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
An interesting mapping of the Sustainable Development Goals is available HERE
The UN Office at Geneva has mapped out the expertise on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) found across international organizations, NGOs and other institutions based in Geneva. Good Shepherd’s main focus – contributing operations in the field to SDG’s 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,16, and 17. Also, focusing on gender equality and poverty eradication in Norms and Standard Setting, Legal Frameworks and Support, Capacity Building and Training and Outreach, Advocacy and Communication! Well done Good Shepherd! Check out the website – it is interactive and an interesting way to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals
Thanks to Sr Marie Halligon we have some french translation “Ah oui, mais l’avez-vous lu? ND de Charité du Bon Pasteur contribue aux opérations 1, 2, 4, 4, 5, 7, 7, 7, 17 et 17 de SDG, en mettant davantage l’accent sur l’égalité des sexes et l’éradication de la pauvreté dans les normes et standards, les cadres juridiques et le soutien, les capacités Bâtir et former et sensibiliser, défendre et communiquer! Bravo NDC du Bon Pasteur!”
Another interesting website is the The Human Rights Guide to the Sustainable Development Goals See Spanish: La guía de los derechos humanos a los ODS and French: Le Guide sur les droits de l’homme dans les Objectifs de Développement Durable
This report is 40 pages, with some nice graphics and information concerning each of the 17 sustainable development goals
- Overview/ Panorama general/ Présentation générale Pages 4 – 13
- Interlinked nature of the Sustainable Development Goals/ La naturaleza de interconexión de los ODS/ L’interdépendance des objectifs de développement durablePages 14 & 15
- A Data Revolution in Motion/ Una revolución de datos en movimiento/ La révolution des données a commencé Pages 16 & 17
- HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM GOALS IN FOCUS/ ENFOQUE EN LOS OBJETIVOS DEL FORO POLÍTICO DE ALTO NIVEL/ OBJECTIFS PRIVILÉGIÉS DU FORUM POLITIQUE DE HAUT NIVEAU
SDG – Sustainable Development Goals; ODS Los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible; ODD Les Objectifs de Développement Durable
SDG (ODS) (ODD) 6 Pages 18 – 21; SDG (ODS) (ODD) 7 Pages 22 & 23; SDG(ODS) (ODD) 11 pages 24 &25; SDG (ODS) (ODD) 12 Pages 26&27; SDG (ODS) (ODD) 15 Pages 28&29; SDG (ODS) (ODD) 17 Pages 30-33
- Note to the Reader/Nota al lector/ Note au lecteur Page 34
- Regional Groups/Agrupaciones regionales/ Groupements régionaux Page 35
Good Shepherd Report Spanish coming soon!
The Working Group on Girls was honored to be joined by Her Excellency, Ambassador Sima Bahous of the Permanent Mission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jourdan to the United Nations, to raise the needs of the Girl Child during the first week of the High Level Political Forum . Her Excellency (center) was warmly welcomed to the event by the Moderator Deisha, and Laura both Working Group on Girls, Girl Advocates.
Her Excellency highlighted the fact that the SDGs do not exclude the girl child nor is the girl child confined to SDG 5. In fact, the girl child is impacted for the better by implementation of all the goals but particularly by SDGs 6, 7 and 11, under review this year. The education of girls is key to their empowerment and further, girls are change agents in their communities and in society. They are often affected by social stigma and misunderstanding. We must never stop advocating for equality and justice.
Winifred Doherty introduced the theme from the perspective of the SDG’s under review. Read the text Raising the needs of Girls
Panelists included Dr Rimah Salah, Former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, who starting by saying that in both peace and war the girl child is subjected to so much. She lives in the ‘shadow of inequality’ relegated to care taking, cooking, childbearing, collecting firewood and fetching water – the unpaid labour, which is often not regarded as important by the society. Peace and sustainable development are indivisible elements towards the girl child’s empowerment and well being. These elements call for innovative and transformative approaches coupled with social protection and the implementation of her human rights as outlined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Girls are not a trivial group. Migrant, displaced and refugee girls should not be criminalize. In fact they are agents for peace.
Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, CEO, Global Network of Women Peace Builders, shared with us the names and experiences of girls affected by war and how being engaged in the “Girl Ambassadors for Peace” program brought healing, voice, empowerment towards leadership and being agents of peace. Her sharing provided a moment of moving from head to heart and solidarity with girls who are most affected. Mavic outlined some of the challenges helping girls who are illiterate to know and understand Security Council Resolution 1325. Can you imagine the pain experienced when a girl child is a discriminated against as a ‘terrorist widow’? How promote a narrative of peace? How change mindset from ‘violence is cool’ to ‘peace is cool’? How shift the burden from the girl child to the perpetrator? Techniques include participatory theater and economic empowerment.
