CIDSE Highlights No.19
Best wishes for a blessed Christmas
15 December 2014
UN COP 20 Climate Conference ends in Lima
Church leaders demand end to fossil fuels, governments headed for 4-degree warming
Bishops from all continents called for an end to fossil fuels, Pope Francis sent a message to the President of the COP, people in the streets demanded change. But negotiations at the Climate Conference failed to move as needed to reach a fair and legally binding agreement at the COP21 in Paris next year.
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Mgr. Gomes gives Bishops' Statement to EC Commissioner Cañete
More action required to stop HR abuses by business

Towards an international, legally binding instrument
A UN framework sets out that business effects on human rights require a "smart mix" of responses that includes regulation. CIDSE members join national debates on Business & Human Rights Action Plans, and a new process towards an international legally binding instrument that could help ensure that businesses respect human rights. 
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CSOs' meeting on business & human rights in Geneva
Pope Francis speaks out on issues important to CIDSE
(CC) Tomaz SilvaHuman rights, social justice, climate and sustainable development...
In the past months, Pope Francis has repeatedly spoken out on issues important to CIDSE, in his speech to the European Parliament, when giving an audience to volunteers of CIDSE member, Focsiv, in a message to the COP20 Climate Conference and when addressing participants in the World Meeting of Popular Movements.

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Pope Francis (Photo by: Tomaz Silva)

  • CIDSE’s response to the UN Secretary General’s synthesis report on the Post-2015 agenda.
  • Report of CIDSE's workshop “Acting for transformation towards a just and sustainable world”.
  • CIDSE Board of Directors’ meeting & tri-annual Bishops’ Forum. (Soesterberg, 21-23/01/2015)
  • As part of preparations for the third UN Financing for Development conference (Addis Ababa, July 2015), CIDSE will be in New York for the first drafting session of the outcome document and is planning a side-event on common but differentiated responsibility. (27-29/01/2015)
  • Representatives from the CIDSE Secretariat and member organizations will attend the World Social Forum in Tunis where a series of activities will be organized with partner organizations. (24-28/03/2015)


  •  Kate Durbin, Advocacy Assistant, left the Secretariat on 20 November for Panama. On 2nd December, Emmanuel (Manny) Yap joined the CIDSE Food and Agriculture team where he will work as a Project Officer. Emmanuel brings with him a lot of experience from the Philippines where he worked as national coordinator of MASIPAG, a small scale farmers’ network and then from his work on participatory approaches to sustainable agriculture and people-led development as a consultant for CIDSE’s German member, MISEREOR.
  • Cayetana Carrión, Programme Cooperation Officer, is leaving the Secretariat on 19 December for a carrier change. CIDSE’s Senior Policy Advisor, Denise Auclair will accompany the Heads of Programme during the CIDSE strategic planning process together with Edurne Portillo, Programme Assistant. The latter becomes the focal point for the Programme Coordination Project and the Latin America Continental Platform (COPLA), while Stefan Reinhold is taking over EU-Latin America advocacy work and becomes the focal point for the Central America Working Group and CIDSE’s work on an enabling environment.
  • Markus Drake, CIDSE’s Media and Communications Officer, is leaving the CIDSE Secretariat early January 2015 and will continue in a consultant role. His successor, Valentina Pavarotti, will take up her new functions on 5 January. Valentina has worked previously with ICG Mostra in Brussels and also has experience as a freelance journalist.
The CIDSE team thanks Kate, Cayetana and Markus for their contributions to CIDSE’s work and wishes them all the best for their new personal and professional endeavours. Welcome to Manny and Valentina! The list of all CIDSE staff members with their contact details can be found here.
CIDSE is an international alliance of Catholic development agencies working together for global justice

Members: Broederlijk Delen - Belgium . CAFOD - England and Wales . CCFD-Terre Solidaire - France . Center of Concern - USA . Cordaid - the Netherlands . Development and Peace - Canada . Entraide et Fraternité - Belgium . eRko - Slovakia . Fastenopfer - Switzerland . FEC - Portugal . FOCSIV-Volontari nel Mondo - Italy . Fondation Bridderlech Deelen - Luxembourg . KOO - Austria . Manos Unidas - Spain . MISEREOR - Germany . SCIAF - Scotland . Trócaire - Ireland.

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Published on 15 December 2014.
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