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About the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference
The UN DPI/NGO conference was held in Gyeongju, South Korea from May 30 to June 1, 2016. It was the first time this conference was held in Asia. The theme of the conference was “Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together”. The main aim of the conference was to call attention on creating and strengthening global partnership in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To read more click here Towards Global Citizenship
Commission on the Status of Women 2016.
During CSW 60 ask yourself: Do I live in a city? Do I feel safe? Is my city an agreeable place to live? What is my city like for women? Does every sector of my city demonstrate that people can live dignified lives there? Now, have you heard about UN Women’s “Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls” Global Programme” or the Global Safe City Initiative? UN Women states that “In cities all over the world, every day, women and girls face the threat of sexual harassment and violence in public spaces as they go about their daily routines—whether on city streets, on buses and trains, or in their own neighborhoods. These abuses limit women’s freedom as equal citizens to enjoy the urban environment, and to exercise their rights to education, work, recreation, collective organization and participation in political life”. Wealth does not shield women and girls from violence. However those living in poverty or marginalized communities often face greater risks. Despite disrupting the lives of countless millions of women and girls, this pattern of abuse is widely tolerated as a regular feature of city life. Even though the media and especially social media have highlighted extremely violent cases in some cities the issue or violence against women in public spaces remains a largely neglected issue. Few laws or policies are in place to address it, in spite of its social and economic costs to individuals, families and communities. Watch a UN Women video on global Safe City Initiative here.
The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is effective as of 1 January 2016. This means that we, civil society, have said through our political leaders that we are determined to end poverty and hunger, and ensure a life of dignity for all. We are determined to protect our planet from degradation, to ensure that all human beings have prosperous and fulfilling lives, in peaceful, just and inclusive societies. We are saying that we will work together in partnerships to for People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. “Transforming our World: the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda” is comprised of Declaration, 17 Goals with 169 Targets, followed by the Means of Implementation and Global Partnerships and finally, Follow up and Review.
Countdown towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals
Outcome of Women’s Commission 2013
Below is some further information about the major conference on women that has just concluded at the UN.
The workshop on human trafficking that we co-sponsored was very well received. Speakers included Kerry Neal from UNICEF, Vednita Carter, a trafficking survivor and founder of Breaking Free, and Diane RedSky, a First Nations Canadian activist against trafficking. Frances McCarron ibvm from Loretto Chicago participated in the first week of the conference and helped entertain our guest speakers. Anne Kelly
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Perspective on Africa … from the UN –
Sr Pat Hanvey IBVM
I have been very privileged recently to undertake a seven-week internship experience at our Loreto NGO office at the UN in New York. Having been engaged in grass roots community development for many years, and presently living and working in the remote impoverished and undeveloped District of Lukulu, Zambia, I have valued this time as an opportunity to see and understand how these same development issues are dealt with at a more universal and global level.
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Fighting Human Trafficing
In the coming days, an important worldwide campaign against gender-based violence will come to an end. These “16 Days Against Gender Violence” began on Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and they will end Dec. 10 on Human Rights Day.
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General Assembly last year passed a resolution to create the 11 Oct day highlighting girls’
Valuable resources – learn more about slavery, human trafficking and what you can do
- Interactive website where you can see how many slaves play a role in producing the products you consume: http://slaveryfootprint.org/
- Learn more about multinational companies are working towards fair-trade cocoa production:http://www.raisethebarhershey.org/wpcontent/uploads/2011/09/HersheyReport2011.pdf
- Sign on to the Blue Heart Campaign: http://www.unodc.org/blueheart/en/about-us.html
- Video representation of the reality of human trafficking and the sex trade:http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?next_url=http%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DBdW05BC4emw
- Mary Ward Social Centre works on programs to combat human trafficking in northern India.http://www.ibvm.org/index.phphttp://www.ibvm.org/index.php option=com_content&view=article&id=499:loreto-sisters-combat-human-trafficking&catid=136:the-un-ngos&Itemid=181
- At the United Nations, human trafficking comes under the umbrella of the Office of Drugs and Crime. Learn more: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/faqs.html
The following comprehensive web resources detail how you can get involved in campaigns to end human trafficking and slavery:
Online Campaign to End World Poverty
Are you concerned about the inequitable distribution of wealth and resources in our world?
Would you like to make Poverty History for everyone in both the so-called developed and developing worlds?
Take a minute to have your say about poverty.
This online campaign to hold all governments around the world accountable for providing the basic rights of their citizens is gaining momentum around the world. It would be wonderful if Loreto schools and communities registered their support as well.
Vote in the online petition for a Social Protection Floor by clicking on the following link
‘Social Protection Floor’ means ensuring the basic human rights of each person. Please vote in this online petition if you believe that every person is entitled to a basic set of essential social rights including food, water, housing, education and work. By voting you are using your voice to encourage governments to allocate more money to social services that meet the most basic needs and respect the dignity of every person.
It only takes a minute to register your vote, but its impact could be long lasting. This online campaign is rapidly gaining support among grassroots activists around the world, and has the potential to become a powerful advocacy tool, so we urge you to do your bit.
After you have voted, please use your networks to spread this message. Talk to your friends and family, post this petition on facebook, email your contacts and/or share the link with colleagues. We are aiming for one million signatures by the end of the year. With your help this petition will improve people’s lives in every country round the globe.
Here are two valuable resources on the Social Protection Floor.