Here are the links to a toolbox for Human Rights 2018 published in three languages: A Toolbox
Aquí están los enlaces a una caja de herramientas publicada en tres idiomas: Caja de Herramientas
Here are the links to a toolbox for Human Rights 2018 published in three languages: A Toolbox
Aquí están los enlaces a una caja de herramientas publicada en tres idiomas: Caja de Herramientas
This is the spirit of the day – coming together to ensure that human rights be respected’ quoting from Fr. Joseph Wresinski. He was born to immigrant parents on February 12th, 1917 in Angers, France and knew the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd as a child, serving Mass each morning in the Contemplative Community. He founded the organization International Movement ATD4th World. We were celebrating 100 years of his birth and more. Each year since 1987 – 30 years – the International Day has been celebrated at the United Nations stemming from a Resolution proposed by tow UN Member States – France and Burkina Faso and adopted by the General Assembly inaugurating October 17th as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
This was my 11th time celebrating this day at the United Nations with ATD4th World. My first experience was at ‘the commemorative stone’ on the North Lawn in 2007 and part of this celebration was at the commemorative stone which has now been replaced following the UN building renovations. Below is a good photograph of the restored stone and the words of Fr Wresinski. You can see baskets with stones on the corners – each participant at the celebration was invited to take a stone home with them. This is my stone.
A group photo of all the participants.
Your UN Representative Winifred and Cecilie at the stone – STOP POVERTY
The UN Webcast has the full recording of the event in Conference Room 2 when people living in poverty (this year from around the world) take the microphone and speak truth to power – experiences of humiliation, stigmatization, exclusion, inhumanity, disrespect, marginalization and the words
@JosephWresinski, to those in poverty: “Demand that the world learn from you and your courage” #EndPoverty #StopPoverty #IDEP2017
Event entitled “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies” (on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (A/RES/47/196)) (co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso and France, in collaboration with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and ATD Fourth World)
Webcast 17 Oct 2017 – Event entitled “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies” (on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (A/RES/47/196)) (co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso and France, in collaboration with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and ATD Fourth World)
Another moment of insight for me – read the tweet …
The STOP Poverty Campaign did not end today! No, there was renewed commitment to ‘ALL TOGETHER IN DIGNITY.’
A video live stream is available HERE We need to hear the voices of the people.
Do you know the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights and the handbook “Making Human Rights Work for People Living in Extreme Poverty’. The handbook is available in three languages. Download Here
If you are at the United Nations these days all you will hear is HLPF! HLPF! I know that many people do not like or use acronyms. So what is HLPF? Well the acronym stands for the ‘High Level Political Forum’. Not sure that was a help! The High Level Political Forum is a meeting of all the Member States of the United Nations to assess how the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goal is being achieved. The meeting this year is from July 10 to 19th and is divided into two parts – week one focuses on a thematic review – “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world“. Each of the selected goals will be reviewed. Related issues will also be discussed -(i) multi-dimensional poverty and inequalities; (ii) multi-stakeholders perspectives; (iii) countries specifics – small island states, (iv) least developed countries, land locked countries, and middle income countries; (v) science technology and innovations for SDG’s; (vi) leveraging interlinkages for effective implementation; and (vii) science policy interface and emerging issues .
The program for this year is focusing on achievements, gaps and challenges in implementation of Goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 14 and 17.
Week two of the program gives a pace to 44 countries to make their voluntary national reviews (VNR’s) Afghanistan; Argentina; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belgium; Belize; Benin; Botswana; Brazil; Chile; Costa Rica; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Guatemala; Honduras; India; Indonesia; Iran; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kenya; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Maldives; Monaco; Nepal; Netherlands; Nigeria; Panama; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Slovenia; Sweden; Tajikistan; Thailand; Togo; Uruguay; Zimbabwe. Good Shepherd is present in 20 of the countries presenting reviews. Some are grouping together and presenting as panelist and some are making individual national presentations.
Are you interested in knowing what your country is reporting? Many of the reports – are now available on the WEBSITE Some have the main message but many have provided the full report.
Monday July 17th
Tuesday July 18th
Wednesday July 19th
(The bold print are countries where Good Shepherd are present) On Wednesday evening just before the closing of the session a ministerial declaration will be adopted.
Sr Donatus Lili from Kenya – the NGO Regional Designate for Africa is currently in New York for the HLPF. Kenya is presenting it Voluntary National Review (VNR) on Monday July 17th. Donatus has been following the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development since her appointment in January 2017.
