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Don Bosco Network is committed to defend human rights of children and young people in need and to advocate for their empowerment.

Our main task is to facilitate communication between all the Salesian organizations and to contribute to common strategy in Human Rights and Advocacy fields.

Speaking with one voice Salesian Family present in more than 130 countries is working to support young people and children and give them the possibility to fulfil their potential and participate actively in the society.

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Don Bosco events at HLPF at UN in New York
DATE: July 3, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

Don Bosco organizations together with Misean Cara and other partners are holding 2 side events during the Volontary National Reviews at High Level Political Forum at United Nations headquaters in New York

The events information:
1. Addressing Inclusion, Inequality and Institutions: Grassroots views on SDGs 4, 8, 10, 16 and 17 – and the links between them
Date: 10th July 2019
Time: 2.00 to 3.45pm
Venue: 10th Floor, Church Centre for UN, 777 UN Plaza / 44th street.2. Youth Aspirations & Climate Urgency “A conversation on the hopes and demands of grassroots activists in a world threatened by climate crisis”
11 July 2019
2.00 to 3.30pm
Commonwealth Joint Office
685 Third Avenue, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10017

Links to invitation flyers and detailed information below:

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Don Bosco Network Newsletter June 2019
DATE: June 28, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

Dear brothers and sisters in Don Bosco!

The In the last newsletter I had the pleasure to underline the importance of synergies and effective cooperation between Salesian Family organisations and networks. Since the start of this year we continue on this path of cooperation and sharing of good practices. In February in the Advocacy Working Group at UPS we had the opportunity to learn more about Don Bosco Green Alliance, rooted in Laudato Si. I really am convinced that we should take more attention to this ecological initiative. “Everything is connected with everything” says the Pope. Social and ecological crises are not two different crises, but just two sides of the same coin. If we want to fight for the marginalized youth and thus fight poverty, we have to take care of our “mother earth”. During last General Assembly of the DBN we approved the changes of the DBN Bylaws in order to be in closer link to the Salesian Congregation, including the FMA sisters. “Why not invite them next time?” as Br Jean-Paul Müller suggested it. The presence and participation of Don Bosco Tech Africa is another good example of better integration through this project of the Congregation within our DBN network. Yes, we want to continue to support regional networks with our DBN network, we want continue to work on being a real Salesian Congregation network. In this perspective I am convinced that we can contribute to the theme of next General Chapter in 2020: “What kind of salesians for the youth of today?”.

With Kind Regards,

Peter Annegarn, DBN President

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European Development Days EDD 18-19.06.2019
DATE: June 19, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

On the 18th and 19th of June 2019 on behalf of Don Bosco International and Don Bosco Network, Wojciech Mroczek DBN Coordinator attended European Development Days EDD organized by European Commission in Brussels. The main theme of the event was: Addressing inequalities: Building a world which leaves no one behind. 67000 participants from all over the world representing implementing and funding development programs organizations, governments and EU representatives. You can find the full program of events and discussions on the EDD official website: https://eudevdays.eu DBN Coordinator actively participated in the following thematic discussions:

  • Getting it right for children: Meaningful participation and equal opportunities
  • What is religion got to do with it?
  • Launching SDG Watch Europe report on SDG 10
  • The role of young people in the peace processes
  • Flexible skills development for vulnerable young people
  • Climate change: Finding the path towards an inclusive and green transition leaving no one behind
  • Migrants contribution to development in the Global North (organized by Caritas Europe)

 

Very meaningful and inspiring discussions related to the Don Bosco Mission worldwide.

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY: campaign “Don’t Suffocate Our Future!”
DATE: June 4, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

Don Bosco Network and the Don Bosco Green Alliance as well as the international community is celebrating World Environment Day. The day, which is celebrated annually on June 5, will be hosted by China this year and focus on the theme of “Air Pollution.”

According to the United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment), approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution, with nearly 4 million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific. World Environment Day 2019 urges governments, industry, communities and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world.

UN Environment has noted that 92 percent of people worldwide do not breathe clean air. Air pollution costs the global economy $5 trillion every year in welfare costs. In addition, ground-level ozone pollution is expected to reduce staple crop yields by 26 percent by 2030.Read more »

“Don’t Suffocate Our Future!”
DATE: May 3, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

Young people across the world are today raising their voices in anger protest! They are legitimately upset because their lives and their future are being adversely affected by climate change, pollution and a variety of other environmental factors.  As they demand change, they also pledge to make the necessary changes in their own lives to improve the environmental scenario.  These sentiments of young people are well described by Pope Francis when he says: “Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded.” (LS 13). Further, the Pope states that “young people have a new ecological sensitivity and a generous spirit, and some of them are making admirable efforts to protect the environment” (LS 209).Read more »

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