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Dear Readers,

The United Nations Celebrated the 70th Anniversary on 24 October and Turn the World UN Blue.
Sustainable Development Goals:
For the first time in history, every nation on earth has joined in adopting a set of goals that call for more equitable social, economic and political relationships among people and between nations. The language in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is not perfect, but adopting these goals greatly alters the global dialogue, and sets the stage for real change towards greater equality. A whole lot of meetings are going on with regard to developing the indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals. I am happy that the recent MMS General Chapter has taken seriously the SDGs going forward. Attached is a Power point of 17 SD Goals with 169 targets for your easy understanding.

Laudato Si conversations:
The Pope has given a personal challenge to each one of us, to the way we live and the choices we make. The excerpts given below highlight the issues we are involved in at the UN.
The earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor. (2)
The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all. (23)
Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. (25)
There has been tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation. They are not recognized by international conventions as refugees. (25)
Fresh drinking water is an issue of primary importance, since it is indispensable for human life and for supporting terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. (28)
The earth’s resources are also being plundered because of short-sighted approaches to the economy, commerce and production. (32)
The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation. (48)
It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking. (91)

Attached please find an article by  Partnership for global Justice on Laudato si and the SDGs

UN Climate Conference in Paris from Nov 30- Dec 11

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, has issued a press release warning that climate change poses “severe and distinct threats to food security,” which, as argued in her interim report in August 2015 (A/70/287), could result in another 600 million people suffering from malnutrition by 2080. Elver cautions that “increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather, rising temperatures and sea levels, as well as floods and droughts” will negatively impact food production, with significant implications for the right to food.

http://sd.iisd.org/news/un-special-rapporteur-climate-change-threatens-right-to-food/

The Senior UN Climate Change Official, Christiana Figueres believes there still is HOPE to reach meaningful agreement for climate action IF the moral call for action is loud enough. Link is here: http://ourvoices.net/climate-talks.html
Good News. This is to let folks know that there are good things get done all the time but not always reported and not always in centers of media attention. We can all make a difference. There are a number of events taking place leading up to the Paris talks and the links are provided for : ourvoices.org that may be doing something in your local area.
The People’s Pilgrimage. Here is the you tube video of the Peoples Pilgrimage

Add Your Name That’s why ourvoices.net (http://ourvoices.net/climate-talks.html) is here. By adding your name you can show your love and concern for our children and Grandchildren’s futures for the most vulnerable who are already suffering under climate change Encourage Action Through ourvoices.net, together we can urge our leaders to take vital action to implement the solutions that already exist before it’s too late.

Wait for more news from the Climate Conference in which 5 MMS (4 from Europe besides Celine) are expected to be observer participants in Paris. We appreciate your prayers and positive vibrations to touch the hearts of the decision makers for an agreement which is good for the people and planet.

Announcements:

1. Registration for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women -CSW 60 from March 14-24 is open from Nov 2 until December 31. Those who wish to participate kindly let me know. MMS and the Sisters of Charity Federation jointly have submitted a Statement to the UN endorsed by several organizations.
2. Registration for the Commission on Social development to be held in February 1-14 is also open.
3. Please like our Face Book page Medical Mission Sisters at the UN as we are asked to report the no of likes in our DPI Annual report due in January 2016.

Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome!
Best,

Celine Paramunda