Who we are:
Medical Mission Sisters are a non-profit organization, having special consultative status with the United Nation’s ECOSOC since 2000 and associated to the UN DPI/ DGC from 1994 and UNFCCC in 2011. We are involved at the UN to promote healing , protect the planet and to make a better world for all. Our mission is to be present to life in the spirit of Jesus the healer. We are committed for peace, justice, and sustainable development for People and Planet. Our caring, healing presence is in five continents,extends from micro to the macro- from grass roots to the United Nations for a better future for all. The UN being the only international institution where policies are made has a direct impact on people living in poverty and the vulnerable planet earth.
Main Representative to the UN Celine Paramundayil
Our Areas of Focus
- Social Justice-member NGO Social Development CSOCD (www.ngosocdev.net/)
- Economic Justice – NGO Financing for Development – FFD (www.ngosonffd.org/)
- Environmental Justice– NGO Mining working group (https://miningwg.com)
- Gender Justice– NGO Commission on the Status of Women CSW(www.ngocsw.org/)
- Human Rights– NGO Committee to Stop Human trafficking , (http://www.ngocstip.org)
- NGO Committee on Migration ( https://ngo-migration.org)
- Coalition on Global Citizens 2030
- Justice Coalition of Religious- JCoR ( http://jcor2030.org)
More on Our Areas of Focus
Mining Working Group
Subcommittees: The Amazon Forest | The Congo Basin | Indonesia
This working group’s core group consists of Celine, our main representative of Medical Mission Sisters (MMS). Starting in October 2019, focus areas were proposed and became the three subcommittees, as mentioned above. The working group is also following up with prior efforts which were focused on water sanitation, resulting in an informational/advocacy booklet. The framework of advocacy includes corporate social responsibility/accountability, gender equality and human rights. In regard to the technical framework, the working group planned on emphasizing education for ourselves on the three focus areas from November to December. From January to March, the committee planned on implementing advocacy initiatives such as position papers and mission visits, in time for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in April and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July. All 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are supported by the working group, but the following are especially related to mining issues: #6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, #13 – Climate Action, #15 – Life on Land, and # 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
NGO Committee on Social Development
Subcommittees: Grassroot | Technology/Social Media | Advocacy
This committee’s goal is effective advocacy on social development issues through various avenues in the United Nations (UN) system, in particular the annual sessions of the Commission on Social Development (CSocD). The committee also advocates at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the Commission on the Status of Women, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and at the General Assembly. In preparation for the 58thsession of CSocD in February 2020, prior meetings focused on educating ourselves with the help of guest speakers whose work or lived experiences relate to the priority theme of affordable housing and social protection for all to address homelessness. In fact, the committee also put together a working group on homelessness and were able to release a civil society declaration, organize a Civil Society Forum and co-sponsor other side events.
NGO Committee on Migration
Subcommittees: Global Compact for Migration (GCM) Implementation & Migrants in Situations of Vulnerability | Xenophobia & Social Inclusion | Migrant & Refugee Children | Climate/Environment-Induced Displacement
The overarching aim is to protect the human rights, safety and well-being of migrants, including through addressing drivers and mitigating situations of vulnerability in migration. The areas of concern, relating to migrants/refugees are as followed: education & early-childhood development, societal inclusion and eradication of xenophobia, and reduction of displacement/vulnerability of displacement. To achieve such goals, the committee is continually creating space for member organizations to showcase good practices being employed, their goals and priorities, their strategies and challenges, and insights from their practitioner members.
NGO Committee on Financing for Development
Working Groups: Climate Finance | Financial Inclusion | Social Protection
The committee advocates for a global economy that is environmentally and socially sustainable, ethical and people centered. In particular, the committee is calling for a human rights framework governing international financing, taxing, trade, and business, as well as equal representation and voice of developing countries at all economic forums. Political will must be built up for reallocation of resources to address sustainable development priorities and a UN-led reform of international financial organizations is crucial. Participation, monitoring, transparency, and accountability for all stakeholders are also emphasized. Every meeting, an Economic Affairs Officer from FSDO usually comes to brief the committee on FfD matters. There is time built into each meeting for working groups to meet. Discussion and strategies revolve around key events such as the annual ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development in March, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) spring meetings in Washington D.C. in April, along with the SDG Investment Fair in April. Finally, the Development Cooperation Forum takes place in May.
What we do at the UN?
In collaboration with Religious and other NGOs we work for a Just and Humane world with dignity and respect at the Center by:
- Be a voice of the voiceless-Advocacy & Lobbying decision makers
- Contribute to the UN by written and oral Statements
- Conduct Parallel events during conferences and at the UN
- Participate in major Conferences/ meetings in NY and around the world
- Raising awareness – Education, including orientation to the UN
- Providing internship experience to students (Mostly from Marymount Manhattan College & others)
Link between, local to global and global to local by News letters, Face book, Twitter and e-mails
How do you get involved?
Be part of MMS at the UN by getting in to our mailing list. It is our pleasure to educate any one about the work of the UN. You can participate in UN conferences, special events, Advocacy and education programs.
You can Support our work by: Spreading the word, Sign the petitions, join a campaign, like our face book page- Medical Mission Sisters at the UN
follow us in Twitter @MMSUNNGO
Donate – UN ministry is a full time voluntary work . Your donations are appreciated and it will be tax exempted.
Sr.Celine Paramundayil is our main MMS representative to the UN since 2010 . She has a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and Nursing and Masters Degree, M.Phil in Women studies. Celine has lived and worked among the low cast, dalit (former untouchables) of S.India over a decade organizing them through micro finance, a process to empower the rural women, economically, socio-culturally and politically. It became a mutual empowering experience . She gained first hand experience of the reality as well as the world view of people living in poverty, which gives her the passion to advocate for people and planet at the UN.
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