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…

00December 6, 2023December 6, 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…

00November 27, 2023November 27, 2023

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…

02November 26, 2023November 26, 2023

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,…

01November 14, 2023November 27, 2023

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…

00November 7, 2023November 7, 2023

AFRICA RISING

By Thomas Pogge - Director of the Global Justice Program, Yale University Founded in 1999, the G20 is a self constituted elite group of powerful governments meant to set directions for the structuring and maintenance of the world economy. Its founding members are the world’s mightiest economies. Chaired by India in 2023 and holding its summit in...

01November 7, 2023November 9, 2023

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…

00November 7, 2023November 7, 2023

`Jesuits and Partners Build Hope Amidst Desolation: How Concern and Compassion Breathed Life into Southern Malawi

By Martha Phiri In the heart of Southern Malawi, where devastation once painted the landscape, now thrives a spirit of resilience and unity. The monstrous fury of tropical cyclone Freddy had not just destroyed homes and lands across 16 of the country’s 28 districts; it had shattered dreams and hopes of nearly 700,000 residents whose...

00November 7, 2023November 7, 2023

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…

00November 7, 2023November 7, 2023

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…

00November 7, 2023November 7, 2023
Shem Otieno from Afrodad speaking as Fr. Charles CHilufya, S.J and other panelists look on.

A Look Back at the 2023 World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings in Marrakech

Shem Otieno from Afrodad speaking as Fr. Charles CHilufya, S.J and other panelists look on.

01October 18, 2023October 18, 2023

Elevating Human Dignity: JENA’s Advocacy at UNGA 78 for Health, and Education Equity in Africa

By:Charlie Chilufya, S.J, The Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network – Africa (JENA) and partners actively participated in the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, which ran from 12th to 25th September 2023. Our engagements and dialogues were pivotal, emphasizing the urgent needs and developmental goals of Africa in health,…

01October 12, 2023October 12, 2023

Global Policies for Agroecology: Nurturing Sustainable Food Systems

By Kevin Okoth Ouko-Research and Policy Analyst, Kenya Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of our time, affecting every corner of the globe. As temperatures rise, extreme weather events become more frequent, and ecosystems are disrupted, it’s clear that urgent action is needed to mitigate its effects. Agriculture is a significant contributor…

01October 9, 2023October 9, 2023

POPE FRANCIS, LAUDATE DEUM

A BACKGROUNDER ON THE DOCUMENT AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR COP28 By: Bryan P Galligan, S.J. On October 4, 2023, just two months before UNFCCC COP28, Pope Francis released a new pastoral document addressing the climate crisis. This document, Laudate Deum, is addressed “to all people of good will” and is intended to be an…

01October 5, 2023October 5, 2023

Elevating Human Dignity: JENA’s Advocacy at UNGA 78 for Health, and Education Equity in Africa

Charlie Chilufya, S.J, The Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network – Africa (JENA) and partners actively participated in the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, which commenced on 12th September 2023. Our engagements and dialogues were pivotal, emphasizing the urgent needs and developmental goals of Africa in health, education, and…

01September 27, 2023September 27, 2023

Transforming Africa’s Food Systems: Insights from the 2023 Africa Food Systems Forum

By Kevin Okoth Ouko- Research and Policy Analyst, JENA The Africa Food Systems Forum (AGRF), held from September 5th to 8th, 2023, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, was a groundbreaking event that brought together policymakers, farmers, scientists, and stakeholders from across the continent.  The forum under the theme “Recover, Regenerate, Act: Africa’s Solutions to Food…

02September 20, 2023September 20, 2023

Enlargement of G20 to G21: Setting the Tone for the 2023 SDG Summit’s Pursuit of Global Justice

By Thomas Pogge As world leaders convene at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the eagerly awaited Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit from 18th to 19th September 2023, the global governance landscape has witnessed a transformative change: the African Union’s landmark inclusion into the G20. Founded in 1999, in the wake of the…

01September 15, 2023September 15, 2023

African Climate Week and Africa Climate Summit’s Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith from around the African continent to the Kenyan government, the African Union and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the African Climate Summit and the African Climate Week, Nairobi, Kenya 4th – 6th September 2023. We, faith leaders, representing the diverse and united voices of African multi-faith leaders, come…

01September 4, 2023September 4, 2023

Global Children’s Climate Summit Unveils Key Outcome Statement Ahead of Africa Climate Summit.

Press Release Nairobi, September 2nd, 2023 – In an unprecedented move, children and young advocates from the Global South have come together to vocalize their concerns and aspira@ons regarding climate change and global financial jus@ce. Converging in Nairobi from 31st August to 2nd September 2023 for the 1st Ever Global Child-led Climate Change Summit, these…

03September 3, 2023September 3, 2023

The Outcome Statement from the First-Ever Global Children’s Climate Summit held in Nairobi on 31/8-2/09/23 Ahead of Africa Climate Summit / UNGA 78/ COP 28

Theme: “A Platform to Mobilize Children Globally to Influence Climate Finance, Policy Makers in Favor of the Global South“ Outcome Statement We the Global Child-led Climate Change Summit Committee (GCCCS) and the children representatives from Global South who have authored the New Children’s Global Financial Pact Declaration and presented it to Global Leaders and those…

11September 2, 2023September 2, 2023

African Faith Leaders’ Statement on how Africa can Emerge from Today’s Multiple Crises.

