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Stockholm +50

By Bryan P Galligan, S.J In early June 1972, world leaders met in Stockholm, Sweden for the first-ever global conference on the environment and sustainable development. This past week, the UN system returned to Stockholm after 50 years for a global stock-take on the progress made since then, and to give leaders an opportunity to...

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Stockholm +50: Responsibility!

By Charlie Chilufya, S.J. During this Week of the Environment, from the 30th of May leading up to the 5th June, the World Environment Day, nations of the world gather at the Stockholmsmässan Centre in Stockholm, the largest exhibition facility in the Nordic region, to once again talk about and plan action to heal the now very well-known broken relationship between human beings and the natural...

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Food or Fuel: Choose Life!

By Kevin Okoth Ouko and  Fr.  Charles B Chilufya, SJ Global food commodity prices, especially those global grain and vegetable oil prices, have reached record highs in a decade hitting poorer countries harder. The surge in food prices is driven mainly by the war in Ukraine, which is wreaking havoc on a global food system...

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What Russia’s war in Ukraine means for Africa

By Njeri Okono and Charles B Chilufya 20th April 2022 Ubuntu is a foundational term in African cosmology and spirituality meaning ‘humanity’. It expresses the African belief that ‘I am because we are’ or ‘I am because you are’ and also expresses our ‘humanity towards others. Ubuntu further expresses the African belief in a universal...

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When rain clouds don’t gather, and more

Because the real drivers of Africa’s vulnerability to climate change extend far beyond physical factors alone… By Bryan P Galligan 7th April 2022 “We used to know what to grow here, and we could predict the rains. Now, the rains are unpredictable, and we need to find new ways to survive.” – A farmer receiving...

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Policy Brief: Rechanelling the United Kingdom’s Allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) for Climate Finance

JENA, along with its United Kingdom partners, is lobbying the UK Government to rechannel more of its IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) allocation and lead other rich nations to do the same to combat climate change and biodiversity loss in Sub-Saharan Africa, an area of concern that the UK has consistently identified as a priority...

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Partial win in COVID-19 vaccine access for developing world, much more remains to be done

16th March 2022 – In a landmark development yesterday, the European Union (EU), South Africa, India and USA are reported to have reached a compromise in long-running negotiations for a waiver on intellectual property (IP) rights for coronavirus products. However, it still needs agreement from EU member countries as well as other World Trade Organization...

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SDRs Are Not a Magic Wand! Put Them to Good Use

By Charlie B Chilufya, S.J. On 8th March 2022, JENA, through its affiliate member organisation, the Zimbabwe-based Jesuit NGO, Silveira House, met with the Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee of the Zimbabwean Parliament in Harare to discuss some of the best ways African countries like Zimbabwe could employ to fully benefit from the recent Special...