Human Trafficking, as I see it – Alexis Keller ( MMS Intern)

Human Trafficking takes many different forms in our society; sex trafficking, forced labor, and debt bondage are all different forms of modern-day slavery. Pop culture, and even campaigns to end trafficking, can negatively impact how we see the problem. This is critical to trafficking because how we see the issue is how we create solutions, and without understanding the realities of human trafficking, we will never end it. Human trafficking exists because of a confluence of different paradigms. Globalization, economics, migration, human rights, gender, organized crime, and local/national causes can increase the vulnerability a person has to becoming a victim of human trafficking. Despite pop culture depictions, most human trafficking victims are not held with chains or snatched off the street one day. Often times, many people don’t even realize they are victims. Situations  in their life like dysfunctional families, lack of education or economic opportunity, gendered violence, marginalization, and …

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MMS & UN News Oct

Dear Readers,

October is full of important days starting with October 2 the birthday of Mahatma Gandhiremembered as International day of Non Violence.

Oct 10: World Mental Health Day: World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of better mental health. Mental health in the workplace is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017.

Oct 11: International Day of the Girl (IDG) As the result of youth advocacy around the world, in 2011 the UN declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It is a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to …

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MMS & the UN Newsletter- September 2017

Dear Readers,

Opening of the 72 General Assembly:  12 September 2017: The President of the 72nd UN General Assembly (UNGA), Miroslav Lajčák, outlined the priorities of his mandate during the opening of UNGA 72.’He tweeted “UN was created for people – especially those not sitting in this hall today” It’s the task of #UNGA to make sure their voices are heard. UN reform to be fit for purpose is high priority of the Secretory-General.

Sept 7: The Culture of Peace:Peace and tolerance are cornerstones of cultures around the world, and Threats to peace: climate change, extremism & terrorism, science & tech: nuclear weapons, military interventions, and media while Mechanisms for reaching peace: dialogue, non-violence, education, gender equality, democratic participation, plurality, media.

Intl Peace day (Sept 21) Celebrated at the UN on Sept 15by the SG ringing the peace bell followed by a panel. There …

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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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