Dear sisters, Associates and Friends,
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 education . He said “education is a security issue”. This Foundation focuses on students getting involved with “Face to Faith “ across the globe. To listen to his speech http://www.tonyblairfaithfoundation.org/livestream
First Intercessional meeting was held on Nov 22nd with the Co-chairs and Civil Society before the 5th Open working group (OWG). The Ambassadors were very impressed by the concrete suggestions given by civil society members as Panelists and speakers from the floor. MMS raised a question related to the unjust economic structure and the SDGs, currently the top 1% population enjoy 40% of the global wealth while the bottom ½ % gets just 1%, a stark inequality highlighting the need for structural change.
Open Working Group (OWG) 5: On Nov 25-27 was the Fifth session of the Open Working group focusing on Macro economic issues . Recommendations on Macroeconomic Issues is available at http://bit.ly/NGLSmacroeconOWG.
Climate Change – Global injustice: UN climate change conference (Cop 19) came to an end in Warsaw on the 23rd of Nov. without much of happy/positive outcome. The rich countries were retreating from their 1992 commitment and they do not even want to keep the word commitment, instead, they proposed country level contributions. As a protest the Group of 77 (133 countries) and various Activist groups, including women walked out of the conference hall. (News about UN Climate Conference in Warsaw- Poland were given in my earlier mails). Most of us Agree that Climate Change is an extreme global injustice . There was much talk about “Equity” and Justice in the statements .All major groups after cop 19 seemed have only one message “Nothing will change unless we mobilize for more changes.
Campaign against Gender violence: On the 25th of Nov. the UN women co-organized a program with the mission of Italy. The highlight was the theatrical performance “wounded to death” by a series of monologue of women and girls who died of gender violence was very touching. The Italian author Serena Dandini herself was present at the programme. The commemoration of the 16 days of activism against gender violence campaign is from Nov. 25th to Dec. 10th. All are encouraged to get involved in this campaign in your own place and continue our fight for gender justice.
Information regarding the upcoming events and special dates to mark:
1.Commission for Social Development, CSocD 52
Date: February 11-21, 2014
Priority theme: Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full-time employment and decent work for all. 2.Commission on the Status of Women, CSW 58:
Date : March 10-21 (Pre-registration is Open, please contact Celine if you are interested to attend the same)
Priority Theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls.”
Preparation for the post 2015 agenda and SDgs: OWG 6: Dec. 9-13, 2013; OWG 7: Jan. 6-10 and last OWG: Feb. 3-7, 2014.
December 1st World AIDS day 2013: Theme: Getting to Zero
What is the situation regarding HIV/AIDS in the world?
- Worldwide, the number of people newly infected with HIV has dropped 33 per cent between 2001 and 2012.
- Newly infected by HIV each year: 2.3 million people with 1.6 million of them in sub-Saharan Africa, home to 69% of all people living with HIV worldwide
- 91% of all new infections are among children.
- Since the beginning of the epidemic, more than 65 million people worldwide have been infected with HIV.
- More than 30 million people have died from AIDS.
- Today, more than 35 million people are living with HIV/AIDS.
- Currently more than 10 million people worldwide, mostly in low and middle income countries, receive life-saving anti-retroviral treatment.
- This is almost 20% more than a year ago.
- The goal of ensuring treatment for 15 million people – the target set in the 2011 UN political declaration on HIV, is therefore within reach.
MMS UN Rep