Environemental issuesDominican sister walking amidst the aftermath of a bomb attack in IraqDominican friar in Columbia talking to womanFlags at the United NationsThe rights of Indigenous people

Developing a sense of human responsibility for a healthy environment

Promoting freedom of religion.

Dominican sister after an anti-Christian bombing in Iraq.

Fighting extreme poverty

Dominican friar working at community development in Columbia

Preaching to the Nations

Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Order of Preachers), in Special ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations

Dominican friar working with the Indigenous communities in the jungles of Peru

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Delegates from nations around the world met in Kyoto, Japan from 1 to 11 December 1997 to compose a treaty to deal with global warming. Kathie Uhler, OSF, and Ignacio Harding, OFM, Co-Directors of Franciscans International, led a delegation from Franciscans International to the conference. On December 5th, Franciscans International held a press conference in Kyoto and issued a Press Release.

Vieques, a People under Siege

A delegation from Vieques, Puerto Rico presented the case of “Vieques, a People under Siege” to representatives of the international human rights community at a forum yesterday during the annual session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The forum was sponsored by Franciscans International and Dominicans for Justice and Peace. The Geneva Office of FIOP was asked by the Dominican and Franciscan Families of Puerto Rico to support the presence at the UN Commission of delegation from Vieques.

FI called on Israel and Palestinians to reach an understanding to peacefully resolve the standoff that will save lives and honor.

UN Commission on Human Rights met in a Special Sitting on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and decided to send immediately a visiting mission headed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights to report expeditiously to CHR.

A Partnership in Action

The United Nations has designated 1993–2003 the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People with a specific theme “Indigenous People: Partnership in Action.” In preparation for the Jubilee Year, the Franciscan Movement for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (FMJPIC) in the Philippines, had a creative and practical approach in making indigenous issues, particularly internally displaced persons, their priority.

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