Coverage of launching of new learning lab in New York.

Below are some links giving coverage of the launching of a new learning lab in Brooklyn. New York – follow on from previous story.

Some news updates …. from New York to Bangkok

Paulette LoMonacco, Executive Director of Good Shepherd Servies, New York at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a “Time Warner Cable Learning Lab” facilitating youth preparing for college and in college who need computer access from Good Shepherd Services.

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New – UN Social Development Network – updates

A New Under Secretary General in UN DESA –

Only a week into her new role, DESA’s Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, met with DESA News.   “With fast changing global events, magnified by recurring crises, the UN has a unique role to play in nurturing stronger multilateral framework, based on cooperation, innovative solutions and solidarity to safeguard our planet,” she said.

Read more Shamshad Akhtar was appointed by the UN Secretary

First International Day of the Girl October 11, 2012 Join the Virtual Summit

The first International Day of the Girl will be celebrated on October 11.  We hope that you and your communities will join in the celebration.  Below is a press release about the event,  an overview of the virtual summit and a toolkit to help you in your planning.  Share this information widly within your ministries and your communities.  Have girls celebrate.  Enjoy getting ready for this day.       DOTG Summit Overview

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This high level panel comprises 11 women together with one co-chair President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and the Special Advisor of the Secretary-General  Amina J. Mohammed (ex-officio) on Post-2015 Development Planning.  The panel comprises a range of expertise.   I am happy to see  3 women who will follow  the human rights of girls and women with single-minded purpose.   Queen Rania of Jordan, an advocate and a humanitarian, Queen Rania serves as an Eminent Advocate for UNICEF and Honorary Chairperson for the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI).   The issues of girls will be well represented.  Ms Graça Machel (South Africa)   is a current member of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights.   She is also a UN independent expert on the impact of armed conflict on children, international advocate for women’s and children’s rights, former freedom fighter and Education and Culture Minister of Mozambique.  Ms Tawakel Karman is a young Yemini journalist, human rights activist and politician who was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize for her role in promoting the “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work” during the 2011 Yemeni uprising.   As I review the list I note that 8 members almost one third of the panel come with economics plus World Bank and the International Monetary Fund experience.  3 members bring expertise on international development, 2 members have experience in the MDG’s,  2 have experience in foreign ministries, 1 from the private sector, 1 Environment, 1 Health and Welfare , 1 Urban rehabilitation and 1 from the Center of American Progress.   One hopes that a progressive new agenda to bring about a just, human rights based, equitable and sustainable  society, free from  poverty,  will be able to emerge from within a group that is predominately experienced in economics.

Announcement of the Members of the High Level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015

Today the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, announced the members of the High-Level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015.  In statements today, Ban Ki-moon said, “I have asked my High-level Panel to prepare a bold yet practical development vision to present to Member States next year.” According to a press release, the Panel will hold its first meeting at the end of September, in the margins of the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly. It is expected to submit its findings to the Secretary-General in the first half of 2013, and those findings will inform his report to Member States.

The High-level Panels’ three co-chairs are: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia; President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia; and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom.

The remaining 23 Panel members are: Fulbert Gero Amoussouga of Benin, Vanessa Petrelli Corrêa of Brazil, Yingfan Wang of China, Maria Angela Holguin of Colombia, Jean-Michel Severino of France, Horst Kohler of Germany, Naoto Kan of Japan, Queen Rania of Jordan, Betty Maina of Kenya, Abhijit Banerjee of India, Andris Piebalgs of Latvia, Patricia Espinosa of Mexico, Paul Polman of the Netherlands, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, Elvira Nabiullina of the Russian Federation, Graça Machel of South Africa, Sung-Hwan Kim of the Republic of Korea, Gunilla Carlsson of Sweden, Emilia Pires of Timor-Leste, Kadir Topbas of Turkey, John Podesta of the United States of America, Tawakel Karman of Yemen, and the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning, Amina J. Mohammed, who will serve in an ex officio capacity.

To coincide with the announcement, civil society organizations launched the “World We Want” platform. Spearheaded by GCAP, Beyond 2015 and the Post-2015 UN Civil Society partners, will be used as a tool to help civil society define the world we want agenda and push the issue at the UN.

Proposed developments in the upcoming weeks will include convening a mobilisation task force to develop a short accompanying mobilisation toolkit with a ‘Menu of Actions’ including World We Want village meetings, Candlelight World We Want SpeakOuts, WorldWeWant Street Marches, Public Hearings, Twitter actions, SMS campaigns etc to bring it all to life..   (Thanks to Rosa G. Lizarde Global Coordinator Feminist Task Force-GCAP for this summary)