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Thursday 11 July 2013

Taking a human-rights approach to environmental justice

Mining Working Group colleagues from the Loretto Community, VIVAT International, and the Mennonite Central Committee

FI co-hosted a training workshop and strategy session for NGO partners of the Mining Working Group in New York. This session led to a joint intervention before the Human Rights Council on business and human rights in the post-2015 development agenda.[more]

Thursday 11 July 2013

Sustainable development goals must address the negative impact of mining on water

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FI urged Member States to focus on the human-rights and environmental impact of mining during an oral intervention to the Co-Chairs meeting of the 3rd Session of the UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ...[more]

Wednesday 03 July 2013

Solidarity with Victims of Torture and Forced Disappearance

Tortute Survivors

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reminds us that the International Day of Support for Victims of Torture was enacted to “express our solidarity with, and support for, the hundreds of thousands of victims of torture and their family members ...[more]

Tuesday 25 June 2013

FI denounced the jobs lost due to extractive industry and climate change

Patrick Carolan, Franciscan Action Network

Franciscans International made an oral statement to urge the UN member states to acknowledge the short- and long-term job loss caused by the extractives development model and the failure to fight climate change. FI also urges that the goal of decent work ...[more]

Friday 21 June 2013

FI statements during the UN Human Rights Council (27th May – 14th June 2013)

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At the occasion of the 23rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (27th May – 14th June 2013), FI took the floor eight times to deliver its oral statements, and supporting three other joint statements.

Wednesday 19 June 2013

Extreme Poverty and Active Participation: empowering people living in poverty to be effective actors of their own development

panel discussion on public participation and extreme poverty

The empowerment of people living in poverty is currently the center of the researches done by, Ms. Magdalena Sepulveda, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and extreme poverty. Following the UN Guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights, ...[more]

Thursday 13 June 2013

FI urged the Human Rights Council to take concrete actions to protect the human rights of victims of Climate Change

Panel discussion at the UN on Human Rights and Climate Change

The protection of the human rights of victims of climate change has to be the center of the UN Human Rights Council’s attention. This was the main message of Franciscans International (FI) during the Council’s parallel event on 31st May 2013. The event ...[more]