The Addis Ababa Conference should indicate countries' levels of political will to define "their transformative agenda" in order to eradicate poverty and tackle climate change challenges. Unfortunately, it rather revealed the predominance of short-term national interests and unconditional recourse to an unsupervised private sector.
Government representatives should go beyond national selfishness and short-term interests if they want to reach a satisfactory agreement to respect the dignity and participation of all states, especially the most fragile ones...
“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” asks Pope Francis in his first encyclical, as he offers a positive plan to tackle climate change, inequality, poverty and exclusion.
Caritas Internationalis president Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga will join other faith leaders ahead of UN Summit to urge for more action on climate change, telling them that the poor are suffering.
New technologies offer hope to sick people living in poverty. At an AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia, four scientists associated with Catholic institutions discussed ways to measure HIV infections and treat them.
UNAIDS is moving from a strategy of ‘zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, zero discrimination’ to one where 9 out of ten people who are living with HIV know their status, receive therapy and that the virus is surpressed in their bodies.
“The cheapest plane from Nairobi to London costs $565. What do you think would push us to spend thousands of dollars and risk our lives to get there?” A migrant's question at the Global Forum for Migration and Development in Stockholm, Sweden.
In a message to the Gobal Forum on Migration and Development, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said, "Migrants and refugees are not a problem to be solved. They are brothers and sisters with hopes, dreams and talents."