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MMS & the UN News April

Dear Readers,
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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News letter- March 2015

Dear  Readers,                                                                                                                                                                                March named for the Roman God “Mars” is a month of many special days, Mar.8 -International women’s day,        Mar 21– International day of Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Mar 22- World day for Water, 25Interntl day of remembrance of victims of Slavery Mar 28 – Earth hour are a few to mention. The UN Commission on the Status of women CSW59 held from March 9-20, as mentioned earlier MMS organized programs- “Unearthing Development- impact of Mining on Indigenous women” and “ Women’s Spirituality : Pioneering and Transforming”. Several MMS and Associates were participants as well as speakers. Following are some of their comments:-

Visit to the UN … some highlights from Sr. Lucy Klein- Gebbinck                                                                                                    It was a great experience being at the UN for the CSW- Beijing + 20. Such a strong sense of global sisterhood and woman power. Such a reality check with …

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MMS and the UN News -August

The high lights of August were as follows:

Special event, MDG Momentum- Aug.18 marked the 500-day milestone of the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. With Malala Yousafzai by his side, UN Secretary-General called for more accelerated action from governments, international organizations and civil society groups on MDGs for sustainable development far beyond 2015. ABC News anchor Amy Robach moderated the event. “The ideas and inspiration of young people have been especially critical in this effort and their role must grow even more,”said Mr Ban. Malala was indeed inspirational with her mature and relevant remarks and challenges to the participants. She said “ each one of us can and should make a difference in the world; some of us are more famous but it does not mean that we are better than any one; I am just like you, I play with my I pad, I fight …

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MMS & the UN news- June

Geneva: Elizabeth Vadakekara and Celine attended the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva from May 19- 22. It was the first time for Celine to attend a UN meeting in Geneva, while Elizabeth is an Ngo health committee  member who attends regularly since the last few years.       “This has been an intense Health Assembly, with a record-breaking number of agenda items, documents and resolutions, and nearly 3,500 delegates”  “This is a reflection of the growing number of complexity of health issues, and your deep interest in addressing them” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO’s Director-General.  Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation was one of the key note speakers. She spoke passionately about the health of women and children. Following are some of the highlights of the resolutions (total 20) passed in this Assembly:

Access to essential medicines: WHO’s strategy to help countries improve access to …

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MMS and UN news -May


Speaking from the UN…

OWG 11th    : The 11th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, were held from May 5-9. The Co-chairs of the OWG have produced a new version of possible goals and targets. There are now 16 focus areas (possible GOALS) with under each some 6 – 12 targets, almost all time-bound and quantified. In comparison to a legal text, the proposal for global goals will not be legally binding – as the MDGs are – and the co-chairs aim at simple targets of 1 line and all conditions should be addressed in indicators for these targets.  The Co-Chairs feel that we need a lot more

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MMS& UN news -April 2014

After the hectic winter, finally the spring has come with occasional cold days. Among the numerous meetings at the UN, following are some of the highlights:   

 9-10 April: GA and ECOSOC Joint Event: On the role of partnerships in the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  The joint thematic debate was to provide a platform for Member States to address how strengthened global partnerships for sustainable development  including multistakeholders’ partnerships can contribute to the implementation of the post 2015 development agenda. There is growing concerns among the civil society regarding the partnership with the private sector, particularly in the area of accountability.

7-12 April: Spring meeting of the World Bank and International Monitory Fund : The Civil Society Forum of IMF& WB was held in Washington DC, Celine and 3 colleagues were among the 539 participants. The World Bank has two main goals: End poverty by 2030 and create …

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