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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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ERI Activity During UN 47th Human Rights Council Session

ERI was again active during the recently concluded Human Rights Council session. The following oral statements were delivered by members of our local networks or members of the ERI team:-– on homelessness in Northern Ireland during the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Housing– on Covid-19 and online education during the interactive dialogue with […]

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Edmund Rice Network Journey to COP 26

Campaign Action Pacific Calling Partnership The PCP, part of the work of the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice & Community Education, Australia, raises awareness of the devastating impact of climate change on the vulnerable nations of Kiribati, Tuvalu and islands of the Torres Strait. This month we ask that our Edmund Rice global community raises […]

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Exploring Human Rights and Advocacy with the Edmund Rice Network

Over 250 participants, from a wide array of Edmund Rice ministries and beyond, engaged in various segments of a five-week awareness raising and training programme conducted by Edmund Rice International on 5 consecutive Thursdays between 15 April and 13 May 2021. Participants linked via Zoom with ERI in Geneva, Switzerland, with the same session being […]

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Fraternity, Multilateralism and Peace

In a video message for an online event on fraternity, multilateralism and peace in response to  Pope Francis’ encyclical letter “Fratelli tutti”, the keynote speaker Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin encouraged nations to pursue arms control and nuclear disarmament as a means to promote peace and fraternity among all people. “It is not […]

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ERI Active During 46th UN Human Rights Council Session

ERI delivered a number of statements during the 46th Human Rights Council session in Geneva. With proceedings taking place virtually, NGOs were asked to raise their concerns via recorded video statements. This provided an opportunity for members of our network to address the Council directly. ERI’s interventions, often joint statements with our partners, included statements […]

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UN Report Urges Humanity to Make Peace With Nature

Without nature’s help, we will not thrive or even survive. For too long, we have been waging a senseless and suicidal war on nature. The result is three interlinked environmental crises. Climate disruption, biodiversity loss and pollution that threaten our viability as a species. They are caused by unsustainable production and consumption,” stated UN Secretary […]

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UPR Review of Australia’s Human Rights Record

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Australia’s human rights record took place virtually in Geneva in January. ERI’s joint submission focussed on children in detention and the age of criminal responsibility, the rights of indigenous people, asylum seekers and refugees, the impact of climate change, trafficking in persons and the need for a charter of […]

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Global Climate Update – A Grim Picture

The annual report issued by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) at the beginning of December paints a grim picture regarding the global climate. The WMO is the specialised agency of the United Nations for meteorology (weather and climate) and represents193 Member States and Territories. In preparing its 2020 report the WMO looked at 7 key […]

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