Already the team of 4 NGO Regional Designates have begun to arrive – Georgette Tannoury (Lebanon) Ato Ferew Lemma, (Addis Ababa), Sutisa Utalun (Bangkok) and Marta Iris (Santiago). The United Nations has 5 Regional Economic and Social Commissions. Margaret Lynch who was appointed as designate for Europe has joined the Human Rights Office so this position is currently vacant. It is hoped to fill the position later on. On July 6th we will begin a 5 day training workshop for the regional designates so as to build their capacity and understanding of their role within the regions both in terms of the three UN Offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna and their linking with units within their regions.
Following the training session we have a marvelous opportunity to meet, share and dialogue with the REAL Leadership who are meeting with the Congregational Leadership Team here in Bogota and further the implementation of the Justice Peace agenda within this region. It is a special moment as they will hear from the NGO Designate Marta Iris who is the representative to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Finally the GSIJP office team will meet with the CLT to give the annual report and share plans for the coming year. We thank you for your support and know that you will continue to accompany us with your prayer over the coming days.