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 …
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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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 …
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 …
Dear Sisters, Associates and Friends, warm Greetings from the cold US!
The UN Call for action : 1.UNICEF and UN women have released an online news letter on the Global Consultation on Inequalities, now available for comments/discussions in Jan/Feb. For more info:-
2. Global Campaign to change the culture of food waste initiated by UNEP & FAO:-1.3 Billion Tons of food wasted or lost each year, which is sufficient to feed the hungry. More info: www.Think,Eat,Save . Nearly one-third of the people in Bangladesh lack access to nutritious food, and nongovernmental organizations in the country are seeking to hold the government accountable for food scarcity through a constitutional amendment.
3. The UN has started a my world project : an online voting to get the feed back from global citizens on what they feel should be the top priorities, policies and focus of a post- 2015 global …
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 …