The highlight of July is the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). It was convened from July 9-18 with prior preparatory processes under the theme ‘Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.’ Four years after the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) started, the 2019 meeting of the HLPF opened to take stock of progress, gaps, and obstacles. 47 countries (7 for the second time) have volunteered to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) to the HLPF. Speakers highlighted the need for more empowerment, courage, inclusivity, and equality. A presentation on the progress made on SDG 4 (quality education) revealed a “global learning crisis”, despite steady growth in school enrolment rates, more than …
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 …
August is the lightest month at the United Nations though, here are some of the highlights:
Appointment of new High Commissioner of Hum n rights. We are delighted to have Michelle Bachelet former Chilean president and the first Executive Director of UN women to the UN (Geneva) in her new role as High Commissioner of Hum n rights. She is familiar to us at the UN as the head of UN women and we recall her words, “Women’s strength, women’s industry, women’s wisdom are humankind’s greatest untapped resource” and now using her voice as women’s advocate there is hoping to promote human rights.
If you violate the law in any country you will be punished, then the question is, is the law based on human rights? For this you need to know What Human rights is? here is a link to those want to know more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c26_H2RTaYI
New Director General for IOM (International organization for Migration): António Vitorino of Portugal was elected as the organization’s new director general, the first time in 50 years that the head of the International Organization for Migration is not an American. The U.S. candidate Ken Isaacs, was controversial due to his comments on social media criticizing Islam and dismissing climate change. A week before the election, 50 organizations working on migration signed a letter to IOM member states said the new agency head should demonstrate “a record of and commitment to respecting diversity and condemning xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance.”
9-19 July 2018: High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development: Delegates and Ministers of the Nations came together at the HLPF to evaluate where we stand in this joint quest for a prosperous, equal and healthy future for people and planet. Some of the questions- Are we on track to …
New President for the UN General Assembly:The month of June brings the good news that the UN General Assembly elected María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (Ecuador) as President of its seventy-third session — making her only the fourth woman to helm the 193-member organ in its more than seven-decades-long history. Dedicating her election to all the women in the world who participated in politics — sometimes facing political and media attacks marked by machismo and discrimination — she paid tribute to women struggling every day to access jobs on equal terms, to those who were victims of violence, and to girls and adolescents demanding access to quality information and education. “I offered an open-door Presidency and I will hold onto that promise,” she said, reiterating her commitment to act as an impartial, objective and open facilitator of the Assembly’s work. “No view is useful if we do not …
India will be hosting the global World Environment Day celebrations on 5 June 2018.
With “Beat Plastic Pollution” as the theme, the world is coming together to combat single-use plastic pollution killing our ocean lives.
Five Religious Congregations comprising four NGOs with Special Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) status with the United Nations in New York, invite you to participate in a webinar on Saturday 12 May 2018.
Time: 8 am. – 9 am New York. 9 – 10am Latin America.1 -2 pm London, 2-3 PM Africa and 5.30 – 6.30 pm India 8 PM-9 PM The Philippines Please Check out your time zone with this information.
With a title “Still possible to save the planet?” we hope to raise awareness, and share information on different aspects of the environment – the challenges, ideas on what we can do to improve and a spiritual call to action. We hope that …