Those of us attending the HLPF, now in its second week are overwhelmed with words. Yesterday, July 17th the National Voluntary Reviews begun, and continue today and tomorrow.
One highlight of the first week was our side event at the Irish Mission to the UN.
It was a great event … great sharing, collaboration and real implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals from India to Kenya to Mexico – reaching the furthest behind! I will be forgiven by my other religious colleagues at the UN for saying that Donatus Lili from Kenya made an excellent
Presentation The event was live streamed on Facebook and there were numerous photos.
The dedication and commitment of sisters – Daughters of Charity, Presentation Sisters, Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto) and ourselves with our mission partners can never be underestimated. This was truly an event illustrating the the words of the gospel – “the kindom is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” This yeast of ministry is truly the transformative agent toward the ‘world we want’ and full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Towards the end of the discussion there was a reference to spirituality that informs such commitment and Ambassador Donoghue concluded yes, but in the political arena it is a moral imperative.
I wish to extend my humble handshake to all who contributed to make this event colorful, my sincere appreciation to Srs. Winifred and Clare , to Cecilie and Kate for incredible support and overseeing the crafting to it final delivery at the Permanent Irish Mission UN.
If we were to provide disaggregated data of our ministries there would be deeper understanding of our activities. These would be disseminated to the public through social media and funding our projects would gain momentum, we would then reach out to the furthest behind effectively.
The SDGs demand more collaboration, partnering and complementary for its implementation. A call for more networking network is the key take away in this blog.