Welcome. Inspired by the example of their founders, Louise de Marillac and Vincent de Paul, the Daughters of Charity and Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentians) are committed to the full, integral development of the human person. Of particular concern are those who are forced to live in situations of extreme poverty, especially women and children.Together with other humanitarian and religious NGOs at the United Nations, we work for the realization of a more just society where people can live lives free from fear and want; and are free to build for themselves sustainable human communities. In this, the Daughters of Charity and the Congregation of the Mission find ourselves in harmony with the peace, human rights and development goals of the United Nations.
Today and Tomorrow
Civil society has played a critical role in processes for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, introducing progressive discourses around development effectiveness, gender equality, democratic participation, and a human-rights based approach to development. In this regard, it is important to recognise that the road for civil society has been far from smooth, and problems plague the pursuit of an enabling environment for Civil Society Organizations at a global and country level. The stakes are high. Explore ways of connecting with the agenda.
A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks
an independent report commissioned by members of the G7
Achieving a robust agreement to reduce emissions is of paramount importance. Yet the relentless momentum of change means that despite future emissions reductions, the physical impacts from anthropogenic climate change are already visible and will continue for decades to come.
Climate change will stress our economic, social, and political systems. Where institutions and governments are unable to manage the stress or absorb the shocks of a changing climate, the risks to the stability of states and societies will increase.
The sharpest risks emerge when the impacts of climate change overburden weak states. Climate change is the ultimate “threat multiplier”: it will aggravate already fragile situations and may contribute to social upheaval and even violent conflict.
While all will feel the effects of climate change, the people in the poorest countries—and the most vulnerable groups within those countries—are the most threatened. In places affected by fragility and conflict, people face especially challenging obstacles to successful adaptation. If they fail to adapt to the effects of climate change, the risk of instability will increase, trapping them in a vicious cycle.
But even seemingly stable states can be pushed towards fragility if the pressure is high enough or the shock too great for systems to manage peacefully. Peace and security are paramount for all of us. We all share the risks—and thus we share the responsibility for tackling them.
“A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks”, an independent report commissioned by members of the G7, identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead. Based on a thorough assessment of existing policies on climate change adaptation, development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and peacebuilding, the report recommends that the G7 take concrete action, both as individual members and jointly, to tackle climate-fragility risks and increase the resilience of states and societies to them. read more
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