«The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;

those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined

Isaiah 9:2

To AEFJN Members, Contact Persons, Friends and Partners

This year’s Advent season brought us the hopes and anxieties of the peoples around the world, demanding a full, just and equitable transition away from fossil fuels at COP28 in Dubai. Despite widespread pessimism and disillusionment, the UN Conference on Climate Change delivered a historical outcome: it is considered to be the beginning of the end of the era of fossil fuels, the primary cause of global warming and climate change.

The people we are accompanying in their life journey at the grassroots level in Africa are deeply impacted by climate change. And at COP28 it has emerged clearly that economic justice is key to contain climate change and to promote sustainable ecosystems and livelihoods. Moreover, food systems and sustainable agriculture have been integrated in climate action, with a clear option for nature based solutions and small scale farming.

Christmas is a harbinger of hope, and we recognize the signs of the Spirit of the Risen One coming among African and world peoples struggling for a decent, fraternal life, together in our common home. That invites us to continue with conviction in our commitment to economic justice for Africa. Thank you for your sustained engagement!

May Christ, the source of our faith, inspire us to be witnesses of his love for all humanity. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

AEFJN Executive Committee