Faith Communities After Glasgow: An Interfaith Examen of COP26

   Webinar: Faith Communities After Glasgow: An Interfaith Examen of COP26 Date: 14th December 2021 Time:  0700 – 0900hrs EST |1300 – 1500hrs GMT | 1400 – 1600hrs CET | 1500hrs – 1700hrs EAT | 2000 – 2200hrs Manila Time | 2100 – 2300hrs Tokyo Time The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, ended on 12 November. This historic meeting was touted to be the world’s “last best chance” to reduce carbon emissions and commit to a socially just plan for adaptation. Such a decisive summit merits close attention, and the focus of the world’s faith...

JENA and PACJA Host “A Just Transition for Africa: Mining for Climate Change Mitigation – Ethical Perspectives” Side Event at COP 28

JENA and PACJA Host “A Just Transition for Africa: Mining for Climate Change Mitigation – Ethical Perspectives” Side Event at COP 28

The shift to clean energy systems, including in transport, to keep pace with the global net-zero emissions by 2050 target is set to drive a huge increase in demand for critical minerals globally. This increased demand presents environmental, economic, geopolitical, and trade consequences for Africa. There is a need for the African region to capitalize on the drive for green transition to drive economic growth, support sustainable development, create green jobs and reduce poverty and inequality. DUBAI, 6th December 2023 – The Jesuits Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) in collaboration with the Panafrican Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) successfully hosted...

United Nations Climate Change Conference 2023

United Nations Climate Change Conference 2023

United Nations Climate Change Conference 2023COP 28/CMP 18/CMA 5Dubai, United Arab Emirates30 November – 12 December 2023 First Part of the High-Level SegmentUnited Nations Climate Change ConferenceDubai, United Arab Emirates, 2023 The first part of the high-level segment (HLS) of COP 28/CMP 18/CMA 5 will be held during the World Climate Action Summit (WCAS) from Friday, 1 December to Saturday, 2 December 2023, and will hear national statements from Heads of State and Government (HOS/G) and Vice Presidents who have registered and confirmed their wish to deliver a statement. Parties will have only one opportunity to deliver a national statement...

Global Food Systems Transformation at the Centre of COP 28

Global Food Systems Transformation at the Centre of COP 28

By; Kevin Okoth Ouko-JENA This year’s international climate change conference, 28th Conference of Parties (COP28), will be the first such conference to have a major focus on food. The COPs is the supreme decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Its annual sessions aim to promote institutional and administrative provisions and to take stock of progress in various areas. For the first time there will be a dedicated food day, and food, agriculture and water will be the focus of at least 22 major events during the fortnight of COP28 talks in Dubai, from 30 November to...

AFRICA/DR CONGO – The President of the Bishops’ Conference: “The so-called ‘energy transition’ is causing enormous environmental damage in my Country”

AFRICA/DR CONGO – The President of the Bishops’ Conference: “The so-called ‘energy transition’ is causing enormous environmental damage in my Country”

Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) – Wars for the mineral resources of the energy transition, exploitation of Congolese resources for a supposed global ecologism that in reality causes enormous damage to the environment and people of Congo: this is the worrying scenario that the Archbishop of Kisangani and President of the Congolese Bishops’ Conference, Marcel Utembi Tapa, describes in an interview with Fides. The “forgotten” wars include the wars in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. What is the current situation? UTEMBI TAPA: Various local and foreign armed groups are active in North Kivu. These include the Ugandan-led and Islamist-inspired...

Quality Education and Development: Restoring the Reputation of the Congolese School System

Quality Education and Development: Restoring the Reputation of the Congolese School System

Editorial : Alain NZADI-a-NZADI, Education de qualité etdéveloppement : redorer le blason de l’école congolaise.Quality Education and Development: Restoring the Reputation of the Congolese School System (1) Augustin KALUBI, S.J., La gratuité de l’enseignement primaire en RC Congo, à quelles conditions?La gratuité de l’enseignement primaire dans les établissements publics de la RD Congo est un bien pour tout le monde (la nation, la population, les parents d’élèves, le personnel enseignant, les écoles et les bureaux gestionnaires). Elle rejoint les instruments juridiques internationaux et nationaux relatifs à l’éducation. Mais la réalité de sa mise en œuvre suscite quelques inquiétudes et rend...

The Impacts of Global Polycrisis: Navigating a World in Turmoil

The Impacts of Global Polycrisis: Navigating a World in Turmoil

By Kevin Okoth Ouko-Research and Policy Analyst-JENA The global landscape is experiencing a compounding series of interconnected challenges that threaten global stability often referred as ‘polycrises’. Adam Tooze, an economic historian from Columbia University and contributing editor of Financial Times, introduced the term “polycrisis” to his readers in October 2022. He argued that with climate change, an impending nuclear war, a pandemic, and a global economic downturn, the world is currently experiencing the most intricate and concurrently developing combination of crises in contemporary history. Polycrisis became a buzzword for financiers, politicians, and policymakers in January 2023 at the World Economic...

Understanding the Inextricable Link Between Peace and Justice

Understanding the Inextricable Link Between Peace and Justice

By Noël Marie Cyprien Médard, S.J. In recent months, the international stage has been fraught with conflicts, both internal and international, of varying intensities. The strife in Ukraine and Russia, the confrontations involving Hamas and Israel, and the unrest in Chad, Sudan, and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, underscore the global volatility. Furthermore, the resurgence of coup d’états in French-speaking African nations such as Mali, Guinea, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Gabon, with Madagascar currently under alert, is alarming. Tragically, the primary victims of these conflicts are the most vulnerable: children, women, and the elderly. A stark paradox presents itself...

No Climate Justice Without Financial and Debt Justice

No Climate Justice Without Financial and Debt Justice

By Charlie B. Chilufya, S.J. As we converge on the precipice of the upcoming COP 28, an exigent issue looms over our collective conscience—financial and debt justice as prerequisites for true climate justice. We find ourselves at a critical juncture where the resilience of our nations is pitted against a burgeoning financial crisis, one that threatens to undermine our ability to mitigate and adapt to climate change effectively. Ghana and Zambia’s recent defaults underscore a stark reality; when sovereign debts overwhelm, the ensuing austerity cripples our capacity to safeguard the health, education, and environmental fortitude of our societies. This is...