We, leaders of Catholic and other Christian Faith Denominations, Muslim and Indigenous Religions met at Elysian Resort in Nairobi on August 7-8, 2023 to discuss and propose solutions on how Africa can emerge from multiple and interlinked crises amongst others: the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, food and nutrition insecurity, climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity,…

12August 9, 2023August 9, 2023

Africa’s Rising Tide of Hunger: Urgent Calls for Action at UN Food Systems Summit

By Kevin Okoth Ouko- Research and Policy Analyst, JENA The UN Food Systems Summit+2 Stocktaking Moment (UNFSS+2), is currently underway at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations headquarters in Rome, from 24th to 26th July 2023. The Summit aims to evaluate the progress made since the initial UN Food Systems Summit…

12July 25, 2023July 26, 2023

Bakhita Partnership for Education Indaba Conference Report

From 17th to 19th May 2023, the Bakhita Partnership for Education (BPE) held the “Keep-the-Girls in School” Indaba to explore the current state of girls’ education in Africa in the wake of the unprecedented school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference focused on promoting the development of gender-responsive education systems and targeted actions…

02July 20, 2023July 24, 2023

Africa Talks Hard at the New Global Financing Pact Summit

By: Charlie Chilufya, S.J. After intense deliberation at the New Global Financing Pact summit in Paris that closed yesterday, the narrative emerging from Africa and the Global South paints a story of both hope and frustration. Spearheaded by French President Emmanuel Macron, the summit aimed to redefine fiscal relationships between high-income nations and countries grappling…

03June 24, 2023June 24, 2023

New Global Financing Pact Summit

By: Charlie B. Chilufya, S.J. The long-anticipated New Global Financial Pact Summit, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, commenced yesterday, June 22nd, in Paris. After months of preparation, including webinars, working groups, and drafting concept papers, this meeting aims to forge a “New Global Financing Pact.” The Summit is ambitiously striving to establish a more…

02June 23, 2023June 23, 2023

Youth Voice at the Global Financial Pact Summit: Expanding the Circle of Influence

Fr. Charlie B. Chilufya, S.J. We’re thrilled to continue sharing the stories of young advocates shaping the discourse on financial justice and climate action on the global stage. Sierra Leonean Foday Bangura and Kenyan Lavina Lempiras join Congolese-American Jelayaka and Kenyan Ellyanne Wanjiku Chlystun-Githae in this crusade for change. Our young leaders are supported by…

01June 21, 2023June 21, 2023

A Just Transition for Africa: Mining for Climate Change Mitigation

A Just Transition for Africa: Mining for Climate Change Mitigation Bryan P. Galligan, S.J. To avoid the worst effects of climate change, governments and corporations must embark on an ambitious transition away from fossil fuel-based energy sources as soon as possible. At the same time, many voices have argued that a successful energy transition will…

02June 13, 2023June 13, 2023

The Changing Landscape of Rhino Conservation in Africa: From State Parks to Private Lands

The Changing Landscape of Rhino Conservation in Africa: From State Parks to Private Lands By Ellyanne Chlystun-Githae and Charles B. Chilufya, S.J. Introduction Today, on World Environment Day, we stand in the shadow of an escalating environmental crisis fueled by degradation and climate change. We know that this year the focus is on beating plastic…

01June 5, 2023June 5, 2023

Environment and Mining What can be done to safeguard mineral host communities?

David Bote, Silveira House Officer. The case in point is Mutoko district in Mashonaland East Province of Zimbabwe, the main granite rock producing area in the country, where in community agency in mining, environmental conservation, and climate justice has been weak, and Silveira House sought to strengthen community agency. The project essentially targeted building and…

21June 1, 2023June 1, 2023

A Collaborative Effort Towards Eradicating Poverty Diseases In Africa

FR. ISMAEL MATAMBURA, S.J. I am a Jesuits priest and a member of AHETI which is Africa’s Health Economic Transformation Initiative. AHETI is an Initiative that really wants to advocate and produce medicines locally, and medicine which is really meant for the problems weare facing and for HIV and Aids, Malaria, and Tuberculosis. Having these…

01June 1, 2023June 1, 2023

“food-first” Blue Economy Strategy.

BRYAN P. GALLIGAN, S.J.RESEARCH AND POLICY ANALYST – FOOD AND CLIMATE JUSTICE Current policy and advocacy for social and ecological justice tend to neglect the import ant roles played by coastal communities and blue foods in Africa. This “ blue blind spot,” however, is beginning to be noticed by Catholic and other faith actors on…

11June 1, 2023June 1, 2023

Testimony on Bakhita Partnership for Education Program from St. Joseph Technical Secondary School.

Ms. Verah Masenge. I work at St. Joseph Technical Secondary school , as a Swahili teacher and also as a Child and vulnerable adult safe guarding officer , St. Joseph Technical Secondaryschool is located in Kangemi Slums , and the school offers a blended curriculum that is 844 system and also the students are able…

41May 31, 2023May 31, 2023

Building a Sustainable Future in Africa.

Mukami Irungu JENA, advocates sustainable development and inclusive governance. It has highlighted six thematic areas in which attention is required for the continent to achieve sustainable development. a) Governance and Inclusive Political InvolvementGovernance and inclusive political involvement are essential for Africa’s long-term development. It is critical to guarantee that democratic procedures are transparent and accountable…

01May 31, 2023May 31, 2023

Addressing Global Knowledge Inequalities. What is missing in Africa?

