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ACT ALLIANCE CALL FOR A COLLECTIVE AND RIGHTS-BASED RESPONSE FROM EU MEMBER STATES TO THE REFUGEE CRISIS

As faith-based organisations we are deeply committed to the inviolable dignity of all individuals, as well as to the concepts of the common good, global solidarity and the promotion of a society that welcomes strangers.

The response by EU and its Member States to the current refugee crisis must be governed by the international legal instruments for the protection of refugees which they have ratified and by the right to asylum as laid down in European Union law. Member States have the duty to put in place safe and legal paths to protection in the European Union.

We call the EU and its Member States to adopt a fair and mandatory sharing of responsibility for refugee reception and to considerably increase the places for the resettlement of refugees from different crisis regions to European states proving their commitment to share the responsibility to protect.

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6500KM PAN AFRICA CYCLING CARAVAN FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE LAUNCHES IN MOZAMBIQUE

 

The We Have Faith – Act Now for Climate Justice Pan Africa Cycling Caravan launches this Saturday 29th August. Cyclists are setting off on a 6.500 km journey from Maputo to raise the voices of people at the forefront of a changing climate. The caravan will go through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania to Kenya. Along the way the cyclists and activists will collect one million signatures demanding action on climate change.

Press release here

ANIMATED VIDEO: LATIN AMERICA AND EU TRADE RELATIONSHIPS

 

Video EU-CELAC


The video explains how a trade relationship - mainly based on the extraction of raw materials - is contributing to depletion of non-renewable natural resources, global warming and social conflicts.

Civil society organisations have warned repeatedly about the dangers of unbalanced trade relations, and have urged the EU to promote more symmetrical relations contributing to effective respect for human rights while promoting sustainable alternatives to the current economic model.

Organisations: ACT Alliance EU, Alianza por la Solidaridad, CIDSE, CIFCA, Grupo Sur y Oidhaco

THE STRATEGIC EU-CELAC RELATIONSHIP: PENDING ASSESSMENT

 

ACT Alliance EU and CIFCA networks are pleased to share an analysis on the results of the last EU-CELAC Heads of State Summit, which took place last June in Brussels.

 

The main thesis in this article argues the end of a cycle whose long-term objectives no longer seem to provide a sense  of  purpose  or  offer  a  perspective  of  leading  to results with strategic importance for the EU-CELAC “strategic relationship”. What are the reasons for the end of this cycle? What has been the EU, the CELAC and other actors involved in the Summit debates’ role?

 

These reflexions and possible answers can be found in the analysis, which full version is available in English and Spanish.

ENCYCLICAL “CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME”: a vibrant call for ambitious, urgent and fair action to protect our environment, to stop climate change and to end poverty.

ACT Alliance EU warmly welcomes the new Encyclical “Laudato si’” on Care for our Common Home, published last week, from Pope Francis, and its analysis and recommendations to tackle seriously the issues of climate change and environmental degradation which threaten God's creation, all of humanity, and especially the poorest who are the worst affected.

 

The Pope and the Catholic community have very publicly joined the body of scientists, civil society groups, activists and many others who have been raising awareness of climate change and its terrible consequences which threaten the future of the planet and of its inhabitants. It is our duty to preserve and to take care of what has been given to us and to pass it on to our children in at least a good a state as in which we received it. If we, individually and collectively do not take swift and radical action we will be unable to keep global warming below the dangerous threshold of 2ºC.

 

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IMPORTANT NEWS

APRODEV IS NOW ACT ALLIANCE ADVOCACY TO THE EUROPEAN UNION

On 1 January 2015 APRODEV, the Association of World Council of Churches related Development Organisations in Europe, integrated its activities with those of ACT Alliance to become ACT Alliance Advocacy to the European Union, or ACT Alliance EU for short.

ACT Alliance is a coalition of 146 churches and affiliated organisations working together in over 140 countries in humanitarian aid, development and advocacy. ACT Alliance is supported by 25,000 staff from member organisations with an international secretariat in Geneva.

Why the integration? Integration made sense: APRODEV’s 14 member agencies are all members of ACT Alliance. More Importantly, the integration lets us root our work strongly in communities and partners in the global South. And it allows us to join efforts with ACT Alliance to influence global processes, combining our EU advocacy and policy expertise with ACT Alliance’s advocacy work in the global South and with the United Nations.

Our main purpose remains unchanged: to promote justice and peace and the eradication of poverty by influencing European Union decision-making processes as they affect developing countries .

AUSTRIA, BELGIUM AND IRELAND RUNNING AWAY FROM THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AT COP 20 IN LIMA

Today was the opening of the UN Climate negotiations held this year in Lima, where all countries in the world are meeting for two weeks to find a series of agreements to tackle climate change. While many countries have pledged financial contributions to help others with less resources to mitigate their emissions, to adapt to climate change and to face climate disasters, three European Union countries have remained silent.
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SHORT-SIGHTED INTERESTS PREVAIL IN 2030 CLIMATE AND ENERGY PACKAGE DECISIONS

After several months of suspense, the European Council finally adopted, in the middle of the night of October 23rd, the 2030 Energy and Climate Package. Until the last day certain member states threaten to veto the proposal if some short-sighted domestic political demands were not taken into account.

Read the full article in EU News 3 as well as the APRODEV opinion published on Euractiv.

RELIGION & DEVELOPMENT - A Discussion Paper

The relation between development and religion has become a hot issue during the past ten years or so. For a long time, not much attention was given to the topic as some in the secularising ‘West’ predicted that the role of religion in society would fade away, while it was a non-issue in the South where no separation is made between development and religion which permeates all realms of life. Read more

APRODEV & CIDSE PRESS RELEASE: EU NEEDS TO UP ITS GAME AT LIMA CLIMATE SUMMIT

As the second week of the UN climate talks begins in Lima, progress on several fronts has been made towards a concrete draft proposal for a potential agreement to be adopted next year in Paris. The EU arrived this year with a new climate package for the period of 2020 till 2030 which let the way for the USA and China to follow suite with their own agreements. However, we have noticed little pro-activeness from the EU delegation during the negotiations and some inconsistencies which are not in line with science and an equitable vision of the world.

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ACT ALLIANCE PR - UN SCIENCE PANEL SHOWS IMPORTANCE OF CLIMATE ACTION NOW

Climate scientists in the UN panel on climate change (IPCC) are wrapping up their latest meeting, held in Copenhagen over the past week. Their fifth report is fresh on the table, and it is full of predictions about our future. Read ACT Alliance press release

THE ROLE OF DFIs IN LAND GRABS

APRODEV Policy Brief looks at the involvement of DFIs in investments where land grabs have been reported and analysis the internal guidelines of DFIs to assess whether sufficient safeguards are in place to guard against involvement in land grabs. Read the policy brief:   The Role of European Development Finance Institutions in Land Grabs -

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