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Dear Readers,

Greetings of the Spring Season! Here are some of the highlights of various meetings at the UN.

April 7 : World Health Day: The World Health Organization is marking this year’s World Health Day with efforts to reduce the stigma of depression and create awareness of the need for prevention and treatment. More than 300 million people around the world suffer from depression, which affects “people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries.” WHO has come out with a training tool on mental health:http://who.int/mental_health/policy/quality_rights/guidance_training_tools/en/

Human Development Index 2016: The UN Development Program (UNDP) has just released its Human Development Report 2016, “Human Development for Everyone”. Highlights are :                                                     (http://bit.ly/enable_hdr2016)

  • One in three people worldwide continue to live in low levels of human development, as measured by the Human Development Index.
  • More than 250 million people in the world face discrimination on the basis of their ethnicity
  • In 100 countries, women are legally excluded from some jobs because of their gender

UN Women trust Fund available: UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality produced a Factsheet building on its seven-year experience working with civil society supporting the transformation of marginalized groups into agents of change : http://www.unwomen.org/en/trust-funds

Malala Yousafszai: UN Secretary-General António Guterres selected and honored Yousafzai as the UN’s youngest Messenger of Peace. “You are the symbol of one of the most important causes of the world…and that is education for all,” said Guterres.

WB/IMF Spring Meeting:  April 17- 21 Spring Meetings convened annually by the Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in DC. They discuss issues of global concern, such as the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness. Building resilience for the world’s most vulnerable people by reducing poverty, promoting shared prosperity, enhancing food security, and sustaining peace in crisis-affected situations will be the focus of a new partnership framework agreed by the United Nations and World Bank. The UN and World Bank noted that. Violent conflict drives 80 per cent of humanitarian needs costs, with the UN estimating that $22.1 billion is required in 2017 for humanitarian assistance – a sharp increase from the $9 billion needed just five years ago. This was an inspiring 4days for Celine and other NGOs that WB/IMF are doing their best.                                                                                                                                                     Earth Day: April 22 Earth day was celebrated in different parts of the world. (See picture )

PFII 16:16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the 10 Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples held from April 25- May 4.Katherien Baltazar is the MMS delegate to this session in NY.

SLT Member Visit: Sr.Maria Fernanda(Society Leadership Team- UN contact) will visit the UN.

SDG 5: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages :,

 By2030 :-    . reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births

  • end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births
  • end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases

Reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

  • Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol
  • By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents 3.7 By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs
  • Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all
  • By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination
  • Strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries, as appropriate
  • Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and noncommunicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries, provide access to affordable essential medicines and vaccines, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which affirms the right of developing countries to use to the full the provisions in the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights regarding flexibilities to protect public health, and, in particular, provide access to medicines for all
  • Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and Small Island developing States.
  • Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks

SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

 6.1 By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water

6.2 By 2030,achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all

…..paying special attention to the needs of women and girls….

6.3 By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping

substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally

6.4  By 2030, substantially increase water- use efficiency across all sectors

6.5 By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels

6.6 By 2020, protect and restore water- related ecosystems

6.A By 2030,expand international cooperation and capacity – building support to developing countries in water – and sanitation-related activities and programs….

6.B Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management . On World Water Day we the NGO Mining Working Group presents its Water Justice Guide – a Rights-based approach to implementation of #SDG6 http://bit.do/WaterJustice

Did you know that:  · 663 million adults and children are living without a quality source of drinking water?

  • 250 km of water is being ‘lost’ each year worldwide through food waste
  • Globally, over 80%  of all wastewater is discharged without treatment.
  • For every US$1 spent on sanitation, the estimated return to society is US$5.5
  • The  total water “footprint” of the average  consumer in the world is 3,800 liters (1,004gallons) a day.
  • 96.2% of this water footprint is “invisible” , related to products bought on the market
  • 15,000 liters of water are needed to produce 1 kg of beef.  Need more reason to reduce beef consumption?

For healthy Life water is essential, hence SDG 3 and 6 goes hand in hand.  For Your Action for April :  We need your help to measure the degree to which grassroots organizations serving people “most likely to be left behind” are aware of their country’s programs and initiatives related to sustainable development. We invite you to please complete the survey and return it by April 30,2017.  Results will enable us to compare what governments report at the UN and what grassroots organizations are experiencing on the ground.  Please help us to do the Advocacy at the UN.

There are two options in completing the survey:

First:  The preferred option is to complete the survey on Survey Monkey at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FL9YB9P

Second:  You can save the document to your computer, complete it, and return it by  e-mail as an attachment to this email address:  csocdsurvey@gmail.com

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Sr Therese Cheruvallathu (Unit Team) planting “Lakshmi Tharu” (a medicinal plant used to treat Cancer) in the IHM Hospital Compound to mark the Earth day.

Best,

Celine Paramunda  MMS