UN Commission for Social Development February 6 – 15, 2013


 “Promoting empowerment of people in achieving    poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all.”  Read more here …

Good Shepherd Economic and Social Policy 2013

See website for the Commission

Read Statement for the Commission for Social Development C SocD 2013 NGO Written Statement Final

Read Statement for the Commission on the Status of Women  CSW 57 Submitted Statement for distribution Nov 2012

Post 2015 Position Paper in English, Spanish and French

English   Undated Position on Post-2015 Global Development Agenda September 2012 (2)

Spanish Español de Position on Post-2015 Global Development Agenda 20 September 2012

French Quelques points sur le développement mondial-2015 Septembre 2012

United in Global Sharing … building the future we want

The Good Shepherd International Foundation is an Italian non profit organization established in 2008 to support the missions of the Good Shepherd Sisters in the developing world.  The Foundation is based in Rome and works in partnership with the Good Shepherd Mission Development Corp. in USA and with the Good Shepherd partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Goals include :
■Ensure economic and social justice for women and children who suffer from
■Violence, abuse and exploitation worldwide.
■Cancel the shame of human trafficking, a modern form of slavery.
■Eradicate poverty through a fair and sustainable development.
■Build a world of peace.     Read more at http://www.fondazionebuonpastore.org/


The United Nations Agenda has all these issues in focus – Human Rights, – CEDAW   http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/sessions.htm ;   Sustainable Development: Outcome of Rio+20 Conference  ‘The Future we Want’  http://www.uncsd2012.org/thefuturewewant.html (6 languages of the UN)  Empowerment, Poverty Eradication, Full Employment and Decent Work,  and Social Integration – Theme of the Commission for Social Development February 2013  http://social.un.org/index/CommissionforSocialDevelopment/Sessions/2013.aspx

The Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls is the theme of the Commission on the Status of Women, March 2013   http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/57sess.htm  ; Urging the implementation of the Social Protection Floor at national level following Recommendation 202 from the International Labour Confernece in June 2012  http://www.ilocarib.org.tt/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1895:new-ilo-recommendation-on-social-protection-floors&catid=117:news-room&Itemid=1035  Following the issue of Human Trafficking through Article 6 of CEDAW, and UNODC http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/index.html?ref=menuside  and at national level.

A lot is happening –  There are new hopes, desires for new committments, new concepts as we move forward.

A good document to read is Realizing the future we want for all (1) Report to the Secretary General from the UN System Task Team on the Post 2015 UN Development Agenda.  http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/poverty-reduction/realizing-the-future-we-want/    A vision for the future that rests on the core values of human rights, equality and sustainability.  Four key dimensions of a more holistic approach: (1) inclusive social development; (2) inclusive economic development; (3) environmental sustainability; and (4) peace and security. See a diagram for this on page 24.

Become aware of phrases like ‘post 2015 development agenda’.  What does it mean?   Sustainable Development Goals?  What are these?     Paragraph 92 of ‘Realizing the Future We Want for All’  reads

“92. Implementation of a post-2015 development agenda will depend, critically, on effective governance capacities at national, local and municipal levels, including political commitment and leadership; and on the legal and economic empowerment of people, especially those most excluded, and of their civil society organizations, to participate effectively in national and local decisionmaking.  As such, governance is an essential issue within all four of the dimensions  outlined above. ”

   Follow the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights – Ms. Magdalena Sepulveda  Carmona.    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/Pages/SRExtremePovertyIndex.aspx                                                             Read her book  HumanRightsApproachToSocialProtection (1)   

Launch of the Human Development Report 2010

Yesterday, November 4th the Human Development Report 2010 was launched. ‘ “People are the real wealth of a nation”  With these words the 1990 Human Development Report (HDR) began a forceful case for a new approach to thinking about development.  That the objective of development should be to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy and creative lives may appear self-evident today.  But that has not always been the case.  A  central objective for the HDR for the past 20 years has been to emphasize that development is primarily and fundamentally about people.’   These are the opening words of introduction .  You can access the full report and Summary at http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/global/hdr2010/chapters/   Read the BCC report “Significant Progress” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-11694599 and CNN report Great Gains and Some Slides at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/05/world/05nations.html?adxnnl=1&ref=world&adxnnlx=1288958418-mkqOK31dhfb8yl6SpbVSNQ