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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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Extractives industries: Dirty and thirsty technologies

Nathalie Seguin, Freshwater Action Network-Mexico

The extractive model of economic growth is a huge burden on the planet, and one which Latin America has been a victim of for many years. Capitalist consumption patterns demand huge quantities of energy, forcing governments to race for more energy sources at whatever cost. Planetary “peak oil” has already been reached, and the cheap oil extraction era is declining. Non-conventional methods of hydrocarbon extraction have become more feasible and widely used, due to the high cost of conventional extraction. This has made countries that historically have not been large producers of oil to aspire to become rich through oil. This makes these countries the next target for large exploitative transnational oil companies.

On a global scale there has been a rush to develop non-conventional hydrocarbons – including natural gas shale by hydraulic fracture, better known as “fracking”. But this technique is a very water …

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The 69th UN Day and 20th year of MMS

MMS Representing 23 Nationalities with their UN rep on the 69th UN day

Sixty-nine years ago when the UN charter came in to force on October 24, 1945  a new voice echoed in the world, “We the peoples of the United Nations, determined:

  • to save the succeeding generations from the scourge of war and sufferings;
  • to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity  and worth of all persons- men and women of  all Nations, large and small;
  • to promote social progress and better standards of life;
  • to practice tolerance and to live together in peace with one another as good neighbors.
The UN is a secular place, but the values it stand for is  seen in  the core values of all the religions . I see an intersection with Gospel values,  our  MMS Constitution and the UN charter. 
From my experience I can say that there is hardly any topic which is not discussed at the UN, all what we speak
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A historic Human Rights Resolution

The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted, through a vote, a historic and significant resolution to start a process for an international legally instrument on transnational corporations.

 Officially entitled “Elaboration of an international legally binding instrument on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises with respect to Human Rights” (A/HRC/26/L.22) the resolution was adopted on 26 June at the 26th session of the HRC.

 The resolution was co-sponsored by Ecuador and South Africa, and also supported by Bolivia, Cuba and Nevezuela. In the vote on the resolution, 20 Members of the HRC supported the resolution, while 13 Members abstained, and 14 Members voted against it. Countries that supported the resolution include: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, China, Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Cuba, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, South Africa, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Countries that abstained include: Argentina, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Gabon, Kuwait, Maldives, Mexico, Peru,

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International Day of the Girl Child

Victoria GrantGirls’ Rights are Human Rights

In December 2011 the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 October the International Day of the Girl Child, thus recognizing girls’ human rights and the particular challenges that girls face.  In reserving a day for advocacy and action by and for girls, the UN has demonstrated its commitment to end gender-based inequality, discrimination, neglect, violenceand the economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls across the globe.

The Canadian and US girl activists who conducted the campaign to create this special day of observance purposefullychose the date 10/11/12 (month/day/year) in order to highlight that the fact that life often changes dramatically for the worse for girls aged 10-12 years.  In many societies, negative cultural

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