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    What can the international community do to push research?

    I admit to being complacent about a cure, mostly because so many of the things to do to help push a cure are US based. So what can the international (Canadian) community do?

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    Help STOP the UN Ban on NT ( therapeutic cloning)

    Dear Scanners,

    On October 21 the debate begins in the UN on the proposed Costa Rica/US treaty that would condemn and call for a ban on therapeutic cloning. I have worked with UN diplomats and have come up with the following list of UN missions on the fence. This vote will be extremely close. I request that all stem cell activists compose a respectful letter to each mission and fax it to the mission. Less desirable but still helpful is emailing your letter to the mission. Ideally, the letter will be addressed to the head of mission and the name of the mission, as set forth below, by example.

    H.E. Usevolod Grigore
    Mission of Republic of Moldova

    I have prepared a list of the missions and have looked up as much information as I was able today. Where country information is missing, I would ask for SCAN help in securing the contact information I have omitted.

    Here is some good news. Spain has withdrawn as a sponsor of the Costa Rican treaty. France has joined as a sponsor of the Belgium treaty, which calls for regulation and each country making its own decision. Here is the list:

    H.E. VALERIY KUCHYNSKY
    MISSION OF UKRAINE
    FAX: 212-355-9455

    MISSION OF REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
    FAX:212-308-8724
    MACEDONIA@UN.INT


    H.E. NEBOJSA KALUDEROVIC
    MISSION OF SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
    FAX:212-879-8705
    SERBIA-MONTENEGRO@UN.INT

    MISSION OF ROMANIA
    H.E. MIHNEA MOTOC

    MISSION OF REPUBLIC OF MODOLVA
    H.E. USEVOLOD GRIGORE
    FAX:212-447-4067
    UNMODOLVA@AOL.COM

    MISSION OF CANADA
    FAX:212-848-1195

    MISSION OF URUGUAY
    H.E. FELIPE H. PAOLILLO
    FAX: 212-593-0935
    URUGUAY@UN.INT

    MISSION OF JAMAICA
    H.E. STAFFORD NEIL C.D.
    FAX:212-935-7607
    JAMAICA@UN.INT

    MISSION OF COLUMBIA
    H.E. ALVARO UNRIBE VELEZ
    FAX:212-371-2813
    COLUMBIA@COLUMBIAUN.ORG

    MISSION OF MOZANBIQUE

    MISSION OF MONGOLIA
    FAX: 212-861-9464
    MONGOLIA@UN.INT

    Additional fence sitters: Afghanistan, Iraq, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kiribati, Lao, Turkmenistan, Peru, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, CapeVerde, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Libia, Seychelles, Togo.

    Please feel free to call me anytime if you have any questions. Much thanks!

    Bernard Siegel
    Executive Director
    Genetics Policy Institute
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    www.genpol.org

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    I'm looking for direction too.

    I keep having the same nightmare where I'm holding myself hostage on Ottawa's doorstep while holding protest signs. lol

    My 'significant other' keeps hinting at a cross-Canada thing ... says he'll do that if I die from these pressure sores to raise awareness.

    Only thing is - that's been done before. Need like a relay from province to province or something to carry to Ottawa.

    Oops I almost forgot - I'm still peeved about losing an extra $10 per week from my paycheque to health care in Ontario ON TOP of all the other taxes we pay. What a cash cow! Everyone I've talked to would be more willing and accepting to pay it if it went towards research. I know I would.

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    Emi,

    The current U.S. reticence on investing in stem cell research and cures for conditions such as spinal cord injury provides Canada with a unique opportunity to do it. I think that the best thing you can do for the cure of spinal cord injury is to convince the Canadian government to fund such research in Canada. As an American citizen, I feel strange saying this but my patriotism doesn't extend to holding back the cure because we have a government who doesn't get it. I am of course doing everything that I can to encourage the U.S. government to do the right thing, to get clinical trials going, and even to get New Jersey to invest in such research. Perhaps the people of the United States and all those who are complacent about research should understand that if the United States does not do it, there are many other countries who are happy to step into the breach.

    Wise.

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