She has attended a review session with NGO’s at National Level and also was in Addis Ababa for the Regional Review at the Economic Commission for Africa. It is interesting to read both reports.
Donatus is a panelist at a side event entitled ‘Poverty to Prosperity: Shared Stories from NGO’s Working with Communities Tuesday July 11th
Another side event that we are co-sponsoring in collaboration with ATD4th World ‘Participation’
Implementing robust, well financed national floors of social protection is critical to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its goals. The Global Coalition for Social Protection is active during the HLPF – with a number of side events. These are collaborative efforts with Member States, UN Entities and NGO’s.
In January 2017, I participated in a global consultation on Social Protection and Diakonia at Sigtuna, Sweden, hosted by the Church of Sweden. The word ‘Diakonia’ is a Greek term and equates with ‘ministry.’ People from twenty countries gathered to discuss the issue of social protection and ask what is the role and voice of church and faith based actors in the issue of social protection – and how to relate this to the responsibility of States to fulfill everyone’s right to social protection. Among the participants were members of Norwegian Church Aid. Good Shepherd had long -standing relationships with them dating back to the early days in Ethiopia when they funding Bethlehem Training Center.
It was a privilege for me to be invited to participate in the discussion and reflection integrating scripture and social policy. The statement is the outcome. I suggest that this could be a reflection/prayer/discernment document for use by sisters and mission partners on social protection and taxation. It is certainly integrating spirituality and social policy and the sustainable development goals. As you know I have been a long time advocate on the need to implement national floors of social protection – moving from poverty to prosperity.
A video and statement has been prepared – and are now in three languages – English, Spanish and French.
Short Version – English only Video
Statement in three language:
We call on churches and faith based organizations everywhere to stand up and demand for fair redistribution of wealth and social protection as a matter of social justice and human rights. We affirm that social protection is an essential requirement for a just society, regardless of nationality, legal citizenship or the level of economic development in a country. We also believe that taxation is a fundamental instrument for redistribution and for financing the common good so that all can have life in dignity.
Friday, February 3 was the last day of week one of the Commission for Social Development. Overall, it was an interesting week which commenced on Monday afternoon with the opening of the Civil Society Forum. This forum continued on Tuesday morning with panel presentations followed with the continuation of Monday’s discussion in the afternoon. Both these session are webcast. Civil Society Forum – January 31st and Part 2 Afternoon session
The formal opening of the Commission took place on Wednesday February 1st – all sessions are webcast – Opening Session (Meeting 2) There were three statements presented – one from the President of the General Assembly (PGA) H.E. Peter Thompson (Fiji), the President of the Economic and Social Council H.E. Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava (Zimbabwe) and a statement on behalf of the Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Points noted from these statement are the following: The Commission is taking place at a time of global contradictions. While significant progress has been made in eradication extreme poverty, conflicts are reversing gains in social well-being and the gap between the rich and poor was growing (Sec General) The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the “masterplan for people planet and prosperity,” and is “firmly within our reach.” (PGA). “Today’s generation can be the one that eradicates poverty and turns the tide on inequality, exclusion and environmental degradation…” (President of ECOSOC) ANA HELENA CHACÓN ECHEVERRÍA, Vice-President of Costa Rica, speaking on behalf of the Group of Friends of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, said that despite all achievements, many countries had been left behind and growing global inequities challenged the universality of human rights. Poverty was a system and people living in poverty continued to be deprived, above all, of the capacity to claim their inalienable rights. Human dignity must be at the centre of any sustainable development process. Further the vice-president said respecting, promoting, and protecting rights required Governments to take positive action, which in turn, demanded national compliance with international obligations, particularly the 2030 Agenda.
In the afternoon at Meeting 3 the Vice-President of Costa Rica was a member of the panel during the interactive discussion on “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all.” She stressed the need to design public policies to meet the needs of people facing constant hunger, exclusion and poverty. No development can be sustained if millions of people are left behind. Poverty is a flagrant violation of human rights. Social policy must end the income gap and move towards peace, justice and inclusion. Costa Rica is poised to eliminate extreme poverty in less than 10 years. Costa Rica has developed social maps to track impoverished areas and understand the prevailing socioeconomic conditions. This coupled with a poverty index was used to measure poverty beyond income poverty and to take into account shortages in education, health care, water and housing.
