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Showdown at the U.N.: At Last, a Treaty to End all Nuclear Weapons? On March 27, "all governments, international organizations and civil society representatives" will come together at the United Nations (NYC) to negotiate the treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons. This is all the more urgent due to current events; the recent launch of a "test" missile by North Korea. Learn more about the agenda, here.

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spacestationEye on the Trump Administration: Toppling the "Climate Policy Machine" Won't be Easy. Red flags have gone up in the scientific community, as well as the general public, surrounding the new Administration's recent actions to suppress climate science. Of particular concern is the threat to stop NASA from doing any earth science research at all (supposedly so that NASA can focus exclusively on "deep space" study), and the threat to suppress all the earth science information that NASA has accumulated over 58 years.   

According to Fr. John Converset, Provincial of the Comboni Missionaries' North American Province, former director of its Justice and Peace office, and a frequent presenter to domestic and international groups regarding climate change, "Scientists need data that covers longer periods of time to distinguish climate change from weather that always varies.  Every scientific study of climate around the world relies heavily on the data that the U.S. holds (especially NASA and NOAA data) to compare what is happening now with the historical record. Without the accumulated data that the U.S. and other scientific entities have made freely available until now, there is simply no credible climate science. The alternative sources of this data are too scanty."

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SS Genocide"Not On Our Watch: South Sudan:" Just Another Meaningless Slogan? To many with grave concerns that the brutal civil war in South Sudan is quickly dissolving into a full-scale genocide, "not on our watch," has more less gone on deaf ears, along with the peace agreement of three years ago. There are approximately 1 in 3 people (4.8 million) in near-famine conditions, while 1 in 5 has been forced from their homes. There are 1.6 internally displaced and another million have fled the country. Yei, Leer, Unity State, and the Equatorias in South Sudan are some of the places at greatest risk of increasing devastation at this time. Even in the capital Juba, 80% of the residents have resorted to emergency coping strategies for food.

According to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, "a steady process of ethnic cleansing is underway in several areas of the country, through starvation, gang rape and the burning of villages. In the wake of the de-facto collapse of the 2015 peace deal, new urgent action is needed to prevent further deterioration in South Sudan's humanitarian, political, economic and security crises." Right now, there is no clear meaningful political process, or infrastructure in which to work, to address the crisis.

A well-informed panel of experts came together at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) on December 8, moderated by Ambassador Princeton Lyman, former special U.N. envoy to Sudan-South Sudan. They discussed the situation in South Sudan including mass atrocities and the looming spectre of genocide, then shared their personal recommendations. Congressman Tom Rooney joined the group later in the program. An article about this "urgent conversation" is available, here, and you can watch the 90-minute video, here.

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After the Elections: Ploughing Ahead with Social Justice Issues. Sr. Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK summed it up nicely after the November 8 election: "If the 2016 election has shown us anything, it's that the state of our union is divided, and people are wrought with fear and anger." Read her A Politics of Divisiveness Won the Day but Cannot Rule our Hearts, here.

For activists in the U.S. and around the world, there is no time to waste, but rather to carry on working on the issues deemed important for justice and the future of human kind. These include climate change, immigration reform, corruption in government, the gap between the rich and poor, human trafficking, reducing military expenditures, and many more. Over the coming months, this newsletter will focus on these topics to gauge how they are faring in the new Administration.

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"Climate is Changing. Food and Agriculture Must Too" was a timely theme for this year's World Food Day, and highlighted the close links between climate change, sustainable agriculture, and food and nutrition security. With the Paris Agreement on climate change about to go into force, the world is a step closer to implementing critical safeguards to protect the planet.

This will also help the poor and vulnerable, 70 per cent of whom depend on subsistence farming, fishing or pastoralism for income and food. They are challenged the most by the climate crisis, and without a concerted effort, millions more could fall into poverty and hunger. At the same time, the agricultural and food systems must continue to become "more resilient, productive, inclusive and sustainable." Read Agriculture must Transform to Feed a Hotter, More Crowded Planet, U.N. says on World Food Day, here, and here.