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 …
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:
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 …
2016, International year of Pulses
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.
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 …
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 …
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, …
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 …