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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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Informal Thematic Debate on International Migration

On 19th May a debate on international Migration and development was conducted at the UN in preparation to a General Assembly dialogue in 2013. Secretary General (SG) asked “how many of you are living out side of your country of origin?”  He said including you and me today 3% of the world’s population approximately 214 million live out side the countries of their birth. Girls and women now account for nearly half of all international migrants and 16% of it are under the age 20.

There are positive and negative effects of migration. Officially recorded remittance flows to developing countries totaled US $ 325 billion in 2010.Migrants vary from  professionals to those doing 3D jobs- (dangerous, difficult and dirty) face heightened risk of  discrimination  and more vulnerable to abuse of fundamental human rights. Human trafficking is another issue related to migration. While discussing the challenges and opportunities, International migration is …

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Rio +20 UN Conference

The UN conference which took place at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, popularly called Rio+ 20 was a very enriching experience for MMS delegates Molly Vadaken and Celine P who  participated in the event.

20 years after the 1992 Earth Summit,100+ world leaders and more than12,000 individuals were reported to have registered to attend the official Rio+20 event  and another 30,000 participated in one or more of the up to 3000 unofficial parallel events and 500 events organized by governments that took place throughout Rio de Janeiro. Besides at the peoples’ summit held in Flamingo Park (same venue as of 1992) several thousand activists, local and indigenous people and religious gathered to educate, protest and encourage one another for a  just and sustainable future.

Several initiatives/commitments were taken by individuals, civil society and universities. The “Future Earth” initiative, a research-based collaboration between several UN agencies and others was one among …

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