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Development

Development is a term for the attempts to improve the quality of life for people, particularly in societies where basic human rights are unfulfilled for many.
To speak of development, is in effect to show as much concern for social progress as for economic growth. It is not sufficient to increase overall wealth for it be distributed equitably. It is not sufficient to promote technology to render the world a more human place in which to live. ... Economics and technology have no meaning except from the human person whom they should serve. And people are only truly human in as far as, masters of their own acts and judges of their worth, they are authors of their own advancement, in keeping with the nature given to them by their Creator.
          Populorum Progressio, n34

2017

Image: 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals

Just released by the World Bank, a visual mapping of progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development goals which include: ending poverty, good health, access to education, sustainable cities. Each section highlights progress and challenges.

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Image: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Populorum Progressio

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, celebrated Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St Peter's Basilica for the 50th anniversary of the encyclical 'Populorum Progressio' 

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Image: President Trump's Executive Order on climate and energy

The NCR reports that Catholic organisations have objected to President Trump's latest executive order which will roll back environmental protections and impact the policy on climate change. Details here. 

    

Image: Is this Progress? : Populorum Progressio 50 years on
A conference to mark the 50th Anniversary of the publication of the papal encyclical Populorum Progressio.

 

Renfield St Stephens Centre.
Saturday, 18th March, 2017.  9 AM - 4:30 PM

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Image: Conference on Populorum Progressio 18th March, 2017. Renfield St Stephen's Centre

 

The programme for the day begins with a morning input by Fr Donal Dorr MD. Fr Donal is a priest of St Patrick’s Missionary Society, and well-known author and presenter. His book Option for the Poor and for the Earth is recognised a classic in its field. Later in the morning, there will be an opportunity for discussion with Fr Donal. 

The afternoon will see Duncan Maclaren KCSC, discuss Integral Human Development and the contribution we in Scotland can make. It also gives us a forum for consideration of the import of the Dicastery for IHD which Pope Francis has created and which came into operation on 1st January this year.

This conference is free and open to all.

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2016

Image: Global Justice Now: Take Action New Aid Bill

The government is putting a bill through parliament which might divert part of the aid budget to private business investments.


Known as the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) Bill, it would allow International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, to give aid money to a company called the CDC Group.

Further details here.
    

Image: Please sign Traidcraft's Justice Matters petition
Dumping toxic waste in the Thames? If we really did this, we’d be prosecuted and rightly so. But some irresponsible British companies are doing things like this in developing countries and getting away with it.
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Image: Defend aid spending - contact your MP Progressio email action
We all know that UK Aid achieves incredible and inspiring things, and Progressio has witnessed this first-hand. They have been working on projects for years that, through UK Aid, have changed lives and enabled people all over the world claim their rights and overcome the structural barriers that trap them in poverty.   Read More...

2015

Image: One World Week 2015. 18th - 25th October Hope In Action - Inspiring a culture of hope
One World Week is a Development Education Charity. Each year, "The Week" is an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning and to use it to take action for justice locally and globally.   Read More...
Image: Nepal: Drop the Debt    Nepal was hit by a second massive earthquake, just two weeks after more than 8,000 people were killed and an estimated 8 million were affected by a devastating earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale. As with other disasters, the British public have responded with extraordinary generosity, pledging £50 million to the Disasters Emergency Committee so far. Yet today Nepal is making a $3.5 million debt payment to the IMF, and a total of $210 million of debt payments are due this year.   Read More...

