Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

They are not just another party to be won over, or merely another individual seated at a table of equals. They are our principal dialogue partners, those from whom we have the most to learn, to whom we need to listen out of a duty of justice, and from whom we must ask permission before presenting our proposals. Their words, their hopes and their fears should be the most authoritative voice at any table of dialogue on the Amazon region. Querida Amazonia Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, 26 – Pope Francis The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a high- level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council. … Read MorePermanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

World Earth Day Jubilee – 50 years on

This year on April 22, we celebrated 50 years of World Earth Day. The Earth Day organizers chose climate action as the theme for this jubilee year. Climate change lies at the heart of environmental degradation and the profound change our planet is experiencing. To commemorate this jubilee year, we put out an infographic and a paper sharing the IBVM/CJ network’s perspectives on what we need to prioritize and what actions we ask the UN and member states to take about these issues. Read the Infographic and Paper.

Oceans: Source of Life

The UN Ocean Conference was held June 5-9, 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York to discuss SDG 14 on the health and sustainability of the world’s oceans. In response to the conference, members of the IBVM network reflected on their experience of oceans and the actions they can take to contribute to global care of the oceans. The resulting document, Oceans – Source of Life gathers excerpts from these reflections for use among the IBVM network.

Preparing for COP24

COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  It will take place in Katowice, Poland from 2 – 14 December 2018.  As member states prepare, Church leaders urge governments around the world to ramp up their climate action efforts, calling for “ambitious implementation” of the Paris Agreement.  On 26 October 2018, the Presidents of six continental Bishops’ Conferences of the Catholic Church signed a document appealing to government leaders to take immediate action to tackle climate change in an effort to avert catastrophic effects of the climate crisis. Read the document in which they urge … Read MorePreparing for COP24

Webinar for World Environment Day 2018

On 5 June we will celebrate World Environment Day 2018. Recently representatives of five religious congregations, concerned about the devastation taking place, joined in a webinar with the title: Is it still possible to save the future?  You can watch it on our YouTube channel here where you will find lots of information and encouragement to join in the global effort to create a healthy planet for all its inhabitants. We represent our congregations at the United Nations where we work as part of civil society. An important aspect of our work here is to make the voice and concerns of vulnerable people  around the world  and our mistreatment of the  planet … Read MoreWebinar for World Environment Day 2018