New President for the UN General Assembly:The month of June brings the good news that the UN General Assembly elected María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (Ecuador) as President of its seventy-third session — making her only the fourth woman to helm the 193-member organ in its more than seven-decades-long history. Dedicating her election to all the women in the world who participated in politics — sometimes facing political and media attacks marked by machismo and discrimination — she paid tribute to women struggling every day to access jobs on equal terms, to those who were victims of violence, and to girls and adolescents demanding access to quality information and education. “I offered an open-door Presidency and I will hold onto that promise,” she said, reiterating her commitment to act as an impartial, objective and open facilitator of the Assembly’s work. “No view is useful if we do not …
March is Women’s history month, Commission on the Status of Women, International day of happiness, World Water day and so on. Here are some highlights from the UN :
International Women’s Day 2018: Secretary General Antonio (SG) Guterres said; “Gender Equality is what women want. It is what I want. It is what every sensible man and boy should want”. During the International Women’s Day celebration, one woman noted that, along with his personal initiative, the SG needs everyone who enters this building(UNHQ) to stand with him and to endorse zero tolerance #UN#MeToo #Time Is Now. At the same time UN Women launched their new Report, turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development assessing the progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. While monitoring global and regional trends in achieving …
The highlight of February is the Commission on Social Development with the Theme “Strategies to eradicate Rural Poverty” concluded with 4 policy recommendations integrating many of the Civil society input. MMS gave written as we as an oral statement giving concrete suggestions (copy attached).
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact – February 2018: After a yearlong preparation, the Co-chairs came out with a Zero draft for negotiations among 191-member states. By December 2018 it will be adopted in Morocco. Today, virtually all countries in the world are simultaneously countries of destination, origin and transit for international migrants. Traditional migration patterns are complemented by new migratory flows, fueled by Poverty, changing economic, demographic, political and social realities. Changing migration patterns affect the size and composition of migrant populations as well as host and origin economies and societies. The rise in global mobility, the growing complexity of migratory patterns …
New Year brings new hope amidst new challenges. The Secretary General has 12 priorities at the UN and the President of the 72 General Assembly shared the following ,Safe migration, conflict prevention, sustainable development and United Nations reform as the priorities of the 193-member body’s President for 2018.
Global Compact on Migration: Secretariat has produced a report (click on report) as the Secretary-General’s contribution to the process of developing the Global Compact for Migration. It is his vision for constructive international cooperation on migration. It focuses on making migration work for all, emphasizing its links to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In 2016, world leaders began drafting a new Global Compact on “safe, orderly and regular migration”, to be finalized by September 2018. Numerous meetings are in process before the negotiations in February. Unfortunately USA has pulled out of this too.
Women and …
| MEDICALMISSION SISTERS & THE UN Dear Readers,
World AIDS Day was observed on Dec.1 2017 with the theme: “My health, my right”. Events were held focused on eradicating the AIDS epidemic globally as remarkable progress continues to be made in reducing the amount of people suffering from AIDS/HIV, and medical treatment has become more accessible.
Global Compact on Migration: The UN is in the process of preparing a global compact on regular, safe, and orderly migration. It would protect millions of people’s human rights as they flee persecution, violence, and natural disasters worldwide. International Migrants Day was celebrated on Dec 18 with the theme, “Safe Migration in a World on the Move”. The world counted 258 million people as international migrants in 2017 alone which is 3.4% of the global population. The International Organization for Migration released it’s World Migration Report 2018. To read it, click here: …
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 …