Good Shepherd Statement

The 2013 Substantive Session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will take place in Geneva during the month of July.  The theme is

More information is available here.   Good Shepherd Statement to the ECOSOC Session has just been published.

E/2013/NGO/19  Posted: 17 Jun 2013 06:30 AM PDT

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“…the dissemination of developments in science and technology has insufficiently responded to women’s needs.  The persistent feminization of poverty, gender-based violence and lack of access to health, education, training and employment, reinforced by legal, economic, social and cultural barriers, render void the desires of the Commission”

4th Session of the Open Working Group

Intervention make by Winifred during the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, Fourth session (18 June 2013)  If you slide the cursor along to 38 you can hear the intervention.

Good Morning,  thank you co-chair for this opportunity.  What I am going to say is based on the experience of my Organization – Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd –working in 72 countries focusing specifically on girls living in poverty.  I don’t want to give the list or outline the problem statement but I want to say that girls while they are part of the youth population are the untapped potential at the bottom of the youth pyramid.  Education is the answer.  I would like to take up -of the cuff as it were- the co-chairs challenge with regard to nuclear energy and military expenditure competing with education and I will add to that profit driven corporations and multinational and gender inequality.   The High Level panel talked about transformative shifts and one of them is ‘that nobody would be left behind’ and I say ‘Leave no girl behind’.  Investment in girls is investment in sustainable development and one program that could answer this challenge is implementation of a social protection floor.  We talk of quality education, access to education that is part of the social protection floor together with access to health, together with access to some kind of income to enable people to come out of poverty. Girls are not even registered at birth.  So I think we have to bring the issues of the Dollar, versus people living in poverty versus the girl who is not educated to the table and we have to change our minds as to where the investment will occur.   Thank you.

Read the full Statement to OWG June 18, 2013

World Environment Day

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Good Shepherd Position on Ecology PAGE 14  GS_Position_Papers  In responding fully to our Good Shepherd Congregational Position on Ecology, it is critical to:

Adapted from resources published by the Uniting Church in Australia National Assembly 222 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW Australia

Non Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) Civil Society Consultation

The Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) has launched a civil society consultation on the report of the Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda which was released on Thursday.  The consultation is divided into two parts – responses to the narrative Pages 1-12 and 21- 28.  There is an opportunity for you to say what you agree with and what you disagree you with.

The second question has to do with the proposed goals, target and indicators Pages 13 – 19 and the Annexes i – iii    You can participate in the Consultation in English, Spanish, French and Arabic.

You can do so directly or share your thoughts with me and I will collate them and make a reply.