Message from Catholic bishops of Europe and Africa

The Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences in Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), gathered in Cape Coast, Ghana, from 13th to 18th November 2007, on the occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery. The meeting reflected on “the new forms of slavery, the new faces of poverty and the new patterns of exploitation in our world”. The meeting resulted in a message to the Heads of States and Governments from Africa and Europe who will gather in Lisbon on 8th and 9th December 2007 including recommendations for action on the following issues:

  • To eradicate the growing problem of child labor and human trafficking, of sex abuse and the exploitation of women and children.
  • To eliminate the continuing exploitation of Africa’s resources and its consequences. The “brain drain” of Africa’s professionals such as doctors, nurses, entrepreneurs and other highly qualified personnel, and the loss of Africa’s mineral and natural wealth in foreign owned extractive industries, are issues of highest concern to us.
  • To strive for greater progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and fulfill pledges of financial aid that are too often not honoured.
  • To practise good governance, probity, accountability and transparency, promotion of democracy, education for all, the rule of law and the fight against corruption.
  • To acknowledge that migrants contribute to the development of their host countries and their remittances play a substantial economic role in the welfare of families in their countries of origin.

Download the declaration – doc
Download the ‘instrumentum laborum’ (in preparation for the declaration) – doc
For more on separate discussions and the final communication, see the CCEE website


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