The Common Good on our Common Sea

International Conference in Copenhagen, May 3-5 2019

Organised by Justitia et Pax Denmark, Justice and Peace Europe, The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human development, The Global Catholic Climate Movement and Stella Maris/Apostleship of the Sea.

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Catholic organizations are coming together with other Christian Churches to celebrate and discuss life on, around and in the seas, which are a common heritage of all humankind. This Conference comes from a faith-based core and draws from the “integral” approach spearheaded by the encyclical letter Laudato si’ published in 2015 and shortly followed by the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Following this approach, we will encompass the perspectives from various fields including theology, policies at national and multilateral level, human rights, ecology, business and industry.

In the old seafaring capital of Copenhagen, we will host an enriching and cross-pollinating dialogue pragmatically engaging key stakeholders across sectors, hearing their visions, disseminating knowledge, sharing challenges and hope. By doing so, the Conference aims to bring an inspiring contribution to a so needed broader and sustained dialogue on our common seas; such a dialogue has to take place with an integral approach and needs also to take into consideration the wisdom and genuine principles from faith communities.

The event will give participants concrete knowledge and tools to take home to their dioceses and parishes.

You can see the invitation here. Please register here.

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Pope Francis, September 1st 2018:

‘It is our duty to thank the Creator for the impressive and marvelous gift of the great waters and all that they contain, and to praise him for covering the earth with the oceans. To ponder the immense open seas and their incessant movement can also represent an opportunity to turn our thoughts to God, who constantly accompanies his creation, guiding its course and sustaining its existence. Constant care for this inestimable treasure represents today an ineluctable duty and a genuine challenge. There is need for an effective cooperation between men and women of good will in assisting the ongoing work of the Creator. Sadly, all too many efforts fail due to the lack of effective regulation and means of control (…). We need to pray as if everything depended on God’s providence, and work as if everything depended on us.’


Suggested reading:

Pope Francis, Encyclical letter Laudato si’

Pope Francis, Message for the World day of prayer for the care of Creation, 1 September 2018

Pope John Paul II, Apostolic letter Stella Maris on the Maritime Apostolate, 1997

Our Ocean Conference, Bali, October 2018, Intervention of the Holy See

Our Ocean Conference, Malta, October 2017, Letter on behalf of the Holy Father signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Council of the International Seabed Authority, Kingston, July 2017, Statement of the Holy See

Pontifical Commission “Iustitia et Pax”, The Universal Purpose of Created Things, Conference on the Law of the Sea 1979 (republished in 2011)

Cardinal Peter Turkson, Message for Sea Sunday, 8 July 2018

Confirmed speakers and moderators:

  • Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean

  • Mrs. Cecilia Dall’Oglio, European Programs Manager at the Global Catholic Climate Movement, IT

  • Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University, SE

  • President of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, Amy W. Echevarria, USA

  • Bishop Peter Fischer-Møller, The Danish Church, DK

  • European Regional Coordinator of Stella Maris, The Apostleship of the Sea, Martin Foley, UK

  • Bishop Czeslaw Kozon, Catholic Diocese of Copenhagen, DK

  • Mr. Stefan Lunte, General Secretary of Justice and Peace Europe, BE

  • Dr. Jens Olaf Pepke Pedersen, Senior scientist, National Space Institute of the Technical University, DK

  • Dr. Jessica Sparks, Research Fellow in Antislavery and Ecosystems, Nottingham University, UK

  • Bishop Noel Treanor of Connor and Down, President of Justice and Peace Europe, NI

  • Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, VA

  • Mr. Tebaldo Vinciguerra, Official of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, VA

  • Professor Ingeborg Gabriel, Professor, Institute of Social Ethics, University of Vienna, AU

  • Professor Jean-Paul Lehners, Holder of the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights at the University of Luxembourg, LU

  • Professor Bjørn Thomassen, Department of Social Sciences and Business at the Roskilde University, DK

  • Professor Grammenos Mastrojeni, Global Island Partnership, IT