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There’s a New Canadian Window onto the World

Monday 8 December 2003, by Chad LUBELSKY

Canada has a vital new window onto civil society — the non-profit organizations and social movements that have become essential guardians of the common good. In English, it’s known as OneWorld.ca. In French, it’s Unseulmonde.ca. Together, they debut today as the new Canadian edition of OneWorld.net.

OneWorld.net is already the world’s most popular and trusted civil society network. Since 1995, that network has spawned 10 regional centres spanning five continents and publishing in 12 languages. And now the "Canadian point of view" is joining the growing global dialogue on everything from the AIDS crisis … to the war in Iraq … to
the state of democracy around the world and here at home.

OneWorld.ca/Unseulmonde.ca is a daily news source and an online community. It functions as a platform that helps justice-seeking organizations reach readers across Canada and around the world. It aims for nothing less than to transform how Canadians interpret and engage in the stories that affect their lives.

OneWorld draws its content and financial support from 1,500+ partner organizations around the globe. Canada enters the network with an initial pool of 80 Canadian partners. These range from national forces like Amnesty International Canada to smaller research NGOs like Alberta’s Parkland Institute. All share a commitment to
sustainable development, human rights and social justice.

OneWorld.ca/Unseulmonde.ca is launching at an exciting time. Civil society is increasingly making its many voices heard. That’s happening during trade talks and UN summits (like this week’s World Summit on the Information Society), and it’s happening in more local public policy debates. But Canadians want — and need — to hear more directly and more often from these third-sector sources.
Enabling that is OneWorld’s strength. That’s why, in _Foreign Policy_ magazine (May/June 2003), UN Secretary General Kofi Annan recommends OneWorld.net as one of his favourite websites.

With staff and partners from coast to coast, OneWorld.ca/Unseulmonde.ca is building bridges across regional and linguistic divides. Promoting exchange between francophones and anglophones is a key goal. "We may not always agree, but we finally have a platform where we can talk, share and even work together,"
says Pierre Beaudet, Executive Director of Alternatives — the Montreal-based NGO that is incubating the project.

In the words of Anuradha Vittachi, Director of OneWorld International Foundation, the network’s governing body: "OneWorld.ca will provide a gateway for a nation of highly net-literate citizens to use the Internet to find out about the lives of people in developing countries
and to connect with the growing worldwide movement working for global justice."

VISIT US ONLINE:
http://www.oneworld.ca
http://www.unseulmonde.ca

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Chad Lubelsky
+1-514-982-6606 x 2234
info@oneworld.ca

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