Reflection on United Nations Sustainable Develoment Goal 11.

Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, to which our Heads of State and Governments committed themselves in September 2015 at the United Nations, provides a framework aimed at gathering our energies and resources to achieve a life of dignity for all. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) name specific areas of our life that need action in order to make this aspiration become a reality.   “Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements. It involves investment in basic services such as safe drinking water and sanitation, nutritious food, healthcare and family planning, education, culture and access to … Read MoreReflection on United Nations Sustainable Develoment Goal 11.

Links and Resources for Global Citizenship

    —- DPI Youth —- —- UN Youth —- —- Envoy on Youth     Culture of Peace     UNEP        UN Youth Participation Mechanisms                           Commission for Social Development for Beginners —- —- Global Citizenship —- —- Global Citizens Network   Peace Education     Teach Unicef     Youth for Human Rights                       VIDEO RESOURCES — UN for Kids.  Part 2     UN for Kids.  Part 1 “United Nations for kids” is a short cartoon documentary about the UN and its … Read MoreLinks and Resources for Global Citizenship

The Lunch Break Experiment: A tool for Teaching the SDGs

The lunch break experiment is an initiative developed by the IBVM to encourage a consciousness of the SDGs in our day to day lives. We ask anyone and everyone who is willing to take part to snap a few photos of their city or town whilst on a walk or on their lunch break. These photos should exhibit the Sustainable Development Goals either in action, or in contradiction.  This exercise will help strengthen your ability to see just how much your city is already doing to improve the state of the planet, as well as bring into your awareness the areas in need of improvement.  Example: “As soon as you walk … Read MoreThe Lunch Break Experiment: A tool for Teaching the SDGs

Generation Effect: Encounters for a Sustainable Future

Grandparents and older people have a profound ability to deeply empower younger generations to become strong leaders. In a world suffering from the exploitation of its resources, it is more important than ever that change is made so that future generations can thrive in their environment.The Generation Effect” aims to gather together grandparents, and older members of the community, to impart some wisdom to the younger generations about what life  was like when they were growing up. Through this discussion, younger generations are encouraged, as a form of mutual education, to share their insights on today’s climate and how it differs from their elders. What does the activity consist of? Grandparents … Read MoreGeneration Effect: Encounters for a Sustainable Future

Make the voice of young people from IBVM and CJ Networks heard at the 2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum

One of the aims of the IBVM NGO at the United Nations, in which both the Congregations of Jesus and the IBVM/ Loreto/Loretto collaborate, is to involve young people and make their voice heard in United Nations processes. Christina Zha, Mary Ward Centre, Toronto, is spearheading an initiative young people between the ages of 16 – 35 to join a process which, while allowing for discussion and learning on the implementation of specific Sustainable Development Goals, will lead to a joint Statement coming from our youth around the world at the 2019 Youth Forum For more information, including a video by Christina and the Registration Form, which is open until … Read MoreMake the voice of young people from IBVM and CJ Networks heard at the 2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum

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; … Read MoreOnline Launch of Global Citizenship: IBVM Educator’s Perspective  

Towards Global Citizenship

Read our Newsletter Towards Global Citizenship from the 66th United Nations DPO/NGO Conference held in Gyeongju, South Korea from May 30 to 1 June 2016. Fifteen members of the Mary Ward extended Family were present.  We share some points on the content and what we did. What big ideas emerged for us?  How do we, adults develop global citizenship in our own lives?  You will find lots of interesting ideas in it.  And do read the complete Action Plan which is a powerful tool and inspiration for us as we strive to create a peaceful and just world for all its citizens.  Youth played a significant  role in the Conference. The Action Plan reminds us … Read MoreTowards Global Citizenship

 “We are not the leaders of tomorrow, we are the leaders of today”

“We are not the leaders of tomorrow, we are the leaders of today,” said Aya Chebbi a young Tunisian peace activist and blogger at this year´s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). She declared that her “bold” generation was already today’s leaders during the intergenerational dialogue held to engage the new generation of gender equality activists with the Beijing generation of civil society leaders, grassroots activists, academics, policy makers and other stakeholders. On 8 March 2016, young people  who campaign in their schools, communities and countries for action  to deliver a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, … Read More “We are not the leaders of tomorrow, we are the leaders of today”

Are you a student?

A special hello to all the students at IBVM/Loreto/Loretto schools and colleges around the world!                                              Do you know about the amazing program in preparation at the United Nations?   The Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda is almost ready to be adopted by your county among the 193 member states of the United Nations.  It will be the sustainable Development for the next 15 years, an important time in your life. The Post 2015 Agenda will build on the MDGs and incorporate the massive changes in our world since … Read MoreAre you a student?