MMS UN news -November

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 Thanks a lot to all those who sent their feedback to the last newsletter, it affirms that we are together.

The month of November, too, was busy with preparatory meetings and advocacy for the Post 2015 Development agenda which is the highlight of the coming year. By September, 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next 15-20 years will be established while the MDGs will meet its target year 2015. Unlike the MDGs, the SDGs are to be universal and integrating the three dimensions of Development, namely: Social, Economic and Environmental. The UN welcomes all global citizens for a  MY WORLD SURVERY. Please use the link: www.worldwewant2015   and click on the world map.

 Tony Blair Faith Foundation  : On Nov 21st Tony Blair, former prime Minister of UK spoke at the anti terrorism committee of the Security Council on the need for …

Climate Conference- Warsaw(Ponland) Update

WARSAW, Nov 20 2013 (IPS) – The G77+China group of 133 developing countries negotiating a new international deal at COP19 in Warsaw to combat climate change walked out of the talks in the wee hours of Wednesday morning to protest developed countries’ reluctance to commit to loss and damage.

“Today at 4 a.m. the delegation of Bolivia and all delegations of G77 walked out because we do not see a clear cut commitment by developed countries to reach an agreement,” said Bolivian negotiator Rene Orellana speaking on Wednesday morning at the COP19 climate summit.

What seems to have happened at the closed night-time session of the so-called contact group of loss and damage is that Juan Hoffmaister, the Bolivian negotiator on loss and damage, who was representing the entire G77 + China group, walked out in the name of developing countries. The walk-out has a strong symbolic value and is …

Climate and mental health

Climate and Mental Health -impacts

Isobel Braithwaite, Healthy Planet UK

The health impacts of climate change, and the importance of integrating health into adaptation planning, have become increasingly prominent in recent years – though arguably not prominent enough.  For example, there have been several declarations from health organisations – the World Health Organization (WHO) has this year trained a number of Ministers of Health in climate policy, who are attending in their country delegations – and many adaptation initiatives now prioritise the health sector.

Often the health impacts which are highlighted are things like heat deaths, malnutrition associated with food insecurity, changing distributions of infectious diseases, such as dengue fever, and the direct deaths and injuries caused by extreme weather events.  All are important, and are likely to pose a significant threat to health – especially without an ambitious and equitable global deal, and successfully closing the pre-2020 emissions gap.

10 tips for NGOs responding to Philippine typhoon


Roger Yates, with over 25 years of experience dealing with these situations, including the 2004 tsunami, tips:

  1. Focus on the priorities. Don’t try to do everything at once. Accept initial levels of chaos and confusion. Immediate priorities probably include understanding how things work in the Philippines, and who is doing what; developing initial plans based on local needs, not what donors have to give; and thinking ahead when organizing initial work so it will be relevant later on. Prepare to adapt priorities as circumstances change in the coming weeks.
  2. Understand the role of the military and the government. The army will probably play a leading role in the initial response, with international assistance. They may run the airport, clear major routes, oversee logistics and provide security. NGOs should understand how the military is organized and what they see as their role — as well as how government is run. NGOs