MMS&UN news-March 2018

Dear Readers,

March is Women’s history month, Commission on the Status of Women, International day of happiness, World Water day and so on. Here are some highlights from the UN :

International Women’s Day 2018: Secretary General Antonio (SG) Guterres said; “Gender Equality is what women want. It is what I want. It is what every sensible man and boy should want”. During the International Women’s Day celebration, one woman noted that, along with his personal initiative, the SG needs everyone who enters this building(UNHQ) to stand with him and to endorse zero tolerance #UN#MeToo #Time Is Now. At the same time UN Women launched their new Report, turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development assessing the progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. While monitoring global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs for women and girls, the Report points to two large divides in the situation of women worldwide: the rural – urban divide and the class divide.

Commission on the Status of Women CSW 62: March 11- 23: Theme: Empowering Rural Women and Girls. More than 4000 participated in the conference and hundreds of parallel and side events highlighting multiple issues of Rural women and girls. Most exciting this year was 6 MMS from Fox Chase participated at the CSW at various days and MMS cosponsored 7 parallel events including Maria and Celine spoke at one event and Celine Moderated another. MMS Statements were submitted prior to the conference. The CSW concluded with an outcome document. Those interested please contact me.

March 20: International Day of Happiness: Since 2013, the UN has celebrated the International Day of Happiness to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. This year’s theme was Share Happiness – focusing on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other. Happiness is at the Heart of all SDGs. A special event at the Delegates Dining room was held with discussions on mental health and Migrants.

March 22: Water decade lounge on World water day: Water scarcity affects more than 40 % the world, and that number continues to rise. In fact, a recent report from the UN warns that water shortages could affect 5 billion people by 2050.The International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028 is aiming to further improve cooperation, partnership and capacity development in response to the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Upcoming event: Harmony with Nature to Commemorate International Mother Earth Day will take place on Monday 23 April, at the ECOSOC Chamber. For information about the Dialogue  Ref website:  to register:

Sign of Hope:

  • Dr. Norman Cousins could reverse his own cancer with laughter because the body has its own biochemical system of responses, so that even a fake smile can lead to real happiness. Smile centers in the brain are now considered to be an important part of learning how to cope with the world, even before we see our first glimpse of daylight, according to Smile.
  • The United States is on track to meet the targets of the Paris climate agreement despite President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from the accord, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.


Wish you all the Peace of Easter and renewed hope!

                                               Celine Paramunda MMS