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Upcoming Events of 2018 at the UN NY

Commission on Social Development CsocD 56 – Jan 29- Feb 7

Interfaith Harmony week – Feb 7

Commission on the status of Women CSW 62 – 12-23 March

The  ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum) 23 – 26 April 

High level Political Forum (HLPF)  -9 to 18 July

The theme will be “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies. As the main United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs, the 2018 HLPF will carry out in-depth reviews of progress on SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17, and their inter-linkages with other Goals. A record number of 48 countries will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) on the status of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda to the forum.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

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MMS & UN news -Dec 2017

  MEDICALMISSION SISTERS & THE UN  Dear Readers,

World AIDS Day was observed on Dec.1 2017 with the  theme: “My health, my right”. Events were held focused on eradicating the AIDS epidemic globally as remarkable progress continues to be made in reducing the amount of people suffering from AIDS/HIV, and medical treatment has become more accessible.

Global Compact on Migration: The UN is in the process of preparing a global compact on regular, safe, and orderly migration. It would protect millions of people’s human rights as they flee persecution, violence, and natural disasters worldwide. International Migrants Day was celebrated on Dec 18 with the theme, “Safe Migration in a World on the Move”. The world counted 258 million people as international migrants in 2017 alone which is 3.4% of the global population. The International Organization for Migration released it’s World Migration Report 2018. To read it, click here: …

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Human Trafficking, as I see it – Alexis Keller ( MMS Intern)

Human Trafficking takes many different forms in our society; sex trafficking, forced labor, and debt bondage are all different forms of modern-day slavery. Pop culture, and even campaigns to end trafficking, can negatively impact how we see the problem. This is critical to trafficking because how we see the issue is how we create solutions, and without understanding the realities of human trafficking, we will never end it. Human trafficking exists because of a confluence of different paradigms. Globalization, economics, migration, human rights, gender, organized crime, and local/national causes can increase the vulnerability a person has to becoming a victim of human trafficking. Despite pop culture depictions, most human trafficking victims are not held with chains or snatched off the street one day. Often times, many people don’t even realize they are victims. Situations  in their life like dysfunctional families, lack of education or economic opportunity, gendered violence, marginalization, and …

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MMS & UN News Oct

Dear Readers,

October is full of important days starting with October 2 the birthday of Mahatma Gandhiremembered as International day of Non Violence.

Oct 10: World Mental Health Day: World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of better mental health. Mental health in the workplace is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017.

Oct 11: International Day of the Girl (IDG) As the result of youth advocacy around the world, in 2011 the UN declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It is a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to …

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Special Event on April 4, 2017

Stories of innovative best practices on SDGs from South India

Topic 1: Initiatives in child-led action for SDGs and for a brave new
world fit for children.

Topic 2 : Initiatives in participatory local governance and
Grassroots sociocracy

Mobilizing People for SDGs through neighborhood Parliaments of Adults

  Speaker: Fr.Edwin John

        Children’s Parliaments & Neighborhood parliaments in India.

4  April 2017 – 10.30 Am to 11.30 Am
At the Baha’i International Offices,
866 UN Plaza, Suite 120, New York 10017
All are welcome!

Organized by : Medical Mission Sisters (SCMM)

Kindly RSVP to : celine@mmsmission.net latest by Friday,31 March.
(to forward the names to Baha’i for security purposes)

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MMS and the UN- Jan 2017

Dear Readers,

We are gifted with one more year and like many of you I want to start the New Year with optimism but the world realities make me a bit worried optimist. The UN Security council’s adoption of a much needed resolution demanding an end to settlement building by Israel, indeed is good news while the GA agreement to give ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) an observer status, equal to Holy See and Palestine is very disappointing-since money can influence the shaping of UN decisions which the civil society is genuinely concerned. In spite of all this, Avaaz gives us one million reasons for hope in 2017:

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/hope_avaaz_2016_share/?baAYccb&v=86004&cl=11491790069&_checksum=e361645abe835963f3594dd2b469ee85044ea57ff429da421f7fbb2c28a36240

Role of the UN in the world – a recap on 2016:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2sck1yq5Wk

Gratitude to the Outgoing UN leaders : The UN was blessed with two great leaders-Secretary General Ban Ki Moon who made the ‘most impossible job’ a possible …

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