From a letter to ALL Permanent Representatives and Permanent Observers to the United Nations New York from the co-chairs the Ambassadors of Kenya and Ireland
Modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda
The Co-Facilitators have been appointed to lead open, inclusive and transparent consultations on the post-2015 development agenda in order to agree an outcome which is to be adopted at a Summit at Heads of State and Government level in September 2015. Building on major United Nations conferences and summits held in recent years, the objective is to agree an ambitious and transformative agenda with a view to ensuring the eradication of poverty and the achievement of sustainable development by 2030.
Initial informal intergovernmental meetings were convened on 4 and 10 November to establish the views of Member States on the issues covered by this mandate.
On the basis of the consultations to date, the Co-Facilitators …
Sixty-nine years ago when the UN charter came in to force on October 24, 1945 a new voice echoed in the world, “We the peoples of the United Nations, determined:
- to save the succeeding generations from the scourge of war and sufferings;
- to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of all persons- men and women of all Nations, large and small;
- to promote social progress and better standards of life;
- to practice tolerance and to live together in peace with one another as good neighbors.
The UN is a secular place, but the values it stand for is seen in the core values of all the religions . I see an intersection with Gospel values, our MMS Constitution and the UN charter.
From my experience I can say that there is hardly any topic which is not discussed at the UN, all what we speak …
Evangelical Christian pastors frame environmentalism in religious terms
For the past five years, Mitch Hescox has served as president and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network. For 18 years before that, he served as a local church pastor. And for 14 years before that, he worked in America’s coal industry.
Vocationally speaking, he’s undergone quite a transformation from designing equipment to grind coal for use in power plants to his current role raising awareness of faith-based environmental activism. But Hescox is much more concerned with the parts of himself that have stayed the same.
Hescox explained that the common thread throughout his life has been ;following Jesus’ commandment to care for the least of these; and sharing his faith with others. As his latest job title lets on, he currently lives out those principles by advocating for ;creation care,; or faith-centered efforts to care for the environment.
I believe …
In April 2014, the World Health Organization released the most comprehensive report to date on the alarming worldwide growth of antibiotic resistance, warning that we are already entering a world without antibiotics. The World Health Organization has sounded a loud alarm bell that many types of disease-causing bacteria can no longer be treated with the usual antibiotics and the benefits of modern medicine are increasingly being eroded.
The WHO in April released a comprehensive 232-page report on antimicrobial resistance with data from 114 countries showing how this threat is happening now in every region of the world and can affect anyone in any country. Antibiotic resistance — when bacteria evolve so that antibiotics no longer work to treat infections — is described by the WHO report as “a problem so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine.” “A post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can …
As the United Nations hosts a Climate Summit Sep. 23, the lingering question is whether the meeting of world leaders will wind up as another talk fest.
It is most likely that it could go that way. The problem is that developed countries are pressuring developing countries to indicate their pledges for emissions reductions post-2020 under the Paris deal which is currently under negotiation, without any indication of whether they will provide any finance or enable technology transfer – which are current commitments under the Convention.
What is worse is that many developed countries – especially the U.S. and its allies – are delaying making their contributions to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The GCF was launched in 2011 and it was agreed in Cancun, Mexico in 2010 that developed countries will mobilise 100 billion dollars per year by 2020.
The GCF has yet to receive any funds that …
The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted, through a vote, a historic and significant resolution to start a process for an international legally instrument on transnational corporations.
Officially entitled “Elaboration of an international legally binding instrument on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises with respect to Human Rights” (A/HRC/26/L.22) the resolution was adopted on 26 June at the 26th session of the HRC.
The resolution was co-sponsored by Ecuador and South Africa, and also supported by Bolivia, Cuba and Nevezuela. In the vote on the resolution, 20 Members of the HRC supported the resolution, while 13 Members abstained, and 14 Members voted against it. Countries that supported the resolution include: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, China, Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Cuba, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, South Africa, Venezuela, Vietnam.
Countries that abstained include: Argentina, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Gabon, Kuwait, Maldives, Mexico, Peru,