News from the UN # 101

Mother Earth Day
On April 22nd, the United Nations celebrated Mother Earth Day with a full programme of events dedicated to the protection of our planet. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the UN General Assembly spoke passionately about the danger of climate change, calling it an “existential threat of our time.” She called for solidarity, collective action, and urgent responses to foster harmony among mankind and with nature. Youth climate activists around the world have been speaking out, demanding the right to a healthy environment. Her words echoed the words of the young leaders, saying “Let us take our relationship with mother Earth as cultural inheritance. The true generosity to the future is given in the present.”

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News from the UN # 100

The Commission on Social Development which is tasked with addressing the “social pillar” of development, held its annual 10 day meeting at the UN in NY in February. Delegates to the Commission on Social Development highlighted the fact that inequality has become a defining issue of the present time that must be addressed through social protection policies. “With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, combating inequality and social protection has moved to the centre of the policy agenda in all countries,” said Cheikh Niang (Senegal), who was elected to Chair the Commission.. The emerging issue addressed the importance of Empowerment of people affected by natural and human-made disasters in order to reduce inequality and how to address the differential impact on persons with disabilities, older persons and youth.

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News from the UN # 99

The Commission on Social Development which is tasked with addressing the “social pillar” of development, held its annual 10 day meeting at the UN in NY in February. Delegates to the Commission on Social Development highlighted the fact that inequality has become a defining issue of the present time that must be addressed through social protection policies. “With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, combating inequality and social protection has moved to the centre of the policy agenda in all countries,” said Cheikh Niang (Senegal), who was elected to Chair the Commission.. The emerging issue addressed the importance of Empowerment of people affected by natural and human-made disasters in order to reduce inequality and how to address the differential impact on persons with disabilities, older persons and youth.

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