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Latest IPCC Report: A ‘Brief and Rapidly Closing Window to Secure a Liveable Future’

Another disastrous consequence of the incomprehensible Russian invasion of Ukraine is to distract from an even greater threat to the very existence of life on our planet as we know it. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a troubling picture: Climate change is already impacting every corner of the […]

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ERI Activity in 49th Session of UN Human Rights Council

The ongoing crisis in the Ukraine caused a re-scheduling of the agenda of the 49th Human Rights Council Session. As a result, at the time of circulating this newsletter, this has meant that an additional number of ERI planned statements have yet to be delivered. It is expected they will be made in the coming […]

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The Future of Our Planet After COP26

The outcome of the recent COP26 meeting in Glasgow can be summed up in the words of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his wrap up message to the conference, “It is an important step but is not enough, Our fragile planet is hanging by a thread. We are still knocking on the door of climate […]

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2021: A massive year for our common home

The recent IPCC Report confirms that the world is fast reaching the internationally agreed 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold; irreversible damage to the planet and people is looming closer each day. The climate emergency is causing rising seas, a warmer planet, and more extreme weather. It’s devastating the lives of our poorest sisters and brothers. At the […]

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A Step Towards Sustainable Fishing?

After more than 20 years of negotiations, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has moved a step closer to an agreement on ending harmful fishing subsidies at its recent conference in Buenos Aires. The deal would set new rules for the global fishing industry and limit government funding that contributes to unsustainable fishing and the depletion of global […]

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Towards a Renewed Commitment to Education

In the 30 years since its adoption, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has considerably inspired governments and other actors to set legal policies and investments to give access to children to rights, such as the right to health care, the right to food and water and the right to education. Stronger […]

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Kiribati: Joint statement 35th UPR session of HRC

KIRIBATI Human Rights Council 35th Session (20-31 January 2020) 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Republic of Kiribati Joint Stakeholders’ Submission on: The Human Rights Situation in Kiribati Jointly submitted by: Franciscans International (FI) Edmund Rice International (ERI) Kiribati Climate Action Network (KiriCAN) Life & Learn Kiribati Kiribati Women and Children Support Centre I. Introduction […]

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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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