September 2018 MMS & UN News

Happy New Year of the United Nations, the beginning of the 73 General Assembly in September.

H.E. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, a poet and politician from Ecuador became the 73rd President of UN General Assembly. She is the fourth woman to preside the General Assembly since the first session was held in 1946. The theme of the general debate was, ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.’ For more information-

International day of Peace on Sept 21 : This year’s theme “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70” celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights . WHAT IS PEACE? / INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

Secretary General’s remark on Climate Change y-generals-remarks-climate-change-delivered

SDG follow up:  Three years into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the world has seen both important progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and setbacks that require urgent action. “We have only 12 more years until 2030 to fully realize this transformative agenda, but these Goals are absolutely within our reach. It will require policy makers’ unwavering attention, a laser-sharp focus on implementation of these Goals, and a true sense of urgency,” said UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin at the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018” highlights some positive signs of progress in meeting specific targets of the 17 SDGs. Among these are a significant reduction over the last two decades from 26.9% to 9.2% of people living on less than $1.90 a day, a 47% drop in under-five mortality rates and doubling the access to electricity in least developed countries. However, significant challenges like conflict, climate change and inequality which often deprives women and youth of basic opportunities and rights, threaten the attainment of improved well-being for all.

Upcoming events:  

Actions for Youth:   IFPRI is currently hosting a video contest ( and seeking submissions from young thought leaders with their ideas for how the world can accelerate progress in ending hunger and malnutrition. We’re seeking 1-2 minute video submissions from anyone between the ages of 10 and 25 explaining their ideas.

  • Submit a short video with your idea for a chance to win $500 and have your film screened at the @IFPRI-@FAO global conference in BKK. #myfoodmyfuture #acceleratingzerohunger #ZeroHunger Details here:
  • Resources to teach SDGs to Kids:

Free online course on Environmental Justice starting in October: This free 5 week online course is open to everyone around the world. For the first time the teaching is available in Spanish as well as English. Understand how climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation affect people, exploring justice in environment management.  Enrol now at

Meet our Intern Ms. Diana Marin: MMS Welcome Diana Marin as an intern at the UN since September. She recently completed a self-designed Master’s in Divinity studying the changing landscape of Catholic communities of women religious. Prior to this, she worked with the Archdiocese of New York’s Catholic school system managing scholarship programs and developing admissions and marketing strategies. When not at the UN, she consults on non-profit fundraising and development and is currently editing a book compiling the voices of interfaith youth.


Celine Paramunda MMS NGO Representative at the UN