GCCM participated in Habitat III in Quito

November 17, 2016

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III was held in Quito, where GCCM’s Hispano American and Spanish campaign headquarters is located. The conference lasted from October 17th until October 20th.

GCCM also participated in events leading up to Habitat III, parallel forums and in the main Habitat III event, as follows:

  • October 13th-15th: Attendance and participation in YoutHab.
  • October 14th: In representation of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, Fabian Campos presented at the Polytechnical University about “Cities, a Laudato Si perspective”. He talked about the main subjects stated in the Pope Francis encyclical, about the solar panels in the Vatican and the case of Costa Rica in order to bring Laudato Si’ into life.
  • October 17th: In the morning the movement went to a talk organized by Cáritas Internacionalis about “A Common home where people can live with dignity”. The pope’s representative at the UN established the importance of the Right of Housing. In the afternoon, the movement attended to the Centro de Convenciones Eugenio Espejo to talk about the SAPAP-ENTSA initiative to avoid extractivism in Morona Santiago.
  • October 18th: The movement together with the MOCICC presented a talk about an Climatic Agenda for Latin America beyond COP22 at the Central University in the morning. In the afternoon, the movement attended to a presentation about Habitat III and the care of the Common Home at the PUCE.
  • October 19th: In the morning the movement participated in a praying session and in the afternoon was held the fair “Common Home”. This fair presented organic products and the movement had a stand in the Central University campus.  
  • October 20th: In the morning the movement participated in a march about “Cities for everybody” with the Pastoral Juvenil of Quito and the Red Life and Family of Ecuador. Concerned about the environmental issues, persecuted Christians, Syrian war, family and life. Finally, in the afternoon, the movement participated in a talk about “Life and Habitat of the Amazonic people: accompaniment of the Catholic Church” organized by Mauricio López, Mons. Barreto and the Cardinal Hummus. The last one showed us his support for the movement and encouraged us to keep working creatively.