MMS UN news September

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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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MMS and the UN news letter -May

 

Tackling Inequality, the greatest challenge in UN discussions: Tackling inequality is the greatest growing development challenge for the UN panel discussions on Development agenda. We cannot eradicate poverty by 2030 without tackling inequality. If we simply rely on optimistic growth patterns, 400 million people will still be living in extreme poverty by that deadline. Civil society is  pushing the topic to be in the priority list among many other challenges. The people of Bhutan see that money and hyper-consumption aren’t what contribute to happiness and well-being; they are a model for the rest of the world. Read more on  “Tiny Bhutan redefines progress”  at  wwwdavidsuzuki.org

Role of NGOs commended at the UN: A recent UN report says that Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) play a crucial role in reaching the MDGs( Millennium Development Goals) and in designing Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs) as well as a post-2015 development agenda. They advise on …

MMS & UN News letter April

1000 DAYS of  ACTION – MDG MOMENTUM

 The MDGs have been called the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. April 5th marked the date after which 1,000 days remain until the 2015 deadline to accelerate action on issues such as hunger, access to education, improved sanitation, maternal health, and gender equality. In recognition of this milestone, representatives of the UN Secretary-General’s MDG Advocacy Group noted  “Today’s milestone is an opportunity for everyone who cares about creating a more just world to take action in support of the United Nations and the MDGs.  What we do over the next 1,000 days matters to millions of people.  Let’s seize the next 1,000 days to change lives and chart a course for a brighter future for our world”.  http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/mdgmomentum.shtml;

THE GLOBAL CONVERSATION BEGINS

On 21st March the UN launched the first findings from an unprecedented global …