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July 12th -Malala Day at the UN

Secretary-General, at Youth Assembly Featuring  Malala Day

Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the Youth Assembly on Malala Day, in New York, on 12 July:

Welcome to the United Nations.  It is wonderful to see you all here.

Before I begin, I would like to thank the President of the General Assembly for his leadership in organizing this very meaningful Youth Assembly today, honouring Malala, our hero, our champion.  And I would like to also thank the extraordinary leadership of our United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, for his strong commitment and raising the awareness of global education.  It is a great pleasure to have again Malala, our champion, among us in celebrating her sixteenth birthday.

Today, youth of the world are taking over the United Nations.  This United Nations is occupied by youth delegates.  I welcome it.  You are sending a message — a …

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Our Violent Economy is Hurting Women

Violence against women is as old as patriarchy.

Traditional patriarchy has structured our worldviews and mindsets, our social and cultural worlds, on the basis of domination over women and the denial of their full humanity and right to equality. But it has intensified and become more pervasive in the recent past. It has taken on more brutal forms, like the murder of the Delhi gang rape victim and the recent suicide of a 17-year-old rape victim in Chandigarh.

In India, rape cases and cases of violence against women have increased over the years. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reported 10,068 rape cases in 1990, which increased to 16496 in 2000. With 24,206 cases in 2011, rape cases jumped to incredible increase of 873 percent from 1971 when NCRB started to record cases of rape. And Delhi has emerged as the rape capital  of India, accounting for 25 percent of …

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UN September 2011 Album


From UN September 2011, posted by Medical Mission Sisters at the UN on 1/20/2013 (9 items)

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Rio +20 UN Conference

The UN conference which took place at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, popularly called Rio+ 20 was a very enriching experience for MMS delegates Molly Vadaken and Celine P who  participated in the event.

20 years after the 1992 Earth Summit,100+ world leaders and more than12,000 individuals were reported to have registered to attend the official Rio+20 event  and another 30,000 participated in one or more of the up to 3000 unofficial parallel events and 500 events organized by governments that took place throughout Rio de Janeiro. Besides at the peoples’ summit held in Flamingo Park (same venue as of 1992) several thousand activists, local and indigenous people and religious gathered to educate, protest and encourage one another for a  just and sustainable future.

Several initiatives/commitments were taken by individuals, civil society and universities. The “Future Earth” initiative, a research-based collaboration between several UN agencies and others was one among …

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