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News update from Paris Climate Conference

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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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MMS & the UN news- Nov

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Good news amidst bad news!
Special celebration at the UN for MDG 6: The world has met the Millennium Development Goal for reducing malaria-related deaths, which are down 60% since 2000. “Today, we celebrate major advances in our fight against malaria,” said Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general. Thanks to collective efforts and increased financing, the world has met and surpassed MDG6 targets to halt and begin reversing malaria incidence by 2015. Progress in the fight against malaria since 2000 averted more than 6.2 million malaria deaths, some 97% of which have been among young children.
NOV 25 VAW: Say NO to Violence against women, the color is orange to show a brighter future without violence. “Gender violence is not “acceptable” or “inevitable” and that it is “preventable,” says Phumzile Mlambo- executive director of UN Women. Violence is neither good for men /women.
UNGA Addresses Root Causes, …

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MMS & the UN News- October

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The United Nations Celebrated the 70th Anniversary on 24 October and Turn the World UN Blue.
Sustainable Development Goals:
For the first time in history, every nation on earth has joined in adopting a set of goals that call for more equitable social, economic and political relationships among people and between nations. The language in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is not perfect, but adopting these goals greatly alters the global dialogue, and sets the stage for real change towards greater equality. A whole lot of meetings are going on with regard to developing the indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals. I am happy that the recent MMS General Chapter has taken seriously the SDGs going forward. Attached is a Power point of 17 SD Goals with 169 targets for your easy understanding.

Laudato Si conversations:
The Pope has given a personal challenge to each one …

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MMS News from the UN -August 2015

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The beginning of August was the historic completion of a 2.5 year long process of post 2015 agenda now called “‘Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” which will be officially adopted at the September summit in New York.

Influence of Pope Francis on the Post 2015 process “Transforming our world”.

Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya made the following concluding remark at the closing of the Post -2015 Intergovernmental negotiations: “I want to send a message to the Holy Father Pope Francis through the Holy See. Not because we are Catholics, we are not, but because he has continuously prodded us on over the last few days and weeks to maintain a very high level of ambition and a true dedication to the very issues central to this agenda – on poverty, on the suffering and the forgotten and of Sustainable Development. I must say, knowing …

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MMS & the UN May 2015

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The highlights of the meetings in May were: Inter governmental negotiations for the post 2015 Agenda with SDGs at its core and second the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3).

For decades, development policy was shaped by the notion that the poor countries of the Global South needed money from the wealthy North in order to advance in their development. At the latest since the 2008/09 financial crisis this view of things has begun to change. Unlike previous years the global civil society is trying to unify their efforts to speak in one voice the concerns for example the CSO statement on global tax standards and norms:

https://www.globalpolicywatch.org/blog/2015/05/14/cso-statement/

The NGO Committee on FFD organized a side event with the title “Do we have the courage to put people and planet at the center? – challenges for FfD”. The background note was …

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MMS & the UN News April

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Nepal is remembered in most of the sessions at the UN and our prayers and hearts are with those affected and still in need.

April 7: World Health Day celebrated on 7 April, with WHO highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with food safety under the slogan “From farm to plate, make food safe.” Some of the negative effect of globalization is reflected in food too. “Food production has been industrialized and its trade and distribution have been globalized,” says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. “A local food safety problem can rapidly become an international emergency. Investigation of an outbreak of food borne disease is vastly more complicated when a single plate or package of food contains ingredients from multiple countries.” Some important results of a study show: there were an estimated 582 million cases of 22 different food borne enteric diseases and 351 000 associated deaths; over …

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