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The Elders and justice for all

Justice is at the heart of the 2030 Development Agenda.  It cuts across the Sustainable Development Goals. World leaders need to be held to account for their SDG commitments and deliver justice for all. This is why The Elders are launching a new programme on Access to Justice because without justice, the SDGs cannot be achieved. programme. The event will be live-streamed here from 17:00 GMT+1 ...

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    The gospel of giving

    Many, among the poorest on almost every continent, feel the impact of climate change profoundly and are struggling to survive.  Economic, social and political turmoil wrecks havoc on people’s capacity to support themselves and their families.  Rising temperatures are damaging ecosystems, pushing sea levels higher, and reducing people’s ability to support themselves. We already know that millions of people are forced ...

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      St. Brigid’s Day

      A contemporary Irish Art Exhibition opens in London from 23rd January to 1st February 2019 entitled  ‘St. Brigid’s Day’.  It is part of the Irish Embassy in London’s St Brigid’s Day Celebration of Women and creativity. Organised by Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, Ireland, with the support of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Irish Embassy to Great Britain. ...

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        A very beautiful constellation

        In these days when we seem to be hearing more and more about the role our species is playing in the destruction of the planet and its creatures (and indeed ourselves) I came across this wonderful article published at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in April 2018, written by Jim Robbins.  There are some great links to other ...

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          Click to Pray

          During the past weekend at the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis unveiled an official App ‘Click to Pray’.   This is a media platform that invites men and women from around the world, to accompany the Pope in a mission of compassion for the world. There is a website and a mobile app, for Android and iOS, with its social networks, available in six ...

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            Living in a plastic world

            We know the world is full of plastic.  Indeed, there has been so much awareness raising and discussion that we stand in danger of information fatigue, potentially switching off  as we normalise the statistics and the shocking visuals of the plastic-swamped  ocean beds.  Potentially background news in a plastic world. It is true that at a local level, we can ...

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              RTE The History Show podcast about Nano Nagle

              Myles Dungan of RTE Radio 1 is joined by Deirdre Raftery, historian of education at University College Dublin, who along with Catriona Delaney and Catherine Nowlan-Roebuck, is the author of the recently published book Nano Nagle: The Life and the Legacy.     You can listen or download a podcast and enjoy listening by following this link.    Nano Nagle was born in ...

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                Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

                The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) takes place from 18-25 January 2019 on the theme ‘Justice and justice only you shall pursue’. Every year at this time Christians from across the world gather to pray for growth in unity. Such united prayer in a fractured world is very powerful. In this way we are called together to form a ...

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                  Never too young to lead, never too old to learn

                  At beginning of this New Year,  Mary Robinson as the new Chair of the Elders, reflected on the loss of Kofi Annan and on the events and issues of the past year.  But she also focused on action.  Faced with such an array of complex challenges she said, we must not succumb to fatalism or despair. “As Elders, we know that ...

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                    PiNNacle – building teaching capacity in the developing world

                    Wednesday 12 December 2018 at UCD in Dublin saw the launch of PiNNacle, an innovative research project which aims to build teaching capacity in the developing world.     Led by Professors Deirdre Raftery and Marie Clarke in the School of Education, this project will identify and promote what is best in teacher education for women teachers in developing contexts and ...

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