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ERI Joins ‘March For Our Lives’

Edmund Rice International participated in the New York City March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Br. Kevin Cawley, Edmund Rice International main representative at United Nations Headquarters in New York, accompanied a small group of Iona students and faculty for the event in NYC.  The Iona delegation joined with several hundred thousand […]

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First Formal Consultation on Draft of the Global Compact on Refugees

The first formal consultation in relation to the zero draft of the Global Compact on Refugees took place in New York in February. The draft has its origins in the 2016 New York Declaration when all UN member states agreed to work towards the adoption of a global agreement to improve international practice with regard […]

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What Might a Sustainable School Look Like?

Students and teachers at Presentation College, Bray in Ireland have developed an innovative approach to raise awareness about the 17 internationally agreed UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A team of 37 student-activists, with the support of some teachers, used the popular computer game ‘Minecaft’ to imagine and design what their school might look like if […]

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ERI Participates in Rome Forum for Catholic-inspired NGOs

ERI was represented at a recent forum in Rome which looked at how Catholic-inspired organizations, can better protect and promote the human person in a rapidly changing world. Over 100 organisations were represented, ranging from groups focused on peace, immigration, education, development and pro-life issues. They were joined by academics, Vatican officials and observers or […]

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Interpreting the ‘Right to Life’

One of the functions of the committee of experts that constitute a UN Treaty Body is to publish their interpretation of the content of the human rights provisions contained in the treaty they monitor. These interpretations are known as general comments and also may include guidance on the information that should be submitted in State […]

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Climate Change Damaging Health of Millions While Greenhouse Gas Levels Surge

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has recently reported that concentrations of CO2 gas (a major greenhouse gas contributor to global warming) had surged in 2016 to reach a level not seen for more than 3 million years.. More alarmingly is that the abrupt rate of increase in concentration of the gas in the atmosphere is […]

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ERI Oral Statements at UN Human Rights Council

At the recent Human Rights Council session, Edmund Rice International made statements as part of the formal adoption of the outcomes of the Universal Periodic Reviews (UPR) of the United Kingdom and South Africa. During the review itself, which took place in May of this year, ERI lobbied member states regarding the recommendations made in […]

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Governments, Not Terrorists, the Biggest Threat

Speaking at the opening of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva the High Commissioner highlighted the intimidation, bullying and reprisals directed towards human rights defenders and NGOs by governments that were increasingly setting a course towards authoritarianism and oppression. He reiterated that adherence to human rights principles were the only way […]

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School Dropout Rates in Ireland Again in the Spotlight

The recent publication of the results of the Leaving Certificate examinations in Ireland prompts a reflection from Rachel Lucy from the Cork Life Centre. The Cork Life Centre is a voluntary organisation, which continues to receive support from the Christian Brothers, and which offers an alternative learning environment to marginalised young people. The Centre caters […]

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Rome – Assisi Conference on Spirituality and Sustainability

Br. Kevin Cawley of Edmund Rice International joined a large group of scholars and practitioners this summer at a Conference on Spirituality and Sustainability assembled in Rome and Assisi from June 24 – July 4. Kevin had responded to a special invitation from the sponsors of the conference on “Spirituality and Sustainability,” as Executive Director […]

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