Devika Kumar, presented an initiative she undertook following a visit to India and discovering the harsh reality for girls there during their menstruation days caused by lack of opportunities to use and have access to menstrual hygiene products. In response to this reality Devika created the MAHI project See more here Here are some statistics about the reality
- 23% of girls in rural areas drop out of school due to menstruation
- 53% of school girls were never provided any type of education about menstruation
- 27% do not have access to pads, tampons, or other management materials
WGG Girl Advocate Deisha and Laura did a fabulous job – Deisha moderating and Laura responding to the panelists presentations. Both Advocates recalled their experiences with WGG over the past two years from the ‘Girls Speak Out’ on October 11 to the Commission on the Status of Women and how they have developed and grown – deepening their understanding of the issues that girls face, assuming leadership roles and taking their seats at the table on behalf of all girls.
The United Nations High Level Political Forum 2018 (HLPF) commences on Monday July 9 and will finish on Thursday July 18. What is HLPF? It is a United Nations platform on Sustainable Development. The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) was mandated in 2012 by the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), “The Future We Want”.
The HLPF on Sustainable Development provides political leadership, guidance and recommendations. It follows up and reviews the implementation of sustainable development commitments and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It addresses new and emerging challenges; promotes the science-policy interface and enhances the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
This year the theme is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”. The thematic review will concentrate on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 6, 7, 11, 12, 15, and 17.
Good Shepherd reporting on implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (see chart) tells us that we as an organization are not fully cognizant of the intersectionality of the goals. The SDGs under review this year appear to be the same SDG’s that we are weakest on. (see chart below). Reflecting on this leads me to ask where are the people in the goals currently under review?
(Chart from page 5 of Report HLPF 2018- GSIJP Office Report) See Report HLPF 2018
From my personal experience in grassroots ministry working on issues of water, sanitation, and energy for example were always at the core of community development, and women’s empowerment programs with the big focus on addressing the multidimensional aspect of poverty and gender related issues. The focus was people centered – the girls and women carrying water – negotiating with local government for water connections to enable girls to school and mother to have time to earn income. Witnessing fuel carriers (choosing some images from google to make my point) children
and girls carrying such weights, the impetus is to remove the burden from that child, that girl, that mother hoping that the systems and structures that created such dehumanizing conditions would soon change.
Drawing from the Secretary General’s Report Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (see pages 7 and 8) I ask how will the 844 million people around the world who still lack access to a basic drinking water source or the 1 billion without electricity be impacted by this session of the HLPF in 2018? The tension for NGO’s on the ground is between alleviating immediate dehumanizing conditions while waiting for political momentum and resources allocation towards reaching the loftiest ideals of ‘leaving no one behind’ and ‘reaching the furthest behind first.’
Cecilie Kern from the GSIJP Office with the Mining Working Group of which we are members has contributed to publishing a paper on Water, Women & Wisdom a Companion document to Water & Sanitation – A People’s Guide to SDG 6
In El Obeid, the sisters run two schools that have been upgraded from kindergarten to primary. A feature of these services is that they offer opportunities to children to attend school who otherwise would be excluded because of poverty. The school compound has some vegetation (flowers), is equipped with a reservation tank for water storage, and has toilets and clean water. During school holidays, tutorials are provided for the children. Apart from poverty, child, early and forced marriage is a problem that the sisters continue to encounter through education in both locations. (Excerpt from narrative report from Sudan)
It is interesting to see where the links of water, sanitation and energy are in our Position Papers There is no actual naming of SDGs 6 or 7 but reference to water, sanitation and energy are in the papers on Economic Justice and Integral Ecology. See Page 7 (f), Page 14 and page 15 (j) for reference to water and sanitation and energy on Page 15, Paragraph 6 (c) referencing the need for personal responsibility in the use of energy and water, a call to avoid non renewable energy and support low energy production and for support of political action on national energy policies and sustainable water usage.
In our survey report there was one response to SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production. You will not find SDG 12 named in the position papers but the term production and consumption is referenced in Economic Justice and Integral Ecology. In Economic Justice (page 6, paragraph 4) we are challenged to support sustainable production and consumption patterns and the Integral Ecology paper (pages 14 and 15 ) challenges us to re-evaluate prior conception, previous understandings, and unquestioned practices. “We cannot ignore that the “dominant pattens of production and consumption are causing environmental devastation, the depletion of resources, and a massive extinction of the species.” We see injustice when “communities are being undermined and the benefits of development are not shared equitably.” We know that “injustice, poverty, ignorance and violent conflict are widespread and cause great suffering.” The discord we experience within the very air we breathe, the water we drink, and among our communities calls for a response consistent with our mission of reconciliation which calls us to “join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice and a culture of peace.” (Quotes excerpted from the Earth Charter, 2000) The last quotation is an echo of the three pillars of sustainable development – the environmental, the social and the economic – upon which the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is founded.
Reference on page 14, paragraph 6 (c) and (i) are apt calling us to convert individual and communal behavior from ecological ignorance to environmental sustainability naming specifically waste and consumption and (i) evaluate and adjust personal and communal decisions in areas of consumption, production, and use of natural resources in the light of sustainability of the universe.
This is the translated text of the Spanish and pictures are not included. Thank you Rohan Dominic of the Claretians!