ADVOCATING BETTER ACCESS AND RECEPTION FOR REFUGEES IN EUROPE
As Europe continues to receive thousands of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, Justice and Home Affairs Ministers prepare to meet next week to discuss the crisis.
The loss of life or social and economic deprivation experienced by those coming to Europe has shown the urgent need for the European Union and its Member States to agree and act on a new approach to asylum and migration whether it be towards economic migrants, refugees or asylum seekers.
ACT Alliance EU along with our ecumenical partners, the Conference of European Churches, the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe, Eurodiaconia and EU CORD address a letter to all EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers to urge them to put in place policies and mechanisms that effectively guarantee that human rights are met, that obligations and responsibilities enshrined in EU and international law are respected and that ensure solidarity between Member States.
Read the full letter here.
FINNISH GOVERNMENT CUTS IN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION
The Finnish government cuts 43% of its funding for Finn Church Aid development cooperation compared to the level of 2015. As a result of the cuts, Finn Church Aid is forced to close down its operations completely in five countries and cut down its operations in many others. Nearly half a million people will be left without direct assistance.
ANIMATED VIDEO: LATIN AMERICA AND EU TRADE RELATIONSHIPS
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
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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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.
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
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.
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 .