SNDATUN SURVEY: POSITIVE RESULTS AND HELPFUL INPUT

checkOur Survey responses showed high interest in and satisfaction with our SNDatUN NewsBriefs. Respondents would like to see a priority for climate change, then education, poverty eradication, and UN events, and followed by migration, gender equality, and financing for development. They indicated support for more of the following: guest authors, images, links to UN content, and multimedia. Thank you to all who gave such helpful input.

Additional suggestions welcome any time: email SNDatUN@SNDdeN.org.

NEW INTERNET DOMAINS .NGO AND .ONG: PROVIDING CREDIBILITY TO NGOS

Two new internet domains became available in 2015. Unlike the .org domain, which can be ngoong.jpgused by any person or organization, .ngo and .ong are available only to validated NGOs, providing immediate recognition and credibility for these organizations. We Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur obtained our new domains and are now included in the Directory of validated NGOs. www.sndden.ngo (English)  www.sndden.ong (French)

HAITI: NGOS CONTRIBUTE TO UN HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW PROCESS

Jeannette Pierre-LouisThe Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves regular assessment of the human rights records of all UN Member States. During the UPR process, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) are invited to contribute their perspectives and recommendations on the human rights situation of any country under review. In March a coalition of NGOs with presence in Haiti submitted their report to the UN Human Rights Council for consideration at the time of Haiti’s UPR in November 2016. We are especially grateful to Jeannette Pierre-Louis, SNDdeN, who contributed to Section V, The Right to Education (p. 10).

View a PDF of the entire report:  images.pngHaiti UPR_final (English)

UNCTAD: ECONOMIC CHALLENGES AFFECT TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT

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By Veronica Mwangangi, IBVM, SNDatUN delegate to UNCTAD 14:

At the UNCTAD 14 Conference I will interact and share ideas with people of different nationalities on the economic challenges that affect trade and development. I hope, by the end of the conference, that it will be clear what action plans we need to put in place to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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FROM DECISION TO ACTION: MOVING TOWARD AN INCLUSIVE AND EQUITABLE GLOBAL ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT FOR TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT

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Sébastien Nkoa, OP, SNDatUN delegate to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (
UNCTAD): I am interested to know how the international community and UNCTAD in particular will work to implement both the Sustainable Development Goals and Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the financing road map to achieve the SDGs. We are the ones to make our future bright or dark. I hope through my UN conference participation to shed my contribution of light to make our world a better place.

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UNCTAD 14: END EXTREME POVERTY

Celine CheronoBy Celine Cherono, IBVM, SNDatUN delegate to UNCTAD 14Inspired by Nelson Mandela, I have a dream to campaign relentlessly for an end to extreme poverty. UNCTAD 14 is my golden opportunity. Indeed many people have been trapped in the prison of man-made poverty and their freedom depends on my actions. I really want human persons to live in a world free from poverty, for as long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. Therefore I want to gain more skills so that my dream can blossom.

My motivation is this sad reality. You find young girls from age 9 giving birth! A child giving birth to a child! She is not even aware of what motherhood entails… It’s so painful… I have witnessed this even from my close relatives and my own sister and I know the pain. The mother of an immature mother takes responsibility. In most cases, they are rejected and for them to survive, they get other men who cheat on them, impregnate them and dump them. So, as they look for money to raise their kids through the dirty means of prostitution, another child arrives and another one and another one. All because of poverty.

With this harsh and painful reality, my dream is to reach out to at least one in 2017, educate her on life issues, then begin a small business for her. I am already sacrificing part of my personal funds towards this so that she may enjoy the freedom of human dignity. I have come to realize that the world is eager for actions not words. Therefore I am acting with courage and vision.

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UNCTAD: ADDRESSING POTENTIAL OF YOUTH AS AGENTS OF CHANGE

Wamuyu WachiraBy Wamuyu Wachira, IBVM, SNDatUN delegate to UNCTAD 14: As a lecturer in Peace and Conflict studies, I have been lecturing on topics such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the deliberations of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, The Hyogo Conference, Japan on Disaster Management, peace and economic development and women, peace and development, and the role of the Civil Society in sustainable peacebuilding. Therefore, when I heard about the UNCTAD 14 conference I was very interested and was very grateful when I was invited and selected as a delegate.

During this meeting I will be interested in discussions on the following issues among others: Economic and political empowerment of women especially in the African continent. Topics such as the perception of women’s role and how to improve women’s bargaining positions, promoting gender equality, affirmative actions especially for girls, and marginalised and women’s access to productive resources will be of interest to me.

The other area of interest is on youth, especially in the African continent. I will be interested in discussions especially in the area of their contribution to socio-economic and political development. Areas of interest will therefore be youth unemployment and underemployment. These issues are of essence to me because if they are not addressed they could suffocate the potential of youth as transforming and agents of change. Hence, through this conference I hope the deliberations made will be actualized and harnessed. I am hopeful that there will be discussions on some of the ways of doing this; for instance, through training, new technology and education.

Care of our common mother earth is also an area of interest for me. I am therefore looking forward to discussions on food security, trade, and the impact of new wars, especially the ‘war on terror’, and which if not addressed could hamper the actualization of the sustainable development goals.

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