KEVIN OUKORESEARCH AND POLICY ANALYST- RETHINKING AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT Global knowledge inequalities are a significant challenge that many countries especially in the global south are facing today. It translates to the unequal distribution of knowledge and skills across different countries and regions . Knowledge is a fundamental tool for socioeconomic development , and access to it…

01May 31, 2023May 31, 2023

Unraveling the Debt Crisis:The Rising Economic Threat in Impoverished Countries

FR. CHARLES B. CHILUFYA, S.J. In a startling revelation, an Associated Press (AP) analysis reportsthat a group of impoverished countries, heavily indebted to China,teeter precariously on the edge of economic collapse. Notablenations such as Pakistan, Kenya, Zambia, Laos, and Mongolia findthemselves ensnared in a seemingly inescapable web of foreignloans.In the shadow of China’s economic might,…

21May 31, 2023May 31, 2023

Rethinking Africa Development Through a Knowledge Economy

Dear reader, Africa is a continent rich in natural resources, including minerals and raw materials that have been a significant source of revenue for many African countries. However, there is a growing need to shift towards developing a knowledge economy in Africa, one that is built on the foundation of knowledge, innovation, and technology. This…

12May 11, 2023May 11, 2023

The Russia—Ukraine War: Implications for Africa

In recent weeks, I have been teaching a course in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences called Introduction to International Relations. And in the context of this course I have taught a topic called “Just War Theory”. All this has happened while the Russia-Ukraine war is still raging on. In our class discussions, we…

12December 5, 2022April 16, 2023

The Letter – “The Cry of the Earth, the Cry of the Poor.”

By Charlie Chilufya, S.J Tomorrow, YouTube Originals will release the grand documentary film, The Letter, telling the story of the Laudato Si’ encyclical letter and the unfolding ecological emergency of our time and how it represents the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. The Letter is the fruit of a few years of work of the Laudato Si’ Movement in partnership with Off the Fence (Oscar-winning producers of My Octopus…

10October 3, 2022October 3, 2022

We Met Pope Francis, Our Hearts were Burning Within Us!

By Mwansa Chalo, My name is Mwansa Chalo, a young African economist and entrepreneur participating in the Economy of Francesco 2022 event in Assisi, Italy.  Looking back to this morning’s encounter with Pope Francis, I am hearing the words of the disappointed disciples who met the risen Lord reverberate in me: “Were not our hearts burning…

50September 24, 2022September 24, 2022

Meet Young African Change Makers at the EoF Assis Event

By Charlie Chilufya, S.J More than a dozen young changemakers under the aegis of JENA are participating in the Economy of Francesco (EoF) 2022 event. The 22nd to 24th September 2022 event is the first in-person meeting for young people called by Pope Francis to give a soul to the economy and help create an economy that gives life rather than the…

60September 21, 2022September 21, 2022

Young African Change Makers turn up at the Economy of Francesco (EoF) Assisi Global Event

The Economy of Francesco 2022 event is here! It happens after three years of life, work, waiting, projects, proposals, desire; after two years of a pandemic that could have stopped our young changemakers but didn’t succeed. After the great pain that the world has had to face. Young people are eager to change the flow: next…

90September 16, 2022April 16, 2023

Webinar: Russia-Ukraine War a Thorn to Global Food Systems: Implications on Sub-Saharan Africa Countries

The close link between food security and peace and stability cannot be overlooked. Over the years, countries and regions with failed peace and stability are often characterized by weak food systems; vice versa is often true. This is because conflict has a direct negative impact on food systems, affecting people’s ability to produce, trade, and…

00July 18, 2022July 18, 2022

A Just Transition for Africa: Mining for Climate Change Mitigation

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20July 7, 2022July 7, 2022
30July 1, 2022April 16, 2023

A Chance to Stand Behind Africa in a Moment of Unprecedented Challenge

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah   |   June 24, 2022   |  Barron’s The 2022 G7 leaders’ summit began on Sunday in Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps and was set to conclude today, Tuesday 28 July. The summit is taking place at a time of great global upheaval and uncertainty but more so for Africa. Two African countries, Senegal and…

20June 28, 2022June 28, 2022

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…

10June 4, 2022June 4, 2022

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…

30June 1, 2022June 1, 2022

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…

50May 26, 2022May 26, 2022

Post Covid-19 ‘Recovery’ Aftershocks? Unmasking the Soaring  Food prices in Africa

The FAO Food Price Index indicates that  the global food prices hit an all-time high in March, 2022.  The index, which is the average of five commodity group price indices weighted by the average export shares of each of the groups, reached 159.3 points in March, up by 12.6% from February when it had already …

20April 27, 2022April 27, 2022

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…

50April 20, 2022April 20, 2022

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…

30April 7, 2022April 7, 2022

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…

20March 22, 2022March 22, 2022

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…

00March 17, 2022March 17, 2022

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…

00March 10, 2022March 10, 2022

A Missed Opportunity? The Timid Outcome of the 2022 African Union-European Union Summit

Fernando C. Saldivar, S.J. The Sixth African Union – European Union (AU-EU) Summit concluded in Brussels on 18 February 2022 after two days of deliberations between leaders from the two continents. Given that this marked the first occasion for AU and EU heads of state to come together since 2017 there were high hopes on…

30February 22, 2022February 22, 2022

Webinar Announcement!!!

