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...

Let Us Stand with Kenya: A Call to Action in the Face of Devastating Floods.

Let Us Stand with Kenya: A Call to Action in the Face of Devastating Floods.

Amidst the lush promise of the masika rainy season, Kenya is facing a crisis of monumental proportions. Relentless rains have triggered devastating floods, ripping through communities and resulting in the tragic loss of at least 49 lives. Furthermore, several individuals are feared trapped in submerged homes. Reports indicate that over 11,000 people have been displaced across the affected regions, with numerous roadways and bridges severely damaged. “In times of adversity, solidarity becomes our beacon of hope,” says Fr. Charles Chilufya, Director of the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network in Africa (JENA). “Now, more than ever, we must stand with Kenya.”...

Faith Meets Medicine: African Jesuits and Catholic Sisters Unite in the Battle Against Cervical Cancer

Faith Meets Medicine: African Jesuits and Catholic Sisters Unite in the Battle Against Cervical Cancer

Fr Charlie B. Chilufya, S.J. Introduction Cervical cancer poses a critical public health crisis in Africa, manifesting as a dire and rapidly intensifying endemic that starkly illuminates the continent’s profound health disparities. Annually, about 119,000 new cases and 81,000 deaths make it the leading cause of cancer-related fatalities among African women. These figures are alarming, representing nearly a quarter of all cervical cancer cases worldwide, while the continent accounts for over 85% of cervical cancer deaths globally. This disparity underscores a significant inequity in health access and outcomes, profoundly impacting women in regions where preventive healthcare is often inadequate or...

Spotlight on the G20 Interfaith Conference in Addis Ababa.

Spotlight on the G20 Interfaith Conference in Addis Ababa.

From April 15th to 16th, Addis Ababa is proudly hosting the G20 Interfaith Conference, themed “Interfaith Collective Action to foster peaceful coexistence, human dignity, development, preservation of the environment, and to counter hate speech, violence, and xenophobia.” This significant event is marked by the presence of diverse religious leaders, government officials, and international delegates, under the patronage of President Sahle-Work Zewde and organized in partnership with key bodies like the Interreligious Council of Ethiopia, the African Union, and several interfaith organizations. The primary goal of this conference is to champion the cause of interfaith harmony and cooperation, particularly emphasizing issues...

Tackling Tuberculosis in Africa: The Need for Innovative Solutions and the Ubuntu Health Impact Fund

Tackling Tuberculosis in Africa: The Need for Innovative Solutions and the Ubuntu Health Impact Fund

By Fr Charlie B. Chilufya, S.J. – Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network-Africa (JENA) As the world marks World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24th, our attention is drawn yet again to the stark realities of this global health crisis. TB, remains a global public health threat, killing more people globally than any other infectious disease. Each day, TB claims nearly 4,500 lives and infects close to 30,000 people with this preventable and curable disease. In Africa, TB lays bare a sobering truth: diseases stemming from poverty are a prevalent and relentless scourge, predominantly afflicting communities with limited resources. This reality...

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...