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Vatican’s active commitment to promote responsible dialogue between faith and science for sustainable development and humanity

31 May 2015
Le Secrétaire Général de l’ONU, Ban Ki-moon rencontre le Pape Francis au Vatican avec d’autres leaders mondiaux dans des communautés de foi et de science. Crédit photo: L’Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Jose Ignacio Garcia The Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences are two Vatican institutions seeking to promote a responsible dialogue between faith and science. They do not express the official voice of the Church but their meetings are always a good indicator of the concerns of the Catholic Church....
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Post-Sendai 2015: A new 15-year global agreement to measure, finance, and implement more effective disaster risk reduction towards reduced vulnerability and increased resilience

15 April 2015

Mariel de Jesus and Sylvia Miclat Four priority actions to achieve seven global targets in responding more effectively to disaster risk reduction in the next 15 years emerged as the Sendai Declaration or the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was finalized after lengthy meetings that went on through the night of the...
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Active engagement in fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment in other sources needs patient trust

30 March 2015
Día global de la desinversión el pasado 13 y 14 de febrero en Melbourne, Australia. Foto de:

John Sealey As we discussed the risks, nuts, and bolts of fossil fuel divestment during the recent Second Annual Climate Change Conference hosted by the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago, I shared the prayer Patient Trust that Jesuit scientist and theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote. “Above all, trust in the slow...
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Contributing to a global post-2015 disaster risk reduction framework

28 February 2015
Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Monsieur Ban Ki-Moon, a prononcé le discours d’ouverture à la troisième Conférence mondiale des Nations Unies sur la réduction des risques de catastrophe à Sendai, au Japon.  Dans son discours, Ban Ki-Moon a rappelé que les dégâts annuels globaux résultant de catastrophes dépassent aujourd’hui 300 000 000 000$.  «Nous pouvons regarder ce chiffre augmenter pendant que de plus en plus de monde souffre.  Ou bien nous pouvons, de façon considérable, réduire ces chiffres et investir dans le développement économique». Crédit photo: UN ISDR

Philippine Working Group on Disaster Risk Resilience As the current global blueprint for reducing disaster risk, the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters (HFA) is nearing its end this year. Countries are coming together from 14 to 18 March in Sendai, Japan for the Third UN...
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Enhancing collaboration and action in disaster risk reduction and management: The JCAP coordination protocol

15 February 2015

Pedro Walpole The Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) is developing a coordination protocol that outlines steps for Jesuits within JCAP when responding to disasters that impact the lives of people and communities in this part of the world. Responses to catastrophic events are collaborative in nature, joining local efforts and guiding important international support....
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The EU Emissions Trading System: Will mitigation touch our pockets?

31 January 2015
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José Ignacio García, SJ Last week at the European Parliament, we lived through the latest skirmish of what is still, and will be, a long dispute over the European Union Emissions Trading System or the EU ETS. The EU ETS is the mechanism established to regulate the emissions of CO2 – one of the...
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The Pope and Tacloban: Social and economic inclusion of the poor in post-disaster response and humanity’s need to reconcile with Creation

15 January 2015
Barangay Anibong, ciudad de Tacloban en Leyte, Filipinas espera la llegada del Papa Francisco. Foto de: Vincent Go for

Pedro Walpole The visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines is a religious and deeply cultural occasion. Though he asked for no images of himself to be posted, the country is adorned with images of a man who inspires love, mercy and peace. The sentiment of the people and the hope he inspires combine...
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A Yolanda housing update: Where are we and how do we move forward in building back better and safer in post-disaster housing reconstruction in the Philippines?

15 November 2014
Zonas costeras de alto riesgo en muchas partes de Filipinas donde viven los más vulnerables, expuestos a un clima y pobreza extrema. Foto de: P Walpole

Sylvia Miclat In the recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction plans and activities after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit central Philippines a year ago, a major lesson learnt is that the government is severely hampered in its ability to build permanent housing. Identifying and understanding the reason for such is critical in developing and implementing the effective...
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Shifting minds and hearts for a sustainable world: The Stockholm Dialogue on sustainability science and values

31 October 2014

By the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN)-Ecology The Stockholm Dialogue is premised on the realities that our planet’s fragility and humanity’s vulnerability are increasingly laid bare through the environmental and social concerns that challenge our generation. Prevailing social and economic development models can no longer remain indifferent to these realities. And responding to this challenge...
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Resources, conflicts, and challenges in Myanmar ethnic communities

30 September 2014
Los bosques, las tierras productivas y los recursos, pero las comunidades necesitan oportunidades para procesar interrelaciones debido a presiones tales como el conflicto de las presas y la reubicación de personas en el Estado Shan, al noreste de Myanmar. Foto des: P Walpole

Than Naing Lin and Zaw Goan Myanmar is a multi-ethnic country with eight major communities: the Bamar (or Burman), Chin, Kachin, Kayah or Karenni, Karen or Kayin, Mon, Rakhine or Arakan, and Shan. There are many concerns these communities face but we focus on their struggles in ensuring their identity and culture in a...
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