MMS & the UN news Feb 2016

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Dear Readers

Former UN Secretary General BBG passed away. Many of us may not have heard about Boutros Boutros-Ghali (BBG) the sixth UN Secretary General. He passed away on Feb 17 and was not popular like many other SGs but he was a noble man of principles. Boutros-Ghali authored the report called ‘An Agenda for Peace,’ an analysis on ways to strengthen UN capacity for preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacekeeping. The South Center notes why he was not famous at the UN:

20 February, World day of Social Justice: The UN Secretary General called on Member States on the World Day of Social Justice, to build inclusive societies free of discrimination, in which all people can live with dignity and opportunities to improve their lives. “With exclusion and inequality on the rise, we must step up efforts to ensure that all people, without discrimination,are able to access opportunities to improve their lives and those of others,”. Ban Ki-moon said in his message, “Social justice must be at the heart of our efforts.”

Health and Environment linkages: According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the list of health conditions that can be linked to environmental pollution and degradation is long and growing, including skin cancer, lung cancer, asthma, lead poisoning, mercury poisoning, malaria, Ebola and Zika, “The spread of Zika, just as with Ebola, has sent a strong signal to the international community that there is a need for increased attention to the linkages between environment and health,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said “There is a growing awareness that humans, through their intervention in the environment, play a vital role in exacerbating or mitigating health risks’.

Winter Youth Assembly: More than 900 young leaders and Government representatives gathered at the United Nations Headquarters for the annual ECOSOC Youth Forum. The meetings this year focused on the instrumental role that young people play in the implementation and realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Very inspiring efforts were shared by the young leaders.

Feb 3-Interfaith Harmony Day: Sr. Maria Horning attended the event at the UN and was able to appreciate the evolution of the “role of faith” at the UN as she had witnessed it in the early days. This year’s theme was: Implementing the Transformative Agenda 2030 .

The UN story by Global Sisters Report: Some of us, Religious at the UN were interviewed by Chris Herlinger, the reporter of Global Sisters Report:

Follow up
The Commission on Social Development (CSOCD 54) was held from Feb 3- 12 with an active Civil Society Forum highlighting the issue of growing Inequality.  The spirit of the conference is captured in the link:

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MMS written statement is uploaded at the UN Web and the parallel event “Popular education” cosponsored by Society of the Sacred Heart & MMS was highly appreciated.
Upcoming Events:
CSW 60 : The Commission on the Status of Women will take place from March 14- 24 in NY, under the theme, ‘Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development”. MMS application for CSW Parallel Event has been approved.
Date: 22 March , Time: 4:30 – 6 PM Venue: UN Church Center Room: Hardin 11 Floor Sr. Teresita Hinnegan will be one of the speakers, All are welcome!
Sign the Paris Agreement: On April 21-22 Countries are expected to sign the Paris Climate Agreement. Please use the letter attached for Advocacy with your government.

March 8: International Women’s day Theme: “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”

You are welcome to share news with Pictures of Women’s day celebrations in your country/area to be posted in the MMS & UN news.
Wish you all a Happy Women’s day !
Celine Paramunda MMS