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Toward a global agreement on climate change (AIL 3 Latin America in Movement)

MEXICO
ANALYSIS: Mexico’s Climate Change Law – More Than Just Empty Words?

When Mexico’s climate change law went into effect in October 2012, it drew international praise. But what has happened since then? The best illustration of the lack of action so far is the Climate Change Fund, created under the law to finance adaptation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction initiatives, with national and international funds.

 

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
UN CHIEF SADDENED BY DEATH OF CARIBBEAN SCHOLAR NORMAN GIRVAN

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
“Girvan was one of the most distinguished Caribbean scholars of his time,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, noting that Girvan was particularly devoted to the promotion of regional integration in the Caribbean and Latin America, which won him respect and admiration of the entire region. + Details

CANADA
ANALYSIS: Media and climate change: A case to answer
Toronto, Monday, April 21, 2014
Buried in the recent highly scientific and rather impenetrable 2014 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are hints that the mass media of communication must help tackle public misunderstanding and fatigue around climate change. + Details

MEXICO
First meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation: Southern Players step up, will Northern Donors follow?
Mexico City, Monday, April 21, 2014
The High Level Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation Meeting in Mexico to strengthen efforts to fight poverty has ended with renewed commitments to improve aid and cooperation—but it has also highlighted the slow start of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. + Details

SWITZERLAND
Easter 2014: Opportunity for Christian unity and common witness
Geneva, Saturday, April 19, 2014
In his Easter reflections, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit called this year an “opportunity for shared testimony to the Resurrection” since churches from both eastern and western traditions of Christianity will celebrate Easter on the same day, Sunday 20 April. + Details

CHILE
LWF Member Church in Valparaiso Raises Funds and Coordinates Relief
Saturday, April 19, 2014
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member church in Valparaiso is appealing for financial support and coordinating donations of food, clothing and other essential items to help thousands of displaced people after a devastating forest fire razed parts of the Chilean port city. The fire, the worst ever to hit the UNESCO World Heritage city, broke out on Saturday in the hills surrounding Valparaiso, 110 km west of the capital Santiago, killing at least 15 people. Officials said more than 2,500 homes have been destroyed, leaving 11,000 inhabitants homeless. + Details

MEXICO
Author Gabriel García Márquez dies
Mexico City, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez has died in Mexico aged 87. He was considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors, best known for his masterpiece of magical realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude. The 1967 novel sold more than 30 million copies and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. + Details

GREAT BRITAIN
Anglican Communion sexuality decisions can mean African Christians suffer, says Archbishop of Canterbury
London, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury revealed April 4 that Christians in parts of Africa face abuse, violence and even death because of decisions on sexual equality made by Anglican Churches in the West. Justin Welby, the spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, made the comments in an hour-long phone-in programme on LBC radio. + Details

MEXICO
Global meeting to define the future of development: What will be Mexico's legacy?
Mexico City, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
As development leaders from around the world meet in Mexico City, participating in the first High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation this week, Oxfam is asking a crucial question: What will be Mexico’s legacy? + Details

CHILE
REPORT: Valparaíso Blaze Highlights the City’s Poverty
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The blaze that tore through the Chilean port city of Valparaíso revealed the dark side of one of the most important tourist destinations in this South American country, which hides in its hills high levels of poverty and inequality.The fire that broke out Saturday Apr. 12 and was still smouldering two days later claimed at least 12 lives, completely destroyed 2,000 homes, and forced the evacuation of 10,000 people. + Details

Natural resources as the dynamic axis of UNASUR strategy
, March 29 2014
With the signing of the Foundation Charter of UNASUR (the Union of South American Nations), the twelve countries that make it up took a step of historic dimensions. This is a question, no less and no more, of enforcing the decision to reunite the parts, now separate, of a great nation. Because that is what we are: having a common territory and a common historical origin, having a culture and beliefs that are also common, sharing a language that allows easy communication, and facing common problems, principally that of poverty.

