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MMS & the UN Newsletter- September 2017

Dear Readers,

Opening of the 72 General Assembly:  12 September 2017: The President of the 72nd UN General Assembly (UNGA), Miroslav Lajčák, outlined the priorities of his mandate during the opening of UNGA 72.’He tweeted “UN was created for people – especially those not sitting in this hall today” It’s the task of #UNGA to make sure their voices are heard. UN reform to be fit for purpose is high priority of the Secretory-General.

Sept 7: The Culture of Peace:Peace and tolerance are cornerstones of cultures around the world, and Threats to peace: climate change, extremism & terrorism, science & tech: nuclear weapons, military interventions, and media while Mechanisms for reaching peace: dialogue, non-violence, education, gender equality, democratic participation, plurality, media.

Intl Peace day (Sept 21) Celebrated at the UN on Sept 15by the SG ringing the peace bell followed by a panel. There …

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MMS&UN news-June

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Sharing with you the highlights of the UN Meeting in June:

June 5-9 one of the Colorful weeks at the UN was the Ocean Conference- to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

A special event was held in the General Assembly Hall to mark World Oceans Day (8 June). The event included statements from world-renowned ocean experts and explorers, representatives from coastal communities, and voices from current and future generations, as well as a performance by Fijian dancers. Marine biologist Sylvia Earle spoke at the event.

There is more awareness about the need for protecting and preserving the Marine environment for our own survival. Deep Sea mining and fishing gee- micro plastics are a great threat not only to the ocean but to the entire ecosystems.

Sculpture made from plastic Trash found

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MMS&UN news April

Dear Readers,

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
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MMS & the UN news -March 2017

Dear Readers,

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 …

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MMS & the UN News-Feb 2017

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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 …

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MMS & the UN news-Dec 2016

Dear Readers,
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 …

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