April – Formation of Ecological Justice Partnership Team - Archbishop Peter Chong.
2nd Workshop on Environmental Justice - Black Sand mining – Nadi – Fiji.
JPIC led in this partnership between Fiji Council of Social Services, Caritas Archdiocese of Suva our donor Jubilee Australia and the Ba and Sigatoka community Reps.
May- Presentation to the Chief Justice and Judges from Fiji & PNG on Environmental Justice.
Privileged to be invited as a speaker to more than 50 judges in Fiji, PNG, Samoa, Vanuatu.
May - Laudato Si week – Land to Sea – Columbans & Caritas partnership.
June – World Oceans Day
Session with St Annes primary students & Foreshore Clean up.
UN Conference on Oceans – Lisbon, Portugal.
In action in Lisbon.
With our PM and UN Secretary to show our support where needed and also speak up for the people when their Dignity and Rights are not respected.
Our Columban Team
This year has been a very active and fruitful one as our activities with grassroot and global partners portrays the scope of JPIC work across a broad range of issues and with different organizations that is affecting the Oceania region now. This shows how relevant and crucial our work is now with regards to the need of our society today.
Our participation in the UN Conference on Oceans and how we have managed to speak for and represent affected communities, Indigenous people and the voice of Faith in the Oceania region gives a vibrant indication that we need keep on with our mission while at the same learn, adapt, grow and develop strategies and approaches that can positively address our key priorities while at the same maintain our charism, character and Spirituality. This is one of our greatest strengths as we are undergoing changes that will improve our efficiency and effectiveness as Columban Missionaries. T.Naikasowalu.