“Prepare the Future”: Unblocking Global Finance for Post-COVID-19 Recovery in Sub-Saharan Africa In order to sufficiently recover from the harsh impacts of the COVID-19 shock, reduce poverty, and build a healthier and more prosperous future for the continent, Sub-Saharan Africa needs massive financial resources. The continent needs resources to invest in vaccination and human capital…

00January 25, 2022January 25, 2022

JENA Lauds Donor Nations’ Support

Press Release The Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network – Africa (JENA) has welcomed the international community’s generous gesture to support poorer countries’ recovery efforts in the wake of the prolonged COVID-19 crisis. On Wednesday last week, the World Bank announced a $93 billion replenishment package of the International Development Association (IDA) to help low-income countries respond to the  COVID-19 crisis and build a greener, more resilient, and inclusive future. “The donor contribution to the IDA,…

00December 21, 2021December 21, 2021

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…

00December 10, 2021November 27, 2023

Omicron: Holy Anger from Africa!

By Charles B. Chilufya, S.J A couple of days ago, the champion of justice ,equity and humanity, Dr. Ayoade Alakija of the African Union’s Vaccine Delivery Alliance expressed the anger that so many of us are feeling in the face of this predictable moral failure by nations to do what can easily be done to eliminate the coronavirus. She was…

00November 30, 2021November 30, 2021

The Use of Offshore Jurisdictions by Africans and the Socio-economic Implications on African Countries

By Andebo Pax Pascal and Judith Nguli, Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA). At the beginning of October 2021, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) released the Pandora Papers document, implicating 14 offshore professional service providers, politicians, public officials and celebrities who utilise the offshore system to hide the true value of their wealth, and…

00November 24, 2021November 24, 2021

COP26:  Final Hours’ Scramble for a Deal

By Charles B. Chilufya, S.J The COP26 climate talks are about to close today, in less than a couple hours, after two weeks of deliberating, negotiating, and a bit of protesting. Negotiators are still scrambling for a final deal. A draft deal was published this morning but negotiators are still at it to settle on an agreement….

00November 12, 2021November 12, 2021

COP 26: “Insanity is…”

Charles B. Chilufya, S.J The fabled Albert Einstein is reckoned to have once said that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Nations are meeting at the COP 26 climate summit to resolve the perennial giant and urgent problem of climate change having failed to resolve another urgent…

00November 4, 2021November 4, 2021

Financing Climate Change Adaptation – A Critical Piece of the COP26 Puzzle

By Fernando C. Saldivar, S.J. World leaders are currently gathered in Glasgow, Scotland for COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. It is no exaggeration to say that COP26 is the most important multilateral conference on the environment in a generation and may represent our last chance to collectively address climate change through mitigation and…

00November 3, 2021November 3, 2021

COP 26: Please Open Your Hearts!”

Charles B. Chilufya, S.J. “Please open your hearts…” so went the strong and passionate call from the 26-year-old Kenyan climate activist Elizabeth Muthuti as she spoke to the world leaders yesterday on the first day of the world leaders’ summit of the COP 26 hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.  She moved our hearts to…

00November 2, 2021November 2, 2021

Can COP-26 Integrate Economics, Development, Climate and Global Justice?

By Charles B. Chilufya, SJ As nations start an important conversation on climate in Glasgow starting today, Monday 1st November, we are worried that conversations around climate action and development often take place in silos and are often driven by myopic economic and national interest. Climate action and development and even poverty eradication are inextricably…

00November 1, 2021November 1, 2021

COP26: Can this be an Opportunity for African Countries to Shape the Climate Agenda?

Charles B. Chilufya, S.J. There is every hope that 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) will go beyond the usual rhetoric we have seen from previous meetings as countries prepare to launch an adaptation goal and adopt strategies for achieving such a goal. Can this also be an opportunity for African countries…

20October 25, 2021October 25, 2021

Small Country, Big Voice – The Gambia at the Frontier of International Human Rights Litigation

Fernando C. Saldivar, S.J. Global Policy and Advocacy Officer – Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) The Gambia is the smallest country within mainland Africa, entirely surrounded by Senegal with the exception of its western coast on the Atlantic Ocean. From east to west it extends approximately 330 km and less than 50 km…

10October 25, 2021October 25, 2021

Another Moral Case for Vaccine Equity

By Charlie B. Chilufya, S.J A recent study done this year showed that there is greater vaccine hesitancy in high-income countries than in low- and middle-income countries driven mostly by conspiracy theorising.  According to the study reported on 16 July in Nature Medicine, 80% of individuals surveyed in ten low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Asia, Africa and…

00October 25, 2021October 25, 2021

The Blue Food Assessment and its Implications

Bryan P. Galligan, S.J. Global food systems are in the spotlight this week with the highly controversial UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) planned for Thursday, 23rd September, and a number of governments, civil society groups, and corporate players trying to influence its outcomes. Even the degree to which these outcomes can be influenced has been…

00September 22, 2021September 22, 2021

Rethinking Ocean Governance: From Fisheries Extractivism to Blue Justice

Bryan P. Galligan, SJ In the wake of a devastating annual report on hunger and malnutrition, and in the lead-up to the controversial UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), the international community is at a point of reckoning. Despite ambitious goals, a business-as-usual approach to food systems has not made progress. Indeed, COVID-19 and climate change…

00September 9, 2021September 9, 2021

Special Drawing Rights: Salvation for African Countries in the face of increasing debts and COVID-19 induced economic crisis?