Francis and the changes in the Catholic Church
, March 23 2014
The unexpected renunciation of Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world, and especially the Catholic community. It had been 600 years since a Pope had resigned. It was a gesture of humility on the part of one who understood that he could no longer steer the boat of Peter through the troubled waves of scandal: pedophilia, corruption in the Vatican Bank, the network of masculine prostitution that involved seminarians in Rome, the reduction in the number of Catholics in the West, etc.

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A Call for Solidarity with Human Rights Defenders in Guatemala
, April 12 2014
Guatemalan Lutheran Church Leader Rev. José Pilar Álvarez Speaks on the Struggle to Protect People and Natural Resources.

Education always a part of Ashton Brooks’ vocation: Interview with the first dean of Santo Domingo’s Episcopal Epiphany Cathedral
, March 25 2014
Both as a scholar and a teacher, Brooks has worked to discover, interpret and articulate the Bible in a way that reflects the uniqueness of the people and the culture of Latin America. He sees his ministry as rooted in “trying to help people seek peace and understanding among each other.”

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We need an apartheid boycott to save the planet: Archbishop Desmond Tutu
, April 23 2014
Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse. No more can it be dismissed as science fiction; we are already feeling the effects.

A Critique of Anthropocentrism: Seven Weeks for Water: Week 4
, March 24 2014
The fourth Biblical reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2014 is by the “Green Bishop” Geoff Davies, executive director of the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environmental Institute. Citing several examples from the Bible, he brings a strong critique of the anthropocentric understanding of our theology and encourages us to become “earthkeepers”.

Noticias de Iglesias

Reflections and materials for celebrating the 500 years of the Reformation Movement: Part 4
ALC has been sharing with its readers a series of materials prepared by the five participant churches of the Leuenberg Concord in Argentina, to commemorate the 500 years of Luther’s reformation. On this occasion, Dr. Hugo Córdova Quero, a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA shares a reflection in Spanish on: Some, and the others? The “almost” unknown brief history and the dissident Protestants in Cataluña of the XVI century.
April 12, 2014

Environmental Justice Atlas resource online
A great resource for finding out what environmental conflicts and environmental justice movements are happening around the world is the Environmental Justice Atlas.
March 27, 2014

Reflections and materials for celebrating the 500 years of the Reformation Movement: Part 3
ALC has been sharing with its readers a series of materials prepared by the five participant churches of the Leuenberg Concord in Argentina, to commemorate the 500 years of Luther’s reformation. On this occasion, Pastor Federico H. Schafer shares “The Hermeneutics the Theology of the Reformation Churches Uses Today.”
March 13, 2014

Child Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean
World Vision presents the regional trends observed across 10 LAC countries (Brazil, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Peru), from 2011-2012.
March 11, 2014

New handbook highlights Orthodox reflection on ecumenism
A new Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism with resources for theological education, and produced using the workgroup facilities of Globethics.net and GlobeTheoLib, has been launched at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.
February 20, 2014

Ultimas noticias

Anglicanos elaboram livro sobre prevenção à violência doméstica
August 13, 2013
ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT and CULTURE OF PEACE: From shrines and battlefields, Christians and other religious traditions to pray for peace
September 17, 2012
For the immediate withdrawal of MINUSTAH troops from Haiti: Letter to the Secretary General of the UN
October 6, 2011
German Protestant bishop urges reflection on 'primacy of honour' for Pope at 450th Anniversary of Death of Philipp Melanchthon
April 21, 2010
Two ELCA leaders call for immigration reform in a new book, 'They Are Us'
April 30, 2009
Gathering in Brazil, Reformed youth commit themselves to a full life for the whole of creation
April 1, 2009
Literacy campaign for Quechua speakers in Peru receives support from the Peruvian Bible Society
December 16, 2008
John Calvin Anniversary Sermon Competition
February 28, 2008
General Secretary and six more officials of CLAI resign
February 28, 2008
Protestants now just over half of US adults, study finds
February 28, 2008
Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency (ALC)
Information and analysis about the social-ecclesial reality, development and human rights in Latin America and other regions of the world
English edition: Casilla 17-16-95 - Quito - Ecuador
Email: englisheditor@alcnoticias.net