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India – Leave No Child Behind

“Parliament Speakers and MLA’s should learn from these children how to run the parliament”: Ms. Meira Kumar (Ex Lok Sabha Speaker) 75 children from 29 states and Union Territories from the age of 11 and above, speaking more than 23 different languages, came under one roof to be a part of the annual National Inclusive […]

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COP 25 – Another Missed Opportunity?

Once again, despite negotiations lasting 16 days at the UN’s recently concluded COP25 climate summit in Madrid, and despite urging from the United Nations and civil society groups to address the climate emergency with “ambition,” government representatives could only come up with a weak call on parties to be more ambitious in their 2020 climate […]

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Towards a Renewed Commitment to Education

In the 30 years since its adoption, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has considerably inspired governments and other actors to set legal policies and investments to give access to children to rights, such as the right to health care, the right to food and water and the right to education. Stronger […]

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Human Rights and International Advocacy – A Reflection on My Time in Geneva

“When I feed the poor, they call me a saint, but when I ask why the poor are hungry, they call me a communist.” – Helder Camara, former Archbishop of Recife, Brazil Recently I was offered an opportunity to attend a training on Human Rights and International Advocacy with Edmund Rice International in Geneva. Of […]

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Human Rights Council Concludes 42nd Session

The 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council concluded on Sep 27th with the adoption of 37 resolutions and a presidential statement on the climate emergency. The resolutions included the extension of the mandates of a series of Special Rapporteur and Independent Experts in relation to countries of concern such as the Central African […]

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ERI Supports Student Strike for Climate

ERI participated in the students strike for climate event in Geneva on Friday 27th September. More than 3000 scientists from over 120 countries (the International Panel on Climate Change or IPCC) spend 7 years analysing the most recent data gathered from peer-reviewed articles published in scientific journals (peer-review involves another group of scientists who are […]

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ERI Statements at 42nd Human Rights Council Session

ERI made several statements at the recent session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. A Statement was delivered relating to indigenous issues in Peru which highlighted the impacts of the degradation of the traditional territories of Peru’s indigenous peoples through deforestation and illegal mining. Two statements were delivered on indigenous issues in Australia. […]

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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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