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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...