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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 321

Posts Tagged ‘injustice’

Pope Francis addresses UN: Greenpeace response

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 settembre 2015

New YorkNew York. In reaction to the Pope’s speech to the UN summit on Sustainable Development Goals, Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, said:“Pope Francis has once again reminded world leaders that alleviating poverty and preserving the environment are part of the same struggle. As a global community, we must remedy the fundamental injustice of climate change: that those least responsible for causing it are being impacted the most.“We echo his call for the Paris agreement to be strong and effective, and that it must be followed by action. The first action must be creating a mechanism to increase the ambition of climate pledges made by most countries, which currently fall well short of what’s needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.“Our world leaders should start now by speeding up the complete phase-out of fossil fuels, and the transition to 100 percent renewable energy by the middle of the century.
“Greenpeace’s Energy (R)evolution, launched this week, shows how we can turn the shared vision of people around the world, championed today by the Pope, into reality. This scientific study demonstrates how to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by the middle of this century, providing a sustainable energy future for everyone. It can be done, it must be done, and it will be done.”

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Caritas Internationalis about G8

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 luglio 2009

Leaders of France, the United States, Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan, and Russia hold a make-or-break meeting 8-10 July in the Italian town of L’Aquila to prove the annual jamboree is not past its sell-by-date. The summit comes in a critical year for international development. The global economic crisis threatens gains made in reducing poverty over the last ten years. As many as 100 million more people will remain poor or become poor as a result of the crisis. Negotiations on climate change are not making the progress needed to achieve an adequate deal to be signed in Copenhagen in December.  The G8 needs to reaffirm their commitments to agreed aid targets and commit to establish timetables showing how they are going to reach their targets. Hopes are not high. G8 countries have backtracked on their aid pledges, particularly Italy and France, citing the crisis as an excuse. However, world military spending surged to a new high of $1,4  trillion in 2008 while $8.7 trillion of state financing was found to shore up banks Caritas Internationalis Secretary-General Lesley Anne Knight said, “If the G8 is to have any credibility left after this summit, it must make up for the broken promises of the past. This means committing to a firm timetable for achieving its previously agreed aid targets. To be cutting aid budgets whilst pouring billions into a bankrupt banking system is like robbing the poor to feed the rich. The G8 has an opportunity this month to show real leadership in the fight against global poverty. If it fails, it will show itself to be irrelevant.” CIDSE Secretary-General Bernd Nilles said, “G8 countries have so far failed to commit to the necessary cuts in greenhouse gasses to avoid dangerous climate change. They have also failed to commit to providing developing countries with the support they need to enable them to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to pursue sustainable development paths.  They’re fiddling while Rome burns.” The G8 is one of the few moments where leaders of the richest countries will meet in the run up to Copenhagen and should play a crucial role in unlocking stalled talks and securing a deal.   The G8 must commit to a minimum of 40 per cent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, based on 1990 levels. They must provide their fair share of financing for adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. Conservative estimates indicate $153bn of additional finance will be needed for mitigation and adaptation in developing countries by 2020. Please contact Caritas Internationalis and CIDSE team at the G8 summit for further information:
CIDSE ( is an international alliance of Catholic development agencies working together for global justice.
Caritas Internationalis (  is the biggest network of Catholic charities in the world works through its 165 national members to combat poverty and injustice.

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