2014

Image: This is One world Week One World Week "Living Differently" Breaking Chains - Making Change
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Image: Post-2015 development agenda centre stage at UN General Assembly The United Nations General Assembly opened its 69th annual session on 16 September with the body's new President declaring that it would be a historic opportunity to formulate a post-2015 development agenda that is transformative, brings tangible results in fighting poverty, and leads to improving lives of all people. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Ask your MP Support the International Development Bill Forty years ago the UK Government committed to investing 0.7% of our national income in aid. Four years ago all three major UK political parties said they would enshrine that commitment in law. On Friday 12th September, that promise could be fulfilled with the second reading of the International Development Bill. The Bill, proposed by Michael Moore MP, is the last opportunity for this government to keep its promise to the UK electorate and to the world's poorest people. The rules in parliament are complicated, but if 100 supportive MPs turn up, there is a good chance of turning this long-held pledge into law.   Read More...
Image: Email your new MEPs Make sure they hear your calls for tough action on supermarkets. Email today. (Traidcraft Action)   Read More...
Image: Early Day Motion 133: US Supreme Court Ruling In Favour Of Vulture Funds Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That this House notes with concern the US Supreme Court's rejection of an appeal by Argentina against a ruling that it must repay in full creditors who purchased Argentinian debt at a discount on the secondary market, with the intention of extorting full payment; disagrees with the Court's decision to prioritise the greed of vulture funds over the Argentinian people's sovereignty and the country's ability to repay its legitimate creditors; observes that this case sets a worrying precedent and creates a disincentive for creditors to negotiate rather than demanding full payment;   Read More...
Image: Fairtrade Foundation response to SOAS report: ‘Fairtrade, Employment and Poverty Reduction (FTEPR) in Ethiopia and Uganda’
The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes the underlying research for this report, which included interviews with 1,700 workers in areas where both Fairtrade and non-Fairtrade smallholders and plantations were operating across the tea, coffee and flower sectors in Ethiopia and Uganda. We will study it with a view to improving our work in those two countries. Fairtrade has always recognised that agricultural labourers are extremely poor, and we agree that more needs to be done to help them.   Read More...
Image: Women and children benefit from the Fairtrade Premium investments Research undertaken in Asia, Africa and Latin America by National Resources Institute (NRI) found that “women and children had particularly benefited from the Fairtrade Premium investments..." Voluntary sustainability standards have proliferated in recent years and grown in market sales, but evidence on their poverty impact has been lacking. The purpose of this study is to “systematically examine the impact of voluntary social and environmental standards on poverty and livelihoods, particularly for the most disadvantaged workers and producers in developing countries”.   Read More...
Image: Stop Vulture Funds around the world! Contact your MP
Britain has made a bold stand by banning vulture funds – the insidious hedge funds who buy up bad debt and drag developing countries through the courts until they pay it back. But now we need to go further by trying to get other countries to do the same! There is currently an Early Day Motion (no 666) in Parliament calling for this to happen, so we need as many MPs as possible to sign. Can you write to your MP asking them to sign the motion? You'll find all of the information you will need on the Jubilee Scotland website.   Read More...
Image: Message from the Fairtrade Foundation - Please write to your MP We all know that the brutal and futile retail battles are unsustainable for everyone: consumers at home and farmers and workers in developing countries. If our retailers can’t or won’t act it is up to the government to take action. We are deeply disappointed that Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, is trying to pass the buck. In his response to our campaign, he says he supports Fairtrade’s work and believes that businesses must take a long-term view in the interests of suppliers and consumers. However, he believes the market is working for consumers who get cheap bananas and makes no suggestions as to how UK regulators will uphold the rights of banana farmers.   Read More...
Image: Take action for fairer supermarkets Traidcraft campaign
One man in Brussels is on the verge of a decision which could stop bullying by Europe’s biggest supermarkets. In these next critical weeks will you help to keep the pressure up?  Whether you’ve already taken action on this issue or not please add your voice now. Call on the Commissioner to announce tough European action on supermarkets. Email Commissioner Barnier today.   Read More...
Image: Trade Justice Movement Action - email your MEP candidates The European Parliament elections are looming (22nd May).  Join TJM members and campaigners to call on their MEP candidates to Take Back the Power and sign their pledge.  With trade deals in the pipeline with some of the world’s poorest countries, as well as with the US, and companies using investment rules to challenge government policy making, this a key time to  to demonstrate our opposition to trade deals which are giving more and more power to big business. It is also an opportunity to promote alternative trade policies which work for people and the environment.   Read More...
Image: This is Fairtrade Fortnight Find out what is happening at the Fairtrade Foundation and the Scottish Fairtrade Forum   
Image: Email  Justine Greening - Secretary of State for International Development Justine must hear Unbreakable women's voices

Against some of the worst odds in the world, women in ‘fragile states’ like Somaliland, Zimbabwe and Yemen are organising to improve women’s lives by tackling the political, economic and social structures that keep them poor and marginalised. And they’re making powerful progress. Call on the UK government to support demands for a bigger role in political, environmental and social decision-making for women living in fragile states." (Progressio)   Read More...

