MMS & UN News Oct

Dear Readers,

October is full of important days starting with October 2 the birthday of Mahatma Gandhiremembered as International day of Non Violence.

Oct 10: World Mental Health Day: World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of better mental health. Mental health in the workplace is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017.

Oct 11: International Day of the Girl (IDG) As the result of youth advocacy around the world, in 2011 the UN declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It is a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere. 

Oct 15: International Day of Rural Women:  A high-level event on Women & Climate-Resilient Agriculture took place on October 20 in honor of the International Day of Rural Women. Strategies for giving rural women to access land rights, funding, and market were discussed. Barriers like climate change, illiteracy, and economic policies all disproportionately affect rural women and children, so policies should work to equalize this inequality.

Oct 16 World Food Day: The Committee on World Food Security High-level Panel of Experts launched a report titled, ‘Nutrition and food systems,’ calling for “radical transformations” of global food systems. The FAO Director-General said rising rates in malnutrition, particularly in children could compromise future generations. The IFAD President said rural transformation is a precondition for the sustained impact of policies, adding that global food security needs to lay the groundwork in rural areas followed by sustainable investment at local and national levels. The WFP Executive Director compared high military spending with low investments in development and humanitarian aid. He called for donors to work more cooperatively and efficiently and proposed stepping up food support as a “weapon of peace,” instead of providing weapons for war. Pope Francis spoke “it is clear that wars and Climate change are a cause for hunger, so let us not present it as if hunger is an incurable disease”.

Oct 17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: This yearmarks the 25th anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty at the UN. Father Joseph Wresinski inspired the UN to create this observance with his call to action 30 years ago through ATD Fourth World in France. October 17th was observed with an event centered around how families are hurt by extreme poverty. Activists and human rights defenders from around the world shared their personal experience with poverty, and UN officials and civil society gathered to listen to their stories and show solidarity for the cause. The event was supported by the Permanent Missions of France and Burkina Faso.

October 16-20 Africa Week: The goals of Africa Week are to make progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and to achieve the Agenda 2063 for Africa, which is a socio-economic framework for the continent.


SDG 15: Life on Land- Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity.

What can you do ?: Remember the principle of the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle, eat a local, sustainable diet, and conserve energy expended for heating and cooling.                                                                     To learn more about SDG 15, click here.

Advocacy letters signed by MMS

  1. Letter to the WTO endorsed by 300 groups from around the world. To read, click here.

2. Civil Society Open Letter to the 2017 annual UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security by 391 organizations from 98 countries calling for Member States to prioritize gender equality and women’s rights and to support women civil society and women human rights defenders.  click here.

Upcoming events and Registrations: Those interested to attend contact Celine for registration

Commission on Social Development CSOCD 56: Jan 29- Feb 7 2018

Commission on the Status of Women CSW 62:  March 12-23   2018

Signs of hope

ICAN -International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons receives the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Congrats, to MMS & Associates who was part of this worldwide campaign. Norwegian Nobel Committee says award made in recognition of work to draw attention to catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons. Small successes of peoples campaign to celebrate signs of Hope!

Kenya began enforcing the strictest plastic bag ban in the world in August following France.

The Kindness Club: Many kids started kindness clubs at their schools in USA and on Oct 11, international day of the Girl (IDG) we heard the story of 12-year-old Tommy and the Kindness Club he started at his school in New Jersey. Young people are the champions of unity and oneness.

The 2017 Youth Innovators selected by the World Bank 1st Place: Kitovu, from Nigeria envisions a web- and mobile-based decentralized fertilizer and seedling warehousing system that pairs inputs to smallholder farms in distant locations in order to lower cultivation costs while ensuring increased yields. 2nd Place: Gifted Hands, from Uganda, is a network aiming to reduce breast cancer deaths and provide visually-impaired women with jobs as medical tactile examiners for early breast cancer detection and prevention using their heightened sense of touch. 3rd Place: Agratam, from India, seeks to convert low-lying, waterlogged wastelands into productive fish farming units in the state of Bihar and to provide sustainable employment opportunities for the area’s poor fisher communities.


Celine Paramunda MMS & Ms. Alexis Keller

P.S. We have added a new section to our explaining the committees @UN. Click here

idg2017Alexis, Celine, and Elsa at International Day of the Girl