COLLABORATING FOR GOOD: VISIT FROM THE CONGREGATIONAL LEADER OF SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR TO SNDatUN OFFICE

1By Teresita Weind SNDdeN, Congregational Leader, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. There is a big difference between talking about the problems of the world and being sucked into a hole of hopelessness; and being with people determined to meet and collaborate for positive changes for the good of our planet and peoples. Sister Grace Amarachi Ezeonu, SNDdeN, our NGO representative at the United Nations, chose a few events for us to attend while I visited her at the UN during the first week of Easter. The three events focused on positive change, featuring Youth Voices on Substance Abuse; Academic Panelists addressing The Rise of Nationalist Politics and Policy Implications for Migration; and an Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature. Grace Amarachi is in the seventh month of this ministry at the UN, working with colleagues and committees at the UN, and reaching out to include contacts with our Provinces for Social Justice. Our Congregation is grateful for the attention Grace Amarachi is devoting to positive change and healing in our wounded world. Thank you, Grace Amarachi.

 

SDG 3: MENTAL HEALTH CRUCIAL FOR WELL-BEING OF WOMEN AND GIRLS

KatieBlawie-167-WebBy Katie Blawie: For the first time in history, the UN set of sustainable development goals directly addresses mental health and well-being. Goal 3 aims to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages,” and Target 3.4 states that we must “by 2030 reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment, and promote mental health and well-being.” We cannot have sustainable development if we fail to prioritize well-being and health – not just physical, but also mental – with solid, measurable indicators. Mental health policies and programs in all countries are crucial to empowering women and girls. Poor mental health among women is a major threat to sustainable development worldwide.

Women and the mentally ill of any background are two marginalized groups in society. When those two factors are combined, the exclusion becomes even worse. Kofi Annan issued a challenge to us collectively as the peoples of the world to find global leadership and vision on these issues.

E_SDG_Icons-03We call on all governments worldwide to prioritize mental health with specific, measurable indicators and policies to empower women and girls in our global agenda for sustainable development. Let us of course recognize and confirm that providing economic opportunity for our societies, and for women and girls specifically, improves our individual and collective well-being. Embracing mental health for women and girls sustains mental health for all in our world.

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE: SDGS ARE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR PEACE

International Day of Peace is observed on September 21 every year. poster- Peace Day 2016 SDGs Eng.jpgPeace is not just the absence of war. Positive peace is only possible when the rights of individuals in any given society to access their basic needs and their well being are guaranteed. Poverty breeds violence. As 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammad Yunus poignantly points out,

      Poverty is the absence of all human rights. The frustrations, hostility           and anger generated by abject poverty cannot sustain peace in any society. For building             stable peace, we must find ways to provide opportunity for people to live decent lives.

Almost one year into the life cycle of the 2030 Global Agenda, the UN Secretary General has chosen “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace” as the theme for this year’s International Day of Peace. What better way to build a just and peaceful world than for governments to honor the commitment they made to their citizens this time last year; to end poverty, hunger, provide quality healthcare, education, … by 2030.

Learn more about the first year of the SDGs. Click on any goal for more details; click on report to see what countries have done this first year: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/report/2016

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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GLOBAL CONSULTATION ON EDUCATION: INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE

16-00019f_Website-banners-300x100During a 2014 online consultation regarding Sustainable Development Goals, the number one priority across all 9,000,000 respondents was a good education. Now, in preparation for a UN Conference in South Korea at the end of May, another global consultation has begun. Contribute your ideas about education for global citizenship: www.worldwewant2030.org (choose your language) and access the draft action agenda for the Conference: bit.ly/20NNz8C

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: HOW ARE WE DOING SO FAR?

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: HOW ARE WE DOING SO FAR?

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People are talking about the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You may wonder exactly what “sustainable development” is. It’s generally understood as development that improves living conditions in the present without compromising the resources of future generations. This is the challenge the UN has given itself for the next 15 years: to work together to improve life for humans and the planet without damaging either. Learn more and get involved:

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Sustainable Development Goal 13: Protect Our Home