Image: Robin Hood Tax: The Gagging Law is an attack on campaigning organisations and must be stopped:

The Robin Hood Tax campaign is facing a tough opponent – not just from the usual source of the financial sector and their allies, but from legislation currently going through our House of Lords. The lobbying bill is due to go to its crucial report stage next week. The Robin Hood Tax campaign cannot support it for a number of reasons, and we urge peers of all political colours not to rush the bill through just to get it passed in time for the 2015 election. Those peers who have expressed support for Robin Hood previously should bear in mind that this legislation is not helpful to our cause.   Read More...

2013

Image: Ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion 666: Vulture Funds That this House welcomes the impact of the Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2010 in preventing vulture funds taking an estimated £145 million from developing countries; further welcomes the passing of similar laws in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man; notes that vulture funds are trying to force Argentina to default on its debt through a legal case in New York; further notes that vulture funds are making large profits on Greek debt repayments owed under UK law, despite other creditors agreeing a reduction in the amount they are owed; is concerned that vulture funds are preventing the fair implementation of debt restructuring; and urges the Government to share its experience of legislating on vulture funds with the US administration, bring forward legislative proposals to prevent vulture funds ignoring international agreed debt restructuring for Argentina and Greece in UK courts, and support the creation of a fair, independent and transparent arbitration mechanism for sovereign debt.   Read More...
Image: SCIAF launches Philippines Typhoon Emergency appeal

 

SCIAF has launched an emergency appeal to help survivors of Friday’s catastrophic typhoon in the Philippines which has left an estimated 10,000 people dead and 9.5 million affected   Read More...

Image: Procurement Reform Bill  - SCIAF email Action Nine billion reasons to act for justice
Every year the Scottish Government spends £9 billion buying goods and services - some from Scotland, some from much further away. This autumn, the Government and MSPs will debate a new law, the Procurement Reform Bill, which will guide how this £9 billion is spent. SCIAF is launching a new campaign calling for Scottish Government to make sure our money is not used to exploit workers, damage the planet or benefit unethical businesses.   Read More...
Image: Email the First Minister - Call on Alex Salmond to help end hunger IF campaigners have helped put hunger, and some its main underlying causes, firmly at the centre of political discussions – globally and nationally – this year. The Scottish Government has some big opportunities coming up in the next few weeks to move from discussion to action, and play its part in ending the scandal of global hunger: Take action: Email the First Minister Now   Read More...
Image: SCIAF launches Syrian Refugee Emergency Appeal

Millions continue to be affected by the raging conflict in Syria as Pope Francis calls for a worldwide day of fasting and prayers for peace for September 7th. The Syrian civil war has rumbled on for over 2 years now. The most recent estimates suggest that 100,000 people have died and 3 million have been forced to flee their homes. 2 million people have been left homeless, in refugee camps or living in overcrowded housing in neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon. An estimated 560,000 Syrians have fled to Jordan, a country with a population only slightly bigger than Scotland. SCIAF has been working with our partner, Caritas Jordan, to deliver emergency aid to Syrian refugees and the vulnerable Jordanians affected by the increasing demand for resources in Jordan. Through Caritas Jordan, SCIAF has helped to provide food, water, shelter, soap, blankets, heaters and medical care.   Read More...

