The 6th world assembly set out policy guidelines for the movement.
Organisations were set up in Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe. Working relationships were forged between the movement’s member organisations.
The 7th world assembly in Cologne, Germany debated under the theme of ‘Shoulder to shoulder with the poor – builders of a global society based on solidarity’.
World assembly on the theme of “In solidarity for justice”.
On the theme of ‘Emmaus – we can change the world’, the 9th world assembly called for the political engagement of its member organisations – and of society as a whole.
The world assembly in Ouagadougou marked an important turning point in Emmaus International’s history as it began the process to decentralise the movement. After debates on the theme of ‘Speaking out and acting together’ it adopted a closing statement focusing on the poor’s access to fundamental rights.
The closing statement underlined that throughout the world, people are suffering as a result of not having access to their fundamental rights.
Following the world assembly, three priority areas were adopted, grouping together member organisations’ concrete action and common policy – access to water, ethical finance and the rights of migrants.
The blueprint for the new regional distribution, which was adopted in 2003, came into effect. From that point onwards, the movement consisted of four regions: Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.
22 January 2007
Death of Abbé Pierre, founder of the Emmaus movement.
A week was devoted to paying tribute to him in France and in all the Emmaus member organisations worldwide. They mourned the loss of a leading figure in the struggle against poverty. His death was reported in the media worldwide. Three thousand people from many parts of the world gathered at a ceremony at the Paris-Bercy arena on 25 January.
The religious ceremony was held on 26 January at Notre Dame cathedral and was attended by the French President. According to the family’s wishes, the usual protocol was dispensed with so that Emmaus companions who had come to the funeral from across the world could sit in the first two rows – in front of the highest authorities of the French State. The ceremony was followed by 1,500 companions who sat inside the cathedral, thousands of people gathered outside and millions of television viewers.
Renzo Fior, Chair of Emmaus International urged for people “to continue, throughout the world, the action that began in France in 1949”. As Abbé Pierre wanted, he was buried at a private ceremony at the cemetery in Esteville, Normadie (France) alongside Lucie Coutaz and Georges Legay.
World Assembly in Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina): Emmaus International was legally recognised Abbé Pierre’s sole legatee.
12th world assembly in Anglet, France on the theme of “Emmaus: a credible alternative in a difficult world?!”
In its closing statement, ‘A better future is possible', it calls on citizens and society to “Make people our primary concern once again, rethink our lifestyles and consumption […] Demand that everyone have access to basic rights”.
The run-up to the next world assembly in 2016
Eight years after Abbé Pierre’s death, the Emmaus movement is still developing. At this point, the movement has chosen to think about what values all its member organisations around the world consider important.