MMS & UN News Letter April 2020                                                                                                        

Dear Readers

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) Member States have adopted by consensus a Resolution (A/RES/74/270) on COVID-19 that calls for “international cooperation” and “multilateralism”. It calls for “intensified international cooperation to contain, mitigate and defeat the pandemic, including by exchanging information, scientific knowledge and best practices”. It stresses “the need for full respect for human rights” and states that “there is no place for any form of discrimination, racism and xenophobia in the response to the pandemic”.UNGA Engagements and operations have moved to cyberspace, with ambassadors and diplomats working from their missions or from home. UNWeb portal for COVID 19 https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus We the NGOs are busy with Zoom calls connecting with one another and taking our advocacy forward. Please see the first JCoR  (Justice Coalition of Religious)  newsletter.There were a number of  meetings organized by JCoR  before the Pandemic- 2 …

MMS & UN March 2020

CSW 64 : COVID 19 has created havoc around the world (and still  is) including at the United Nations. This month, the 64th session of the  Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64) was planned from March 9-20, 2020 in New York, with over ten thousand women activists, country representatives, and others planning to attend what is known to be the largest UN gathering on the rights of women worldwide. However due to ongoing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, it was shortened to one day- 9 March with the remainder of the session postponed to a later date.

At CSW64, MMS too planned  as usual parallel events  alongside representatives of governments, to take stock of the progress of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA) and call for greater accountability and implementation with maximum available resources for key commitments. All Stalled.

The political declaration adopted for CSW 64 …