• Young People Caring for Our Common Home - CYNESA
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Our Story

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.

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…

CYNESA at the Southern African Faith Communities’ Faith Policy Conference

More than 50 faith leaders representing over 10 faith communities congregated at the eMseni Christian Centre in Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa from 5th-7th November to develop policy

Young People Caring for Our Common Home - CYNESA

Perspectives from the CYNESA DR Congo Volunteers; on the Occasion of the 4th Anniversary of Laudato Si’ and the 5th Anniversary of CYNESA

The International Conference on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the encyclical letter, Laudato Si’ and the 5th anniversary of the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) brought together approximately 300 participants from different backgrounds, faiths, Countries, and was a major achievement for caring for the future of…

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