MMS&UN news-June

Dear Readers,

Sharing with you the highlights of the UN Meeting in June:

June 5-9 one of the Colorful weeks at the UN was the Ocean Conference- to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

A special event was held in the General Assembly Hall to mark World Oceans Day (8 June). The event included statements from world-renowned ocean experts and explorers, representatives from coastal communities, and voices from current and future generations, as well as a performance by Fijian dancers. Marine biologist Sylvia Earle spoke at the event.

There is more awareness about the need for protecting and preserving the Marine environment for our own survival. Deep Sea mining and fishing gee- micro plastics are a great threat not only to the ocean but to the entire ecosystems.

Sculpture made from plastic Trash found in the ocean –

Nine-foot-tall whale tail, a six-foot-long salmon, and a ten-foot-tall seahorse, all made from trash; grab your attention as you enter the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Every piece of these sculptures was once purchased by someone, discarded, became waterborne, and landed on a beach where someone else picked it up and made a difference.                                                                    During the Conference more than 800 Voluntary commitments were made by governments to protect the oceans. Exhibits and materials were found all over besides special events and parallel events.

Upcoming Days and events:

June 12 Child Labor: The International Labor Organization (ILO) launched the World Day against Child Labor in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labor.                                                                                                                                                  10th Global Forum on Migration & Development (GFMD):28 June-1 July 2017Berlin, Germany, Sr.Karin knoetig  MMS  from Unit Germany will be the MMS delegate attending this Forum.

High Level Political Forum (HLPF) : July 10-19,  to monitor  the implementation of SDGs,  44 countries will give their Voluntary Reporting. Ref:

A new 2017 HLPF blog entry by Mr. Richard Curtis, screenwriter, producer and film director and member of the SDG Advocacy Group, is now posted at:

 SDG Corner

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

14.1: By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.

14.2:  By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans

14.3:  Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels

Oceans affects every aspect of our lives, if Oceans are not well, Mother Earth Cannot be well. Ocean’s capacity to regenerate is remarkable provided we give    it a chance. Water and Oceans cannot be taken for granted.

What can we do?

  • Choose safe, sustainable seafood choices by reducing demand for over exploited species
  • Avoid  or reduce the use of plastic products which end up as ocean debris killing vast marine life
  • Take care of your beaches – clean up, do not through plastics and wastes                                                             
  • Don’t purchase items that exploit marine life, avoid buying  coral jewelries , tortoiseshell etc
  • Support organizations working to protect the oceans.
  • Last but not the least – Prayer and mindfulness of our impact on the oceans.

” By the word of the lord the heavens were made, He gathers the waters of the sea into jars, he puts the deep into store houses” Psalm 33

Recourse materials:

Short Film – “The last drop”    by Fr. Roy Karakattu OFM Cap

TED Talk  – Climate Solution in USA,

Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) and the Laudato Si Pledge;

June 18, On the Second Anniversary of Laudato Si, the GCCM (in which MMS are members) launched a campaign to raise awareness and asking all to sign a pledge:

 Pray for and with creation,

 Live more simply,

 Advocate protecting our common home.

The goal is to get 1 million signatures, if you have not signed, Please take the pledge using the link:

Warmly,                                                                                                                                                                    Celine Paramunda  MMS