Image: Battling supermarket bullying in Brussels - contact your MEP Did you know that three of the four biggest supermarket chains in the world have their headquarters in Europe? That’s why beefing up regulation in Brussels is so important in the fight for fairer food chains. In just a few days’ time, a key group of EU policy-makers will have their say on rules that will oversee how supermarkets across the continent treat the people working in their supply chains around the world.  We need your help to make sure they join the battle against supermarket bullying: please send an email to our target Members of the European Parliament today.    Read More...
Image: IF Campaign - Thank You From the IF campaign's launch back in January, through 500 George Osbornes marching on Westminster, 50,000 people rallying for change in London and Belfast, and on to getting the issues at the top of the G8 agenda, you've been there every step of the way. Thank you for making such a massive noise about global hunger - you can be extremely proud of what you've achieved. Watch the thank you from IF here. Watch the Scottish Journey to Belfast here.   Read More...
Image: Vince Cable criticised over £2 billion arms loan to Oman Accused of shoring up regime threatened by Arab Spring - Vince Cable’s Business Department has backed £2 billion of loans to the dictatorship in Oman to buy Typhoon fighter aircraft. The absolute monarchy in Oman has strict repressions on human rights; any dissent faces harsh repression and the legal system is highly personalised with limited due process. The revelations come in UK Export Finance’s annual report, part of the Department for Business which backs loans for overseas buyers of UK Exports, (released 20 June 2013). Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, has claimed Britain is 'a beacon for human rights' around the world. That claim rings hollow when his own Business Minister is facilitating future human rights abuses and turning a blind eye to past ones. Tell Nick Clegg: 'Don't break your party's promise to drop dictator debts'   Read More...
Image: G8 corporate tax resolve fails its first test Just days after the G8 agreed to support developing countries collect the taxes they are owed, a UK parliamentary committee has quashed a key piece of legislation that would have made the task easier. The Finance Bill committee voted against an amendment that would have required UK-based multinationals to report their use of tax avoidance schemes likely to have an impact on developing countries. The amendment was tabled by Labour members based on a recommendation from the Enough For Everyone IF campaign which says tax evasion by multinationals costs developing countries US$160 billion a year. (Ekklesia)
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Image: What’s in the G8 agreement and what’s missing? The G8 has drawn to a close here in Northern Ireland. Many thanks to everyone who took any action, via email, facebook etc. and especially to all who attended the Belfast rally.
IF reaction: The G8 agreement on tax is a step in the right direction for tackling hunger, but leaves major unfinished business. Read the G8 communiqué here.  Read the IF response here   Read More...
Image: Sign the Debt Justice Pledge! Jubilee Scotland, which calls for global debt justice, has recently launched a Debt Justice Pledge. You can help spread the word and do your part to convince decision-makers that Scotland can and must be a nation of debt justice. Unjust and unpayable debts undermine development everywhere in the world. Too often, these debts have been contracted by dictatorial regimes, to buy military equipment, with the complicity of reckless lenders and without the consent of the people. Find out more and sign the pledge. Sign the pledge now
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Image: Halima’s Story and Exaveria’s Story Oxfam Scotland in association with Enough Food for Everyone IF Scotland Plays its Part present the Film Premiere of 'Halima’s Story and Exaveria’s Story'. Two short films highlighting Oxfam’s work in Tanzania, funded by the Scottish Government. Key note speaker: Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for External Affairs and International Development.  Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary St, Edinburgh, EH11LT. Wednesday June 19, 2013 – 6.15pm-7.45pm (refreshments provided). RSVP by FRIDAY June 14 via, scotland@oxfam.org.uk     
Image: Giant sold sign prompts land grab action

One of the UK's most famous locations has been ‘SOLD’! A giant white ‘Sold’ sign 40-metres wide on the side of Edinburgh’s iconic landmark Arthur’s Seat today highlighted Scottish calls for G8 leaders meeting in Northern Ireland in June to stop corporate land-grabs in poor countries. Land-grabs in Africa, Asia and Latin America are leading to poor families being evicted from their farms and unable to grow sufficient food to support themselves. This comes at a time when 1 in 8 people in the world go hungry every day. Full report on the SCIAF website. Watch a short video of the event here

