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 …
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 …
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 …
New year at the UN : The opening of the UN General Assembly’s 71st Session in September included a celebration of the first anniversary of the adoption of 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The moment also served as a reminder to the international community that only 14 years remain to achieve the ambitious targets set out in the SDGs. For any government or other actors that has not yet done so, it is high time to get started on implementation, but taking the first step to implement this complex agenda may be the most difficult. More info: http://sd.iisd.org/policy-updates/towards-integrated-implementation-tools-for-understanding-linkages-and-developing-strategies-for-policy-coherence/
The UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants: A special High level event was organized on 19 Sept focusing on the issues of Refugees and migrants. The NGO committee on Migration (MMS are members) called the world leaders for action. The Summit launched explicit …
“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.
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 …
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 …