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Join Franciscans around the world for a conversation on: The responsibility of Business on Human Rights – Franciscan action at the United Nations from the perspective of Laudato si’

Date: 13 November 2020

Time: 2:00-3:30pm CET

Register at https://bit.ly/FI13no

Franciscans from the Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, South Korea, Solomon Islands, Australia, South Africa and in several other countries have been witnessing the impact of extractive activities, in particular mining, on the environment and human rights. The current model of extractivism is devastating and destroying our common home.

As a Franciscan voice at the United Nations (UN), Franciscans International (FI) has worked to promote respect for human rights in all business operations, in particular in the extractive sector. Working closely with Franciscans working in grassroots communities, together we are calling for greater accountability for corporate abuses, including access to justice for victims.

Franciscans International believes that the 2015 Papal Encyclical Laudato Si’ has provided guidance in bringing the voice of the affected communities to the attention of the international community, in particular the UN.

As Franciscans, today, more than ever, we have the opportunity to think about a possible new world. In this context, we believe that the teachings of the Encyclical Laudato Si’ can offer a more human and fraternal framework for thinking about an integral and more just development for the whole human race.