Nigeria, both Government and civil society perspective were presented and Brazil noted that their nation had been removed from the FAO Hunger Map. The new challenge for Brazil is to sustain the gains.Through Bolsa Familia cash transfer programme 13.6 million low-income people received stipends on condition that they kept their children in school and followed a vaccination schedule. This year a National Strategy for Social and Productive inclusion was launched by the Government to build professional skills and generate income. The Happy Child Programme was launched in 2016 that gives regular assistance, including home visit to 530,000 children in 2017 and 1.5 million in 2018
Good Shepherd continue to promote implementation of social protection floors as a good strategy for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all. There is growing interest in and concrete action towards implementation.
See http://bit.ly/2kttxSM which ‘showcases 16 experiences from 12 countries which have achieved universal or near-universal social protection coverage in the areas of health care, child allowances, maternity benefits, disability benefits and old-age pensions. Good Shepherd are in 5 of the Countries Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, South Africa, Thailand.
February 2nd Meeting 4 and Meeting 5 and February 3rd Meeting 6 and Meeting 7. These meeting focused on “Promoting Integrated Policies for Poverty Eradication: Youth Development in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (meeting 4) Meeting Coverage and “Leaving no one behind: poverty and disability” Meeting 6. Meeting Coverage
Side events are taking place throughout the Commission focusing on a myriad of topics related to the theme.
Side events where I have been a panelist:
If you wish to see your country statement to the commission for Social Development Papersmart UN Meetings
The High Level Political Forum (for those who love acronyms HLPF) starts on Monday July 11th. Full details of all that will take place is on the website Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform If you have a smart phone you can down load the app HLPF and have immediate access. The website is only in English (apologies). The HLPF is the central platform for follow up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. By clicking HERE you can see easily the sustainable development goals which is the subject of the review. Commitment to implementation began in every country on January 1, 2016. The theme of this years’ review is ‘Ensuring That No One Is Left Behind.’ There are the official meetings of the HLPF and multiple side events.
Part of the official meeting is the presentation of 22 national reports on implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Good Shepherd is present in 1o of the 22 countries -Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Madagascar, Mexico, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Switzerland and Venezuela. A direct link is HERE and the reports are in French, Spanish and English depending on the language of the country. (The French report is not yet posted)
Apart from inputs from governments there are inputs from Intergovernmental Bodies and Forums – including the Commission for Social Development, Commission on the Status of Women, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Human Rights Council , Human Rights Treaty Bodies, International Labour Organization (ILO) and International Dialogue on Migration These are points of contact that the GSIJP Office follow at the United Nations throughout the year. The full list can be accessed here
A third group is Major Groups and Other Stakeholders We are members of the Women’s Major Group and have signed on to that paper. Click HERE The paper is divided into six areas 1. Introduction; 2. The Women’s Major Group; 3. Addressing the systemic causes of ‘being left behind’; 4. Key areas of action for implementation, follow-up and review to ensure no one is left behind; 5.Ensuring that the Review of 2030 Agenda Leaves No One Behind; and 6. Conclusion.
The focus on addressing systemic causes of ‘being left behind’ is central to our work at the United Nations. ‘Identifying and responding to the intertwined systemic issues of neoliberalism, fundamentalisms, militarism, racism and patriarchy, and their correlation to inequality and gender inequality, are essential for the successful implementation o the 2030 Agenda and shout be an important focus of follow up and review processes at all levels…” and address the systems that negatively affect the lives and lived realities of all girls and women of all ages.
In section 4 there is a call for a) inclusion and participation of grassroots women’s organizations in planning, implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda at the local and national level. The advice of 19 year old Berryl from Kenya sums this up quite succinctly: “Bringing girls and young women to the table during the discussions about the SDGs is important because girls are the experts in their own lives. Girls and young women in the communities should be taught about the SDGs and how they affect their lives so they can monitor the implementation and how well the governments are doing. I think that world leaders need to:
An educated, empowered girl is good not only for the family but also for the community, country and the world.”
b) Financing and capacity building for women’s rights groups at all levels.
c) Gender disaggregated data
Section 5 states that women’s groups must be meaningfully engaged at all levels of the implementation, follow up and review from the national level to the global.
