New Director General for IOM (International organization for Migration): António Vitorino of Portugal was elected as the organization’s new director general, the first time in 50 years that the head of the International Organization for Migration is not an American. The U.S. candidate Ken Isaacs, was controversial due to his comments on social media criticizing Islam and dismissing climate change. A week before the election, 50 organizations working on migration signed a letter to IOM member states said the new agency head should demonstrate “a record of and commitment to respecting diversity and condemning xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance.”
9-19 July 2018: High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development: Delegates and Ministers of the Nations came together at the HLPF to evaluate where we stand in this joint quest for a prosperous, equal and healthy future for people and planet. Some of the questions- Are we on track to …
New President for the UN General Assembly:The month of June brings the good news that the UN General Assembly elected María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (Ecuador) as President of its seventy-third session — making her only the fourth woman to helm the 193-member organ in its more than seven-decades-long history. Dedicating her election to all the women in the world who participated in politics — sometimes facing political and media attacks marked by machismo and discrimination — she paid tribute to women struggling every day to access jobs on equal terms, to those who were victims of violence, and to girls and adolescents demanding access to quality information and education. “I offered an open-door Presidency and I will hold onto that promise,” she said, reiterating her commitment to act as an impartial, objective and open facilitator of the Assembly’s work. “No view is useful if we do not …
India will be hosting the global World Environment Day celebrations on 5 June 2018.
With “Beat Plastic Pollution” as the theme, the world is coming together to combat single-use plastic pollution killing our ocean lives.
Five Religious Congregations comprising four NGOs with Special Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) status with the United Nations in New York, invite you to participate in a webinar on Saturday 12 May 2018.
Time: 8 am. – 9 am New York. 9 – 10am Latin America.1 -2 pm London, 2-3 PM Africa and 5.30 – 6.30 pm India 8 PM-9 PM The Philippines Please Check out your time zone with this information.
With a title “Still possible to save the planet?” we hope to raise awareness, and share information on different aspects of the environment – the challenges, ideas on what we can do to improve and a spiritual call to action. We hope that …
March is Women’s history month, Commission on the Status of Women, International day of happiness, World Water day and so on. Here are some highlights from the UN :
International Women’s Day 2018: Secretary General Antonio (SG) Guterres said; “Gender Equality is what women want. It is what I want. It is what every sensible man and boy should want”. During the International Women’s Day celebration, one woman noted that, along with his personal initiative, the SG needs everyone who enters this building(UNHQ) to stand with him and to endorse zero tolerance #UN#MeToo #Time Is Now. At the same time UN Women launched their new Report, turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development assessing the progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. While monitoring global and regional trends in achieving …
Statement given at the 56 Session of the Commission of Social Development 2018
Respected Chair, excellence’s and colleagues, my name is Celine Paramunda, Representative of the Medical Mission Sisters and Speaking on behalf of the Faith Based Organizations.
All of us in this room agree with the universal declaration of human rights Arti 1, All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, but the reality is closer to what Dr. Paul Farmer said “The idea that some lives matter less, is the root of all that is wrong with the world” .
Inspired by their Faith, several organizations were at the frontline for centuries in providing social services especially to the people living in poverty, whose lives seem to matter less in society. Living closer to the struggles of the people and feeling their pulse, Faith Based Organizations /FBOs are in a unique position in poverty …
The highlight of February is the Commission on Social Development with the Theme “Strategies to eradicate Rural Poverty” concluded with 4 policy recommendations integrating many of the Civil society input. MMS gave written as we as an oral statement giving concrete suggestions (copy attached).
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact – February 2018: After a yearlong preparation, the Co-chairs came out with a Zero draft for negotiations among 191-member states. By December 2018 it will be adopted in Morocco. Today, virtually all countries in the world are simultaneously countries of destination, origin and transit for international migrants. Traditional migration patterns are complemented by new migratory flows, fueled by Poverty, changing economic, demographic, political and social realities. Changing migration patterns affect the size and composition of migrant populations as well as host and origin economies and societies. The rise in global mobility, the growing complexity of migratory patterns …