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MMS & the UN news Feb 2016

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Dear Readers

Former UN Secretary General BBG passed away. Many of us may not have heard about Boutros Boutros-Ghali (BBG) the sixth UN Secretary General. He passed away on Feb 17 and was not popular like many other SGs but he was a noble man of principles. Boutros-Ghali authored the report called ‘An Agenda for Peace,’ an analysis on ways to strengthen UN capacity for preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacekeeping. The South Center notes why he was not famous at the UN:

http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=fa9cf38799136b5660f367ba6&id=5090176bfa&e=fc123c52c9

20 February, World day of Social Justice: The UN Secretary General called on Member States on the World Day of Social Justice, to build inclusive societies free of discrimination, in which all people can live with dignity and opportunities to improve their lives. “With exclusion and inequality on the rise, we must step up efforts to ensure that all people, without discrimination,are able to access opportunities …

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MMS & the UN news Jan 2016

2016, International year of Pulses

Dear Readers,
Hope you are having a good start of 2016.

A recap of the year 2015 can be found in the link below to some of the year’s major moments at the UN. http://www.un.org/en/year-in-review/

Follow up of Sustainable Development Goals
SDG.Guide : The guide offers practical suggestions for how to get started with implementing the 2030 Agenda, including how to measure current performance and how to prepare a roadmap for the design of SDG strategies. It also includes tools to support the design of sector- and goal-based strategies to achieve the SDGs.

https://sdg.guide/why-a-guide-for-getting-started-ccda0d670cd2#.uowgd7qb1

The song and video on SDGs. Please view the video here: http://17goals.org/sdgmove

HLPF: High Level Political Forum : The HLPF is the central UN platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted at the UN Summit on 25 September 2015. HLPF 2016 will be the …

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News update from Paris Climate Conference

Dear Readers,

Medical Mission Sisters participated in the Conference of Parties (Cop21) or the UN Climate Conference in Paris from Nov 30- Dece12. Please refer to the MMS Intranet, Society Home page for the report by Agnes Lanfermann and Elizabeth Vadakekara who attended the first week.

I attended the second week and on Dec 9 the MMS co sponsored parallel event “keep the Fossil fuel in the ground” was well attended both inside the official venue as well as at the civil society space. All speakers were excellent and spoke not only of the ill effect of Fracking but victims of fracking shared their agonizing efforts to protect their land and lives. One of the speakers Sandra Steingraber shared her struggle and success in getting a ban on fracking in the state of New York. An activist and a cancer survivor, she used her Award (for her excellent work) to …

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MMS & the UN news- Nov

Dear Readers,
Good news amidst bad news!
Special celebration at the UN for MDG 6: The world has met the Millennium Development Goal for reducing malaria-related deaths, which are down 60% since 2000. “Today, we celebrate major advances in our fight against malaria,” said Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general. Thanks to collective efforts and increased financing, the world has met and surpassed MDG6 targets to halt and begin reversing malaria incidence by 2015. Progress in the fight against malaria since 2000 averted more than 6.2 million malaria deaths, some 97% of which have been among young children.
NOV 25 VAW: Say NO to Violence against women, the color is orange to show a brighter future without violence. “Gender violence is not “acceptable” or “inevitable” and that it is “preventable,” says Phumzile Mlambo- executive director of UN Women. Violence is neither good for men /women.
UNGA Addresses Root Causes, …

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French Gender and Climate Justice Associations Group Demand :

Respect for all human rights…

For climate policies that incorporate gender equality
French women’s and feminist associations have joined forces in the Gender and Climate Justice group to participate in citizen mobilization and contribute to political advocacy before, during and after the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21, 30 November – 11 December 2015, Paris). They are signatories to a position paper whose main recommendations follow :
Gender equality, women’s empowerment, and combating gender-based violence constitute a cross-cutting challenge to the achievement of sustainable human development.

Representing 70% of the world’s poor, overburdened with domestic work and having limited access to resources, land, credit, etc., women are particularly affected by the consequences of climate change. Flooding, desertification and biodiversity loss all exacerbate gender violence and the plight of refugees.

In all countries women and women’s organisations play …

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MMS News from the UN -August 2015

Dear Readers,

The beginning of August was the historic completion of a 2.5 year long process of post 2015 agenda now called “‘Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” which will be officially adopted at the September summit in New York.

Influence of Pope Francis on the Post 2015 process “Transforming our world”.

Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya made the following concluding remark at the closing of the Post -2015 Intergovernmental negotiations: “I want to send a message to the Holy Father Pope Francis through the Holy See. Not because we are Catholics, we are not, but because he has continuously prodded us on over the last few days and weeks to maintain a very high level of ambition and a true dedication to the very issues central to this agenda – on poverty, on the suffering and the forgotten and of Sustainable Development. I must say, knowing …

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