The Common Good on Our Common Sea

An International Conference in Copenhagen for the Care of Seas

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Copenaghen, Denmark,  3-5 May 2019


“It is our duty to thank the Creator for the impressive and marvelous gift of the great waters and all that they contain (cfr Gen 1,20-21; Sal 146,6), and to praise him for covering the earth with the oceans (cfr Sal 104,6). 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".

Pope Francis, Message for the World Day for the Care of Creation, 1 September 2018

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  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 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 is promoted by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, together with the Apostolship of the Sea Stella Maris, Justice and Peace Europe, Justice and Peace Commission of Copenhagen, Global Catholic Climate Movement.

Confirmed speakers

 Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Bishop Czeslaw Kozon of Copenhagen, Bishop Noel Treanor of Down and Connor, President of Justice and Peace Europe, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University.

In February more information will be released. 

31 January 2019