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16th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

From 24 April to 5 May 2017, government leaders, UN representatives, and representatives from civil society are IMG_0606gathering at the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss issues affecting indigenous people around the world. The theme for this year’s session is the “Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Measures Taken to Implement the Declaration”. The forum provides an opportunity to take stock of how the declaration has been implemented by the UN and Member States and to determine how best to address the gaps in implementation. Much action is still needed to address disparities experienced by indigenous peoples in terms of poverty, education, health, violence and abuse, discrimination and racism, economic empowerment, climate change, land rights, and culture and identity. Updates will be posted as the session progresses. 

Commission on the Status of Women 2017

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The 61st. Session of the Commission on the Status of Women provides us with another impetus on the long road towards a gender equal world. This year the conversations, negotiations, conclusions and commitments focus on women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. In this video we share some comments with you in the hope that all, both women and men, are encouraged to put our best efforts into a world of equal dignity for women and men, for boys and girls. Watch the video here.  The issue of Domestic Work has gained prominence at this year’s CSW. “Emerging strongly from the myriad issues to do with women’s economic empowerment at this year’s UN Commission on the Status of Women is that of the domestic worker”, writes Libby Rogerson ibvm in this gripping and challenging article on  Domestic Work . Awareness of the situation of the women, of the legislation or lack of it to protect them and the ways we, civil society, can take action. Read the whole article here.  Watch the video on Domestic Work

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This Update Update March 2017, provides us with lots of interesting information and links. We have a Reflection from IBVM General Leadership on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda as an integral framework for implementing our Christian and religious charism and our General Congregation Orientations or calls. As an institution called to be where the need is greatest, universal social protection as proposed by the NGO Committee on Social Development is a way forward.  Read about Global citizenship both at the United Nations and from our network, preparations for the “Oceans Conference”, learnings from the Holocaust , brave young girls from Darjeeling, India, awareness raising on Human Trafficking in Ireland. Remember and recognize the Afrolatino Community . Libby Rogerson IBVM recently arrived comments on International Women’s Day. Note link to IBVM Canada on International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day 2017 8 March for web

On March 8 every year, International Women’s Day is celebrated to celebrate women and their achievements. Women have come a long way in their struggle for equality, but there is still a long distance to cover.  This year, the United Nations calls upon all actors, that is all of us, to “Step It Up for Gender Equality towards a Planet 50-50 by 2030.  Watch a video of Libby Rogerson IBVM speaking from our office in New York.  Read the information sent by IBVM Canada on International Women’s Day

Workshop during 55th Commission on Social Development Good three

The Coalition for Global Citizenship 2030 organized a workshop on “Education for Global Citizenship in Eradicating Poverty: A Crowdsourced Conversation”  It explored how global citizenship interfaces  with all aspects of SDGs in the process of eliminating poverty taking as its starting point the Statement submitted by the Coalition.  We were privileged to have as First Respondents H.E Ambassador Hahn, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN and Mr. Maxwell Haywood, Focal Point on Cooperatives DSPD/DESA. It included a lively crowdsourced input by the participants.  The workshop was moderated by Cecilia O’Dwyer, Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary/Loreto .


CSocD50 Civil Society Forum

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The theme of this year’s Civil Society Forum, held on 30 – 31 January 2017, was “The Social Protection Floor Initiative (SPFI) – Bridging the Gap to Poverty Eradication.”  The civil Society Declaration reads:  ‘The institution of social protection, including floors, is one of the clearest means of fulfilling the vision of eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development for all. The concept of protecting at risk or vulnerable citizens is rooted in the recognition of the equal moral worth of all members of society – in short, it puts people at the center and leaves no one behind. Every member of society has the human right to social protection, which must translate into the establishment and maintenance of social protection floors as a fundamental element of national social security systems. Progressively, social protection – in order to fulfill its potential of involving all people in the development of their communities – must gradually extend beyond the implementation of floors towards ever more comprehensive systems.  Read the  Civil Society Declaration .


The 55th Commission for Social Development. CSocD

The fifty-fifth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2017. The priority theme for the 2017-2018 review and policy cycle is “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”. NGOs submitted written statements prior to the session. Read the joint statement in which we recall the words of ILO Director General Juan Somavia:” The world does not lack the resources to abolish poverty; it only lacks the right priorities” .  We encourage governments and NGOs to build coalitions of local NGOs and Faith Based Organizations to engage in public policy processes.  It is essential that the people concerned, those living in poverty, are actively involved. We focus on rural farmers who would benefit from social protection, from improved management of land and water resources, access to land ownership. We note the negative effects of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and the impact of climate change on agriculture and especially for impoverished rural farmers.  Read Joint Statement to CSoCD here.


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Read all the interesting information in Update January 2017 !  To begin with we have the recent changeover of UN Secretary General.  The US sends a Cabinet Exit Memo which gives an excellent overview of the work of a Member State Mission to the United Nations. How are we doing with the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda?  We hear from Mauritius, Canada , South Africa and Youth at the UN.  Emma, our Youth Representative, has been following the new youth- friendly version of the “Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women” (CEDAW). Read about work on Human Trafficking at the United Nations and IBVM in Ireland and Peru.  Two of the main UN Commissions are around the corner and an important process moving towards the banning of nuclear weapons is in the pipeline.


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Read UN UPDATE November 2016 . We are one year into the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.  Our Youth Representatives has a message for us. Some keep on looking at ways to end war.  Others remind us of our Human Rights. How are our cities doing?  Members of our network show us what they are doing about their city and about Human Trafficking.  One member received an award for her work on Human Trafficking recently. We show our concern on the situation of women and girls and we are happy to share as our country prepared to address climate change.


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Welcome to UPDATE October 2016 Read Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Final Report to the General Assembly. It provides us with an interesting overview of the work of the United Nations in recent years. Province UN Representatives, essential for development of relationship our work with United Nations with that at local and national level. How does our translator experience the job? Read about all the powerful and amazing things that are happening throughout our network. See the many ways in which we work as part of the International Community to create a more humane, just and sustainable world.


This new UN Update, UPDATE August 2016,  brings lots of interesting information about events at the United Nations and throughout our network.  It is almost one year since the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda was adopted. You can test your knowledge of the 17 SDGs. See young girls’ interpretations of the SDGs.  Meet our Youth Representative, Emma O’Kane. The situation of migrants and refugees is constant focus at the United Nations.  You will also find information of efforts from our network. Watch a video with our comments on the Town Hall Meeting with candidates for Secretary General. Read comments on UNCTAD 14 from members who participated.  Participants at the UN DPI NGO conference held in Korea are working on commitments made there.

Let’s Ratify the Paris Agreement!Ratify

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has asked world leaders to ratify the Paris climate agreement on 21 September at a “special event” during the General Assembly meeting in New York. On 12 December 2015 the Paris Agreement was adopted. On 22 April 2016, 175 that signed the Paris Agreement at the United Nations.  As of 3 August 2016, only 22 of the 180 States now signatories of the Paris Agreement have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval.  The deal requires the backing of 55 countries covering 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions to en

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