COP 27, Egypt, 2022

The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference

The COP – or Conference of Parties – has met 26 times to tackle the challenge of global climate change. COP 26 took place in Glasgow in 2022, and COP 27 will take place in Egypt, from 6-18 November 2022, when it assumes Presidency of the COP.

One of the IPA pillars is our commitment in relation to care of the earth. We appreciate the importance of multilateral events like this as a way to take collective action, from government representatives to NGOs, to address the issues facing us all.

“From Stockholm, Rio, Bali, Kyoto, Durban, Paris, Katowice, Glasgow to Sharm El-Sheikh”- COP27.eg

Science from sources such as IPCC has given us the information and evidence we need to make conscious choices to transform our world and bring us back from the brink of ecological disaster. But we need to act now.

It is worth repeating here what we say on our Care of the Earth page:

“In all countries with an IPA presence those at work live the Laudato Si message raising local and international awareness of how the SDGs are lived out in our collective care for creation. Our Presentation work so often demands that we accompany those who are left furthest behind. In our care for creation we involve those affected most and affected first by the worst effects of climate change and enduring poverty during this declared climate and biodiversity emergency. 

“We honour and advance the rights of the earth in our work to spread the message of the IPCC reports on climate change. We translate the macro message into micro actions that are examples of carbon capture that mitigate and slow climate change. Presentation examples can be seen in our bog restoration and conservation in Lixnaw Co. Kerry  or in the work of Erin Earth in Wagga Wagga Australia where an intergenerational approach welcomes involves all age groups and all communities in demonstrating sustainable living in local communities. To reduce our carbon footprint is our commitment to walk lightly on the earth and to think and act proactively in this regard is to ensure that the ability of future generations to live sustainably is not compromised.”

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The final programme and agenda for COP27 is still in the process of being finalised at the time of writing so please visit the COP27 website for the latest information as it becomes available.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

We celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples each year on 9 August each year. This marks the date of the inaugural session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982. The theme for 2022 is ‘the role of indigenous women in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge.

Indigenous women are the backbone of indigenous people’s communities and play a crucial role in the preservation and transmission of traditional ancestral knowledge. They have an integral collective and community role as carers of natural resources and keepers of scientific knowledge. Many indigenous women are also taking the lead in the defence of lands and territories and advocating for indigenous peoples’ collective rights worldwide.

You can download the PowerPoint of the 2022 Prayer Service here, and you can watch the full Virtual Prayer Service below.

Watch the 2022 Prayer Service by clicking on the image, above.

Challenge to Change

The International Presentation Association (IPA) has had a presence at the High-Level Political Fora for years. In 2022, we presented the Challenge to Change initiative.

Each year, we are actively engaged in the valuable discussion and information exchange platforms offered by the various parallel and NGO side events. At this year’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development we were proud to present the Challenge to Change initiative.

This is a Presentation Schools Initiative for both Primary and Secondary Schools that inspires students to take on a challenge grounded in the SDGs that will bring about some change. Brian O’Toole discusses the importance of the Challenge in this video.

Nelson Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela day is celebrated on the anniversary of his birthday, 18 July. The tagline for the 2022 celebration is: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” This year, the focus of the day is on the twin challenges of food security and climate change.

World Refugee Day 2022

Every year on 20th June, we mark World Refugee Day. The theme for this day in 2022 is the right to seek safety.

We believe that every person on this planet has a right to feel safe, and to seek safety.

We pray for all refugees around the world, that they may find a place of refuge, a place of safety, and a place where they can feel at home.

Stockholm+50

June 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) meeting, which was held in Stockholm in 1972.

There were four plenary sessions at Stockholm+50. Leaders called for bold environmental action to ensure that the world would be on target to achieve the ‘2030 Agenda’ and the Sustainable Development Goals.

There were hundreds of side events and activities in the run-up to the meeting, These enabled thousands of people across the globe to share their views and to engage in the discussions.

For more information about the full series of events, visit the Stockholm+50 website.

International Day of Education 2022

This 24 January 2022, the International Presentation Association will be reflecting on the fourth International Day of Education under the theme of “Changing Course, Transforming Education”.

The world has changed so much since Venerable Nano Nagle established her schools in Ireland. Although education has been transformed by technology, self-learning and digital tools, it is no replacement for the value of face to face learning with chalk and pencils.

This transformation requires us to balance our relationships between the real and the virtual, and ensure that those students most in need are not left behind by the ‘technology gap’. This is the gap where the cost of technology, and access to the internet, becomes a barrier to learning and where there is a risk that some students will be left behind.

We endeavour to create an accessible learning experience for girls and boys, so that they can reach their potential in life. This year’s International Day of Education on 24 January will help us all to focus on the fundamental right to education, supporting teachers, students and caregivers in this most important work.

Pope Francis calls for an end to violence against women

The International Presentation Association welcomes the 2022 New Year’s message from His Holiness Pope Francis which called for the elimination of violence against women.

“How much violence is directed against women?” he asked, during his homily on 1 January in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. “Enough! To hurt a woman is to insult God who, from a woman, took on our humanity.”

He went on to explain that women have the ability “to look at the world not to exploit it, but so that it can have life.”

“Women can combine dreams and aspirations with concrete reality,” he continued. “Without drifting into abstraction and sterile pragmatism.”

We are heartened to hear this message as the year begins, because it confirms for us the absolute necessity of our priority advocacy work on this very issue at the United Nations. Visit our UN page to read the latest updates from our representative in New York, Dr Despoina Afroditi Milaki.