Webinar for IBVM/CJ Worldwide Network

On Saturday 17 February 2018 we will hold a webinar on the United Nations and our involvement as members of civil society. We welcome the collaboration of Institute of the  Blessed Virgin Mary and Congregation of Jesus.  Cecilia O’Dwyer ibvm and Cynthia Mathew CJ at the IBVM NGO Office, New York will host a webinar to include all Asia and Australia and a second webinar for North and South America, Africa, Europe and Middle-East.  What is it all about?  First of all we invite you to familiarize yourself with three basic documents: Know Your UN – Sustainable Development Goals – Our NGO at the United Nations.  Then think about the questions you would like to ask … Read MoreWebinar for IBVM/CJ Worldwide Network

Violence Against Girls

We remember girls during these 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. We know that violence against girls is worldwide. It is perpetrated on every continent, in every social and economic class, and sanctioned to varying degrees by every form of government, every major religion, and every kind of communal or familial structure. There is no place of complete refuge for the girl child, only promises of stronger legal regimes and more robust non-governmental assistance. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) defines a child as: a “human being below the age of 18 years, unless under the law applicable to that child, majority is attained earlier.”  Forced and Child … Read MoreViolence Against Girls

Intergenerational Dialogues on the SDGs

“Intergenerational Solidarity is not optional, but rather a basic question of justice, since the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us” Pope Francis. The Intergenerational Dialogues took place thanks to the Department of Public Information (DPI) at the United Nations, which ignited a spark between young and old in the quest towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.   Building a bridge between these two marginalised sectors of the population is key in empowering these representative voices. It is time to have these underestimated members of the community in real positions of power to enact change. As a Youth myself, I have seen first … Read MoreIntergenerational Dialogues on the SDGs

What is it like interning at the United Nations?

When you think of the United Nations, it is hard to conjure up a mental image of what exactly what goes on within those stone walls of the statuesque building on 1st avenue. No matter how much research I did on the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, no matter how many YouTube videos I watched on the internal happenings of the United Nations, nothing could have prepared me for the first week of my internship there. My name is Agnes O’Dwyer, and I am Australian student interning for the IBVM NGO associated with the United Nations. This means that for the summer, I am granted access to many of the … Read MoreWhat is it like interning at the United Nations?

Redefining Poverty at the HLPF

Today’s meeting gave powerful, new voices a platform to discuss their innovative and progressive ideas centred on the eradication of poverty.   Day One of the High Level Political Forum at the United Nations touched on how The Sustainable Development Goals take an inclusive, multidimensional approach to poverty that has never been seen in an UN agenda before. Desperate times call for ground-breaking measures… Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is the proposed new measurement of poverty, world wide. Wealth is redefined as amount of education, health care, social inclusiveness, violence, deprivation an individual receives, as well as monetary measures of income. This new mode of measuring trends is the radical change … Read MoreRedefining Poverty at the HLPF

How can we combat social exclusion?

The authors behind the “Report on the World Social Situation 2016” answer the public’s questions based on the theme of leaving no one behind: the imperative of inclusion development. Using the Facebook platform to encourage an online, global dialogue, the authors responded to questions for a full hour on the importance of tackling the issue of social exclusion of vulnerable people.   Here a few standout Q&As: What are some concreate governmental changes that can be implemented to combat gender based exclusion? –       Changing norms and the status quo is complicated –       Empowerment of women should not advocate gender stereotypes eg. increase women’s cash transfer for caregiving. Instead, social transfer … Read MoreHow can we combat social exclusion?

High-Level SDG Action Event on Education

On Wednesday 28th June 2017, representatives of the IBVM NGO attended The General Assembly Action Event at the United Nations, where a full day of panels aimed at achieving the 4th Sustainable Development Goal took place. The speakers at the Event could be characterized as both enthusiastic and determined. They advocated for a vital change in perception of education. Education is crucial to sustainable development world wide. Education lays the foundation for future generations, who must live in a world facing issues of climate change and inequality, to become leaders of positive and sustainable change. Education is a human right, which opens doors to innovation, employment, gender equality and many … Read MoreHigh-Level SDG Action Event on Education

The United Nations’ Global Plan of Action to Combat Human Trafficking

On Friday 23rd of June 2017, two representatives from the IBVM NGO the United Nations attended an informal interactive stakeholder hearing in New York, where speakers and in-room participates engaged in a dialogue centered on the practical steps which need to be taken to combat the issue of human trafficking. It was both a moving and informative hearing, with a wide range of voices being heard and celebrated to ensure the formulation of the Plan of Action encapsulates the vast nature of this international issue. Trafficking of persons is a gross human rights violation and a major barrier to sustainable development. This is why the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is … Read MoreThe United Nations’ Global Plan of Action to Combat Human Trafficking

2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda

“We know the power of people to be agents of change, to change themselves and change their communities”. The inspiring opening session of the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference held at UN Headquarters, New York from 27 – 29 august 2014  opened the way for thematic round tables on Poverty Eradication and Fighting Inequalities, Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Climate Change, numerous workshops and side events. The three day event ended with an equally encouraging Closing Ceremony in which the NGO community present ratified the Conference Declaration. Our representatives joined the thousands of participants from around the world for the event.  Read their impressions in  Update September 2014. The Conference Declaration provides us with a … Read More2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda