CIDSE Highlights No.41, May - June 2019
We are seeing changes in many spheres, with women finally reaching the top positions of more and more structures and organisations, but still we notice, because it is not yet the norm, and we know that the road was surely full of challenges or there would be many more. At CIDSE, the face of our leadership has changed in just a few years. Perhaps this is even more remarkable because, as a Catholic development and social justice network, women are traditionally present from the grassroots all the way through the very fibre of our organisations, but rarely are they the leaders. Despite their experience, their knowledge, their years of invaluable contribution to development work and to their service to the Church, many women are still overlooked, undervalued, or underestimated.
Today, the High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the UN Committee on world Food Security (CFS) is launching its report on “Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition”. This report will be discussed at the October CFS plenary session and should lead to the adoption of recommendations in October 2020. This comes at a crucial time as agroecology is clearly gaining ground at the international level; FAO and IPBES have both recently highlighted the high potential of agroecology to achieve respectively the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity. CIDSE has long been fighting for agroecology to be fully acknowledged and supported by governments. In this regard, the HLPE’s publication adds to the wealth of reports, studies and initiatives calling for agroecology to be put on the political agenda.
CIDSE, in collaboration with REPAM, just released a series of 17 mini video interviews on the Amazon covering issues such as the upcoming Synod, nature, climate, gender equality, indigenous rights, land rights, corporate regulation and systemic change. All interviews last approx. 1.5 min each and are available on the CIDSE Youtube Channel with EN / ES / FR / GE / PT subtitles.
In an open letter, over 340 civil society organisations including CIDSE, are demanding that the European Union immediately halt free trade agreement negotiations with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) on the grounds of deteriorating human rights and environmental conditions in Brazil. The letter is addressed to presidents of the EU institutions ahead of the ministerial-level meeting next week in Brussels where EU and Mercosur foreign ministers aim to finalise the negotiations.
(Available in EN - DE - ES - FR - PT - see attachments below)
Five months after the Brumadinho disaster, the Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Monsignor Bruno-Marie Duffé, visited the site as a representative of the Vatican to, as he described it, “show the solidarity and the fraternal thoughts of Pope Francis” and to witness the suffering of the affected communities. “Pope Francis says we must start by meeting with people and allowing ourselves to be moved by their situation of suffering.”
Press Release: 2nd European Laudato Si’ Reflection Day (available in EN - ES - FR - GE - IT - PL - PT)
CIDSE, together with 32 International, European, Israeli and Palestinian civil society organisations, sent yesteday a joint letter to the High Representative / Vice President Federica Mogherini and the EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs, expressing serious concern about the forthcoming US Administration’s plan for the Middle East.
Together with the pan-European organisations involved in The Fair Times 2019 European elections campaign, the FTAO, IFOAM EU, CIDSE, RIPESS and ECOLISE extend congratulations to all candidates elected to the European Parliament for the 2019-2024 term.
The European elections are just a few days away. Citizens from all across Europe will elect their new representatives in the European Parliament. When they vote, we ask them to how they can improve the lives of 50% of the European population by supporting the representation of women in politics.