Oceans: Source of Life
The UN Ocean Conference was held June 5-9, 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York to discuss SDG 14 on the health and sustainability of the world’s oceans. In response to the conference, members of the IBVM network reflected on their experience of oceans and the actions they can take to contribute to global care of the oceans. The resulting document, Oceans – Source of Life gathers excerpts from these reflections for use among the IBVM network.
Online Launch of Global Citizenship: IBVM Educator’s Perspective
Global Citizenship:IBVM Educators’ Perspective is the result of the contribution of IBVM/Loreto schools around the world. As part of an emerging world community, our actions contribute to building this community’s values and practices. Education for Global Citizenship is a specific target (4.7) of Sustainable Development Goal 4 on access to quality education throughout our whole lifespan. Educators from our international network of schools share their views and ideas on different aspects of global citizenship and education for global citizenship. The IBVM NGO Office in New York is happy to launch the Report online. Thanks to all who took part in the project. Global Citizenship: IBVM Educators Perspective is your work; these are your ideas; this is a useful tool, which you helped produce. You are contributing to the development of our students as positive, engaged, global citizens ready to change the world.
The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda commitment to Leave No One Behind is a huge challenge for all sectors of government and civil society. IBVM representatives at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Libby Rogerson and Sarah Rudolph, share what they saw and heard from the Indigenous representatives themselves. What they share impinges on all of us. Watch the video and listen to the podcast. Watch The Great Silence here.
Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change
Listen to this podcast as Sarah Rudolph focuses on the effect of climate change on Indigenous People. An excellent glimpse into the reality of their lives. Avail of this opportunity to get to know about the people of Tuvalu in the Pacific Ocean, the indigenous communities in Alaska, the Sami, an Artic people and the Yanomami and Kanamary peoples in the Amazon region who suffer the most severe consequences of climate change
Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies and ensuring justice for all calls for a movement beyond our comfort zones and a change of negative and oppressive mindsets that blur our visions of an alternative world – a world where all can call home” writes Teresia Wamuyu Wachira ibvm, Kenya in this reflection on the intersection of Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and our IBVM commitment to “ bring those forced to live in poverty to the centre of our life and ministry (GC 14, 2). Wamuyu, who is a specialist on Peace Studies, is a member of the board of Pax Christi International and of the IBVM NGO Advisory Committee. Read her reflection Promote Peaceful Societies .
The work of the United Nations consists not only of dealing with issues. Member states also encourage engagement with the values and attitudes essential for the fulfillment of the mandate of the UN Charter to promote peace, human rights and development. Since 2013 the UN has celebrated the International Day of Happiness. Each year we reach a new level of awareness about the role of political leaders in helping create a conducive environment for their people. “Central to human existence, writes Libby Rogerson ibvm, “is happiness and without a sense of well-being societies become conflicted, divided and self-serving. What was celebrated was the need for all people to have a sense of well-being, which is at the heart of stable and peaceful societies”. Read the complete version of her very interesting reflection on International Day of Happiness 2017.
Hi Friends! UPDATE May 2017 comes with lots of exciting news and information from the NGO Office and our Network around the world. Our amazing team in New York salutes you! We share information and impressions on the recent Forum on Indigenous Peoples, The Commission on the Status of Women, International Day of Happiness, and Impact Investment. Teresia Wamuyu Wachira ibvm, Kenya offers us a beautiful reflection entitled “Promote Peaceful and Just Societies”, the third reflection in our series of Reflections on the Spiritual and Ethical dimensions of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Out worldwide network continues to implement the Sustainable Development at local and national level. We contribute directly to UN processes and carry out our personal and group initiatives. This is civil society building up momentum around the first universal Sustainable Development Agenda. You have lots to read, not only in the text but also in the additional information we offer you through articles, videos and audios, all prepared for you at the NGO Office in New York. Enjoy it!
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 gathering 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
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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