UN Update – January 2019     

Welcome tour most recent Update from the NGO Office – Update No 35. It offers the opportunity to remember some of the main initiatives taken during 2018. Watch the very interesting video, A Guideline to the United Nations. Learn about several processes that were finalized recently and some important anniversaries. Some feed-back from the last meeting of Province UN Representatives and Members of the network to Stop Human Trafficking. See the cohesion and interconnection arising in three continents. Find out about ways of becoming engaged in the coming months through the ECOSOC Youth Forum, the Regional Reviews on the SDGs and the High Level Political Forum which will take place … Read MoreUN Update – January 2019     

Highlights of 2018

We are happy to recall the contribution of our section of the Mary Ward Family to justice and peace in a more humane and sustainable world. Watch the Highlights of 2018 from the perspective of the NGO Office at the United Nations. The members of our present team – Cynthia CJ, Genevieve from Canada, Greta from Australia and Cecilia IBVM – have worked diligently  in collaboration with other civil society organizations to bring to the United Nations our values and principles. We appreciate the support of Member States and the staff of UN Departments and their efforts to create humane global policies for the benefit of the most vulnerable members of … Read MoreHighlights of 2018

UN Update – August 2018

Welcome to Update August 2018  Several important meetings all focusing on creating a more peaceful and sustainable world for all its inhabitants are recorded in this Update. The 2018 High Level Political Forum where we reviewed progress on the sustainable development goals aimed at creating a more peaceful and sustainable world where we leave no one behind. We witnessed and participated in the final stages of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration process. The UN NGO/ DPI Conference on We the Peoples… Together Finding Global Solutions for Global Problems was held on 22 – 24 August 2018.  Read about the people from our NGO who took part in … Read MoreUN Update – August 2018

Reflection on Sustainable Development Goal 11

Progress towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals will be measured at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) which  takes place from 9 – 19 July 2018.  This year Goal 11 is one of the goals on which the revision will focus.  The aim of Goal 11 is to “make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.  Read the reflections on Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities of Sisters in the Congregation of Jesus (CJ) and Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) who have contributed to our deeper understanding of SDG 11. We wish to thank Una Coogan, IBVM; Theodora Hawskley, CJ; Rachel McLoughlin, IBVM; Sandra Perrett, IBVM and those … Read MoreReflection on Sustainable Development Goal 11

HLPF 2018

Preparations for the 2018 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) are almost complete and representatives from member states and NGOs are beginning to gather in New York.  The IBVM NGO will have a wonderful representation this year including youth representatives and a group from Canada. The first week will include numerous panel and roundtables on the theme and on the SDGs under review. 47 countries will carry out Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) during the second week. Read more about HLPF 2018

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