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The National Coalition on Mining (NCOM) met in Accra in January to strategically review the last year and plan the course for 2010.

 

 

The Coalition discussed a range of issues including an update of complaints from communities affected by mining, policy reform agenda of the African Union–Economic Commission for Africa (AU-ECA), especially after the December 2009 Accra conference which was co-hosted with ECOWAS and TWN-Africa; the viability of the Gambia-based African Commission for Human and People’s Rights as another forum for addressing community rights; the new donor framework – the Natural Resource and Environmental Governance (NREG). NCOM members also reviewed the state of the Coalition as a framework for common and collaborative campaigns.

 

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Read the rest here: http://www.twnafrica.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=278:ncom-meets-over-strategic-review&catid=50:ncom&Itemid=75

 

*View the pictures from the meeting here: http://apps.twnafrica.org/gallery/album.cfm?a=10587

*View the video clip of the meeting here: http://www.youtube.com/twnafrica


 
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JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY THE CHIEFS AND PEOPLE OF ETWEBO-AKOTI AND THE NATIONAL COALITION ON MINING (NCOM)

PRESENTED BY

THE CHIEF OF ETWEBO NANA YAW GYAMU II

NOVEMBER 12TH, 2009 ACCRA.

The purpose of this press conference is to deny knowledge of a letter purported to have been authorised by the Chief and people of Etwebo and to clarify misinformation that there is confusion in the community arising from the national forum of the National Coalition on Mining (NCOM) held in Akoti early last month. The letter written by a non-governmental organization called Consumer Watch Initiative Ghana and reports about confusion in Etwebo are fabrications, baseless and do not in any way reflect the views and opinion of the good people of Etwebo. We therefore call on the public to ignore it.

 

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*to read the rest, kindly visit the link here: http://www.twnafrica.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=243:joint-press-statement-by-the-chiefs-and-people-of-etwebo-akoti-and-the-national-coalition-on-mining-ncom&catid=50:ncom&Itemid=75

 

*to view a video clip of the conference, kindly visit the TWN-Africa youtube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0hP5IJIWqQ

 

 

*to view the pictures from the conference, kindly visit the link here: http://apps.twnafrica.org/Gallery/album.cfm?a=9290


 
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About 2,000 representatives of communities affected by mining in all major concession areas across Ghana attended the second annual national forum of the National Coalition on Mining (NCOM) in Akoti, a small community in the Sefwi-Wiawso District of the Western Region.

 

The forum effectively served a unique platform for mining-affected communities to both share experiences and collectively demand answers from government over the untenable balance sheet of mining communities and the country as a whole.

 

Ghana’s deputy Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, along with officials from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Ghana Minerals Commission represented government. The forum was also attended by traditional leaders, religious groups, women and youth networks.

 

Addressing the forum on behalf of the Concerned Citizens of Sefwi, Prince Amoako-Atta, who is also the leader of the group said since Chirano Gold Mine Limited (CGML) started its operations in the area the quality of life of the people has sharply deteriorated.

 

To continue reading, kindly visit the link here: http://www.twnafrica.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=215:ncom-holds-2nd-national-forum-at-akoti-&catid=50:ncom&Itemid=75


 
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1-3 October: The Africa Trade Network(ATN) will hold a continent-wide civil society meeting on the WTO from 1st-3rd October 2009. The meeting will contribute to strengthening Africa civil society’s activities around the Ministerial Conference of WTO planned for November-December 2009. (http://www.twnafrica.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=205:pan-african-civil-society-preparatory-meeting-for-2009-wto-ministerial&catid=70:events&Itemid=118)


8 October: National Campaign Forum on October 8th, 2009 at Akoti in the Sefwi Wiawso District of Western Region. Concern Citizens of Sefwi are the hosting organisation. Facilitated by the National Coalition on Mining (NCOM)


14-16 October:  The Third World Network Africa (TWN Africa) will hold a Dialogue on the Gender Dimensions, Impacts And Implications of the Global Financial and Economic Crises in Africa from the 14 – 16 October 2009, in Accra Ghana.
(http://www.twnafrica.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=204:africa-wide-dialogue-on-gender-africa-and-the-global-financial-and-economic-crises&catid=70:events&Itemid=118)
 

 


 


 
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