Caritas at Davos 2010

By |16 January 2010|

Caritas Internationalis Secretary-General Lesley-Anne Knight will be attending the World Economic Forum in Davos 27 to 31 January, urging for a reshaping of global institutions and structures to put ethics, values and respect for the human person into international financial systems.

Fora for change: Caritas at Davos and the WSF

By |24 February 2009|

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 […]

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Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Lesley-Anne Knight reports from the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland…

By |17 August 2008|

Day One at Davos and I am not surprised that many participants are preoccupied by the possibility of recession in the USA – this is after all an economic forum. I am, however, pleasantly surprised to find that issues more relevant to CI, such as poverty reduction and climate change have not entirely slipped off the agenda.

The day begins with a series of ‘update’ sessions and I choose to attend one entitled ‘Africa’s Governance Dividend’. Panel members presented an upbeat, optimistic view of Africa’s development and governance progress, which was attributed in part to the ability of African countries to learn from past failures.

Contributors from the floor raised some challenging questions including the issue of inequality and the need to move developing countries further up the value chain.

Later in the day came the opening ceremony for the Forum, which featured opening remarks by the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, […]

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    Caritas to stress delivering for the poor at World Economic Forum in Davos

Caritas to stress delivering for the poor at World Economic Forum in Davos

By |17 August 2008|

Vatican City, 17 January – Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Lesley-Anne Knight will call for a renewed commitment to tackling poverty from the world’s most powerful political and economic leaders as she attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

The Secretary General of the Caritas Confederation’s 162 national Catholic charities says that reviving momentum behind the Millennium Development Goals will be her main objective at the Davos meeting, which begins Wednesday, 23 January.

The Millennium Development Goals are a series of anti-poverty targets that UN member states agreed to meet by 2015. Caritas says the targets will be mostly missed, partly due to broken promises on funding by some of the world’s richest nations.

The annual WEF brings together business leaders, politicians and heads of state, with artists, academics, religious leaders, and other civil society representatives. It will be the first time a Caritas Internationalis Secretary General has attended the WEF.

The […]

Davos 2008 Final Day

By |17 April 2008|

On my final day at Davos I am invited to participate in the Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders (IGWEL), a private meeting of heads of state and government, senior government ministers, heads of international and regional organisations and select private sector representatives. It is an “off the record” discussion on ‘The Responsibility to Protect: Human Security and International Action’ and centres on the importance of international action against genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

We talk about what the international community has learned from gross human rights abuses and humanitarian crises in places such as Darfur, Bosnia, Rwanda and Kosovo and what capacities are lacking in the international system to respond effectively to them.

I also attend a session entitled ‘Death, Disease and Dirty Water’ which focuses on the links between water and diseases, such as malaria, dengue fever and cholera. A panel made up of scientists […]

Davos Day Three

By |17 April 2008|

Day Three at Davos and there is much talk of the Millennium Development Goals at various sessions, culminating in a joint statement in which world leaders vow to make 2008 a turning point in the fight against poverty. Promises are made and worthy sentiments expressed, but these will need to be translated into real action on the ground.

The role of faith-based and other civil society groups in helping to deliver the MDGs is at last being acknowledged. Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, said that the international community has to recognize that social and economic problems in many poorer developing countries are creating an emergency that has to be faced. At current rates of progress, the developing world is far from achieving the MDGs by 2015. Governments should join with the private sector, NGOs and faith groups to forge a common approach to issues such as water […]

Davos Day Two

By |14 April 2008|

Poverty, climate change, water and faith were the themes that dominated my second day at Davos. The day begins early with a breakfast session with former US Vice-President Al Gore and rock star/poverty activist Bono discussing how to combine solutions to extreme poverty and climate change.

Al Gore said: ““The Millennium Development Goals can only be met if the climate crisis is taken into the fold of that effort. If the world warms up by two degrees all of the good work done in development will be undone.”

I was pleased to see Bono taking up this theme, so central to CI’s advocacy strategy, saying that the G8 nations were not making good on their commitments to the MDGs . “It looks like they are not going to happen, and that is a scandal. If we can’t keep to these commitments, who are we?” he said. He called for governments to […]

The World Economic Forum

By |17 January 2008|

The World Economic Forum brings together business leaders, politicians and heads of state, with artists, academics, religious leaders, and other civil society representatives.

Lesley-Anne Knight will be the first Caritas Internationalis Secretary General to attend the annual meeting held in Davos, Switzerland, which begins this year on Wednesday, 23 January.

Ms Knight says that reviving momentum behind the Millennium Development Goals will be her main objective at the Davos meeting.

 

Caritas to stress delivering for the poor at World Economic Forum in Davos

Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Lesley-Anne Knight reports from the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland

Davos Day Two

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