MMS & UN news -August 2016


 “It’s not the number of people that is the threat to the planet. It is the behavior of people that is the threat to the planet.”  Kate Gilmore, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.

 Dear Readers,

Earth Overshoot day:  On August 8, 2016, we have used as much from nature as our planet can renew in the whole year. June 2016 was the hottest month in record. We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester. It depends on each of us how we use the resources, for more info:  Gentle reminder to change our behavior ,

UNCTAD 14 outcome- a sigh of relief : As usualall the UN conferences are tuff because of the ongoing  power struggle between the developed and developing countries. For over half a century, UNCTAD has championed the cause of developing countries. But in recent decades, under the influence of developed countries, its role was downgraded. Many of its important issues were passed on to other organizations over which the developed countries have more control, such as the OECD, World Trade Organization, IMF and World Bank.-  more news from South Center:

Olympic 2016 : The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon  in his message for the games, said: “The Olympics and Paralympics celebrate the best of humanity.”  Let us all do more to uphold the ideals of equality and mutual respect. Let us build prosperity and dignity for all on a healthy planet,” he added.

Secretary-General met with the Olympic Refugee Team. He saluted the athletes’ work and determination, telling them: “You are a source of inspiration for all of us.”

Trafficking survivor as UN Ambassador : Ms. Nadia Murad Basee Taha a 23 year-old Yazidi woman and Nobel Peace Prize nominee who survived human trafficking at the hands of ISIL, who briefed the UN Security Council is now appointed as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking on the International Day of Peace at the UN.×370.png

High level Meeting on migrants and refugees in Sept 19: Member States have finalized negotiations on the outcome document to be adopted at the UN General Assembly’s High-level Meeting on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants will take place on 19 September. The agreed text takes the form of a declaration, which includes annexes outlining areas of agreement and next steps both on a ‘Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework and on a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.

 NGOs Make Recommendations: Recommendations for future sessions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) are among the highlights of civil society input and action in recent weeks. They have also offered views and tools on financing for the UN Development System (UNDS), institutional gaps in the UNDS, integrated action to address climate change and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) makes a case for early action to achieve the SDGs, both generally and in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 Good news! Tobacco company claim defeated.  An international tribunal has dismissed a claim by tobacco giant company Philip Morris that the Uruguay government violated its rights by instituting tobacco control measures. Read more: ( we One Humanity?

World Humanitarian Day: Children are being smuggled, sexually abused, maimed, killed for their vital organs, recruited as soldiers or otherwise enslaved. Not only: 69 million children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million will live in poverty, and 263 million are out of school. And 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030.

These are just some of the dramatic figures that the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and other UN and international bodies released few weeks ahead of the World Humanitarian Day marked every year on August 19.

Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general, summarized the world future generation situation: “Children continue to be tortured, maimed, imprisoned, starved, sexually abused and killed in armed conflict.” “In places such as Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, children suffer through a living hell,” the UN chief said as he opened the Security Council’s debate on children and armed conflict .

 Other UN Meetings and Observances in August

2 August -16 September :  Conference on Disarmament 2016, Part 3 /5158

9 August : International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

12 August: International Youth Day

19  August: World Humanitarian Day

29 August : International Day Against Nuclear Tests



Celine Paramunda MMS