INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 6TH – 8TH OCTOBER 2022, VATICAN CITY
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Program International Conference 2022
Inclusive growth to eradicate poverty and promote
sustainable development and peace.
Palazzo della Cancelleria
Piazza della Cancelleria, 1
15.00 Introduction Anna Maria Tarantola, CAPPF Chairwoman
15.10 Meditation H.E. Msgr. Claudio Maria Celli, CAPPF International Ecclesiastical Councillor
15.25 CAPP Mission Report and the 2021 Economic/financial situation
Alberto Borgia, CAPP Foundation Secretary General
15.35 Giovanni Marseguerra, Coordinator of the CAPPF Scientifc Committee and Vice-
Rector for Academic programs, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy Summary presentation of the papers elaborated by the CAPPF Groups
16.00-17.00 Roundtable 1 – Fighting poverty: Proposals and concrete experiences
Moderator Luca Filagrana, Local Coordinator of the Chapter of Trento
- Luca Filagrana, Chapter of Trento, Sustainable investments to fight poverty, 7 mins
- Alessio Grazietti Sardegna Chapter, Reflections on digital poverty, 7 mins
- Alberto Oddenino, Chapter of Torino, Problematizing the relationship between digital divide and human development, 7 mins
- Maurizio Gallo, Chapter of Padova, Cucine Economiche popolari: A concrete experience in fighting poverty, 7 mins
- Don Nazario Costante, Chapter of Milano, Concrete experiences in fighting working and learning poverty, 7 mins
- Domenico Marino, Chapter of Reggio Calabria, Blockchain and charity: a systemic opportunity to create social value, 7 mins
- Antonio Angioni, Chapter of Bergamo, A financial help desk for entrepreneurial projects, 7 mins
- Romain Lavault, French Chapter, Technology and inclusion in business: How to reduce digital poverty?, 7 mins
17.00-18.00 Roundtable 2 – Poverty: Challenges of a polysemic word
Moderator: Frederick F. Fakharzadeh, Coordinator of CAPP USA Group
- Cecil Chabot, CAPP Canada – Papal Penitential Pilgrimage: a reflection and Response in light of the Catholic Social Doctrine, 5 mins
- Rowena McNally, Australia Chapter – Presentation of the Chapter, 5 mins
- Ivan Ruzicka, Slovakia Chapter – Presentation of the Chapter, 5 mins
- Alessandro Rizzo, Chapter of Roma, Emotional intelligence to promote sustainable consumption, 7 mins
- Frederick F. Fakharzadeh, CAPP USA, Addressing Spiritual/Cultural Poverty by Electronic Evangelization of CST, 7 mins
- Joan Macel Alsinella, Barcellona Chapter, Changing consumption to change lives, 7 mins
- Pilar Bover, Madrid Chapter, Spiritual poverty vs poverty of Spirit, challenges in a “rapidificated” world, 7 mins
- Ulrich Schürenkrämer, German Section, Spiritual poverty: How to win today (young) people with Christian Social Ethics, 7 mins
- Daniel Darmanin, Malta Chapter, Compartmentalization of ethics and poverty, 7 mins
18.00 Conclusions H.E.Msgr. Nunzio Galantino, President of APSA
18.30 end of works
CAPPF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
7- 8 .10.2022
Inclusive growth to eradicate poverty and promote sustainable development and peace.
Palazzo della Cancelleria
Piazza della Cancelleria, 1
The 2022 CAPPF Conference stems from the contrast between the 2030 agenda’s objective with reference to poverty and the reality with particular regard to the post-COVID-19 world. What can be done today, concretely, to build a more just society and to eradicate poverty?
 “We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind” (Preamble: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2015)
We know that economic growth is critical for poverty eradication. But an expanding economy does not mean that everyone benefits equally. To ensure the wellbeing of the entire population economic growth has to be inclusive. Inclusive growth requires full respect for human rights. To be inclusive, growth should generate decent jobs and provide opportunities for all segments of society, especially the most disadvantaged, in order to distribute ex ante the gains from prosperity more equally. Moreover, in order to bring new prosperity and new opportunities, growth must also support sustainable consumption and production, thus enabling sustainable development.
In doing so we have clearly in mind the indications of Pope Francis: “If the poor are marginalised, as if they were to blame for their condition, then the very concept of democracy is jeopardised and every social policy will prove bankrupt. With great humility, we should confess that we are often incompetent when it comes to the poor. We talk about them in the abstract; we stop at statistics and we think we can move people’s hearts by filming a documentary.
