Vatican Embraces and Advances People and Planet First: The Imperative to Change Course

July 2, 2015

An important meeting for the Global Catholic Climate Movement and Partners is occurring in the Vatican today.  In addition to a series of talks addressing pathways for care of our common home and other topics, four working groups will focus on encyclical guidance and “challenges we want to address related to:  a) Working for transformational change concerning climate justice, b) Working for transformational change concerning the extractives model, c) Working for transformational change concerning food security. and d) What (Post-2015) development agenda for the future?  Dr. Flaminia Giovanelli,Under-Secretary, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will offer reflections after the first day of meetings (today).

The integral ecology and the horizon for hope in light of the Holy Father’s Encyclical letter Laudato Si’ on care for our common home

Introduction speech by H.E. Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Panel dialogue: Climate change or changing structures of injustice?

Naomi Klein, Author (Canada)

Sr. Cécile Renouard, Philosopher and Economist (France)

Moema de Miranda, Director, IBASE (Brazil)

The Importance of the Encyclical Laudato Si’ for the Church and the World, in the Light of Significant Political Events in 2015 and Beyond

Moderation: Neil Thorns, Director of Advocacy and Communications, CAFOD (UK)

Introduction speech by H.E. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State

Special Address by H.E. Mr. Enele Sopoaga, Prime Minister of Tuvalu

Panel dialogue: (How) can COP21 ensure climate justice for the poorest?

Pa Ousman Jarju, Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water Resources, and Parks and Wildlife, Gambia, UNFCCC Negotiator and former LDCs’ Special Envoy

Mgr. Leonardo Steiner, Secretary General of the Brazilian Bishops’ Conference, Auxiliary Bishop of Brasilia (Brazil)

Victoria Tauli Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples / Executive Director, Tebtebba Foundation (Philippines)

Four parallel Working Group sessions on the Encyclical guidance and challenges we want to address related to:

a) Working for transformational change concerning climate justice

b) Working for transformational change concerning the extractives model

c) Working for transformational change concerning food security

d) What (Post-2015) development agenda for the future?

Some reflections on First Day by Flaminia Giovanelli,Under-Secretary, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Pathways that respect our common home

Moderation: Denise Auclair, Senior Policy Advisor, CIDSE (Belgium)

Address by Mary Robinson, UN Secretary General Special Envoy for Climate Change,

President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (Ireland)

Panel dialogue: Church, people, politics: How to work together to bring forward alternatives?

Mgr. Louis Portella Mbuyu, 1st Vice President of SECAM – Pan-African Bishops Conference – Bishop of Kinkala (Congo- Brazzaville)

Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General, IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) (United Arab Emirates)

Andrea Ferrante, Member, European Coordination Committee, Via Campesina (Italy)

Reflections from the Audience:  How can Catholic actors best work (together) to bring about the changes we need for the future we want

Closing remarks by:

Bernard Pinaud, Director of CCFD-Terre Solidaire (France), Vice-President of CIDSE

H.E. Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice & Peace