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Caritas calls for action on the plight of solo refugee and migrant children.

Caritas is urging that proper protection be given to the millions of children who now make up an astonishing half of the world’s total refugees. “Many children have been made to travel alone as refugees or economic migrants,” says Maria Amparo Alonso Escobar, Head of the Caritas Delegation at the UN in Geneva. “They face ...

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

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

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 ...

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Davos Day Three

Davos Day Three

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 ...

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Davos 2008 Final Day

Davos 2008 Final Day

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: ...

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Davos Day Two

Davos Day Two

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 ...

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The World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum

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 ...

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