Today, 24 November, we, the Caritas Colombia Working Group, and CIDSE, an international alliance of Catholic development agencies, commemorate the first anniversary of the agreement that ended the armed conflict between the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP, a fundamental step towards building peace and reconciliation in Colombian society.
As the climate change conference COP23 draws to a close, the Catholic network CIDSE sees some positive developments but reaffirms that urgent steps are necessary if we aim to face the climate crisis and guarantee a safer and better future for the most vulnerable.
The Catholic network CIDSE calls on governments to up the stakes when it comes to the engagement needed to ensure the success of the Paris climate agreement and seize the climate challenge as the opportunity to put us on course towards a just transition that leaves no one behind.
Last week (23-27 October 2017), the first negotiations towards a UN Treaty on businesses and human rights took place in Geneva. Momentum is growing, but more efforts are needed to put into place the necessary framework to stop corporate impunity and provide access to justice for victims of human rights abuses.