Poverty, on the contrary, should motivate us to creative planning, aimed at increasing the freedom needed to live a life of fulfilment according to the abilities of each person. It is an illusion, which we should reject, to think that freedom comes about and grows through the possession of money. Serving the poor effectively moves us into action and makes it possible to find the most suitable ways of raising and promoting this part of humanity that all too often is anonymous and voiceless, but which has imprinted on it the face of the Saviour who asks for our help” (Pope Francis’ Message for the Word Day of the Poor – 2021)
We aim at examining all kind of poverty or, in other words, the many different dimensions of poverty. This broadening of focus was identified by Pope St. John Paul II – “[I]t is well known that there are many other forms of poverty, especially in modern society – not only economic but cultural and spiritual poverty as well.” (Centesimus Annus, 57) and Pope Francis – “Modernity must contend with three types of “destitution”. This poverty is much worse because it entails a situation “without faith, without support, without hope” (Message for Lent, 2014, 2)
In our era we have to face poverty caused by economic, climatic, digital, spiritual and educational situations, bad works, poor health. A very complex set of difficult situations to deal with but which we must urgently approach and resolve.
The 2022 International Conference aims to strengthen the CAPPF commitment to study and research on new models of economic and social development, inspired by Catholic social teaching. In his 2021 address to the Foundation, Pope Francis provided us with a clear methodological indication and showed the way forward: “In every sphere of life, today more than ever, we are bound to witness our concern for others, to think not only of ourselves, and to commit ourselves freely to the development of a more just and equitable society where forms of selfishness and partisan interests do not prevail. At the same time, we are called to be vigilant in upholding respect for the human person and his or her freedom, and in safeguarding his or her inviolable dignity. This is the mission of implementing the Church’s social doctrine”.
Following the Holy Father’s indications, in addressing the different kinds of poverty constant reference should be made to inclusive growth as the crucial element to expand economic opportunities and at the same time provide broader access to these opportunities, so that all members of society can participate in and benefit from growth. Proper attention and planning is required, otherwise it will become increasingly difficult for growth to reach the many impoverished areas of the world who risk remaining excluded by poor governance and other obstacles. Better conditions of global socio-economic progress and democracy are essential prerequisite for both human integral development of all persons and lasting peace. The 2030 Agenda acknowledges that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
The 2022 International Conference will approach the following specific topics:
- The situation of different kind of poverty today dimension, evolution…
- Focus on new forms of poverty
- Concrete actions to pursue an inclusive economy,
- Solidarity, subsidiarity and sustainability in addressing poverty
- The role of Governments and Institutions to tackle poverty, the greater importance of preventive actions compared to only redistributive activities.
- Potential more specific topics, for example food markets and food value chain for inclusion and sustainability. The food sector constitutes about one fifth of the global economy and is the world’s largest source of income and employment. Yet hundreds of millions of people do not have food security. Poverty disproportionately affects rural populations, whose livelihoods depend largely on agrifood-related economic activity. Women comprise almost half of the agricultural workforce and many run small-scale farm and non-farm businesses. More than half of developing-country working youth are employed in the agrifood sector.
 “The pandemic not only reversed gains in global poverty reduction for the first time in a generation but also deepened the challenges of food insecurity and rising food prices for many millions of people. This is particularly prevalent among the poorest countries and populations, where higher prices of food can devastate discretionary incomes. [..] By the end of 2021, it is expected that about 100 million people across Emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) will have fallen back into extreme poverty. The pandemic’s impact on poverty could reverberate for a prolonged period due to its scarring effects on long-term growth prospects. The pandemic has also exacerbated inequality as it has disproportionately affected
The theme of the IC will be approached in a multidisciplinary way with speakers of different countries and discipline /areas or interest/ economic sectors.
The IC will be held in person (and virtual participation if needed due to pandemic).
Each session will be streamed live.
Friday 7th October 2022
9.30- 9.50 Introductory speeches
- Anna Maria Tarantola, Chairwoman of CAPPF
- Giovanni Marseguerra, Coordinator of the CAPPF Scientifc Committee and Vice-Rector for Academic programs, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy
9.50 – 10.10 Meditation: H.E. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi
10.10- 11.30 First session. The situation of poverty today, different dimensions and the new forms of poverty.
