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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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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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....

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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...