand the role of Canada as part of UNFCCC; including its commitment to current policies on the global stage;

  1. Learn and be receptive of current state-to-state negotiations, but also critically evaluate them;

  1. Highlight Canadian action on climate change through external partnerships, a policy brief, and educational handouts;

  1. Examine all policies and goings-on as academics, including taking a position on current environmental issues in a professional manner;

  1. Raise awareness through media, education and policy perspectives to the students of UW and the wider K-W community prior to and after COP19;

  1. Carry the voice of UW students to COP19, share our perspectives and return to Canada with goals for the future;

  1. Facilitate interest and motivation to make an impact at COP20 next year, including learned aspects from COP19; and

  1. Act as ambassadors of Canada and of the University of Waterloo.

  2. Develop partnerships with the international community to co-create internships and research partnerships, as well as practicum placements and job opportunities.
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Students on Ice Alumni Delegation

The Students on Ice Alumni Delegation is an international youth delegation striving to ensure future sustainability of the polar regions.

Founded in 2011, the SOI Alumni Delegation is inspired by Students on Ice Expeditions, an organization committed to providing students, educators, and scientists from around the world with the opportunity to experience the polar regions first-hand. All members of the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation are united by the rare privilege of having visited the Arctic and the Antarctic. There are also several members of the delegation living in the Arctic. Composed entirely of youth under 24 from around the world, our delegation has a unique perspective on the planet that should be communicated to decision-makers.

Mission and Vision

To address the current and emerging environmental, social and economic challenges facing the polar regions.

To shape policy in collaboration with UN member states and intergovernmental bodies.

To increase awareness of polar issues through education and collaboration with civil society organizations, international organizations and states.

To create opportunities for youth and in particular Arctic Indigenous youth to express issues of importance to them at negotiations such as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties.

To promote the long-term sustainability of the polar regions through education and collaboration with the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, civil society organizations, the Arctic Council, the Secretariat of the Antarctic Treaty and UN member states.

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How Much Climate Finance Will Developed Countries Provide in 2013 and Beyond?


Based on pledges/statements made in UNFCCC…

Finland, France, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the UK were first off the blocks in making financial pledges in Doha.  This was welcome. But the adequacy and the clarity of these pledges vary significantly and need to be pinned down.

And then there’s the rest…

No developed country Party should be coming back to this process empty handed! ALL developed countries need to urgently commit to what climate finance they will provide in 2013 and beyond, in a way that is transparent, comparable and makes clear how finance is new and additional.

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Final Fossil of the day at COP18


This year’s Fossil of the Year Award, The Colossal Fossil, goes to Canada and New Zealand! After a 5-year reign as the Colossal Fossil, it seems Canada is refusing to bow out gracefully into the irrelevance that comes with being an historic climate laggard. They, instead, stood strong for inaction throughout the UN climate talks, challenged only by the up and coming New Zealand.

Although Canada can share the honour for one more year, Fossil feels that Canada’s tar sands are, frankly, giving Canada an unfair advantage in this competition – Canada has been carbon doping!

For a country whose emissions are similar in scale to the Canadian tar sands, New Zealand has demonstrated exceptional blindness to scientific and political realities. Surprising many and disappointing all, New Zealand has fought hard to unseat 5-time Colossal Fossil winner, Canada, in a campaign of extreme selfishness and irresponsibility. While New Zealand may have helped drown the talks for another year, New Zealand's small and vulnerable Pacific neighbours should take heart that they have not been forgotten - New Zealand intends to drown them too.



Tarnished: Dirty Oil Smears Canada's Reputation

Canada’s environment minister, Peter Kent, arrived in Doha yesterday under the long shadow of the tar sands. 

Since Durban, his government has been working hard to dismantle Canada’s environmental protection laws to speed up resource extraction, an initiative that government has been promoting under the Orwellian slogan of “responsible resource development.”
ECO has warned over and over again about the creeping influence of Canada’s massive deposit of carbon intensive “unconventional oil”. Larger in geographic extent than the entire nation of Qatar, and generating more emissions than all of New Zealand, the tar sands have been called the planet’s largest “carbon bomb”. 
Projections from Minister Kent’s own department show that the growth in tar sands emissions by 2020 (73 Mt) will virtually cancel out all other emission reductions in Canada’s economy (75 Mt). And yet Ottawa has done nothing to curb the sector’s exploding GHG pollution.
Quite the opposite -- government documents suggest that Canada has taken international climate policies to some of the largest tar sands corporations in Canada for vetting. 
Great news for Canada’s Fossil trophy case: the CEOs love what they called Canada’s “elegant” approach.  So now, a new report by the Canadian Youth Delegation, Commitment Issues, digs into the tar sands’ expansion blueprint, documenting the sector’s plans to blow past the production levels outlined in the IEA’s 450 scenario.  Looking at how Canadian government is attached to its dirty oil, it's no surprise that current subsidies to the fossil fuel industry surpass those for climate finance by a ratio of 7 to 1.
Right now, Canada’s “drill baby drill” approach for tar sands is smearing the country’s reputation, keeping its climate policy hostage in the process. He supposedly wants to show the world that climate change does matter to his government.  To do so, Environment Minister Peter Kent needs to start by unveiling some real “tough on tar” policies this week in Doha.
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