This session should address the different dimension of poverty and their impact on society and growth as well as the impact on poverty of the pandemic and the aggression war in Ukraine. According to the World Bank (World Bank, Global economic prospects, June 2021). “The pandemic not only reversed gains in global poverty reduction for the first time in a generation but also deepened the challenges of food insecurity and rising food prices for many millions of people. This is particularly prevalent among the poorest countries and populations, where higher prices of food can devastate discretionary incomes. [..] By the end of 2021, it is expected that about 100 million people across Emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) will have fallen back into extreme poverty. The pandemic’s impact on poverty could reverberate for a prolonged period due to its scarring effects on long-term growth prospects. The pandemic has also exacerbated inequality as it has disproportionately affected vulnerable groups—including women, children, and unskilled and informal workers”.
10.10-10.40 Keynote speaker :
- E Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich S.J., Archbishop of Luxembourg, President of the Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community and Vice President of the Council of Bishops’
- Helen Alford, Consultor to the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, and ordinary member of the Pontificial Academy of Social Sciences
Moderator: MSGR Guy-Real Thivierge, Secretary General, Gravissimum Educationis Foundation and Member of the CAPPF Scientific Committee
- Aloysius John, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis
– Máximo Torero Cullen Chief Economist Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations VIDEO CONFERENCE
– S.E Mons. Vincenzo Paglia, Chairman of the Pontifical Accademy of Life
220.127.116.11 Coffee break
11.45-13.00 Second session. The role of businesses and finance in reducing poverty. ESG and new model of the labor market.
This session should address the role of sustainable finance and firms to eradicate poverty around the world. Sustainable Finance and sustainability-focused enterprises have a crucial role in the fight against poverty as they tend to be oriented by a long-term vision. To became sustainable requires important changes in strategic objectives, business models, production processes, human resource management, leadership styles; the world of work is also affected. These are all aspects that will be examined in this session.
11.45-12.05 Keynote speaker:
– Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University VIDEO CONFERENCE
12.05 – 13.00 Round Table
- Moderator: Elena Beccalli, Full Professor of Banking at the Faculty of Banking, Finance and Insurance (at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Department of Economics and Business Management Sciences, Member of the CAPPF Scientific Committee
– Fabio Pompei CEO Deloitte, Italy
– Francesco Perrini, Prof. ordinario di economia e gestione delle imprese University Bocconi, Milano
– Vittorio Grilli, Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) of JP Morgan
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Third session: The role of Governments and Institutions to tackle poverty, the greater importance of preventive actions compared to redistributive ones
This session should be devoted to address the issue of the concrete actions the international and national communities should adopt to promote a fairer economic-financial order, capable for example of providing finance for poor countries so to favor their post-Covid development. COVID-19 has hit poor and vulnerable countries the hardest, threatening decades of hard-won gains while exacerbating existing inequalities in the poorest countries. Attention will also be paid to the theme of peace, which is closely connected to that of poverty. How to pursue and guarantee peace in the world?
A further problem to be addressed refers to a just sustainable transition especially in poor countries, e.g. in Africa. One of the unintended consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic has been Western governments and companies starting to push a decarbonization agenda. However, if they push too hard, African countries could be denied the energy required for their industrialization processes.
The problem therefore is how to combine the process towards environmental sustainability with the need to protect the poorest and most vulnerable people and nations.
14.30 -14.50 Keynote speaker:
- Šuica Dubravka UE Commissoner, Democracy and Demography VIDEO MESSAGE
14.50 – 15.40 Round table
Moderator: Andrew Abela Dean and Associate Professor of Marketing, The Busch School of Business, The Catholic University of America, CAPPF Member Scientific Committee.
- Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
- Rodrigo Mardones, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
- Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General for European Legal services
15.40-16.00 IV Session Concluding remarks
Enrico Giovannini, Minister of the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility and Co-founder of Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (ASviS)
16.00.16.30 Coffee break
16.30-17.30 Final session – The voice of Young
This session is dedicated to know how young people sees poverty and their proposals of concrete actions to be taken to eradicate poverty and promote sustainable development and peace.
Moderator: Gert-Jan Boon
Sofia Horsfall Winner of the CAPPF 2021 “Economy & Society” Scholarship
17.30 – 17.50 Award CAPPF Winner Scholarship
17.50 – 18.10 Conclusions
20.00 Social Dinner – Palazzo Orsini Taverna, Via Monte Giordano, 36
Saturday 8th October 2022
08.00 Meeting point: Petriano Gate Entrance, Piazza del Sant’Uffizio
9.00 Holy Mass celebrated by His Eminence Card. Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson at the Altare della Cattedra, Basilica of San Peter
10.30 Private Audience with the Holy Father, Sala Clementina