The year 2015 was significant and eventful for CYNESA. A major highlight was Pope Francis’ maiden Africa visit, which brought him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central Africa Republic.
2016 offers a rich and diverse agenda. The CYNESA secretariat in Nairobi is already busy preparing for the 2nd CYNESA Summit, planned for May 16th to 20th this year. The week-long forum will gather 30 participants; CYNESA leaders from national chapters, ecumenical and interfaith partners and invited speakers. The meeting will review CYNESA’s growth and challenges, since the last summit in June 2014. Pope Francis’ encyclical On Care for Our Common Home, Laudato Si’, and CYNESA’s long-term plan on the Sustainable Development Goals, are expected to feature prominently in the 5 –day program.
The summit is scheduled to take place a week before the 2ndUnited Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA2), May 23rd – 27th, whose theme is ‘Delivering on the environmental dimension of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. CYNESA hopes to send some of its delegates to the UNEA2, where the Holy See is represented by its Permanent Representative to UNEP and UN-Habitat, His Excellency Archbishop Charles Balvo. Archbishop Balvo is also the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan.
The 31st World Youth Day (WYD2016) is central to our 2016 plan. In mid-2014, CYNESA had already conceptualized an ecology program for World Youth Day. The program has since been adopted by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), where CYNESA continues to provide leadership in the planning, in collaboration with GCCM members and staff. While WYD2016 will take place in Poland, CYNESA will run local programs in the months leading to and after the event.
Africa is blessed with natural and diverse beauty, including wildlife. From September 24th to October 5th, the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES CoP17 in short, will take place in Johannesburg. The World wildlife will bring the global community together to tackle the world’s biggest wildlife challenges and opportunities.
While the outcome of the UN Climate Conference, CoP21, held in Paris late last year, is largely considered to have been positive, the real work now lies in ensuring the commitments made by governments are implemented. CoP22 will offer an opportunity for this review. It will be held on the African continent, in Marrakech, Morocco, November 7th to 18th.
These are just but key highlights of select events to look out for. Be sure to stay tuned to our social media pages, newsletter and website, to find out what else we are up to in 2016-and how to get involved.