High-Level Meetings and Events

Caritas Japan leads global campaigning on G8

“We want them to hear all voices, not just in eight countries, but all voices.” As leaders from the world’s most powerful nations prepare to gather for  the G8 summit in Japan, Caritas Japan is gearing up to send them a message on behalf of the poor people in the world. Fr. Daisuke Narui, Executive ...

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Caritas President: Poverty targets missed unless G8 act

Caritas President: Poverty targets missed unless G8 act

Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga says it will be a scandal if we fail the poor in developing countries due to lack of financing from rich countries. Leaders of G8 countries will meet from 7-9 July in Hokkaido, Japan to discuss development, among other issues. The G8 includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, ...

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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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Holy See diplomat calls for greater solidarity on MDGS

Holy See diplomat calls for greater solidarity on MDGS

“At the halfway point, while much has been done towards achieving the goals, abject poverty, hunger, illiteracy and lack of even the most basic healthcare are still rampant, indeed worsening in some regions,” said Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, in an address delivered to the 62nd session ...

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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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