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MMS UN news -November

Dear   sisters, Associates and Friends,

 Thanks a lot to all those who sent their feedback to the last newsletter, it affirms that we are together.

The month of November, too, was busy with preparatory meetings and advocacy for the Post 2015 Development agenda which is the highlight of the coming year. By September, 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next 15-20 years will be established while the MDGs will meet its target year 2015. Unlike the MDGs, the SDGs are to be universal and integrating the three dimensions of Development, namely: Social, Economic and Environmental. The UN welcomes all global citizens for a  MY WORLD SURVERY. Please use the link: www.worldwewant2015   and click on the world map.

 Tony Blair Faith Foundation  : On Nov 21st Tony Blair, former prime Minister of UK spoke at the anti terrorism committee of the Security Council on the need for …

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MMS & UN News – Oct

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During the 68th GA, several events took place at the UN and some of the High lights are the following:  -

CARITAS International – UK & Ireland Reports:  Catholic Fund for Overseas Development in UK and Ireland presented their reports at the UN titled “listening to the voices of the Poor” shared the stories of real people and stressed the goal of Zero Poverty. Speakers pointed out that lack of accountability from the governments, as well as gender discrimination, are two major blocks to poverty eradication. The role of Civil Society was highlighted as critical in supporting and challenging the governments.

Churches Witnessing With Migrants :  In the context of the High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development on Oct 3rd & 4th a side event was organized on the theme : “the other is my Neighbor”. Several Christian denominations gathered to share …

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MMS UN news September

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News from the United Nations…

 

The month of September is busy with various meetings including the beginning of  the 68th UN General Assembly which is still going on. Due to the remodeling of the UN building, the spaces are extremely limited and access to the UN building is highly restricted especially when the heads of states are around.

 

A short review of the past events: 1. Sept 5th International Day of Charity was observed in honor of Mother Teresa on her 16th death anniversary. Interestingly the proposal came from the Civil society of a communist country, Hungary! Several speakers spoke on the occasion high lighting the need for volunteerism, and philanthropy for caring for fellow human beings and for systemic change as well.

 

2. Sep 6thfor the high level forum on the culture of peace,  the Patriarch of Serbia  spoke  and the …

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News Letter- August

Hi all,

 After a short summer break we are getting ready to be back to the UN while the Security Council continues the discussions on many urgent matters like the issue of Syria.  September marks the beginning of another year at the UN with its 68th General Assembly. The following are some of the upcoming events.

   5 September: the first  International Day of Charity.

Recognizing the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human suffering within and among nations, September 5th is designated as the  first International day of Charity .It also affirm that charity may contribute to the promotion of dialogue among people from different civilizations, cultures and religions, as well as …

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MMS&UN News -July

8th July, Thematic Debate on inequality: The UN Secretary General Ban ki- moon said at the thematic debate on inequalities. “If inequalities continue to widen, development will not be sustainable, that is why equity is emerging as a central plank in discussions on the post 2015 development Agenda ; Tackling inequality, eradicating poverty and promoting shared prosperity must be at the heart of sustainable Development agenda’. The president of the GA quoted major religious scriptures and said, “God shows no partiality”. Most of the speakers mentioned social justice as the key ingredient for a sustainable world. Over all, it was a call for a new world order based on social justice and human rights. Even though the UN is far from its ideal, looking at it from a faith based perspective, the session was very refreshing.

10th July, New chief for UN Women: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a former deputy …

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MMS &UN news -June

 

Violence is Costly! ; Global Peace Index (GPI) was launched and at a related press conference at the UN experts said “The world had become less peaceful in the past year, Syria being the “biggest ever faller”. We take a key definition of peace as the absence of violence or the absence of fear of violence,” Michelle Breslauer, Director, United States Operations, Institute for Economics and Peace, said of the Index, which comprised 22 indicators measuring internal and external levels of peacefulness in society, including levels of militarization, safety, security and organized conflict. Iceland maintained its position as the most peaceful nation, followed by Denmark, New Zealand and Austria. Afghanistan had always been in the bottom 10 since the Index started in 2007.For 2012, the cost of violence to the global economy was $9.4 trillion, about 11 per cent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP).

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