The event is an answer to Pope Francis’ call in the encyclical Laudato Si’ to everyone on the planet to enter into dialogue about how to best shape the future of our common home.
The two Catholic bodies will use their experience to ensure that upcoming climate negotiations will lead to a just and legally binding climate agreement which will ensure the poor will no longer pay the price for global climate damage.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of Caritas Internationalis, will lead the dialogue. Other speakers include: Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet; Pa Ousman Jarju, Minister of Environment of the Gambia; H.E. Taukelina Finikaso, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tuvalu; Marie-Christine Marghem, Minister of Environment, Belgium; Simone Filippini, CIDSE board member and CEO of Cordaid; Samuel Zan Akologo, Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana; Carolyn Woo, President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services; Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri, Bishop of Huehuetenango, Guatemala; Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Holy See Secretary for the Relations with States; Bernd Nilles & Michel Roy Secretaries General of CIDSE Caritas Internationalis.
The event will take place on 26th September at 6.30pm at the United Nations.
While the event is not open to the press, please see contacts below for more information or to arrange interviews with speakers or participants before or after the event.
The day before the event Pope Francis will address the United Nations General Assembly.
Ryan Worms, Development and Peace (in New York): +1 514 770 9363
Valentina Pavorotti, CIDSE: (in Brussels): +32 (0)491 39 54 75
Michelle Hough, Caritas Internationalis: (in Rome): +39 334 234 4136