Greetings from New York along with the UN highlights for the month of April:
April 11: The UN General Assembly commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the International Labor Organization (ILO). ILO’s motto, “If you desire peace, cultivate justice,” and its Constitution, which emphasizes that “universal and lasting peace can be established only if it based upon social justice,”. https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/04/1036451
April 15-18: Financing for Development Forum (FfD Forum): Financing for Development follow-up is an intergovernmental process mandated to review the 2015Addis Ababa Action Agenda and other financing for development outcomes and the means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ended with an outcome document noting that Despite signs of progress, investments that are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remain underfunded and parts of the multilateral system are under strain. On 16 the NGO Committee on Financing for Development organized a side event inside the UN “privatization of public services and goods- Human rights impacts” MMS co-sponsored and Celine moderated it.
22 April: GA held an Interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature during the commemoration of International Mother Earth Day- What was outstanding was the realization of the need for awareness to treat mother earth as “commodity to Community”. Some facts about the single use plastics: It is estimated that 4 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide annually. Only 1% of plastic bags are returned for recycling. Humans buy about 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute. Only about 23% of plastic bottles are recycled within the U.S. Half a million straws are used in the world every day. Reduce the use of plastics: avoid plastic straws and plastic packaging to protect mother Earth. https://www.earthday.org/2018/03/29/fact-sheet-single-use-plastics/
April 22-3 May: The 18th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) took place with theme: “Traditional knowledge: Generation, transmission and protection”. Katherine Baltazar and Celine were the MMS delegates and attached is Katherine’s report.
Side event organised by VIVAT International, MMS as one of the co-sponsors
April 23: Resolution Passed on Sexual Violence as Weapon of War. Human rights attorney Amal Clooney accompanied by Nadia Murad (Nobel peace Prize winner 2018) addressed the Security Council to bring ISIS fighters to justice and urged them to pass a resolution declaring sexual violence a “weapon of war.” “This is your Nuremberg moment — your chance to stand on the right side of history,” she said, referring to the famous Nuremberg trials that tried Nazi officials for their roles in war crimes perpetrated during WWII. In the final stages of negotiations around the text, the US threatened to veto the resolution unless it completely removed references to sexual and reproductive health. Though the resolution was passed many are not happy with the weaker words as well as the stand of the US administration on women.
April 24: The first International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace was held “underscores the value of international cooperation for the common good”, according to United Nations Secretary-General: https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/04/1037231
UP Coming Events: Your attention Please
HLPF-High level Political Forum 9 July to 18 July 2019 – theme will be “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. SDG 4, 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17 will be reviewed
The High-level Political Forum, central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda including the Sustainable Development Goals. “The 2030 Agenda is our roadmap and its goals and targets are tools to get there.”, – Secretary-General António Guterres
Registration link: https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/04/1037231
DGC: Department of Global Communication (formerly known as DPI) Annual Conference will take place at Salt Lake City, USA from 26 Aug to 28 Aug 2019. Register at https://reg.unog.ch/event/29010/ before the deadline Jul 15, 2019
Signs of Hope:
- March 2019: The European Parliament has approved a law to ban single-use plastic by 2021 in the EU. They put in place more responsibility for plastic producers and new recycling targets for EU member States.
- Library for communities: Thousands of Indonesians have opened their own library in their own communities, started by ordinary people with great initiative to address the lack of books in their area and funded by occasional donations.
- Smile can make you happier: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/50-years-of-research-say-smiling-can-make-you-happier/
Celine Paramunda MMS