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Pope Francis Calls for Immediate Action to Address Climate Crisis

In an address to leaders taking part in a recent conference on “Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home,” sponsored by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Pope Francis has called for immediate action to mitigate global warming and address today’s ecological crisis, which he said threatens the very future of the […]

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Pope Francis Denounces Resurgent Nationalism

In a recent speech to diplomats in Rome, Pope Francis defended “modern multilateral diplomacy” and international institutions against “the resurgence of nationalistic tendencies. While not identifying particular countries, Pope Francis  appeared to be lamenting the mix of jingoism and isolationism that has emerged in the United States and in European nations where populist governments have […]

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International Mother Earth Day – April 22nd

Since 1970, the 22nd April has been designated as World Earth Day, “a movement which gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channelling human energy toward environmental issues.” This years Earth Day is especially significant, with world leaders and diplomats converging on the United Nations’ New York headquarters to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change […]

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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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Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014 – 2024)

In June, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared the decade 2014‑2024 as the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). The initiative, seeks to make universal access to renewable energy a global priority, at a time when 1.3 billion people lack electricity and 2.6 billion in developing countries use biomass in cooking and heating […]

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ERI Geneva Training Program Builds Capacity

Participants in the training program: (l-r) Carolyn White (USA), Brian Bond (ERI), Edwin d’Souza (india) Chris Nolan (New Zealand) Guillermo Bullrich (Argentina) Moy Hitchen (ERI) Sara Pereira (Timor Leste) Passmore Chingwere (Zimbabwe) Jenna Cains (ireland) Peter Harney (ERI) Sean McManus (Australia) and Kevin Cawley (ERI) . The recently concluded ERI training program in Geneva brought […]

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2013 – A Turning Point in the Quest for Financial Transparency

By its very nature the work of changing unjust structures is slow and it can be difficult to see results for one’s efforts. Edmund Rice International is a member of the Financial Transparency Coalition a global network working together to address opacity in the international financial system, which creates inequalities that harm billions of people. It […]

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ERI Seeks Action Following UPR of the United Kingdom

  In a statement to the Human Rights Council on the occasion of the adoption of the UPR Report for the United Kingdom, ERI again raised the plight of asylum seekers whose claims are rejected. The statement acknowledged that while so called Section 4 support, is in principle available to failed asylum seekers unable to […]

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Colaiste Muire Students Celebrate Earth Hour

The dining assembly of Colaiste Muire, Cobh was a hive of activity on Friday the 30th March from 1-2. There was a sense of anticipation and excitement as the lights were dimmed, electricity was unplugged and Mrs Bilginer and Miss Ormond addressed the crowd. The community of Colaiste Muire, Cobh decided to present an ’Unplugged […]

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