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30th Anniversary of Convention on the Rights of the Child

   Edmund Rice International had the opportunity to attend a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child in Geneva. The celebration focused on addressing the question “Thirty years of children’s rights: where are we and where do we want to be?” and hosted several panels of experts, officials […]

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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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ERI Active During 41st Human Rights Council Session

ERI delivered a series of statements during the recently concluded Human Rights Council (HRC) session in Geneva. These included :-– a statement regarding access to education in India as part of the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education. You can view the statement via the HRC webcast (commencing at no.4) – a […]

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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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Time is Running Out to Address Climate Change – IPCC

It is it is still possible to keep global temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius  above pre-industrial values and limit the devastating impacts of climate change, However, this will require a vast, unprecedented global effort according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). National pledges submitted to date […]

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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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Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration is Welcomed

The Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration was finalised by UN Member States in New York in July with all UN member states except the USA approving the draft. The agreement is a “non-legally binding, cooperative framework” to encourage “international cooperation among all relevant actors on migration, acknowledging that no state can address […]

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Promoting the Dignity of Migrants and Refugees

A number of organizations including Caritas Internationalis and the Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children organised a recent side event at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on  migrants and refugees entitled ‘Share the Journey: Promoting the Dignity of Migrants and Refugees’. The event featured a panel led discussion, including the testimonies of […]

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US Withdrawal From Human Rights Council Deeply Regrettable

The withdrawal of the United States from the Human Rights Council is deeply regrettable as it undermines progress towards the advancement of global human rights. Sadly the decision is consistent with the Trump administration’s previously demonstrated unwillingness to work with the international community and to prioritise its perceived national self-interest over international agreements. The decision […]

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