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Caritas encourages political leaders to remember the poor and vulnerable during the worst global economic crisis in 80 years. Credits: Caritas

Caritas encourages political leaders to remember the poor and vulnerable during the worst global economic crisis in 80 years. Credits: Caritas

Caritas representatives will be talking part in both the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland and the World Social Forum (WSF) in Belem, Brazil this January.

In a world divided between the “Haves” and “Have-nots”, Caritas believes the global system must be reformed to give all of society the opportunity to succeed.

The Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Lesley-Anne Knight will be meeting political and business leaders in Davos encouraging them to remember the poor and vulnerable as they seek to tackle the worst economic crisis in 80 years. She hopes to inspire the rich and powerful to aspire not to have more but to be more.

While in Belem, Brazil, one hundred and fifty Caritas representatives from 14 countries will attend the World Social Forum (WSF) and show their support for a world based on justice.

The WSF is seen as a vital opportunity for social movements, NGOs and civil society networks to discuss the issues of poverty and the effects of globalisation.

A number of members will present workshops. These will include seminars by Caritas France (Secours Catholique) on a variety of subjects ranging from human trafficking to the peace process in Colombia.