MMS Statement to the CSW 58


 The significant progress made by the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) can not be ignored or denied . It is a known fact that the Faith-based organizations have played an important role in the pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals, including food and hunger programs, education, healthcare, housing, water and sanitation, and much more. We continue to do so particularly in areas where Government services are unavailable. Our collective experience urges that the globally agreed goals to fight poverty should continue beyond 2015 since 870 million people still grapple with the reality of hunger and poverty every day.

Large-scale social and economic transformation, partnerships and political will is required if we are to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. We recognize the significant progress made.  However, existing commitments remain far from realized. We affirm that the promotion of gender equality from a human rights perspective and the contributions and empowerment …

Population and Development Global Review Report.

While nearly 1 billion people have escaped extreme poverty in the past 20 years and child and maternal mortality have been cut by almost one half, much more work remains to be done to address inequalities and ensure the rights and dignity of all, especially women and children, top United Nations officials stressed today.

“Our objective is to deliver equal rights and opportunity to all, to eradicate extreme poverty and to set the world on a sustainable development path,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a news conference at UN Headquarters to launch the International Conference on Population and Development Global Review Report.

The International Conference on Population and Development (IPCD), held in Cairo in 1994, was a milestone in the history of population and development, as well as in the history of women’s rights.

A total of 179 Governments signed up to the ICPD Programme of Action, which set out …

UN General Assembly President launches initiative for post-2015 development agenda

General Assembly President John Ashe today launched a major effort to harness the support of all 193 United Nations Member States and civil society to formulate a new development agenda with the potential to guide the course of humankind away from poverty for decades to come.

“Like all of you, I am all too aware of the enormous challenges facing our globe,” he told an interactive briefing of global civil society representatives from UN Headquarters in New York. “With the 2015 deadline looming, we need to be collectively focused on building momentum for the post-2015 agenda.”

Mr. Ashe has made the effort to achieve a new post-2015 development agenda to succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the hallmark of his year-long Assembly presidency which ends in September.

The MDGs, agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, aim to slash extreme hunger and poverty, cut …

MMS statement for the CSocD 52

Commission for Social Development    CSocD -52

11-21February 2014

Statement submitted by the Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council -ECOSOC


  We, the Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries appreciate the efforts made by the United Nations (UN) to reach out to  millions through a Global Survey for a Better World (My World Survey).  My World Survey presents an important and unique opportunity to ensure that the voices of citizens are heard by their leaders on a global platform with its particular challenges. There can not be a better way to gather the aspirations of the people for the world they want. We also commend the UN efforts to combat poverty, eradicate epidemics, wars and conflicts, and establish a new economic system that ensures a fair distribution of wealth and consolidates bridges of trust among peoples across the world. The …