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Inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities

31 May 2016
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Urbanization has been a remarkable phenomenon over the last few decades affecting millions of people and where problems emerge due to the rapid growth of population and its concentration in urban slum areas with high levels of congestion.  This situation carries additional economic, social, and environmental costs and sustains the persistent poverty and inequality....
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Signing the Paris Agreement and understanding Earth as our Mother on Earth Day

30 April 2016
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Catherine Devitt Earth Day, celebrated 22 April, is the annual event which brings together millions of people from around the globe to express support for environmental protection.  Earth Day 2016 marks the 46th anniversary of the first Earth Day which is often credited as playing a fundamental role in launching the modern environmental movement....
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Water is life

31 March 2016
“El sexto objetivo de los Objetivos de desarrollo sostenible (ODS) trata explícitamente las cuestiones vinculadas de agua y saneamiento. Pero algunas de las cuestiones clave en el agua son invisibles. El agua está en las profundidades o fluye en ríos atmosféricos de humedad alto en el cielo. El agua puede estar contaminada con productos químicos invisibles, y los cambios en la disponibilidad y calidad del agua pueden afectar a las personas marginadas en zonas remotas. En algunos lugares, todos coinciden." (Foro Económico Mundial, septiembre de 2015)

Alberto Garrido The big question when a planet is discovered is: Is there water?  If there is no water, there is no life.  We depend on water as much as we depend on air.  We need water to drink and also to wash ourselves and cook.  We need the biggest amount of water to...
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Reducing inequality (SDG 10) is essential to achieve other SDGs

29 February 2016
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José María Vera The post-2015 development agenda, Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development  whose overall purpose is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), represents a considerable progress compared with its predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) even as a common characteristic is their universality that requires ambition towards structural change....
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Stepping beyond Paris with hope in a better world

15 January 2016
Scolastiques et frères Jésuites réunis à Leyte, aux Philippines, après avoir visité les régions ravagées par Haiyan, engageant des conversations directement avec les communautés locales, les gouvernements locaux, et des groupes d’aide de l’Église, tout en apprenant à comprendre comment réagir en cas de catastrophe dans le cadre d’une écologie intégrante dans l’accompagnement des personnes vulnérables qui sont à la marge de la société. Crédit photo: Scholastic Harry Setianto Sunaryo, SJ

Pedro Walpole, SJ For 12 days of Christmas last month, around 30 Asian Jesuit scholastics moved around Leyte, Philippines to meet people pulling their lives together in a disaster landscape. They also learned about risk management, which is clearly part of the new life strategy at the margins. Haiyan, the perfect storm, rode for...
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The Paris Agreement: Successes, disappointments, and the road ahead

15 December 2015
Selon la dernière analyse globale de la National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/201506), la période de Janvier à Juin 2015 a été «la plus chaude à sur toutes les étendues terrestres et océaniques du monde, dépassant de 0,85°C la moyenne du 20ème siècle, battant le précédent record établi en 2010, la dernière année avec des conditions El Niño.  «Le El Niño en cours, tel qu’illustré sur l’image, à droite, a de fortes chances (80%) de persister jusqu’à l’an prochain.  Le phénomène El Niño de 1997-1998 apparaît à gauche. Crédit photo: futuretimeline.net

Catherine Devitt In his opening remarks  to the media during the closing day of the COP21 climate talks  in Le Bourget, France on 11 December 2015, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shared, “I have been attending many difficult multilateral negotiations, but by any standard, this negotiation is most complicated, most difficult, but most important...
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COP21 first week result: A smooth process and a revised first draft climate agreement

7 December 2015
Le projet d’accord révisé de la COP21 sur le climat après la première semaine, pour la discussion de la deuxième semaine.

The Ecojesuit Team There is no doubt that the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (COP15) in December 2009, caused a real trauma in the world of climate change negotiations.  Since then, these negotiations have taken on a tone of fatalism or at least a huge prudence.  But there is an acknowledgement that COP 21, presently...
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First week of COP21: Tensions, lessons, movements, building trust

7 December 2015
réunion avec REPAM en solidarité avec l'Amazonie, regards résolument tournés vers l’avant

The Ecojesuit Team The tension held during the first week of the 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP21) in Le Bourget, Paris, France is clearly a sign of the times and a time when we define the future. The decisions may not be in ink but the momentum to achieve commitment is...
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Objectivity and urgency driving the Stockholm Dialogue

30 November 2015
Une des îles proches de Stockholm par une belle journée, gardant mémoire de la vie et de la terre alors que nous cherchons à maintenir l’échange ouvert et créatif.

Catherine Devitt A response The Stockholm Dialogue is a response to what Pope Francis invites us into in Laudato si’ – a new dialogue, a social transformation towards a global agenda for social inclusion and Earth Care. Exploring the role of values in sustainability science provides an opportunity to assess how meaningful and sustainable...
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Seeking a sincere and committed Stockholm Dialogue that deepens and transforms

15 November 2015
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José Ignacio García Since 2013 the city of Stockholm in Sweden has been closely linked to the activity of GIAN-Ecology, as it was during this year that the core group joined World Water Week, a major international event organized every year in this city.  With that meeting, we launched an action plan for 2014-2015...
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