Ignatian Delegation participates in the UN’s High-Level Political Forum

Ignatian delegates

An Ignatian delegation took part in the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which run from the 9th until the 18th July 2019, in New York City.

The meeting, which brings together governments and organizations from around the world, was created as a follow up to the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) decided upon in 2015 which, along with the “Paris Climate Agreement”, formed “Agenda 2030” - a list of sustainable development objectives to be achieved by 2030. The forum's theme was “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality,” and the SDGs that will be reviewed include quality education, reduced inequalities and climate action.

Member of the Ignatian delegation included: Cecilia Calvo, Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology; Valeria Mendez de Vigo, Secretariat for Justice and Ecology for the Jesuit Curia; Fr Pedro Walpole SJ, and Albrecht Arevalo of Ecojesuit; Nicholas Napolitano of the Maryland and USA Northeast Jesuit Provinces; Dr Nancy Tuchman and Richard (Max) Melstrom of Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability; Brenna Davis of the Ignatian Solidarity Network; Fr Kevin White SJ, of Jesuit Refugee Service; and Nate Radomski of Magis Americas.

In addition to attending the forum, the Jesuit delegation has hosted an event entitled "How can the Ignatian Family Collaborate in the Care for our Common Home?" on July 11 at the Jesuits’ USA Northeast Province Office in New York City. It featured a panel of speakers from Ecojesuit, the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology, Jesuit Refugee Service and the Loyola University Chicago Institute of Environmental Sustainability. The event sought to highlight and promote collaborations within and beyond the Jesuit/Ignatian family, to develop further clarity on the role of Jesuit/Ignatian ministries and other religious in fulfilling the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to deepen the common understanding of the integral connection between people and creation.

Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, expressed his support ahead of the Forum with a video message. “This is an important event for the Society of Jesus, - he said - first of all because we have a long experience of working in all these fields in numerous places in the world: accompanying excluded persons and communities, working for justice and reconciliation and for the care of our common home.”

“These themes have been confirmed in the recent Universal Apostolic Preferences, that we have received from the Holy Father, following the path traced by General Congregation 35 when it encouraged us to ‘establish links in the field of public advocacy between political power and those who find it difficult to make their voices heard, building bridges and offering new forms of understanding.’”

Read Pedro Walpole SJ and Brex Arevalo’s blog post What do Ignatian Universal Apostolic Preferences have to do with the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

This article was sourced from the website of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the US.