By Andebo Pax Pascal, Research and Advocacy Officer – Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM). The Context The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted into a health, economic and social emergency since it blew into a global proportion in March 2020. While acknowledging that the overall impact…

00September 3, 2021September 3, 2021

Tax and Debt Justice: Why the Catholic Church Must Seek to be involved now.

By Pascal Pax Andebo, Research and Advocacy Officer, Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa. Imagine hearing your Parish Priest, as part of his preaching, telling you to pay taxes to the government as a Christian obligation. Then he proceeds to read a long pastoral letter from the Bishops, which lays emphasis on the need to…

00August 26, 2021August 26, 2021

JENA’s Focus on Youth: Africa Regeneration Indaba for Young People

JENA’s Focus on Youth: Africa Regeneration Indaba for Young People   Charlie Chilufya, S.J.   In Africa, August is the Month of the Youth. It is a time to acknowledge the gift of young people especially in this continent that is predominantly young. The fourth Apostolic Preference of the Jesuits, call us Jesuits and our…

00August 18, 2021August 18, 2021

Afronomicslaw Symposium: The Economy of Francesco: A Global South Perspective on Pope Francis’ Call for a More Inclusive Global Economy – Call for Blogs

From the beginning of his pontificate in 2013, Pope Francis has consistently issued a call to radically rethink the global financial order, to envision “a different kind of economy: one that brings life not death, one that is inclusive and not exclusive, humane and not dehumanizing, one that cares for the environment and does not…

00June 29, 2021June 29, 2021

Caritas and JENA seek to form a collaborative alliance

The Jesuits Justice and Ecology Network of Africa (JENA) in conjunction with Caritas Africa held an international blended conference on the 22nd – 24th June 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference was themed “Food Sovereignty in times of recovery: Building back better through mainstreaming social justice and leveraging on ecological agriculture”. Caritas Africa and the…

10June 29, 2021June 29, 2021

Apostolate to the African Child

By Matambura Ismael, SJ By 2020, according to SOS, over 400 million children are currently living on the African continent. A child refers to every human being below the age of 18 years (The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, 1990 Article 2). At the center of Africa’s political upheavals, economic…

10June 29, 2021June 29, 2021

A Brutal Third Wave Hits Africa: We Need to Act Now to Save Lives

By Charlie Chilufya, S.J A third wave of COVID-19 infections more brutal than the first two that came before is seriously ravaging some sub-Saharan Africa countries, most of them in southern Africa as the continent falls way behind the rest of the world in vaccinations. The current rate of infections being experienced in sub-Saharan Africa…

10June 29, 2021June 29, 2021

Food Sovereignty in Sub-Saharan Africa, International Blended Conference

From the 22nd – 24th June 2021 the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network of Africa (JENA) in collaboration with Caritas Africa and the Academic Stand Against Poverty East and Southern Africa (ASAP-ESA) will host a blended Food Sovereignty Conference in Nairobi, Kenya through the JENA Food Sovereignty Platform (JFSP). The Conference will gather national and international specialists, both policy experts and academics, in order to extend the concerns on…

00June 15, 2021June 15, 2021

Natural Resource Tax Revenues

· Natural Resource Tax Revenues BACKGROUND Mining is one of the sectors that one can describe as the mainstay of the Zimbabwean economy. With optimal and robust taxation, the sector’s contribution to the country’s revenue could be much larger than it is now. For example, in 2019, total mining export receipts peaked at US$2.9 billion and…

00May 26, 2021May 26, 2021

Report on the the Capacity Building Workshop on IFFs

· Report on the Capacity Building Workshop on Illicit Financial Flows for the Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Development Introduction Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) are illegal movements of money from one country to the other. Global Financial Integrity classifies this movement as an illicit flow when funds are illegally earned, transferred, and/or utilized across an…

00May 26, 2021May 26, 2021

Consolidate democracy and promote the rule of law in DR Congo

By Alain NZADI-a-NZADI, sj This year’s social days brought participants to reflect, for three days, around the theme of consolidating democracy and promoting the rule of law in DR Congo. The two panelists of the first day analyzed in turn the fundamental reasons for the chronic political instability in DR Congo, the means to end…

00May 25, 2021May 25, 2021

Report on the Capacity Building Workshop on Illicit Financial Flows for the Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Development

Report Compiled by: Godess Bvukutwa Introduction Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) are illegal movements of money from one country to the other. Global Financial Integrity classifies this movement as an illicit flow when funds are illegally earned, transferred, and/or utilized across an international border. The concept of IFFs can be rather complex and daunting to many thus the…

00May 25, 2021May 25, 2021

Maximizing Revenues from Natural-Resource Extraction

BACKGROUND Mining is one of the sectors that one can describe as the mainstay of the Zimbabwean economy. With optimal and robust taxation, the sector’s contribution to the country’s revenue could be much larger than it is now. For example, in 2019, total mining export receipts peaked at US$2.9 billion and this amount translated to about…

00May 25, 2021May 25, 2021

Workshop for Zimbabwe MPs on Tackling Illicit Financial Flows

By Charlie Chilufya, S.J The JENA Director, Fr Charles Chilufya. S.J. and the JENA Global Policy and Advocacy Officer, Fernando Saldivar, S.J joined Silveira House on 6th May 2021 at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Harare to deliver a workshop on Tackling Illicit Financial Flows in Zimbabwe. Generally, illicit financial flows is an umbrella term for…

