The highlight of July is the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). It was convened from July 9-18 with prior preparatory processes under the theme ‘Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.’ Four years after the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) started, the 2019 meeting of the HLPF opened to take stock of progress, gaps, and obstacles. 47 countries (7 for the second time) have volunteered to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) to the HLPF. Speakers highlighted the need for more empowerment, courage, inclusivity, and equality. A presentation on the progress made on SDG 4 (quality education) revealed a “global learning crisis”, despite steady growth in school enrolment rates, more than …
Greetings from New York along with the UN highlights for the month of April:
April 11: The UN General Assembly commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the International Labor Organization (ILO). ILO’s motto, “If you desire peace, cultivate justice,” and its Constitution, which emphasizes that “universal and lasting peace can be established only if it based upon social justice,”. https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/04/1036451
April 15-18: Financing for Development Forum (FfD Forum): Financing for Development follow-up is an intergovernmental process mandated to review the 2015Addis Ababa Action Agenda and other financing for development outcomes and the means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ended with an outcome document noting that Despite signs of progress, investments that are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remain underfunded and parts of the multilateral system are under strain. On 16 the NGO Committee on Financing for Development organized a side event …
October has come around and as the buzz of the start of the UN General Assembly settles down there’s still plenty taking place.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report: The landmark report released on October 7 issues a strong plea from over 150 scientists for global leaders to enact policy phasing out fossil fuels. The key take-away from the report (found here: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/) is the warning that carbon pollution has created a rapid trajectory that will burn through the 1.5°C carbon budget within the next 3 to 10 years unless urgent action is taken. http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/10/vital-everyone-eat-organic/
FFD: “A Moral Economy that works for all” was the theme of an orientation by the NGO Committee on Financing for Development (FfD). Celine in her welcome speech highlighted the need for collective advocacy as she said, “there can be no Social Justice without Economic Justice”. Sr. Philo Morris, …
Happy New Year of the United Nations, the beginning of the 73 General Assembly in September.
H.E. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, a poet and politician from Ecuador became the 73rd President of UN General Assembly. She is the fourth woman to preside the General Assembly since the first session was held in 1946. The theme of the general debate was, ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.’ For more information- https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/09/1021001
International day of Peace on Sept 21 : This year’s theme “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70” celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights . WHAT IS PEACE? / INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hyCHuHf0o0
Secretary General’s remark on Climate Change…
August is the lightest month at the United Nations though, here are some of the highlights:
Appointment of new High Commissioner of Hum n rights. We are delighted to have Michelle Bachelet former Chilean president and the first Executive Director of UN women to the UN (Geneva) in her new role as High Commissioner of Hum n rights. She is familiar to us at the UN as the head of UN women and we recall her words, “Women’s strength, women’s industry, women’s wisdom are humankind’s greatest untapped resource” and now using her voice as women’s advocate there is hoping to promote human rights.
If you violate the law in any country you will be punished, then the question is, is the law based on human rights? For this you need to know What Human rights is? here is a link to those want to know more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c26_H2RTaYI
New Director General for IOM (International organization for Migration): António Vitorino of Portugal was elected as the organization’s new director general, the first time in 50 years that the head of the International Organization for Migration is not an American. The U.S. candidate Ken Isaacs, was controversial due to his comments on social media criticizing Islam and dismissing climate change. A week before the election, 50 organizations working on migration signed a letter to IOM member states said the new agency head should demonstrate “a record of and commitment to respecting diversity and condemning xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance.”
9-19 July 2018: High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development: Delegates and Ministers of the Nations came together at the HLPF to evaluate where we stand in this joint quest for a prosperous, equal and healthy future for people and planet. Some of the questions- Are we on track to …