MMS & UN News Update July


Dear Readers,

The highlight of July is the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).  It was convened from July 9-18 with prior preparatory processes under the theme ‘Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.’ Four years after the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) started, the 2019 meeting of the HLPF opened to take stock of progress, gaps, and obstacles. 47 countries (7 for the second time) have volunteered to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) to the HLPF. Speakers highlighted the need for more empowerment, courage, inclusivity, and equality. A presentation on the progress made on SDG 4 (quality education) revealed a “global learning crisis”, despite steady growth in school enrolment rates, more than …

MMS-UN news- March

 Some of the highlights of the events at the UN are:

 March 3-5 2014 : 9th Session of Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals: This session was the first negotiation session, after a stocktaking phase from March 2013 to February 2014. The co-chairs of the OWG came out with 19 focus area which further was classified in to 8 clusters.
Cluster 1 – Poverty eradication – Promote equality Cluster 2 – Gender equality and women’s empowerment
– Education – Employment and decent work for all – Health and population dynamics
Cluster 3 – Water and sanitation – Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition
Cluster 4 – Economic growth  – Industrialization  – Infrastructure  – Energy
Cluster 5 – Sustainable cities and human settlements – Promote Sustainable Consumption and Production
– Climate Cluster 6 – Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas – Ecosystems and biodiversity Cluster

MMS Statement presented at the 68 GA High Level Dialogue on FFD


  Round Table 3- Theme:- “The role of financial and technical development cooperation, including innovative sources of development finance, in leveraging the mobilization of domestic and international financial resources for sustainable development.”

Statement by Celine Paramundayil, representative of Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries, an Ngo in special consultative status with ECOSOC and a member of NGO Committee on  FFD

 Mr. President, distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 We all agree that Finance is the most essential component for the realization of Sustainable Development. We need to change the current paradigm of wealth being concentrated in the hands of a few while more people are pushed into poverty and marginalization. Studies shows that the wealthiest 20% account for 87 % of the global income, while the poorest 20% of  the world population enjoy less than 1%. …