Inspired by St. Pope John Paul II’s 1990 message for World Day of Peace, in which he called for the need to upscale ecological awareness and to find fitting expression in concrete programs and initiatives, young Catholics from Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda and South Africa, drawn from and representing university chaplaincies and parish groups, joined up to respond to this invitation, and to set up the Africa-wide Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) in January 2012. CYNESA is - the platform for all young Catholics in Africa, promoting responsible stewardship of the environment!
Education and Awareness Creation
CYNESA is preparing a youth toolkit on climate change that draws from scripture, Ignatian Spirituality, scientific research and Catholic social teaching.
Networking and Advocacy Training
We seek to establish and build relationships with like-minded partners, train young Catholics in advocacy on environmental sustainability, and link different initiatives on the continent.
Encouraging and Supporting Local Action Plans
We endeavor to encourage young people to act in their parishes, schools and within their youth movements by developing appropriate sustainable practices to conserve resources.
Tree planting ~ a Process not an Event
Masvingo Region National Movement of Catholic Students (NMCS) were prompted that tree planting day should not be an event but rather a process which encompasses follow ups on the trees planted, with the purpose of motivating the nation to plant, care for, and conserve trees, as a way ensuring sustainability…
First Open Ended Working Group on the Post 2020 Global Biodervsity Framework
The strategic plan for biodiversity 2011-2020 adopted in Nagoya, Japan during COP 10 in 2010 is expected to expire as the decade is already over. This necessitated the recent COP 14 meeting in Egypt to debate on coming up with a design process towards the adoption of the post 2020…
Young People Feature Predominantly at the High-Level Ministerial Segment of the AMCEN
Yesterday, in Durban, South Africa, the Ministers of Environment and other delegates including those from the African Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) participated in the high-level ministerial segment of the Seventeenth Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). In the meeting where incessant reference to the youth…
The African Civil Society Group meets with the UNEP Director of Governance Affairs
Right after the opening of the 17th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), which is taking place at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa, the African Civil Society Group held a meeting with the Director of Governing Affairs at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP),…
CYNESA at the Regional Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Meeting for Africa in Preparation for the AMCEN in Durban, SA
Between 9th and 10th November 2019, about 57 representatives of different Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) comprising mainly of the Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) to the UN Environment Programme held a 2-day consultative meeting ahead of the Seventeenth Regular Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). The…