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Edmund Rice Centre WA Heeds the Call of the United Nations on Sport

Participants in the Local Parks Project In December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/71/L.38)  recognizing the potential of sport as a valuable tool to bring about positive social change and build a peaceful and better world. The Edmund Rice Centre in Perth Western Australia (ERCWA), has provided sporting activities for young […]

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Religious Freedom Under Threat

The 2016 report on the state of Religious Freedom in the World was released on November 24th. The report was prepared by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and its release was accompanied by an event at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Holy See and […]

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Climate Change Could Drive 122m More People Into Extreme Poverty By 2030

A recently released major UN report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warns that climate change is “a major and growing threat to global food security”.  By 2030 an increase in the global population living in extreme poverty of between 35 and 122 million is predicted. The report is of particular relevance given that […]

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Welcome To Our Latest ERI Interns

Introducing our latest ERI interns:- “My name is Emma Bacchetto and I’m from Canberra, Australia. – I am currently studying law and politics at the University of Canberra, with the intention of working in human rights. I work in the Edmund Rice network as an archivist for St Edmund’s College in Canberra. I have volunteered […]

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‘Laudato Si’ – One Year On

18th June marks the first anniversary of  the papal encyclical ‘Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home’. More than a document about just the environment, the encyclical links our duty to the poor and vulnerable, our responsibility as stewards of the earth and concerns about blind technological and economic progress which ignores the common […]

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Concern at Global Trend to Restrict Civil Society

Edmund Rice International is an ECOSOC accredited NGO working within the UN. This means that it can be active within the UN in a variety of ways. From its very inception, NGOs have been recognised as having had a major role to play within the UN, particularly with regards to human rights. Increasing restrictions on […]

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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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Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

On the 15th April Dr. David Nabarro, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda, briefed NGOs on progress of implementation of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). According to Dr. Nabarro the SDGs represent the biggest upheaval in thinking and working that he’s seen in his career – it requires a radical change in […]

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Children’s Rights in a Digital World

Nowadays, digital capital is a necessity to be a 21st century citizen. IRights is an initiative providing a framework designed for the protection and empowerment of children in the digital world. It contextualizes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRC is one of the United Nations human rights treaties […]

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An Historic Decision for the World

I was privileged to attend the first week of the COP21 in Paris on Climate Change as a delegate for Franciscans International, and I monitored for ERI networks the second week of decisions, when the draft text was refashioned by the politicians into the final Paris Agreement and Decisions. It was a tremendous process of […]

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