Visit of Post-School UK Leaders

 At the end of March I spent a few days with the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in Geneva and a group of Edmund Rice senior camp leaders. It has shown me how broad the work of Edmund Rice has become. From working directly with underprivileged children all the way up to the very highest level […]

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Vatican Calls for Climate Change Commitment

  From commencement of his Pontificate, Pope Francis stressed protection of the environment as against man’s greedy exploitation of it to the detriment of others.[1] At the UN Climate Summit, Cardinal Parolin reiterated the moral imperative to act to protect and value creation for the good of present and future generations.[2] Climate change, His Eminence […]

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Understanding the UN – the International Labour Organisation

  The International Labour Organisation (ILO) was founded in 1919, to pursue a vision based on the premise that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based on social justice. The ILO became the first specialised agency of the UN in 1946. Its headquarters are in Geneva. The ILO promotes rights at […]

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High Commissioner Calls for Renewed Dedication to Inalienable Human Rights ‏

In his opening address to the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called upon representatives to display ‘profound and inspiring leadership’ to combat the challenges of discrimination and deprivation, and the address the conflicts and crises currently generating needless human suffering. […]

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Holy See Urges Greater Accessiblity and Affordability for Medicines and Diagnostic Testing

In a statement to the Social Forum of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, Archbishop Tomasi urged a ‘creative and innovative approach’ to intellectual property rights so that ‘the right to health for all people without any form of discrimination can be fully […]

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