MMS & UN News – Oct


During the 68th GA, several events took place at the UN and some of the High lights are the following:  –

CARITAS International – UK & Ireland Reports:  Catholic Fund for Overseas Development in UK and Ireland presented their reports at the UN titled “listening to the voices of the Poor” shared the stories of real people and stressed the goal of Zero Poverty. Speakers pointed out that lack of accountability from the governments, as well as gender discrimination, are two major blocks to poverty eradication. The role of Civil Society was highlighted as critical in supporting and challenging the governments.

Churches Witnessing With Migrants :  In the context of the High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development on Oct 3rd & 4th a side event was organized on the theme : “the other is my Neighbor”. Several Christian denominations gathered to share …

MMS Statement presented at the 68 GA High Level Dialogue on FFD


  Round Table 3- Theme:- “The role of financial and technical development cooperation, including innovative sources of development finance, in leveraging the mobilization of domestic and international financial resources for sustainable development.”

Statement by Celine Paramundayil, representative of Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries, an Ngo in special consultative status with ECOSOC and a member of NGO Committee on  FFD

 Mr. President, distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 We all agree that Finance is the most essential component for the realization of Sustainable Development. We need to change the current paradigm of wealth being concentrated in the hands of a few while more people are pushed into poverty and marginalization. Studies shows that the wealthiest 20% account for 87 % of the global income, while the poorest 20% of  the world population enjoy less than 1%. …

UN Meetings related to Post 2015 Agenda

UN high level meetings tackle post-2015 agenda amid global South, CSO concerns

Several UN high level meetings were held in New York from 23 September to 8 October to assess the progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and negotiate the successor framework to the MDGs for 2015.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon convened the high-level event, “MDG Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact.” He introduced the “new partnerships” that the UN is promoting to change the development landscape and mobilize resources to advance the MDGs.

This was followed by the “Special Event on achieving the MDGs.” Member states agreed that the new set of goals need to balance the three pillars of sustainability, namely the economic, ecological, and social aspects of development. They also agreed on holding intergovernmental negotiations to achieve consensus on the goals and the overall post-2015 framework.

The first High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

World bank and Water issues

Into the lion’s den: Confronting the World Bank on privatized water

Washington, D.C., October 11—Corporate Accountability International (CAI) and IBON International joined forces in Washington, D.C. this week to challenge the World Bank Group on its role in privatized water utilities.

CAI is a membership organization with a 35-year track record on protecting human rights, public health and the environment from corporate greed and abuse around the world. It is currently pursuing a campaign to challenge corporate control of water.

IBON on the other hand has consistently opposed water privatization since the 1990s and is the secretariat of the regional Water for the People Network (WPN) with members in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mongolia, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. WPN challenges water-related policies, structures and institutions that compromise the people’s right to water. The network also proactively seeks community-based, pro-people solutions to such problems.

Shayda Edwards Naficy, CAI’s international water campaign …

Save Forests, save humanity


World’s sacred forests may fall prey to developers, scientists warn.

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sacred forests, which have mainly been protected by indigenous communities following traditional beliefs, are among the few remaining forest ecosystems that have been spared by loggers, but they are increasingly under threat, scientists warn.

“Evidence has shown that many people, including loggers, have for years respected, or have been afraid of going against some religious beliefs – and that has long been a conservation measure for several sacred forests around the world,” said Prasit Wangpakapattanawong, assistant professor at the forest restoration research unit of Thailand’s Chiang Mai University.

Most sacred forests are found in Asian countries, especially India, where they have for centuries been preserved and protected by adherents of Buddhism, a religion indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, Wangpakapattanawong said at the World Agroforestry Centre’s 2013 science week in Nairobi last month.

But the ever-growing

International Day of the Girl Child

Victoria GrantGirls’ Rights are Human Rights

In December 2011 the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 October the International Day of the Girl Child, thus recognizing girls’ human rights and the particular challenges that girls face.  In reserving a day for advocacy and action by and for girls, the UN has demonstrated its commitment to end gender-based inequality, discrimination, neglect, violenceand the economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls across the globe.

The Canadian and US girl activists who conducted the campaign to create this special day of observance purposefullychose the date 10/11/12 (month/day/year) in order to highlight that the fact that life often changes dramatically for the worse for girls aged 10-12 years.  In many societies, negative cultural