September was the busiest month at the UN with the 74 UN General Assembly high-level week, from 21 to 27 September, and other events. World leaders gathered at the UN creating very high security and traffic jam in NYC.
Secretary General had asked leaders to announce concrete plans of action that can boost global ambition. “If we want our planet to remain the same – healthy and able to support prosperity and opportunity for all – we will have to completely transform our world.” Heads of States and Government are using their 15 minutes at the podium not only to underscore modern challenges and garner action to curb global ills facing today’s and tomorrow’s world but also accusing one another which has become a trend recently.
International day of Peace: Every year celebrated on Sept 21 and the theme for 2019: Climate Action for Peace and …
The highlight of August was the 68 United Nation’s Department of Global Communications annual
Conference called the UN Civil Society Conference held in Salt Lake
City -Utah from August 26-28, 2019. Inclusive and sustainable cities and
communities (SDG. 11) was the focus of this
conference, noting that cities are well placed to help combat the global
climate emergency and point the way towards sustainable, low-emission
development. There were 4000 participants from over 100 Countries. Salt Lake
City (SLC) has been preparing for the conference for over a year, led by Mayor
Jackie Biskupski, who declared that cities and local communities have never
before played such an important role in the health and well-being of the world.
SLC became the first city (besides NY) in the US to host a UN conference since 1945.
Partnerships with civil society and youth are essential to achieving the goals of key UN-backed international agreements, …
The highlight of July is the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). It was convened from July 9-18 with prior preparatory processes under the theme ‘Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.’ Four years after the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) started, the 2019 meeting of the HLPF opened to take stock of progress, gaps, and obstacles. 47 countries (7 for the second time) have volunteered to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) to the HLPF. Speakers highlighted the need for more empowerment, courage, inclusivity, and equality. A presentation on the progress made on SDG 4 (quality education) revealed a “global learning crisis”, despite steady growth in school enrolment rates, more than …
In May the Religious at the UN (RUN) had one day retreat highlighting the Eco spirituality and our ministry at the UN.
Each year on 5 Junethe world celebrates the World Environment Daywhich is also the birthdate of UN Environment Program. This year the main celebrations is in China and the theme is #BeatAirPollution. Clean air is a human right, and a necessary pre-condition for addressing climate change as well as achieving many Sustainable Development Goals. Air pollution does not only damage human health, it also hampers the economy in many ways.
Breathe Life, a campaign by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the World Health Organization and UN Environment, is running initiatives in 55 cities, as well as numerous countries and regions, benefiting over 153 million citizens. For example, campaign …
Greetings from New York along with the UN highlights for the month of April:
April 11: The UN General Assembly commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the International Labor Organization (ILO). ILO’s motto, “If you desire peace, cultivate justice,” and its Constitution, which emphasizes that “universal and lasting peace can be established only if it based upon social justice,”. https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/04/1036451
April 15-18: Financing for Development Forum (FfD Forum): Financing for Development follow-up is an intergovernmental process mandated to review the 2015Addis Ababa Action Agenda and other financing for development outcomes and the means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ended with an outcome document noting that Despite signs of progress, investments that are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remain underfunded and parts of the multilateral system are under strain. On 16 the NGO Committee on Financing for Development organized a side event …
October has come around and as the buzz of the start of the UN General Assembly settles down there’s still plenty taking place.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report: The landmark report released on October 7 issues a strong plea from over 150 scientists for global leaders to enact policy phasing out fossil fuels. The key take-away from the report (found here: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/) is the warning that carbon pollution has created a rapid trajectory that will burn through the 1.5°C carbon budget within the next 3 to 10 years unless urgent action is taken. http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/10/vital-everyone-eat-organic/
FFD: “A Moral Economy that works for all” was the theme of an orientation by the NGO Committee on Financing for Development (FfD). Celine in her welcome speech highlighted the need for collective advocacy as she said, “there can be no Social Justice without Economic Justice”. Sr. Philo Morris, …