Working Group On Girls CSW 65 Statements

The 65th Commission on the Status of Women was held in March and with the pandemic still happening, was in a hybrid format with most meetings and events held virtually. The Priority Theme was “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.” The commission also reviewed the agreed conclusions of the 60th session, “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development.” It is important that the issues faced by girls, which in most instances are very different to women, are also addressed by the commission and UN member states. … Read MoreWorking Group On Girls CSW 65 Statements

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

Educating for Global Citizenship

Throughout the IBVM world- wide network we are engaged in formal and non- formal education of girls and boys, young women and men as global citizens who acknowledge their responsibilities to each other, to the human community and the earth. We educate to understand the causes of injustice and inequality and work actively to do create a more humane, just and sustainable world.       Let’s begin with the SDGs.                                                                      Teaching the SDGs   Seventeen Goals and 15 … Read MoreEducating for Global Citizenship

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?

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth

The 20th anniversary of The World Programme of Action for Youth, adopted by the General Assembly in 1995, will be celebrated this year. This policy framework and the practical guidelines for national action and international support are focused on improving the situation of young people around the world. Mr. Ban Ki-moon recently addressed a youth gathering reminding them that “2015 is not just another year – it is a chance to change the course of history. Ours is the first generation with the potential to end poverty – and the last to act to avoid worst effects of climate change. “ . Ban Ki-moon told those gathered that there are three major priorities this … Read MoreCommemorating the 20th Anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth

Statements submitted to CSoCD 2019

As members of the Coalition for Global Citizenship, we submitted a statement on Global Citizenship as a Tool for Uniting in the Achieving Inclusion and Equality through Equitable Wages, Fiscal Policies and Social Protections.   The concept of Global Citizenship arose from the realization of the interconnectedness and interdependence of humanity within the smallest communities and across the most distant borders. Is not the aim of CSoCD to bring about that more just, that more peaceful, that more tolerant and inclusive society?  And so, we too need a tool. We submit Global Citizenship as this tool for uniting and succeeding in the goal of resolving inequalities, and we call upon those … Read MoreStatements submitted to CSoCD 2019