10May 25, 2021May 25, 2021

Updates from Chad

UPDATES FROM CHAD Chad is far from returning to normal live in spite of the relative calm observed the country in the last few days. Families are burying their loved ones who were killed by police/military bullets during the violent public protests of April 24, 2021 aimed at rejecting the military junta which staged a…

00May 19, 2021April 16, 2023

Food sovereignty in Africa

Jesuit Justice Ecology Network of Africa (JENA) Food sovereignty in Africa post–COVID-19: Insights into policy and systematic gaps By Dennis Kyalo and Charlie B. Chilufya, S.J COVID-19 pandemic and its associated containment measures such as curfews and restrictions on movement continue to be not only a health concern but also a major food sovereignty concern…

00May 19, 2021May 19, 2021

Former Heads of State and Nobel Laureates Call on President Biden to Waive Intellectual Property Rules for Covid Vaccines

FORMER HEADS OF STATE AND NOBEL LAUREATES CALL ON PRESIDENT BIDEN TO WAIVE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RULES FOR COVID VACCINES More than 170 former heads of state and government and Nobel laureates, including former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Gordon Brown, former President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,…

00April 28, 2021April 16, 2023

World Religious Leaders Call for a People’s Vaccine

· JENA Joins World Religious Leaders Call for a People’s Vaccine If you have contact with religious leaders anywhere in the world, please ask them to sign this letter on access to vaccines. While all U.S. adults are now eligible for a vaccine, most people in low- and middle-income countries are unlikely to have access…

00April 28, 2021April 28, 2021

Tenth Sovereign Debt News Update: IMF Fund Disbursement and Monitoring

· Tenth Sovereign Debt News Update: IMF Fund Disbursement and Monitoring The G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) has provided debt relief worth USD$5 Billion to 40 countries. The DSSI was originally set to expire in December 2020, but after the recent meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers meeting, there are indications that the term of…

00April 28, 2021April 28, 2021

Ninth Sovereign Debt News Update: IMF’s Agreement with Sudan, Somalia and Madagascar in Context

· Ninth Sovereign Debt News Update: IMF’s Agreement with Sudan, Somalia and Madagascar in Context In response to the economic shock following the covid-19 pandemic, South Sudan turned to the International Monetary Fund which itself recently approved the disbursement of US$174,2 Million to South Sudan under its Rapid Credit Facility. Being the second of such disbursement…

00April 28, 2021April 28, 2021

Eighth Sovereign Debt News Update: The Re-Incurring and Extinguishing of Sovereign Debt

· Eighth Sovereign Debt News Update: The Re-Incurring and Extinguishing of Sovereign Debt Putting into consideration key factors such as economic size, debt-to-GDP ratio, value of foreign exchange currency, sovereign debt profile, domestic debt market, vibrance of its financial system, inflation, growth and development rate, government efficiency, and hydrocarbon dependency, Fitch confirmed on Friday, March…

00April 28, 2021April 28, 2021

Pope laments ‘shameful’ Mediterranean migrant tragedy

· Pope laments ‘shameful’ Mediterranean migrant tragedy Pope Francis prayed for more than 100 Europe-bound migrants who died in their attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea and said humanity ought to be ashamed of such repeating tragedies. “For two whole days [they] begged in vain for help. Help that never came … we ought to be ashamed,” Pope Francis said…

00April 27, 2021April 27, 2021

Tax evasion and avoidance are a global concern

Opening Statement Charlie Chilufya SJ ChilufyaStatement It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here Quick contact JENA…

00April 26, 2021April 26, 2021

Tax Justice for Promoting Equality and Social Justice

Tax Justice for Promoting Equality and Social Justice I recently attended and spoke at a conference with the above title in Nairobi from 12-14 March 2019. The conference was organised by the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar and the Jesuitenmission in Germany and sponsored by Global Financial Integrity and Misereor. An interesting aspect of…

00April 26, 2021April 26, 2021

Brussels 2019 “Tax Justice and Poverty” Workshop

Brussels 2019 “Tax Justice and Poverty” Workshop On 10 December, the policy and advocacy workshop “Tax Justice and Poverty” was held. This event was co-organised by JESC, COMECE – The Catholic Church in the EU and the Jesuits in Europe and Africa with the participation of representatives of the EU institutions as well as tax…

00April 26, 2021April 26, 2021

Launch of COVID-19 Debt Relief Campaign in Africa

· Read full article here Follow us Facebook Twitter Youtube Instagram Pinterest Research Analysis Social Analysis Advocate And Communicate. HOW WE WORK Latest posts Our Publications Quick contact JENA Karen Nairobi Kenya +254 20 3884528 info@jena.africa The Organization Who we Are Our Team Our Network Mmenbers Our Partners How We Work Follow us Facebook Twitter…

00April 26, 2021April 26, 2021

News from N’Djamena, Chad

NEWS FROM NDJAMENA, CHAD: THE PRESIDENT IS DEAD! Ludovic Lado SJ Last Tuesday, April 20 2021, I was on a zoom call in my office when three of my colleagues insistently knocked at the door before opening and wanting to interrupt. But I waved to them to let them know that I was busy and…

