The highlight of August was the 68 United Nation’s Department of Global Communications annual
Conference called the UN Civil Society Conference held in Salt Lake
City -Utah from August 26-28, 2019. Inclusive and sustainable cities and
communities (SDG. 11) was the focus of this
conference, noting that cities are well placed to help combat the global
climate emergency and point the way towards sustainable, low-emission
development. There were 4000 participants from over 100 Countries. Salt Lake
City (SLC) has been preparing for the conference for over a year, led by Mayor
Jackie Biskupski, who declared that cities and local communities have never
before played such an important role in the health and well-being of the world.
SLC became the first city (besides NY) in the US to host a UN conference since 1945.
Partnerships with civil society and youth are essential to achieving the goals of key UN-backed international agreements, …
In May the Religious at the UN (RUN) had one day retreat highlighting the Eco spirituality and our ministry at the UN.
Each year on 5 Junethe world celebrates the World Environment Daywhich is also the birthdate of UN Environment Program. This year the main celebrations is in China and the theme is #BeatAirPollution. Clean air is a human right, and a necessary pre-condition for addressing climate change as well as achieving many Sustainable Development Goals. Air pollution does not only damage human health, it also hampers the economy in many ways.
Breathe Life, a campaign by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the World Health Organization and UN Environment, is running initiatives in 55 cities, as well as numerous countries and regions, benefiting over 153 million citizens. For example, campaign …
Development and Security Rely on Peace, Justice and Inclusion
A shared statement by peacebuilding organizations International Day of Peace, 21 September 2018
If current trends persist, by 2030 more than half of the world’s poor will be living in countries affected by high levels of violence. Yet, resources devoted to peacebuilding and prevention represent only a fraction of those for crisis response and reconstruction. Similarly, while the new international frameworks for development, humanitarian action, and peace and security have highlighted the need to focus on peace, justice and inclusion, little has changed in practice. Member States have affirmed the centrality of peace and prevention, first through their commitment to “foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies” in the 2030 Agenda, and then with the twin resolutions on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace. Recent research and analysis, including the UN World Bank study Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict and …
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.
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: …
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 …