“It’s not the number of people that is the threat to the planet. It is the behavior of people that is the threat to the planet.” Kate Gilmore, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Earth Overshoot day: On August 8, 2016, we have used as much from nature as our planet can renew in the whole year. June 2016 was the hottest month in record. We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester. It depends on each of us how we use the resources, for more info: Gentle reminder to change our behavior https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBHW3zlkY44 , http://www.overshootday.org/
UNCTAD 14 outcome- a sigh of relief : As usualall the UN conferences are tuff because of the ongoing power struggle between the developed and developing countries. For over half a …
July was hectic with numerous meetings and events at the UN and following are some of the highlights:
HLPF 2016 , 11 – 20 July. The first High-level Political Forum after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, including the three-day ministerial meeting was convened from 11 to 20 July. The preparatory meetings were from 7 July including a Sunday. Delegates, ministers and other stakeholders categorized in to 12 Major groups were the participants besides the UN agencies. One aim of the 10-day event was to bring different parties together to discuss implementation as well as trying to determine how to monitor progress of the 2030 Agenda.
Among the 193 countries, 22 countries volunteered to give their report (NVR) while others were inspired to learn from one another. Some countries included the Civil Society in their team while others did not even consult National NGOs. At the …
Highlights of March includes International days: 8 women’s day, 20-happiness day-, 21-Forest, 22- World Water day and the UN Commission on the status of Women from 14-24.
Honduran Activist Bertha Cáceres (43 yrs) assassinated: In November 2013 at the time of fraudulent national elections in Honduras,a “death list” surfaced and was given to international observers. Bertha Cáceres was number one on that list. She continued her work of protecting the people and nature until she was brutally assassinated on March 2,2016. Here is a link to a brief video “Mother of all Rivers” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh9Sn9oJR94) 2015 Goldman Environmental Award Acceptance Speech of Berta Cáceres https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR1kwx8b0ms
Some of us chose to join the protest for Bertha instead of the UN Women’s day on Mar 8.
International day of happiness : more news http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-luce/jumping-for-joy-happiness_b_9566064.html
CSW 60 Events and news : Priority theme of the Commission on the Status of …
Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) High-level Symposium, Brussels
49th Session of the Commission on Population and Development, New York
15th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration, New York
ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development, New York
Fourth High Level Forum on UN Global Geospatial Information Management, Addis Ababa
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:
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 …