We also have a voice in the Major Group of Non Governmental Organizations See HERE
Another set of inputs can be found in Partnerships and Voluntary Commitments
Throughout the HLPF the GSIJP Office are using the brochure prepared by the Good Shepherd International Foundation ONLUS ‘Promoting Inclusive Development for Women and Children.’ highlighting Participation, Empowerment, Livelihood and Human Rights in programs focusing on community development and economic justice; child protection and education; girls and women’s empowerment; and migrant and anti-human trafficking. See the brochure by clicking on the link
Good Shepherd International Foundation Brochure – Where are the SDGs?
How We Help
Today May 19 we congratulate Good Shepherd Sisters who are celebrating 50 years of presence and service in Korea. Read about their mission and see some of their projects HERE I will join them on May 23, have a session in Soeul and one in Chunchon before traveling to Gyeongju for the 66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) NGO Conference. This is from 30th May to June 1, 2016. Three sisters will accompany me Srs. Virginia Kim, Martha Ko and Paula Woon. The theme of the conference is Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together. Visit the conference website and read a proposed draft of the ‘Gyeongju Action Agenda’ now in the six languages of the United Nations
This morning at the UN HQ in New York a pre-conference meeting took place. I attended along with many other NGO who will be attending or following with social media.
The conference days will be filled with learning opportunities while exploring the meaning of being a global citizenship and how to educate for global citizenship and how understanding of this might be a bedrock for implementing the 17 sustainable goals. There will be 4 roundtable discussions: i) Inclusiveness in Education ii) Peace Education iii) STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) and iv) sustainable development and climate change. There are at least 40 side events organized addressing multiple topics and themes. Youth will have a high profile throughout the conference and there will be an exhibition that will be open to the public in Gyeongju. Throughout the conference the Gyeongju Action Agenda will continue to crafted based on the discussions taking place.
Our contribution to the conference will be to ensure that education for gender equality is a cross cutting component of the educational curriculum for global citizenship and at the heart of sustainable development. I like this picture taken from the twitter account of the ibvmun (Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Some years ago Deirdre Mullen, a Mercy Sister from Ireland wrote a book on ‘Meeting the Global Citizen in you’ It was followed by another booklet on ‘Nurturing the Global Citizen Within’
A Side Event during the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development – 19th April 2016 from 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm in Conference Room E –SPF side event – 19 April 2016
The Commission on the Status of Women was held in New York from March 14th to 24th, 2016. It was preceded by a one day event on Sunday March 13 the NGO CSW Consultation Day. If you wish to see the web cast of the adoption of the Agreed Conclusion of the 60th Session of the CSW Click Here
The negotiations were only concluded before midnight on March 24th You can access the document HERE If you listen to the statement of the various member states you will get hints as to the stumbling blocks. Saudi Arabia was the first to make a statement followed by the US, the EU, Egypt, Yemen, Mexico, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Canada, Iran, Colombia, Mauritania, and the Holy See.
GSIJP Team at CSW 60 with Mission Partners from Taiwan and Emma. From right to left: Cecile Kern, Winifred Doherty, Yen-Chu Chen , Emma Mackey, Yu-Chia Chang, Cyan Chen and Clare Nolan
This team presented a parallel event entitled ‘Economic Empowerment Strategies Addressing Systemic Issues affecting Girls and Women’ from Taiwan, to the Democratic Republic of Congo to Bolivia. From the Agreed Conclusion paragraph 16 “The Commission…emphasizes that no country has fully achieved gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, that significant levels of inequality between women and men, girls and boys persist globally, and that many women and girls experience vulnerability and marginalization owing to, inter alia, multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination throughout the lifecycle.
The Agreed Conclusion “Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development” are captured here in a piece of art work submitted by Monique Tarabeth to NGOCSW Committee for the cover of the Handbook 2016. We were not selected for the cover but were a divider inside the book. Thanks Monique!
Apart form the cover the other art pieces were in black and white. Beautiful expressions of empowerment!
Jeanette Mc Dermott, Communications, Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Province of the Mid North, USA recently spent two weeks in New York following the work of Winifred Doherty as the NGO representative on behalf of the Congregation. Read her article in Items of Interest-March 2016
Catholic Ireland featured an article on Sisters speak out against trafficking at the UN
Aine, Angela and Winifred
A third article related to this time period is a summary of the side event Maisha – A New Life outside the Mines which was held durn the Commission for Social Development on February 4, 2016. Report on Side Event Feb 4 2016
A quote from the Universal Declaration on Human Rights – Article 25 on the right of everyone to a standard of living adequate for health and well being – linking with the rights to Social Protection for everyone.