00April 25, 2021April 16, 2023

Pope Francis addresses Leaders’ Summit on Climate

Pope Francis addresses Leaders’ Summit on Climate Pope Francis addressed the Leaders Summit on Climate, saying that the world faced a challenge to care for nature in the post-pandemic era. “We know that one doesn’t come out of a crisis the same way we entered. We come out either better or worse. The Pope spoke during…

00April 25, 2021April 25, 2021

Biden’s remarkable success on climate

Biden’s remarkable success on climate (CNN) By every standard, President Joe Biden’s climate change summit was a remarkable success. With great diplomatic dexterity, Biden and climate envoy John Kerry assembled world leaders representing 82% of world carbon emissions, 73% of the world population and 86% of world economic output to commit to bold climate action. Biden deftly used…

00April 25, 2021April 25, 2021

Working Conditions in the Mining Sector in the Northwestern Province of Zambia

Working Conditions in the Mining Sector in the Northwestern Province of Zambia Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection Date Written: 2016 Abstract Using the Zambian legal framework and laid down international labour standards, this study has evaluated the working conditions of mineworkers in the Northwestern Province with a specific focus on Kansanshi Mining Plc. and Lumwana…

00April 24, 2021April 24, 2021

Reforming the CSR of Extractive Industries in Zambia

Reforming the CSR of Extractive Industries in Zambia Abstract In the wake of the failure of mining-led development to procure the development promise it carried, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been proposed as one major way to leverage CSR can make to poverty alleviation and other development goals. However, several scholars and practitioners of development…

00April 24, 2021April 24, 2021

An Oasis in the Human Rights Litigation Desert?

An Oasis in the Human Rights Litigation Desert? As a result of the Supreme Court’s increasingly restrictive reading of the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”), victims of human rights abuses committed abroad have found the federal courthouse door sealed shut. Especially in the wake of Jesner v. Arab Bank, where the Court held that foreign corporations…

00April 24, 2021April 24, 2021

Blood Money

The world after the pandemic A century ago, as Europe was emerging from World War I, there was a consensus that arms proliferation had been one of the chief causes of the conflict. This is why Article Eight of the Covenant of the League of Nations affirmed that “the manufacture by private enterprise of munitions…

00April 24, 2021April 24, 2021

The world after the pandemic

The world after the pandemic In March 2020, Pope Francis called on the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development to establish a COVID-19 Commission to bring together the Church’s resources and begin reflecting on the needs of the post-pandemic world. The Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA), based in Nairobi, Kenya, has actively…

00April 24, 2021April 24, 2021

IMF is Zambia’s Best Option for Now!

IMF is Zambia’s Best Option for Now! The stigma attached to seeking help from the International Monetary Fund means countries try to avoid it wherever possible. But currently there are still no better options for struggling emerging markets including Zambia. First and foremost., what is Zambia’s problem? Zambia is facing a lot of pressure on…

00April 24, 2021April 24, 2021

Perspectives on global justice and fixing the ecological mess

Perspectives on global justice and fixing the ecological mess Human beings are dramatically changing the surface conditions on planet Earth at an accelerating rate. One key aspect of this is pollution. Our emissions of particles (PM2.5or fine particulate matter 2.5 that is an air pollutant) and ozone (O3) air pollution at ground level cause massive…

00April 24, 2021April 24, 2021

Integral Ecology and Taxation

Integral Ecology and Taxation: Catholic Social Teaching Pushing the Frontiers of Social Contract Theory in the Post-Pandemic Era The Global Pandemic and the Challenge to the International Financial Order By the beginning of April 2020, an event unprecedented since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution took place – the entire world stayed home behind closed…

00April 24, 2021April 24, 2021

Covid-19: What about Africa?

Covid-19 What about Africa? By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp 2020 will long be remembered in the annals of history because of the Covid-19 pandemic. As that year drew to a close, the Covid-19 vaccine made its debut in several countries. The question we need to ask, however, is whether the disease will wane as…

00April 24, 2021April 24, 2021

The African Economy is “Infected”: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 is Worsening Poverty in Africa

The African Economy is “Infected”: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 is Worsening Poverty in Africa In the last three weeks or so, a common trend has emerged in many African capitals just like elsewhere. Travelers, for both work and leisure, are canceling flights; businesses are asking workers to stay home and, in some cases, curtailing…

00April 24, 2021April 24, 2021

Joint Tax Audits between Developed and Developing Countries

Joint Tax Audits between Developed and Developing Countries Jörg Alt CharlesB. Chilufya This chapter presents the case for joint tax audits, especially between developed and developing countries, and presents the experiences of Germany and Bavaria. The authors propose including joint tax audits in double tax agreements as this would greatly benefit attempts of developing countries…

00April 24, 2021April 24, 2021

Nobody is safe until everyone is safe

AFRICA – “NOBODY IS SAFE UNTIL EVERYONE IS SAFE,” SAYS CHARLES B. CHILUFYA S.J. The growing Covid-19 crisis facing Africa will require more extensive levels of international cooperation, coordination, compromise and care than there is now. There is a call here on more powerful nations like the G20 to take leadership, to be a ‘Good…

00April 23, 2021April 16, 2023

A Wicked Impunity

A Wicked Impunity. On December 1, 2020, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the consolidated cases of Nestlé USA, Inc. v. Doe I and Cargill, Inc. v. Doe I. Depending on how the court rules, these cases could mark the end of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) as a means of holding corporations accountable…

