Statement given at the 56 Session of the Commission of Social Development 2018
Respected Chair, excellence’s and colleagues, my name is Celine Paramunda, Representative of the Medical Mission Sisters and Speaking on behalf of the Faith Based Organizations.
All of us in this room agree with the universal declaration of human rights Arti 1, All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, but the reality is closer to what Dr. Paul Farmer said “The idea that some lives matter less, is the root of all that is wrong with the world” .
Inspired by their Faith, several organizations were at the frontline for centuries in providing social services especially to the people living in poverty, whose lives seem to matter less in society. Living closer to the struggles of the people and feeling their pulse, Faith Based Organizations /FBOs are in a unique position in poverty …
The highlight of February is the Commission on Social Development with the Theme “Strategies to eradicate Rural Poverty” concluded with 4 policy recommendations integrating many of the Civil society input. MMS gave written as we as an oral statement giving concrete suggestions (copy attached).
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact – February 2018: After a yearlong preparation, the Co-chairs came out with a Zero draft for negotiations among 191-member states. By December 2018 it will be adopted in Morocco. Today, virtually all countries in the world are simultaneously countries of destination, origin and transit for international migrants. Traditional migration patterns are complemented by new migratory flows, fueled by Poverty, changing economic, demographic, political and social realities. Changing migration patterns affect the size and composition of migrant populations as well as host and origin economies and societies. The rise in global mobility, the growing complexity of migratory patterns …