Need to re-imagine growth

 

“Addressing climate change requires addressing the unsustainable consumption and production patterns of rich countries,” wrote Amina Mohammed, special advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General on post-2015 development planning. For example, while energy is wasted in many places, there are 1.3 billion people without access to electricity, she noted. Food waste is another huge problem, panelists said.

The discussion asked whether a new global development framework – being crafted to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015 – can drive action to tackle climate change.

The recent report from the High Level Panel (HLP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, led by the presidents of Liberia and Indonesia and the British prime minister, also identified “an urgent need for developed countries to re-imagine their growth models”.…

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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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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 …

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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 …

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MMS UN News Letter -Feb

Dear Sisters, Associates/Friends

You are receiving this news letter through our renewed website      www.mms-un.org. Thanks to Mr. Colin Benko, the efficient Computer Volunteer.

6 to 15 Feb: Commission for Social Development: The 51st session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development was held at UN Headquarters in New York. The priority theme this year was “promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all.” Particular attention is also given to the empowerment of vulnerable groups, such as people with disabilities, youth, the elderly, and others. On the previous day, a Civil Society Forum had been convened by the NGO committee on Social Development, with a well prepared declaration to the Commission. Many of us used it as a tool for advocacy during the session. We got a chance to deliver a 3 minute oral intervention too. (Posted in our …

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Medical Mission Sisters Statement to the UN

Oral Statement for CSocD 51,by Celine Paramunda the  representative  of Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries, an Ngo in special consultative status with ECOSOC. Our members are present in 5 continents involved in achieving health and other MDGs .

 Madam Chair, distinguished delegates,ladies and gentle men,

 Mahatma Gandhi’s words are relevant even today, ‘the world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed”. One of the main challenges for social development is lack of resources/revenues to the governments. In order to tackle poverty, we need to address some of its root causes.  Third World Resurgence 2012 gives us following evidences where the money is going and where our attention needs to be focused to.

Last Nov members of the British Parliament were shocked at a report by Reuters that the Starbucks chain had paid no corporate income tax over the previous 3 years despite sales of1.2 billion …

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