April events

6-8 April
         
Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) High-level Symposium, Brussels
 
         
11-15 April
         
49th Session of the Commission on Population and Development, New York
 
         
18-22 April
         
15th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration, New York
 
         
18-20 April
         
ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development, New York
 
         
20-22 April
         
Fourth High Level Forum on UN Global Geospatial Information Management, Addis Ababa

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MMS & the UN news Feb 2016

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Dear Readers

Former UN Secretary General BBG passed away. Many of us may not have heard about Boutros Boutros-Ghali (BBG) the sixth UN Secretary General. He passed away on Feb 17 and was not popular like many other SGs but he was a noble man of principles. Boutros-Ghali authored the report called ‘An Agenda for Peace,’ an analysis on ways to strengthen UN capacity for preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacekeeping. The South Center notes why he was not famous at the UN:

http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=fa9cf38799136b5660f367ba6&id=5090176bfa&e=fc123c52c9

20 February, World day of Social Justice: The UN Secretary General called on Member States on the World Day of Social Justice, to build inclusive societies free of discrimination, in which all people can live with dignity and opportunities to improve their lives. “With exclusion and inequality on the rise, we must step up efforts to ensure that all people, without discrimination,are able to access opportunities …

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MMS & the UN news Jan 2016

2016, International year of Pulses

Dear Readers,
Hope you are having a good start of 2016.

A recap of the year 2015 can be found in the link below to some of the year’s major moments at the UN. http://www.un.org/en/year-in-review/

Follow up of Sustainable Development Goals
SDG.Guide : The guide offers practical suggestions for how to get started with implementing the 2030 Agenda, including how to measure current performance and how to prepare a roadmap for the design of SDG strategies. It also includes tools to support the design of sector- and goal-based strategies to achieve the SDGs.

https://sdg.guide/why-a-guide-for-getting-started-ccda0d670cd2#.uowgd7qb1

The song and video on SDGs. Please view the video here: http://17goals.org/sdgmove

HLPF: High Level Political Forum : The HLPF is the central UN platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted at the UN Summit on 25 September 2015. HLPF 2016 will be the …

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News update from Paris Climate Conference

Dear Readers,

Medical Mission Sisters participated in the Conference of Parties (Cop21) or the UN Climate Conference in Paris from Nov 30- Dece12. Please refer to the MMS Intranet, Society Home page for the report by Agnes Lanfermann and Elizabeth Vadakekara who attended the first week.

I attended the second week and on Dec 9 the MMS co sponsored parallel event “keep the Fossil fuel in the ground” was well attended both inside the official venue as well as at the civil society space. All speakers were excellent and spoke not only of the ill effect of Fracking but victims of fracking shared their agonizing efforts to protect their land and lives. One of the speakers Sandra Steingraber shared her struggle and success in getting a ban on fracking in the state of New York. An activist and a cancer survivor, she used her Award (for her excellent work) to …

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MMS & the UN news- Nov

Dear Readers,
Good news amidst bad news!
Special celebration at the UN for MDG 6: The world has met the Millennium Development Goal for reducing malaria-related deaths, which are down 60% since 2000. “Today, we celebrate major advances in our fight against malaria,” said Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general. Thanks to collective efforts and increased financing, the world has met and surpassed MDG6 targets to halt and begin reversing malaria incidence by 2015. Progress in the fight against malaria since 2000 averted more than 6.2 million malaria deaths, some 97% of which have been among young children.
NOV 25 VAW: Say NO to Violence against women, the color is orange to show a brighter future without violence. “Gender violence is not “acceptable” or “inevitable” and that it is “preventable,” says Phumzile Mlambo- executive director of UN Women. Violence is neither good for men /women.
UNGA Addresses Root Causes, …

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Global Poverty and the growing Billionaires

The title itself is contradictory but a new study by Jens Martens and Karolin Scitz examines the influence of Philanthropic foundations on Global Development .

Today, there are more than 200,000 foundations in the world. Over 86,000 foundations are registered in the USA; 6 another estimated 85,000 foundations are based in Western Europe and 35,000 in Eastern Europe. 7 The philanthropic sector is also growing in the global South, with for example, approximately 10,000 foundations in Mexico, nearly 2,000 in China and at least 1,000 in Brazil, 8 largely due to the rapidly increasing number of wealthy individuals in countries in the global South. According to Forbes Magazine, among the 1,826 world billionaires .The roots of modern philanthropy can be traced back to the beginning of the 20th century.Today, there are more than 200,000 foundations in the world. Over 86,000 foundations are registered in the USA; another estimated 85,000 foundations …

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