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MMS & UN news -August 2016

 

 “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.

 Dear Readers,

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 …

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MMS & the UN news letter – July 2016

Dear Readers,

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 …

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MMS & UN news March 2016

Dear Readers,

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 …

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MMS & the UN news Feb 2016

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Dear Readers

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:

http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=fa9cf38799136b5660f367ba6&id=5090176bfa&e=fc123c52c9

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 …

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MMS & the UN news Jan 2016

2016, International year of Pulses

Dear Readers,
Hope you are having a good start of 2016.

A recap of the year 2015 can be found in the link below to some of the year’s major moments at the UN. http://www.un.org/en/year-in-review/

Follow up of Sustainable Development Goals
SDG.Guide : The guide offers practical suggestions for how to get started with implementing the 2030 Agenda, including how to measure current performance and how to prepare a roadmap for the design of SDG strategies. It also includes tools to support the design of sector- and goal-based strategies to achieve the SDGs.

https://sdg.guide/why-a-guide-for-getting-started-ccda0d670cd2#.uowgd7qb1

The song and video on SDGs. Please view the video here: http://17goals.org/sdgmove

HLPF: High Level Political Forum : The HLPF is the central UN platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted at the UN Summit on 25 September 2015. HLPF 2016 will be the …

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News update from Paris Climate Conference

Dear Readers,

Medical Mission Sisters participated in the Conference of Parties (Cop21) or the UN Climate Conference in Paris from Nov 30- Dece12. Please refer to the MMS Intranet, Society Home page for the report by Agnes Lanfermann and Elizabeth Vadakekara who attended the first week.

I attended the second week and on Dec 9 the MMS co sponsored parallel event “keep the Fossil fuel in the ground” was well attended both inside the official venue as well as at the civil society space. All speakers were excellent and spoke not only of the ill effect of Fracking but victims of fracking shared their agonizing efforts to protect their land and lives. One of the speakers Sandra Steingraber shared her struggle and success in getting a ban on fracking in the state of New York. An activist and a cancer survivor, she used her Award (for her excellent work) to …

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