Greetings of the Spring Season! Here are some of the highlights of various meetings at the UN.
April 7 : World Health Day: The World Health Organization is marking this year’s World Health Day with efforts to reduce the stigma of depression and create awareness of the need for prevention and treatment. More than 300 million people around the world suffer from depression, which affects “people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries.” WHO has come out with a training tool on mental health:http://who.int/mental_health/policy/quality_rights/guidance_training_tools/en/
Human Development Index 2016: The UN Development Program (UNDP) has just released its Human Development Report 2016, “Human Development for Everyone”. Highlights are : (http://bit.ly/enable_hdr2016)
- One in three people worldwide continue to live in low levels of human development, as measured by the Human Development Index.
- More than 250 million people in the world face
March had been a busy month at the UN, International Women’s day, World Water day, World TB day etc. besides the 2 weeks long Commission on the Status of Women.
CSW 61: With the Theme“Women’s Economic Empowerment in the changing world of work,” Women’s unpaid care work and 23% pay gap were highlighted. More than 3800 attended from around the world. Besides the official CSW sessions, there were 290 parallel events by member States and 600+ by Civil Society. One event was on purple economy, the speakers based on a research highlighted the benefit of investing in women as profitable from a gender, economic and political point of view.
Respecting the strong call for collaborative submissions at the UN, MMS written statement was done jointly with several other organizations. MMS have cosponsored few parallel events and Celine spoke at 2 events organized by Temple of Understanding: one …
Dr.Anna Dengel founder of MMS told us “the sufferings of the world should have an echo in your hearts”. Her passion and compassion gave birth to our organization Medical Mission Sisters and that’s how I Celine is here today. Anna’s journey as a woman Doctor started in 1925 when she responded to the health needs of the Muslim women in Rawalpindi North India Now Pakistan who were not allowed to see male doctors. Anna had a vision that women health professionals who dedicated their lives to God could make a difference in helping women to have access to the health care they deserved. She saw this not only as a work of Charity, but also one of Justice.
Austrian Dr Anna founded our organization in Washington DC for the women in India, yes, we are global citizens from the beginning.
Anna was instrumental in changing a Canon law of Catholic …
The 55th Commission on Social Development was from February 1 – 10, 2017 with a priority theme: “Strategies for eradication poverty to achieve sustainable development for all.” The NGO Committee on Social Development, a coalition of organizations dedicated to working towards a people-centered social change and development through the UN, engage with this commission very closely. In fact, the Civil Society Forum that precedes the Commission is jointly sponsored by the NGO Committee Social Development and UN-DESA Division for Social Policy and Development.
We have come to realize that economic growth will not reduce poverty, improve equality or produce decent jobs. It is becoming increasingly difficult to reach people living in extreme poverty. Often the progress is temporary for those who have moved out of poverty.
“Understanding genuine causes and solutions to the various poverty traps demands a dispassionate and objective reflection on the inadequacies of longstanding …
Many things happened during the last few months including the Election of new leaders both at the UN and for the US. Though it seems like a defeat for women, we are delighted that Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, the Environmental Minister of Nigeria and outgoing Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning is the new Deputy Secretary General. She said “The opportunity and responsibility to serve people and planet as the next UN Deputy Secretary-General is truly humbling”.
The Paris Agreement on Climate Change
On November 4th, the Paris Agreement entered into force with the ratification of over 55 countries, just three days before the COP22 conference in Marrakech. This is the first time in the history of the UN that an agreement reached the required number of ratifications in less than one year! To celebrate this unprecedented feat, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon held an event at the …
New year at the UN : The opening of the UN General Assembly’s 71st Session in September included a celebration of the first anniversary of the adoption of 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The moment also served as a reminder to the international community that only 14 years remain to achieve the ambitious targets set out in the SDGs. For any government or other actors that has not yet done so, it is high time to get started on implementation, but taking the first step to implement this complex agenda may be the most difficult. More info: http://sd.iisd.org/policy-updates/towards-integrated-implementation-tools-for-understanding-linkages-and-developing-strategies-for-policy-coherence/
The UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants: A special High level event was organized on 19 Sept focusing on the issues of Refugees and migrants. The NGO committee on Migration (MMS are members) called the world leaders for action. The Summit launched explicit …