October has come around and as the buzz of the start of the UN General Assembly settles down there’s still plenty taking place.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report: The landmark report released on October 7 issues a strong plea from over 150 scientists for global leaders to enact policy phasing out fossil fuels. The key take-away from the report (found here: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/) is the warning that carbon pollution has created a rapid trajectory that will burn through the 1.5°C carbon budget within the next 3 to 10 years unless urgent action is taken. http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/10/vital-everyone-eat-organic/
FFD: “A Moral Economy that works for all” was the theme of an orientation by the NGO Committee on Financing for Development (FfD). Celine in her welcome speech highlighted the need for collective advocacy as she said, “there can be no Social Justice without Economic Justice”. Sr. Philo Morris, …
Happy New Year of the United Nations, the beginning of the 73 General Assembly in September.
H.E. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, a poet and politician from Ecuador became the 73rd President of UN General Assembly. She is the fourth woman to preside the General Assembly since the first session was held in 1946. The theme of the general debate was, ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.’ For more information- https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/09/1021001
International day of Peace on Sept 21 : This year’s theme “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70” celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights . WHAT IS PEACE? / INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hyCHuHf0o0
Secretary General’s remark on Climate Change…
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 …
August is the lightest month at the United Nations though, here are some of the highlights:
Appointment of new High Commissioner of Hum n rights. We are delighted to have Michelle Bachelet former Chilean president and the first Executive Director of UN women to the UN (Geneva) in her new role as High Commissioner of Hum n rights. She is familiar to us at the UN as the head of UN women and we recall her words, “Women’s strength, women’s industry, women’s wisdom are humankind’s greatest untapped resource” and now using her voice as women’s advocate there is hoping to promote human rights.
If you violate the law in any country you will be punished, then the question is, is the law based on human rights? For this you need to know What Human rights is? here is a link to those want to know more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c26_H2RTaYI
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 …