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Image: Take action today: Stop the sugar rush This month EU is set to make a decision that will push many African, Caribbean and Pacific sugar cane farmers, their families and communities into poverty. We urgently need your support to tell the EU to stop this. Please send an email to Paolo De Castro, Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development  and call on him to represent the interest of farmers in developing countries.
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Image: The Robin Hood Tax - take action Tell George Osborne to drop his legal challenge in Europe

Just a few months ago we were delighted to share the good news with you: eleven countries in Europe pledged to introduce Robin Hood Taxes -- netting a combined whopping £30 billion. It's hard to believe, but those taxes are now under threat from our government. After losing the moral and practical arguments George Osborne is now resorting to a desperate legal challenge to try and block these countries from introducing their own taxes.   Read More...

Image: Take Action for IF - contact your MSPs Take Action for IF - Scotland plays its part. Contact your MSP's ask them to write to the First Minister, calling for action by the Scottish Government which could help make 2013 the beginning of the end of world hunger.   Read More...
Image: Scotland 2013 and beyond - 17th May Edinburgh What should the key guiding principles be for a country's international  development policy? Should a country's values help shape that policy? if so, what values can one attribute to ones own nation? These are just some of the questions being asked about Scotland's present and future external relations. Whatever Scotland's constitutional  decision may be, be that  'devolution max', independence or a continuation of the status quo, now is the time - when questions are being asked about what direction Scotland should take both internally and externally—for us to consider Scotland's place in the world.   Read More...
Image: Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign - Thank You More than 40 years ago, rich countries made a promise to give 0.7% of their wealth to the world's poorest people every year. Thanks to your support, the United Kingdom is now the first member of the G8 to keep this promise. In tough times, we haven't turned our backs on people going hungry. You should be proud. Thank you. But we're not done yet. We still need you to j oin us as we urge world leaders to tackle global hunger at the G8 summit in June. Sign up today to the IF campaign   Read More...
Image: World Water Day - 22 March

The fulfilment of basic human needs, our environment, socio-economic development and poverty reduction are all heavily dependent on water. Good management of water is especially challenging due to some of its unique characteristics: it is unevenly distributed in time and space, the hydrological cycle is highly complex and perturbations have multiple effects. Rapid urbanization, pollution and climate change threaten the resource while demands for water are increasing in order to satisfy the needs of a growing world population, now at over seven billion people, for food production, energy, industrial and domestic uses. Water is a shared resource and its management needs to take into account a wide variety of conflicting interests. This provides opportunities for cooperation among users.

    

Image: Enough food for Everyone IF Please write to the Chancellor before the 15th of March
If we are to persuade the Chancellor, George Osborne, to take action to help end the global hunger crisis, we need to flood his in-tray with personalised letters. If more than 1,000 letters are sent it’s sure to get the issues onto his radar. Please remember to send your letter before 10 March, so that he receives it in plenty of time before the Budget is announced.   Read More...
Image: Fair Trade Nation Status Achieved! The Scottish Fair Trade Forum welcomed the announcement by Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for External Relations and International Development that Scotland has met the criteria to be a Fair Trade Nation.  The success of Fair Trade across Scotland is largely thanks to the personal commitment of campaigners, who since the 1960s, have worked tirelessly towards ensuring that products exported from developing countries to developed countries are produced under fair conditions and empower producers to have more control over their livelihoods and the development of their communities.  Achieving Fair Trade Nation status for Scotland is another milestone in this decades-long process.   Read More...
Kirk Jones, creator of ‘What to expect when you’re expecting’, has directed his debut political spoof, a short film made especially for the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign. The film sees children playing members of the G8 as they gather to discuss the world’s problems. Hunger is on the agenda and we see how the children tackle the issue. We know the issue is more complex than this but sometimes it takes a child speaking the truth to point out the ludicrous faults of the adult world.
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Image: Fairtrade Fortnight 25 Feb - 10 March Every year rich countries throw away 220 million tonnes of food - almost as much as farmers in sub-Saharan Africa produce in one year. This is a scandal. But here’s one thing you can do right now to help change this. Join the Fairtrade foundation mini march to ask David Cameron to support smallholder farmers.   Read More...
Timespan, Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale, Sutherland, KW8 6JX. Monday, March 4, 2013. 1pm - 3.30pm
The Enough Food For Everyone IF Campaign is holding a major seminar highlighting the parallels between the Highland Clearances in Scotland and land grabs in developing countries. 2013 marks 200 years since the Sutherland Clearances, when large numbers of people were forced off the land they called home. But, right now, in developing countries an area of land bigger than Loch Ness is snapped up by foreign investors every five hours. This seminar will discuss how Scottish  history can influence the global debate on land rights in order to protect the world’s poorest people.   Read More...
Image: Scotland's political leaders back Enough Food IF campaign The leaders of Scotland's four largest political parties have shown their public support for the IF Campaign during an event at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.   Read More...
Image: Robin Hood Tax - Good News Bank tax is GO! Europe has given the green light to eleven countries to implement a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT). This decision shows that an alternative to austerity is possible, and that in Europe banks are now being made to pay their fair share towards a crisis which they helped cause. The UK is isolated on this issue and we need to make them feel it! We must also keep our eyes on these European Governments to make sure this money will be used to create jobs, keep schools and hospitals open, and help tackle poverty and climate change abroad. For a Robin Hood Tax to be truly won, revenue needs to be spent in this way!
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Image: Enough food for everyone IF ...

