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, Impact of Refugees and Migration: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Gutteres stressed the importance of development as a tool against instability. Ban called for urgently addressing the root causes of the conflict in Syria, which he said necessitates greater political will and financial commitments.
It is all about the Paris Conference On Climate Change!: The unfortunate attack of Nov 13 in Paris has cancelled the two Marches planned at the opening and closing by protesters to demand just climate actions. But 785,000 people shook the ground in over 2,300 events in 175 countries, united in one voice calling for a 100% clean energy future to save everything we love.
MMS are cosponsoring a parallel event in Paris “Keep the fossil fuel in the ground” on Dec 9. (Flier Attached). What is UNFCCC about? For a Guide Ref: http://bigpicture.unfccc.int/
We the worshipping community in Fox Chase, saw the film Faith against Fracking and had a discussion, the link is http://www.faithagainstfracking.org/watch-the-movie/
The Bad news is . The combined pledges to reduce emissions still fall well short of achieving the reductions needed to avoid global temperature rise above 2 degrees celsius before the end of the century. This
marker will be the tipping point, many scientists believe, for a series of catastrophic changes that we do not yet understand how to overcome. Sea level rise, higher temperatures, drought, more severe storms and other changes could force the movement of many millions and destabilize weak governments in many parts of the globe. Or, we might yet achieve the shifts to more sustainable living and avoid the worst case outcomes.
The Good news is : Bill Gates is committing a huge sum to research on alternatives to fossil fuels. His public engagement will include lobbying world leaders, especially the more recalcitrant such as China, the USA and India who have overwhelming carbon footprints .He may be essential to building some momentum for an effective outcome. US president Obama gave a great speech at the first session. (Send to you in a previous e-mail).
Reminder: Registration for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women -CSW 60 from March 14-24 and for the Commission on Social development to be held in February 1-14 is open, contact me by Dec 20.
Info for the UN report is required from MMS and Associates involved in MDGs by Dec 20
Please like our Face Book page Medical Mission Sisters at the UN as we are asked to report the no of likes for our DPI Annual report due in January 2016.
Stay tuned in for more news from Paris since MMS -Agnes Lanfermann and Elizabeth Vadakekara are in for the first week and Rita Syron, Nolola Lovett and Celine for the second week. We Count on your prayers and positive vibrations for a Peace agreement by the leaders in Paris.
Celine Paramunda MMS