CIDSE Highlights No.35
Taking care of mother Earth
4 May 2018
Towards just, resilient and sustainable food systems
Principles of agroecology
On 3rd April, CIDSE launched a multi-media dossier on Principles of Agroecology in Rome during the 2nd FAO International Symposium on Agroecology. This dossier - which looks at the environmental, social and cultural, economic as well as the political dimensions of agroecology - consists of a publication, an infographic, short video interviews as well as case studies available in 7 languages.
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Acting to transform our relationship with nature
CIDSE Systemic Change Forum
The first CIDSE Systemic Change Forum was held in the beautiful city of Leuven on 17-18 April. Participants discussed how to reframe narratives, how various systems of oppression interlink in systemic crises and learned about campaigns and action across the globe that contribute to systemic change. Outcomes and recommendations will feed into ongoing reflections to advance CIDSE's systemic change approach.

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The human rights defenders' challenge is global
Reflections from the World Social Forum
On 15 March, participants woke up to the news of the assassination of Marielle Franco, a Brazilian HR defender. It echoed the criminalisation of activists in the Philippines and many other countries around the world.  Together with Iglesias and Minería and others, CIDSE co-organised a discussion between movements and communities affected by mining and other large-scale extractive industries to reflect on this trend.

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Marielle Franco © Jeso Carneiro

  • "Unpacking mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence developments in Europe - What HRDD means in different legal contexts and how civil society can advocate for it": series of webinars organised by ECCJ, Amnesty International, Anti-Slavery International and CIDSE. The first session, held on 12 April, covered the French law on duty of diligence. Other sessions will focus on: "Switzerland: Responsible Business Initiative (RBI)" (03/05/2018); "The Netherlands: Child Labour due Diligence Law" (24/05/2018); "EU: Conflict Minerals Regulation" (14/06/2018) and "Germany: Proposal for Human Rights Due Diligence Act" (05/07/2018).
  • A CIDSE delegation will attend the next session of the UNFCCC climate negotiations that will pave the way for the December COP24 conference in Katowice (Poland). (Bonn, 30/04-10/05/2018)
  • The Executive Committee will meet with representatives from the Holy See for their annual dialogue session. (Rome, 16-17/05/2018)
  • CIDSE will organise a workshop on sustainable lifestyles during the FIMCAP European Seminar. (9-12/05/2018)
  • The 2018 CIDSE COMED Forum on communications, education and fundraising will be hosted by Cordaid and Vastenactie in the Netherlands. (The Hague, 23-25/05/2018)
  • Together with Act Alliance, CAN-Europe, Care and WWF, CIDSE will share a stand at the European Development Days with the following title: "#StepUp2018 for 1.5°C: Implement Paris and the SDGs - Strong action for gender-equitable 0 emission and climate-resilient development to deliver on the Paris agreement and the SDGs". (Brussels, 05-06/06/2018)
  • CIDSE Directors will travel to Canada for their annual mid-year meeting, which will be hosted by Development and Peace. (Montreal, 18-20/06/2018)
  • As part of plans to create and strengthen an international network of volunteers from across the CIDSE family, Broederlijk Delen, will extend for the second year its sustainable summer camp to volunteers and supporters of CIDSE member organisations. (De Hoge Rielen Park, Belgium, 01-05/07/2018)
Watch the CIDSE website for details on upcoming activities:



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CIDSE is an international family of Catholic social justice organisations, working together to promote justice, harness the power of global solidarity and create transformational change to end poverty and inequalities. We do this by challenging systemic injustice and inequity as well as destruction of nature. We believe in a world where every human being has the right to live in dignity.

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 . - Luxembourg . KOO - Austria . Manos Unidas - Spain . Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns - USA . MISEREOR - Germany . SCIAF - Scotland . Trócaire - Ireland.

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Published on 4 May 2018.
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