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Center of Concern | Mon, Aug 22, 2016

Andrea Pinnavaia shares a reflection on her experience at World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland for Center of Concern's Integral Voices blog, a semi-monthly global conversation on social justice and peace. She recalls, "In these days I witnessed God at work in the great compassion and sense of camaraderie that characterizes this generation of Catholic youth ... Pope Francis was calling us to build a new world because our own is scarred and broken from the work of our own hands." Read the entire post here: https://integral-voices.com/2016/08/22/opportunities-for-hope/.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Aug 27, 2016

Civil society report assesses sustainable development agenda implementation

Independent monitoring and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its structural obstacles and challenges are key factors for the success of the Sustainable Development Goals. What are currently the main obstacles to achieving the said goals? Are there transnational spillover effects that influence or even undermine the implementation of the goals? Are the current policy approaches an adequate response to the challenges and? What has to be done? Which specific policy changes (at international level) are necessary?

The Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, together with other civil society organizations and networks, has produced the first annual Spotlight Report assessing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the structural obstacles in its realization. Click here to download the full report, and click here for single chapters, and to find national coalition reports.

Integral Ecology | Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Center of Concern Launches Integral Voices Social Justice Blog

Center of Concern launches Integral Voices, a global blog about social justice, to celebrate the first anniversary of Pope Francis's encyclical, Laudato Si. This blog will offer concise, high-quality content from prominent pastoral, thought, and executive leaders from diverse religious, cultural, economic, and political backgrounds on integral ecology, Pope Francis's vision for the holistic web of relationships between society and the natural world.

Education for Justice | Thu, Aug 18, 2016

The Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference Statement: An Appeal to the Catholic Church to Re-commit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence

"As Christians committed to a more just and peaceful world we are called to take a clear stand for creative and active nonviolence and against all forms of violence. With this conviction, and in recognition of the Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, people from many countries gathered at the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International on April 11-13, 2016 in Rome."

To learn more about this conference and to endorse the statement put forth by Pax Christi International, visit: http://bit.ly/2bp0YoG. Photo by Judy Coode.

Global Women's Project | Wed, Jun 24, 2015

How is Technology Interrupting the Business Model of Human Trafficking?

According to the Economist's report on human trafficking, women suffer most severely. The report says, "victims of international trafficking are women forced into some form of prostitution." In Europe and Central and South Asia, women, often previous victims of trafficking, are expected to recruit other women. The BBC reports of USSD technology being applied to camouflage text messages and allow local authorities to locate a phone.