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Collaborating for the Congo Basin and sharing Laudato Si’ in COP23

2017_11_12_Blog4_Photo1A focus during COP23 was to better connect the Ecclesial Network of the Congo Basin Forest (réseau Ecclésial de la forêt du Bassin du Congo or REBAC) with other initiatives and as such, we dedicated the first days to understand the efforts of the Central African Forests Commission (Commission des forêts d’Afrique centrale or COMIFAC) and explore a dialogue.

Higher education for social transformation in Europe

2017_11_11_Blog3_Photo1 (1)In the context of COP23 where ecological concerns are at the front and center, the ecology and environmental challenges cluster of the Higher Education for Social Transformation (HEST) met in Bonn and wants to collaborate with the larger Ecojesuit network in building a narrative based on Laudato Si’ and GC36.

Engaging with a global process towards a new and universal solidarity: An Ecojesuit gathering at COP23-Fiji in Bonn

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Ecojesuit gathers 30 Jesuits and partners in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 November to actively participate, join, engage with, and learn from a global process that is trying to sustain with the nations of the world the commitments of the Paris Agreement, the first global pact to respond to global warming.

This global process is the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP23 which is the 23rd annual UN climate change conference, a round of negotiations that takes place between nations of the world.  The presidency of COP23 is the state of Fiji, but the summit will take place in Bonn. The focus of discussions are the small island states and to advance the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

Ecojesuit: Global Jesuit collaboration and action on environment as relationship

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Jesuit responses to a rapidly changing world, environmental concerns, poverty, and violence are challenging its worldwide ministries.  There clearly is a need to initiate new processes for broader engagement by Jesuits in the larger transformation that Pope Francis seeks in caring for creation in Laudato Si’.  As the message of GC 36 and the conversations with the Holy Father spread, reflection is quietly deepening and this is where Ecojesuit wishes to strategically respond.