Over 100 organisations have  joined together to launch a brand new campaign to make 2013 the year when we begin to end the global hunger crisis. Together, we’re calling on world leaders to tackle four big IFs. Aid, Tax, Land and Transparency. Watch the Glasgow launch on YouTube and read on for more information

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Resources


Image: UN Statistical Yearbooks (1948-2016) now free online

UN Statistics. For those seeking access to historical statistics, scanned copies are now avaialable.  They are presented in individual pdf which can be downloaded. Format includes global, regional and national data across all areas of social and economic life. Strong coverage of population, social life, economic activity, international economic relations.

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Image: TTIP and trade justice
A resource pack on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership for churches.
Produces by Global Justice Now, the pack incorporates prayers, writings and ideas by people from a range of Christian traditions  who share a conviction that trade injustice is a barrier to the fullness of life promised by the kingdom of God.




Image: TTIPing Away the Ladder: Trade Justice Movement Report
While politicians, campaigners and development agencies meet in New York for the launch of a broad series of goals aimed at eradicating poverty by 2030, a new report from the Trade Justice Movement argues that any potential progress made by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would be fatally undermined by the impacts of a proposed free trade deal between the EU and USA - the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).



Image: State of the World's Mothers 2012
World's worst 10 countries to be a mother? DR Congo,  South Sudan, Sudan, Chad, Eritrea, Mali, Guinea-Bissau , Yemen, Afghanistan, Niger. Save the Children's 13th annual Mothers' Index analyzes health, education and economic conditions for women and children in 165 countries.
Their focus is on the 171 million children globally who do not have the opportunity to reach their full potential due to the physical and mental effects of poor nutrition in the earliest months of life.
This report shows which countries are doing the best - and which are doing the worst - at providing nutrition during the critical window of development that starts during a mother's pregnancy and goes through her child's second birthday. It looks at six key nutrition solutions, including breastfeeding, that have the greatest potential to save lives, and shows that these solutions are affordable, even in the world's poorest countries.




Pope Benedict XVI's Address to Politicians and Civic Leaders, at Westminster Hall, London on 17th September 2010, during his visit to the UK.



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With valuable context and criticism by eg Anne Pettifor, Susan George and others.



New report says Fairtrade needed more than ever as UK Fairtrade sales top £700 million.







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Image: Justice and Peace Scotland Priorities Statement




Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace - A Contribution of the Holy See to the Fourth World Water Forum, Mexico City 2006




Image: Leaflet: A Just Cause for a Fairer World
Material for The Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated in Scotland on 8th January 2006 and designated by the Bishops' Conference as a day of prayer for justice and peace.