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News update from Paris Climate Conference

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Medical Mission Sisters participated in the Conference of Parties (Cop21) or the UN Climate Conference in Paris from Nov 30- Dece12. Please refer to the MMS Intranet, Society Home page for the report by Agnes Lanfermann and Elizabeth Vadakekara who attended the first week.

I attended the second week and on Dec 9 the MMS co sponsored parallel event “keep the Fossil fuel in the ground” was well attended both inside the official venue as well as at the civil society space. All speakers were excellent and spoke not only of the ill effect of Fracking but victims of fracking shared their agonizing efforts to protect their land and lives. One of the speakers Sandra Steingraber shared her struggle and success in getting a ban on fracking in the state of New York. An activist and a cancer survivor, she used her Award (for her excellent work) to …

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MMS & the UN news- Nov

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Good news amidst bad news!
Special celebration at the UN for MDG 6: The world has met the Millennium Development Goal for reducing malaria-related deaths, which are down 60% since 2000. “Today, we celebrate major advances in our fight against malaria,” said Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general. Thanks to collective efforts and increased financing, the world has met and surpassed MDG6 targets to halt and begin reversing malaria incidence by 2015. Progress in the fight against malaria since 2000 averted more than 6.2 million malaria deaths, some 97% of which have been among young children.
NOV 25 VAW: Say NO to Violence against women, the color is orange to show a brighter future without violence. “Gender violence is not “acceptable” or “inevitable” and that it is “preventable,” says Phumzile Mlambo- executive director of UN Women. Violence is neither good for men /women.
UNGA Addresses Root Causes, …

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Global Poverty and the growing Billionaires

The title itself is contradictory but a new study by Jens Martens and Karolin Scitz examines the influence of Philanthropic foundations on Global Development .

Today, there are more than 200,000 foundations in the world. Over 86,000 foundations are registered in the USA; 6 another estimated 85,000 foundations are based in Western Europe and 35,000 in Eastern Europe. 7 The philanthropic sector is also growing in the global South, with for example, approximately 10,000 foundations in Mexico, nearly 2,000 in China and at least 1,000 in Brazil, 8 largely due to the rapidly increasing number of wealthy individuals in countries in the global South. According to Forbes Magazine, among the 1,826 world billionaires .The roots of modern philanthropy can be traced back to the beginning of the 20th century.Today, there are more than 200,000 foundations in the world. Over 86,000 foundations are registered in the USA; another estimated 85,000 foundations …

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