MMS & the UN Newsletter- September 2017

Dear Readers,

Opening of the 72 General Assembly:  12 September 2017: The President of the 72nd UN General Assembly (UNGA), Miroslav Lajčák, outlined the priorities of his mandate during the opening of UNGA 72.’He tweeted “UN was created for people – especially those not sitting in this hall today” It’s the task of #UNGA to make sure their voices are heard. UN reform to be fit for purpose is high priority of the Secretory-General.

Sept 7: The Culture of Peace:Peace and tolerance are cornerstones of cultures around the world, and Threats to peace: climate change, extremism & terrorism, science & tech: nuclear weapons, military interventions, and media while Mechanisms for reaching peace: dialogue, non-violence, education, gender equality, democratic participation, plurality, media.

Intl Peace day (Sept 21) Celebrated at the UN on Sept 15by the SG ringing the peace bell followed by a panel. There were more than 700 students gathered some had the opportunity to ask questions to the SG and other panelists. Some of them are agents of peace by initiating innovative solutions.

72 GA from Sept18- 29: World leader’s from193 addressed the GA and among many wonderful speeches this is the first time we heard accusations and name calling by some world leaders and representatives at the UN, meant for promoting peace and cooperation. It has raised concerns from many corners.

Global hunger Up for the first time: Conflict, climate change and economic trials have driven global hunger up (777 million in 2015 to 815 in 2016) for the first time this century, says a report by the various UN Agencies. 11% of the global population is under nourished in 2016. “People in developing countries are paying a heavy price for global actions beyond their control,” said Saad Alfarargi, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to development, delivering his report to the Human Rights Council – the highest intergovernmental forum in the UN system on rights issues.

High Level meeting on Global Plan of Action to combat trafficking in Persons: Ms. Grizelda Grootboom, Civil society representative and victim of human trafficking gave a heart renting narrative of her own experience as a victim and survivor to give hope the 40 million people. To listen:

 The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Sept 25 2017 was the 2nd anniversary. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: Governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you and me. As a first and simple action, please take the survey here:

SDG: 8 Decent work and economic growth focuses on promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable growth and full and productive employment and decent work for all. SDG Target 8.7 aims to “take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms. The global unemployment rate stood at 5.7 per cent in 2016, with women more likely to be unemployed than men across all age groups while youth- three times as likely as adults to be unemployed. Number of children from 5 to 17 years of age who are working has declined from 246 million in 2000 to 168 million in 2012, child labour remains a serious concern (85 million children) For more info :

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

Campaign to clean Seas : Canada and Maldives have joined UN Environment’s Clean Seas Campaign to eliminate marine litter, bringing the total number of countries to 26. The Campaign aims to engage governments, the private sector, civil society and the public in tackling the causes of marine litter by targeting the production and consumption of non-recoverable and single-use plastic. According to the UN plastics make up 90% of litter in oceans, with over 8 million tonnes of plastic ending up in the world’s oceans each year. Reduce plastics and say No to single use Plastic Straws!

Q&A with Adrian Grenier, US actor and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador fights plastic pollution in oceans by decreasing everyday use of plastic straws. 500 million Plastic straws are used one day in USA alone.

Did you know? POLICY REGULATIONS matter

Law in France  bans all unsustainable packaging (50 mm) plastic bags of supermarket and sales contact points, effective, from 1 January  2017. Eco bags have replaced the plastic bags of the supermarkets.

In the global world, 1/3 of food produced is thrown away in the trash while there is nearly 1 billion people starving or going hungry to bed.  In 2012, socialist government enacted a law to donate food to homeless people. Charities are collecting the unsold food from a certain size of supermarket, in exchange as a donation, the government refund 80% of the foods donate.

In United  Kingdom (London): Supermarkets LTD  i.e. Tesco and Saintsbury have a business policy  for good image and reputation to increase sales and food turn over by discounting food  from the shelves at the end of a day sales, for customers with a low purchasing power.

Chinese shopping centers, where the customers can buy fresh food with packaging, because pieces of products are alive (customer fishing to collect their livelihood, in a pond, or the food is dry -dehydrated fish, prawns, meat, fruits. (Source: BIRD- Business Innovation Research Development)

Let each one of us do what we can to be part of the solution.

Meet the Intern: Ms. Alexis Keller, a senior in Marymount Manhattan College has started her internship with MMS from Sept. She is the president of the “go green club”. She is a dancer and has written an article on Laudato si to explain Catholicism to an Atheist professor in her college. She is passionate about Environment and human rights.  Welcome Alexis!


Celine Paramunda