MMS & the UN News-Feb 2017

Dear Readers,

The 55th Commission on Social Development was from February 1 – 10, 2017 with a priority theme: “Strategies for eradication poverty to achieve sustainable development for all.” The NGO Committee on Social Development, a coalition of organizations dedicated to working towards a people-centered social change and development through the UN, engage with this commission very closely. In fact, the Civil Society Forum that precedes the Commission is jointly sponsored by the NGO Committee Social Development and UN-DESA Division for Social Policy and Development.

We have come to realize that economic growth will not reduce poverty, improve equality or produce decent jobs. It is becoming increasingly difficult to reach people living in extreme poverty. Often the progress is temporary for those who have moved out of poverty.

“Understanding genuine causes and solutions to the various poverty traps demands a dispassionate and objective reflection on the inadequacies of longstanding …

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MMS and the UN- Jan 2017

Dear Readers,

We are gifted with one more year and like many of you I want to start the New Year with optimism but the world realities make me a bit worried optimist. The UN Security council’s adoption of a much needed resolution demanding an end to settlement building by Israel, indeed is good news while the GA agreement to give ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) an observer status, equal to Holy See and Palestine is very disappointing-since money can influence the shaping of UN decisions which the civil society is genuinely concerned. In spite of all this, Avaaz gives us one million reasons for hope in 2017:

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/hope_avaaz_2016_share/?baAYccb&v=86004&cl=11491790069&_checksum=e361645abe835963f3594dd2b469ee85044ea57ff429da421f7fbb2c28a36240

Role of the UN in the world – a recap on 2016:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2sck1yq5Wk

Gratitude to the Outgoing UN leaders : The UN was blessed with two great leaders-Secretary General Ban Ki Moon who made the ‘most impossible job’ a possible …

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MMS & the UN news-Dec 2016

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Many things happened during the last few months including the Election of new leaders both at the UN and for the US. Though it seems like a defeat for women, we are delighted that Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, the Environmental Minister of Nigeria and outgoing Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning is the new Deputy Secretary General. She said “The opportunity and responsibility to serve people and planet as the next UN Deputy Secretary-General is truly humbling”.

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change
On November 4th, the Paris Agreement entered into force with the ratification of over 55 countries, just three days before the COP22 conference in Marrakech. This is the first time in the history of the UN that an agreement reached the required number of ratifications in less than one year! To celebrate this unprecedented feat, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon held an event at the …

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MMS &UN News- Oct

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New year at the UN : The opening of the UN General Assembly’s 71st Session in September included a celebration of the first anniversary of the adoption of 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The moment also served as a reminder to the international community that only 14 years remain to achieve the ambitious targets set out in the SDGs. For any government or other actors that has not yet done so, it is high time to get started on implementation, but taking the first step to implement this complex agenda may be the most difficult. More info:  http://sd.iisd.org/policy-updates/towards-integrated-implementation-tools-for-understanding-linkages-and-developing-strategies-for-policy-coherence/

The UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants: A special High level event was organized on 19 Sept focusing on the issues of Refugees and migrants. The NGO committee on Migration (MMS are members) called the world leaders for action. The Summit launched explicit …

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A True story of Seema Devi

 SEEMA DEVI : THE ICON OF VAISHALI DISTRICT Of  NORTH INDIA.

Semma Devi is 25 year old and fifth wife of an old man. Being dark and short her parents who are uneducated and poor married her off to this old man. She was abused by people and often by her own relatives since a poor woman in India has little value other than to use her for work or marry and produce children for a man.  She felt very sad, no dignity of her own, powerless and not able to get out of the triple effect of poverty, illiteracy and patriarchy.  Feeling dejected and helpless of her pitiful situation, she suffered and there was no one to listen or offer her any help.

When she heard that our organization, Medical Mission Sisters (MMS) who are committed to  health and healing through promotion  of justice and empowerment of women and …

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