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Latest IPCC Report Urges Immediate Drastic Changes to Land Management

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a special report on “Climate Change and Land”. The report is a result of 2 years study by a team of 107 scientists from 52 countries who considered more than 7000 studies in the preparation of the report. The report noted that while land is under […]

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Commitment to Sustainable Development Goals Faltering

A UN report issued prior to the recent High Level Political Forum (HLPF) meeting in New York has expressed concern at the lack of progress towards implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the decline in the level of international co-operation needed to implement the 2015 agreement. ERI has added its name in support of […]

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‘Revolutionary Change’ Needed to Stop Unprecedented Extinction Crisis

A new UN backed report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has detailed the serious impact humans have had to the earth with now one million species being in danger of becoming extinct. With humans need for more food and energy they are destroying the very ecosystem that supports their societies. The report […]

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GLOBAL WARMING IMPACTS ACCELERATING – WMO

The annual report on the state of the world’s climate issued by the World Meteorological Organisation warns that record greenhouse gas levels are driving temperatures to increasingly dangerous levels. Despite exceptionally high land and ocean temperatures over the past four years, an acceleration in the rate of sea level rise, a continued reduction in the […]

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Responding to the Urgency of Climate Change

The most recent report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that made it clear that ‘rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society’ is needed to address climate change was underlined by Brian in presentations to Edmund Rice Network gatherings in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane during his Australian visit. 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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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights After 70 Years – Is the Founding Vision Being Lost?

The world is back on a path to self-destruction as the global community is increasingly forgetting the lessons of the past according to the United Nations’ special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer. His comments, made as the UN marks the 70th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights (UDHR), alleged that the global community […]

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In Support of Religious Freedom

More than 61 per cent of the world’s population live in countries where religious freedom is not respected, according to a recently released worldwide report. The biennial Religious Freedom in the World report  was published by the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need International. It was the 14th […]

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Towards an International Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Rapid globalisation over recent decades has brought increased economic prosperity, but has led to greater marginalisation of many. Driven by profit maximisation in increasingly competitive markets, and without adequate regulatory mechanisms, concerns about human rights violations and environmental impacts are often ignored. Child labour, displacement of indigenous communities from their traditional lands by mining operations, […]

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High Level Political Forum Reviews Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established by the United Nations in 2015 to succeed the Millenium Development Goals. The SDGs are further broken down into a total of 169 targets and 304 indicators which measure compliance. The goals cover social and economic development issues including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, […]

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