MMS & UN News update Feb: 2018

Dear Readers,

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 and the impact of population movements have contributed to international migration becoming a priority for the international community. There is formal and informal discussions and Advocacy for safe, regular and orderly migration for millions of people who are looking for better lives. As a member of the Coalition of Global citizen education, MMS gave a statement promoting Global Citizen education to combat xenophobia during the Negotiations.  Let’s welcome, protect, promote and integrate refugees as Pope Francis is asking us:

Feb 20 World day of Social Justice: For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of our global mission to promote development and human dignity. Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. 2018 theme: Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice; There are an estimated 258 million international migrants. The ILO estimates that there are roughly 150 million migrant workers. Among migrant workers, 56 percent are men and 44 percent are women.

In view of the Commission on Status of women 62 Session  (CSW 62):  UN Women produced a  Report: “Turning Promises into Action: Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this flagship report, provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. As a source of high-quality data and policy analysis, the report is a key reference and accountability tool for policymakers, women’s organizations, the UN system, and other stakeholders.  Direct Link to Full 344-Page 2018 UN Women Report:

Upcoming Events:  

CSW 62:  March 12- 23,  5 MMS from Fox chase have registered for it and MMS are cosponsoring several events with other NGOs and moderating one event and Speaking at another event .

March 22: Launch of International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development (2018-2028): The UNGA will launch the International Decade on this World Water Day, on 22 March.

 March 8 : International women’s day:  The theme for International Women’s Day is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”Hundreds of events are organized during the CSW by Governments and Civil Society around this theme.

Some key targets of the 2030 Agenda: SDG 5

  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.
  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education.
  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
  • Eliminate all harmful practices of child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

Learn More about the Sustainable Development Goals

Lenten reflection: A biblical Perspective for Ending Hunger

  • Signs of Hope: The United Nations has launched a 24-hour helpline for UN staff to speak confidentially about sexual harassment at work, and to support victims and witnesses.
  • The worlds’ first plastic-free grocery store aisle has been unveiled in Amsterdam- the Netherlands.
  • Brussels follows Germany to offer free public transportation to avoid pollution in many cities.
  • In Europe, the consumption of animal products has slowly declined and looking for more of alternative to meat.  It is time to eat less meat if you care for the planet!


Giving a Statement to promote Social Protection Floors during CSocD 56.

Best regards,

Celine Paramunda