Information
  • Lead-organizer: Holy See (Observer State)
  • 13:30 - 15:00
  • Date: 19 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-8

AGRICULTURE & SUSTAINABLE SOCIEITIES: Food Security, Land & Solidarity

Organizing partners

Holy See Mission to the United Nations,
Caritas Internationalis,
Franciscans International,
Catholic Relief Services,
The Association of Volunteers in International Service
Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité

Introduction

The event will foster a dialogue on promoting human-centered sustainability strategies for the promotion of food security, stewardship of natural resources, land and the need for global solidarity to address these concerns.

Detailed programme

?Life in many poor countries is still extremely insecure as a consequence of food shortages, and the situation could become worse: hunger still reaps enormous numbers of victims among those who, like Lazarus, are not permitted to take their place at the rich man's table, contrary to the hopes expressed by Paul VI. Feed the hungry (cf. Mt 25: 35, 37, 42) is an ethical imperative for the universal Church, as she responds to the teachings of her Founder, the Lord Jesus, concerning solidarity and the sharing of goods. Moreover, the elimination of world hunger has also, in the global era, become a requirement for safeguarding the peace and stability of the planet. Hunger is not so much dependent on lack of material things as on shortage of social resources, the most important of which are institutional. What is missing, in other words, is a network of economic institutions capable of guaranteeing regular access to sufficient food and water for nutritional needs, and also capable of addressing the primary needs and necessities ensuing from genuine food crises, whether due to natural causes or political irresponsibility, nationally and internationally.?
-Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 27.

The event seeks to provide ethical, practical and tangible solutions for promoting integral human development as promoted by Pope Benedict XVI in his Encyclical Caritas in Veritate. Through a thematic discussion of food security and sustainable agriculture practices by organizations, inspired by their faith, which have a long history of working and living with communities most impacted by the lack of access to sufficient, safe and nutritious foods; the event hopes to cultivate public conscience to the global moral and social responsibilities we have to each other and how, through the involvement of local communities and the support of the international community, we can realize the universal right of all human beings, without distinction or discrimination, to the right to food and water.

Speakers will include:
? His Eminence Odilo Pedro Cardinal Scherer, Special Envoy of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and Archbishop of São Paulo.
? Joseph Cornelius Donnelly, Permanent Delegate to the UN, CARITAS Internationalis
? Maria Elena Aradas, Director of the Franciscan Center for Studies and Regional Development, Pontificate Catholic University of Rosario
? Maria Cristina Dos Anjos, Secretary General, CARITAS-Brazil
? Dr. Alberto Piatti, AVSI-President, Milan, Italy
? Representative of Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE)
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