Open Letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

This letter is a response to the Secretary General’s report on the Millennium Development Goals ‘Keeping the Promise’.  It has been signed by 113 organizations.  Open Letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon  It is also available in French Lettre_Ouverte[1]  and Spanish Carta_Abierta[1]

Picture this: We Can End Poverty

A phot0 competition –  based on the 8 Millennium Goals.  Click here  Working globally to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.    If you want some background reading see  the report of the Secretary General “Keeping the Promise”  SG Report on the MDG’s    A good resource book on poverty is ‘Rethinking Poverty’  Report on the world Social Situation 2010 published by the Economic and Social Affairs, UN                                                 


UN Millennium Campaign and NGLS launch website “The MDGs at 10 and civil society.”

Only five years remain to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed upon by UN Member States in 2000. Despite some progress, collectively the world is falling short. As a consequence, improvements in the lives of the poorest are slow or absent and are now being further eroded by the onset of global crises. However, the MDGs are still achievable. UN Member States will therefore come together this September in New York during an ‘MDG summit’ to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the MDGs.
With an aim of keeping interested civil society stakeholders informed on the latest developments related to the summit process, including the planned Hearings with civil society and the private sector in June, the UN Millennium Campaign and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) have launched a dedicated website:
This website will report on all the latest developments related to the summit, give voice to perspectives from civil society and provide information on how to be engaged in the summit process.

E-Discussion on Women and Poverty

29th Congregational Chapter Direction Statement   ‘We work zealously with women and children, especially those who are ….oppressed by abject poverty.  We support projects for economic justice, confront unjust systems…”

Here is an opportunity for you to express your views based on your vast experience of working with women living in abject poverty.  In doing so you are influencing policy and confronting unjust structures. 

From 11 January to 12 February 2010 the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA) will jointly organize an e-discussion on Women and Poverty. The e-discussion aims to provide critical policy messages and an action agenda to the Commission on the Status of Women’s 15 year review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (1 to 12 March 2010); ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (28 June – 3 July 2010); and the High-level Plenary Meeting of the sixty-fifth session of the UN General Assembly, focused on the Millennium Development Goals (September 2010).  Go to this website, scroll to the bottom of the page and sign up for the discussion.  In replying in the box Organization please enter Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd.   This is our organizational name at the United Nations.   

Here is a quote from the facilitators note:  “Please help us bring new thinking and new ideas to the policy debate about poverty reduction, gender equality and women’s empowerment, drawing on experience with implementing the Bejing Platform for Action and the Millennium Development Goals. Share your innovative ideas, research and good practice examples with policy-makers, researchers, and practitioners around the world, and help make a difference in the fight for gender equality and eradication of poverty.”