This update comes from Marta Benavides regarding the ongoing floods in El Salvador and the surrounding region. Due to these tragic events, the Women and Climate Justice tribunals planned there for the weekend have been postponed.
I write this letter as I reflect on the work ahead and Sept 21st, International Day of Peace understanding that many people around the world are working to figure out what must be done, what must be lived for the enjoyment of peace.
Peace for many of us around the world is real development; that is, to live in a healthy planet, and to have all human needs met for all of us in today’s generation and for the generations to come, to the seventh generation, and beyond.
I am writing to share messages from GCAP coalitions and constituencies as we mourn the demise of the visionary and indefatigable leader, Wangari Maathai, who has been a global symbol of strength, hope and conviction in the power of lasting change that is driven by women and local communities.
On Friday September 16th GCAP was invited to a meeting held by the Prime Minister of Bhutan, the Honorable Lyonchoen Jigmi Y. Thinley, and Professor Jeffrey Sachs on the United Nations Resolution on Happiness. Attendees included representatives from the Rockefeller Fund, Women’s Environment and Development, CIVICUS, IGP and others.
It’s been a busy time at the CIVICUS World Assembly in Montreal where Marta Benavides, Lysa John, Rajiv Joshi, along with other colleagues and interns are engaging in sessions and provocative discussions.