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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
MP praises sustainable development approach at Progressio AGM
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¬†Progressio's sustainable grass-roots approach to tackling some of the world's most pressing problems of economic and environmental injustice were affirmed by John Battle MP at the organisation's AGM in North London on Thursday. A member of Progressio ≠ formerly the Catholic Institute for International Relations - for 20 years, the MP for Leeds West told more than 100 Progressio members that he praised Progressio's "skill-share and advocacy with local organisations in countries around the world". The chair of the All party parliamentary group on overseas development felt that the issue of Work was a key one in the promotion of peace in countries such as Sierra Leone and East Timor. "People need to know they are going to find employment or there will be civil unrest", he said. He urged even greater focus on projects empowering women, and strategies for bringing them into development planning. In addition, "fusing the poverty agenda with sustainability needs to happen" he said. He reported that "everybody in parliament is now talking about climate change," but the tensions between the prevailing model of development and environmental imperatives "haven't really been addressed". Progressio's 2005/6 Annual Report highlighted a total of around 75 Progressio development workers supporting partner organisations in 11 countries ≠ the Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Namibia, Nicaragua, Peru, Somaliland, Yemen and Zimbabwe. An inter-faith peace-building initiative in South-East Asia has supported faith-based organisations and civil society groups to work for peace and justice in the region, and particularly in East Timor, Mindanao (Philippines) and West Papua. Progressio's environmental advocacy project has highlighted how policy and practice in the global North contributes to environmental degradation and poverty in the global South. It was reported at the AGM that the leaflet Say No to Suicide Seeds successfully supported efforts to oppose Terminator technology (developed for use in genetically modified seeds), which, Progressio believes, threatens farmers' livelihoods and the environment worldwide. CIIR ≠ the Catholic Institute for International Relations ≠ adopted a new name: Progressio in January 2006. It comes from Populorum Progressio ("On the development of peoples"), a document written by Pope Paul VI which calls on all people of goodwill to work for human development and fight injustice. Progressio is part of the Live Simply Campaign which will be promoted during 2007 to mark the 40th anniversary of Populorum Progressio. Progressio's 2006 Annual Review can be read in full at
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