MMS & the UN news- Nov

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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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French Gender and Climate Justice Associations Group Demand :

Respect for all human rights…

For climate policies that incorporate gender equality
French women’s and feminist associations have joined forces in the Gender and Climate Justice group to participate in citizen mobilization and contribute to political advocacy before, during and after the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21, 30 November – 11 December 2015, Paris). They are signatories to a position paper whose main recommendations follow :
Gender equality, women’s empowerment, and combating gender-based violence constitute a cross-cutting challenge to the achievement of sustainable human development.

Representing 70% of the world’s poor, overburdened with domestic work and having limited access to resources, land, credit, etc., women are particularly affected by the consequences of climate change. Flooding, desertification and biodiversity loss all exacerbate gender violence and the plight of refugees.

In all countries women and women’s organisations play …

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MMS & the UN News- October

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The United Nations Celebrated the 70th Anniversary on 24 October and Turn the World UN Blue.
Sustainable Development Goals:
For the first time in history, every nation on earth has joined in adopting a set of goals that call for more equitable social, economic and political relationships among people and between nations. The language in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is not perfect, but adopting these goals greatly alters the global dialogue, and sets the stage for real change towards greater equality. A whole lot of meetings are going on with regard to developing the indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals. I am happy that the recent MMS General Chapter has taken seriously the SDGs going forward. Attached is a Power point of 17 SD Goals with 169 targets for your easy understanding.

Laudato Si conversations:
The Pope has given a personal challenge to each one …

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Can Corporations stop being people’s enemies?

In the current unjust Socio-Economic System, maximizing shareholder value at all costs is the motto of most corporations which creates impoverished societies. There is growing income inequality in the world with some CEOs (some developed Countries) getting 300 times more salaries than the minimum paid worker in the same company! How can it be justified, morally, ethically or from a human rights point of view?

Most multinational corporations reduce their expenses by shifting the production offshore to countries of the Global South where cheap labor and low government regulation exists. When corporations avoid paying their fair share of taxes, governments around the globe are forced to raise rates for other types of taxes (such as sales taxes) and reduce investments in public services. All this comes at a time when people worldwide are struggling with reduced purchasing power. As a result, mounting corporate riches based on cheap labor and relentless …

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MMS News from the UN -August 2015

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The beginning of August was the historic completion of a 2.5 year long process of post 2015 agenda now called “‘Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” which will be officially adopted at the September summit in New York.

Influence of Pope Francis on the Post 2015 process “Transforming our world”.

Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya made the following concluding remark at the closing of the Post -2015 Intergovernmental negotiations: “I want to send a message to the Holy Father Pope Francis through the Holy See. Not because we are Catholics, we are not, but because he has continuously prodded us on over the last few days and weeks to maintain a very high level of ambition and a true dedication to the very issues central to this agenda – on poverty, on the suffering and the forgotten and of Sustainable Development. I must say, knowing …

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