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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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ERI Training Program – A Journey of Being Sensitised and Empowered

“A right is not a special privilege of the fortunate but it is ingrained in the soul of every institution and in the dignity and worth of every person”. This is an insight I gained through the two weeks long training program conducted in Geneva by the Edmund Rice International. It was a great opportunity […]

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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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Challenges Remain Despite Decline in Global Child Mortality

An estimated 6.3 million children under 15 years of age died in 2017, or 1 every 5 seconds, mostly of preventable causes, according to new mortality estimates released by WHO, UNICEF, the United Nations Population Division and the World Bank Group. Globally, in 2017, half of all deaths under 5 years of age took place in sub-Saharan Africa, and […]

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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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