MMS&UN news-June

Dear Readers,

Sharing with you the highlights of the UN Meeting in June:

June 5-9 one of the Colorful weeks at the UN was the Ocean Conference- to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

A special event was held in the General Assembly Hall to mark World Oceans Day (8 June). The event included statements from world-renowned ocean experts and explorers, representatives from coastal communities, and voices from current and future generations, as well as a performance by Fijian dancers. Marine biologist Sylvia Earle spoke at the event.

There is more awareness about the need for protecting and preserving the Marine environment for our own survival. Deep Sea mining and fishing gee- micro plastics are a great threat not only to the ocean but to the entire ecosystems.

Sculpture made from plastic Trash found

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MMS&UN news April

Dear Readers,

Greetings of the Spring Season! Here are some of the highlights of various meetings at the UN.

April 7 : World Health Day: The World Health Organization is marking this year’s World Health Day with efforts to reduce the stigma of depression and create awareness of the need for prevention and treatment. More than 300 million people around the world suffer from depression, which affects “people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries.” WHO has come out with a training tool on mental health:http://who.int/mental_health/policy/quality_rights/guidance_training_tools/en/

Human Development Index 2016: The UN Development Program (UNDP) has just released its Human Development Report 2016, “Human Development for Everyone”. Highlights are :                                                     (http://bit.ly/enable_hdr2016)

  • One in three people worldwide continue to live in low levels of human development, as measured by the Human Development Index.
  • More than 250 million people in the world face
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MMS & the UN news -March 2017

Dear Readers,

March had been a busy month at the UN, International Women’s day, World Water day, World TB day etc. besides the 2 weeks long Commission on the Status of Women.

CSW 61: With the Theme“Women’s Economic Empowerment in the changing world of work,” Women’s unpaid care work and 23% pay gap were highlighted. More than 3800 attended from around the world. Besides the official CSW sessions, there were 290 parallel events by member States and 600+ by Civil Society. One event was on purple economy, the speakers based on a research highlighted the benefit of investing in women as profitable from a gender, economic and political point of view.

Respecting the strong call for collaborative submissions at the UN, MMS written statement was done jointly with several other organizations. MMS have cosponsored few parallel events and Celine spoke at 2 events organized by Temple of Understanding: one …

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Special Event on April 4, 2017

Stories of innovative best practices on SDGs from South India

Topic 1: Initiatives in child-led action for SDGs and for a brave new
world fit for children.

Topic 2 : Initiatives in participatory local governance and
Grassroots sociocracy

Mobilizing People for SDGs through neighborhood Parliaments of Adults

  Speaker: Fr.Edwin John

        Children’s Parliaments & Neighborhood parliaments in India.

4  April 2017 – 10.30 Am to 11.30 Am
At the Baha’i International Offices,
866 UN Plaza, Suite 120, New York 10017
All are welcome!

Organized by : Medical Mission Sisters (SCMM)

Kindly RSVP to : celine@mmsmission.net latest by Friday,31 March.
(to forward the names to Baha’i for security purposes)

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For DPI/NGO event – Roots of change: MMS as agents of Change

Dr.Anna Dengel founder of MMS told us “the sufferings of the world should have an echo in your hearts”. Her passion and compassion gave birth to our organization Medical Mission Sisters and that’s how I Celine is here today. Anna’s journey as a woman Doctor started in 1925 when she responded to the health needs of the Muslim women in Rawalpindi North India Now Pakistan who were not allowed to see male doctors. Anna had a vision that women health professionals who dedicated their lives to God could make a difference in helping women to have access to the health care they deserved. She saw this not only as a work of Charity, but also one of Justice.
Austrian Dr Anna founded our organization in Washington DC for the women in India, yes, we are global citizens from the beginning.
Anna was instrumental in changing a Canon law of Catholic …

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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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