00April 15, 2021April 15, 2021

The paradox of prosecuting war criminals while ignoring corporate human rights abuses

The Paradox Of Prosecuting War Criminals While Ignoring Corporate Human Rights Abuses Swiss court is currently prosecuting Liberian national Alieu Kosiah for war crimes committed during that country’s civil war. Fernando C. Saldivar SJ questions, however, why it is so easy for international courts to try war criminals but so difficult to prosecute large corporations…

00April 15, 2021April 15, 2021

Building Back Better

We Have A Chance To Help The World To Make A Brighter, Better Future is an opportunity to “usher in a new model of development” that better serves communities globally, said the Rev. Charles Chilufya, coordinator of the Vatican COVID-19 Commission’s Task Force Africa and director of the Justice and Ecology Office at the Jesuit…

10April 15, 2021April 15, 2021

Climate Justice and Food Security

· Climate Change Climate change is an issue of justice and protection of life. Climate change impacts disproportionally the marginalised communities and people in Africa. Climate change is an issue of justice and protection of life. It impacts disproportionally the marginalised communities and people in Africa. Informed by Laudato Si, JENA realises that climate change…

00January 29, 2019January 29, 2019

My Legal Rights as a Subpoenaed Witness

A subpoena is a writ issued by a court or other governmental agency having the appropriate authority. A subpoena, which means under penalty…

01October 2, 2017April 19, 2023

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 13 December, presided over by the United Arab Emirates. There will also be a dedicated Food4Climate pavilion in ExpoCity, where the talks will be held. COP28 will serve as a nexus for leaders representing governments, businesses, NGOs, and civil society to forge tangible solutions collaboratively, and the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) will be at the forefront of this effort.

Food systems are responsible for  about a third of all greenhouse gases produced by human activity and this has spurred a compelling call to action. Furthermore, as one-third of the world’s food goes to waste, an alarming over 700 million people grapple with hunger. At the same time, a staggering 3 billion individuals cannot access a nutritious diet. This issue is poised to worsen due to the adverse effects of extreme weather events and biodiversity loss on global agriculture. In Africa, the climate challenge adds to those of food sovereignty and a growing population. A ‘food systems approach’ is one of a number of buzzy phrases being deployed in the run-up to COP28. It refers to a holistic, systems-wide approach to recognise the interconnection between the many dimensions of the food system, such as food security, biodiversity, global heating, culture and health. The recent Abu Dhabi Interfaith Statement on Climate Change for COP28 calls on governments to promote sustainable agriculture and resilient food systems that respect local cultures and ecosystems while ensuring food security for all. African heads of state in the Nairobi Declaration, adopted at the first Africa Climate Summit in September 2023, emphasizing the importance of climate-resilient and restorative agricultural practices for both food security and green growth on the continent.

At COP28, the presidency agenda asks countries to sign a leaders’ declaration that countries recognize the need to transform food systems to tackle the interplay between agriculture, food and climate. The Declaration invites national governments to align their national food systems and agriculture strategies, with their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). The presidency is also emphasizing the importance of food systems and agriculture within the Global Goal on Adaptation, as mandated for adoption at COP28. This would offer an international framework on adaptation, setting objectives and indicators to monitor and quantify progress.

In a recent  joint open letter ,  World Wide Fund (WWF), The Food Systems Partnership, and the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU), amongst many other organizations, are urging parties to the UNFCCC to acknowledge the critical role of food systems in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Within the letter are two primary asks for negotiators at COP 28.

  1. Integrating a holistic approach to food systems within the  Sharm el-Sheikh joint work on the implementation of climate action on agriculture and food security (SSJW). At COP28 countries will negotiate a work plan for this Joint Work, including a coordination structure within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Negotiators will also explore opportunities for financing. The Sharm el-Sheikh joint work recognizes the fundamental priority of safeguarding food security and ending hunger, and the particular vulnerabilities of food production systems to the adverse impacts of climate change. It highlights the role of farmers, including smallholders and pastoralists, as key agents of change recognizing that solutions are context-specific and consider national circumstances. This action point on the need transform systems  to focus on inclusivity and equity is supported too by the
  2. Building on the findings of the Global Stocktake (GST), including food systems actions in updated National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and long-term low-emission development strategies (LT-LEDS) before COP 30. At present, more than 100 countries have included actions on agricultural production in updated NDCs, but only five include actions on consumption – and they are all developing countries whose diets produce relatively few GHG emissions. Just two countries – Malawi and Liberia – have included all of production, consumption, and loss and waste in their updated NDCs.

Thus, this year governments will take a decision on the first global stocktake, including measures and finance that need to be put in place to bridge the gaps in progress.This is part of the Paris Agreement and a key means to assess the world’s global response to the climate crisis and chart a better way forward.  UNFCCC recently released a Synthesis Report designed to help governments reach a decision on the global stocktake at COP28 which is Party-driven, and can be leveraged to accelerate ambition in their next round of climate action plans due in 2025.

This COP28 will be a new opportunity to address questions that have remained unanswered after previous discussions.  COP28 therefore provides an opportunity for governments and non-state actors already championing the agenda to leverage this momentum to encourage less ambitious governments to act. It anticipated that the focus on ensuring food systems and agriculture are central to climate action efforts and that the voice of the smallholder farmer will be clearly articulated on the global stage.