MMS & the UN news Jan 2016

2016, International year of Pulses

Dear Readers,
Hope you are having a good start of 2016.

A recap of the year 2015 can be found in the link below to some of the year’s major moments at the UN.

Follow up of Sustainable Development Goals
SDG.Guide : The guide offers practical suggestions for how to get started with implementing the 2030 Agenda, including how to measure current performance and how to prepare a roadmap for the design of SDG strategies. It also includes tools to support the design of sector- and goal-based strategies to achieve the SDGs.
The song and video on SDGs. Please view the video here:

HLPF: High Level Political Forum : The HLPF is the central UN platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted at the UN Summit on 25 September 2015. HLPF 2016 will be the first HLPF after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the theme is “Ensuring that no one is left behind”
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs have a new web site to share information about the National experiences from communities related to the Agenda 2030. The link is below:

At a monthly meeting of RUN (Religious at the UN) who are NGO representatives at the United Nations, a new Book was Launched: “It Is Good for Us to Be Here: Catholic Religious Institutes as NGOs at the United Nations”, edited by Emeka Xris Obiezu OSA, Joan F. Burke SNDdeN, and Cecile Meijer RSCJ. This conveys our work at the UN based on the unique Charism of each organization.
The chief guest was Professor Joy Ogwu, Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations. In her comments during the book launch she emphasized the many contributions that women and men religious make in their advocacy efforts at the UN. “Groups from catholic traditions, especially those of institutes of religious life, have been the most influential faith-based NGOs. They have not only played a range of positive roles but have also affected UN decision-making and its approach to global issues by the moral and ethical consciousness they bring to the entire process of peace, security, and development. Nowhere is their constructive role in promoting the common good more evident than at the United Nations, the heart of international politics.” One chapter in this book, “Healing Presence of Jesus in the wounded world – MMS” is our contribution to it.
This book is available at : or contact Celine for details.
1. Interfaith harmony day at the UN: On Feb 3, at 3-6 Pm in the UN Conf Room 1, this event is open to the public who register for it, the link for registration is :

2. The UN Commission on Social Development 54 session from Feb 3- 12 :
Theme: Rethinking and Strengthening Social Development in the contemporary world . There is also a Civil Society Forum from Feb 1-2 with a Theme : “Inequalities and the 2030 Agenda”. A joint Written Statement by MMS and RSCJ is accepted by the UN can be found here.

RSCJ and MMS are organizing a Parallel event at the UN on Feb 5 on the above theme.
3. The UN Commission on the Status of women 60 session, March 14- 24 :
Theme: “Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.” 10 MMS and Associates have registered to attend. There were 500 applications for parallel events and happy to announce that MMS sponsored parallel event is one among the 400 accepted. It is cosponsored by several other organizations with us and is on March 22, from 4.30 -6 Pm in the UN Church Center. Sr. Teresita Hinnegan is one of the speakers. More details will follow.

For your Action: End Human Trafficking in Assam’s Tea Gardens

Tata Global Beverages is engaged in a labor conditions via Amalgamated Plantations in Assam that is fuelling unique forms of vulnerability to being trafficked.”Mr Ajoy K Misra: End human trafficking in Assam’s tea gardens.” MMS are in Assam and knows the situations; I think this is an important issue for us to sign on . Here’s the link:
International Year of Pulses 2016 : The 68 UN GA announced 2016 as the “International Year of Pulses” and it aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. The Year will create a unique opportunity to encourage connections throughout the food chain that would better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.
Members Contributed to the MMS report to the UN: Senait – Ethiopia, Mercy Francis, Smita Parmar , Manju Ekka, Gemma deSa & Anita Bara, Mary Pakkiam – North India, Regy, Mary 40, Biya, Marykutty K – South India, Rose Kayathinkara- North East India, Elizabeth V & Daphne -UK, Gertrud Dederichs- Germany, Maria & Agustina- Indonesia, Katherine Balthazar & Miriam Paul -North America, and Maria Fernanda- Peru.
The report to the UN DPI is submitted and getting ready to submit the Quadrennial in May 2016.

Thank you! Dhanyavaad! Nanni! Danke ! Amesege’nallo’! Gracias! Terima kasih !
Together WE can make it !

Celine Paramunda