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Farmers call for better agricultural policies

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On the 09th and 10th of July, 2012 the Economic Justice Network (EJN) of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA) organised a meeting on Food Security and its impact on Small Scale Farmers in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region. Those in attendance were participants from the National Christian Councils (NCCs) and the small scale farmers who were drawn from SADC countries in which the FOCCISA NCCs work to address both agriculture and food security challenges. The meeting participants formulated a statement to the SADC Heads of States who will be meeting on the occasion of the SADC Heads of States Summit in Maputo in August 2012.

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EJN says national health for all is possible through tax justice

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The University of the Western Cape (UWC) hosted the South African National Health Assembly on the 5th July 2012, where the Economic Justice Network (EJN) of FOCCISA participated. EJN, in collaboration with the Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC), facilitated a parallel session on the 5th of July entitled “Alternative Financing”. The participants discussed the sources of funding of the National Health Insurance and other public services as part of Tax Justice work in South Africa. The objective of the session was to explore and discuss alternative financing for universal access to health care in South Africa through the NHI.

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‘We Have Faith’ – Towards Rio +20 and beyond

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As people of faith, we must set an example and do what is right. We long for legally binding treaties that protect vulnerable People and Planet and strive for intergenerational equity for the community of all life on Earth. We call on world leaders and decision makers when they meet to deliberate on the Green Economy at Rio+20, to be guided by the spiritual and ethical principles of justice, equity, compassion and love for all life on the planet, and to treat the Earth with respect, resist disorder, co-operate and live in peace with one another. Read FULL Statement here.

 

EJN’s role at the Civil Society Committee (C17) on UNFCCC COP 17/ CMP 7

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The C17 organised a march on the streets of Durban by members of civil society organisations and movements. The march was done on the 03rd December 2011, a Global Day of Action on Climate Justice.  South African and international media gave global coverage of the march at global and national levels.  Media reports reported that the march had almost 6000 participants marching together on the streets of Durban. Participants were from all provinces of South Africa, various countries of Africa and from other parts of the world. Mr. Pablo Solon (the ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the United Nations)   Mr. Salon and Mr. Zwelinzima Vavi (General Secretary of the South African Congress of Trade Unions, COSATU) presented the civil society documents to UNFCCC COP 17/ CMP 7 negotiators. They presented four civil society statements to the UNFCCC COP17 / CMP 7 President, Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, DIRCO) and to Mrs. Christiana Figueres (UNFCCC Executive Secretary).

The Economic Justice Network (EJN) of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA) was represented by Simon Vilakazi at the Civil Society Committee on UNFCCC COP 17 / CMP 7 from January 2011 to the 24th April 2012. The role of EJN’s representative at the C17 has been on the Education and Mobilisation Sub-committee and on other tasks that had to be done in the preparation of civil society activities on negotiations of  the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol, held in Durban, South Africa from the 28th November – 11th December 2011.

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Humanity is living off its ecological credit card and can only do this by liquidating the planet's natural resources - Mathis Wackernagel