On the 9th of November 2020, on what would have been the opening of the 26th session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26), originally scheduled to be held in Glasgow from 9-19 November 2020, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ,(president of Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar) and Fr. Franck Janin, SJ, (president of Xavier Network) wrote a letter voicing their concern on the postponement of the conference. They addressed this letter to the president of the African Union, Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of the Council of the European Union, Angela Merkel, and the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. In this letter the jesuits reiterated the importance of acknowledging the crisis that is climate change and the need to prioritize it. They wrote that Africa is being forced to bear the burden of a climate crisis it played no part in creating , at the same time that it is struggling to eradicate poverty and strengthen civil society.
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Originally posted on Jesuits Africa; Open Letters to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and AU-EU Leaders on the occasion of the postponed COP 26