Letter’s, Invitations, Updates

 

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Dr. J. Scott Moore, CEO/Founder Project One Inc. UN/ECOSOC STATUS

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Year 2016, Letter of Engagement to Ms. Hélène H. Oord

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Request for endorsement – letter on the ALTERNATIVE GUN to UN & USA Member States

January 18, 2016

AlTERNATIVE GUN LETTER

How does it works: http://www.alternativeballistics.com/how-it-works/how-it-works

 

Please send organizational endorsements with country as soon as possible by e-mail to Mr. Bert Davi ,

Thank you,

Mr. Bert Davi,Project One Inc. Int'l JPEG LogoCAO/Project One Inc  UN Ecosoc Status

Bert.davi@southeasternconstructionpartners.com, Bert@rdbi.co

Southeastern Construction Partners LLC

Pelham, Alabama

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Christian Ellis

CEO/Chief Executive Officer  LP
Office 619.326.4411 Ext 702
Bert Davi, CAO /Project One Inc with UN Ecoso Status
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Update on the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference (30 May – 1 June, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea)

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Dear Madam/Sir,

Please find attached an update on the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference (30 May – 1 June, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea):

Conference Update

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UPDATE: NGOs at ECOSOC Partnership Forum & Partnership Webinars Resources

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
NGOs attending the ECOSOC Partnership Forum who wish to make brief interventions during the Q&A at the morning and/or afternoon sessions are invited to meet at 9:00 am at the UN Secretariat, S-26MM2.
FYI — The ECOSOC Partnership Forum will be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/.
Please find attached a copy of the special presentation to be made by Dr. Nils Simon on Thursday for the afternoon dialogue. 

The partnership webinar presentations may be found here:

http://www.civicus.org/images/Second SDG Partnerships Webinar.pptx

http://www.civicus.org/images/Beisheim_Partnerships_Webinar_20160302.pdf

http://www.civicus.org/images/A%20history%20of%20the%20UNs%20involvement%20in%20%20Multi-stakeholder.pptx

http://www.civicus.org/images/Beisheim%20Simon%20ECOSOC%20Partnership%20Forum%20160311.pdf

http://www.civicus.org/images/2015partnerships_background_note.pdf

http://www.civicus.org/images/2016%20ECOSOC%20Partnership%20Forum_Concept%20Note.pdf

From: Jeffery Huffines <jvhuffines@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Mar 23, 2016
Subject: Fwd: NGOs at ECOSOC Partnership Forum & Partnership Webinars Resources
To: rioplus20@lists.eeb.orgcsoinfosharing@googlegroups.comngo-mg-unga-2012@googlegroups.com

​TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS​
Many thanks

​to those of you who participated

in the first and second Partnership Webinars that took place on 2 & 17 March, respectively. As discussed, NGOs & major groups/other stakeholders (MGoS) will have the opportunity to participate in the proceedings of the ECOSOC Partnership Forum taking place on 31 March, as follows.

  • ECOSOC NGOs and MGoS representatives are encouraged to make concise written recommendations in response to a questionnaire based upon two dialogue papers prepared for the Partnership Forum, found here. We propose to gather this input into a compilation document to circulate to member states at the Partnership Forum.
  • ECOSOC NGOs and MGoS representatives are invited to participate in the Forum proceedings as NGO observers who will be given the opportunity to make brief interventions during the Q&A from the floor at the interactive dialogue sessions taking place in the morning and afternoon. To prepare, a planning meeting will take place on 31 March, 8:30 am – 9:30 am, at the UN secretariat, S-26MM2Interested NGOs & MGoS representatives are invited to indicate their interest in making an intervention at the morning or afternoon session, and to RSVP for the planning meeting here.

ECOSOC Partnership Forum “From commitments to results: Leveraging partnerships for the 2030 Agenda” (31 March 2016)

The outcome from the ECOSOC Partnership Forum will result in a greater understanding of cross-sectoral solutions and the key success factors in bringing high-potential development solutions to scale, through multi-stakeholder partnerships. Member states, experts and NGOs will share ways to enhance accountability and transparency of multistakeholder partnerships in support of the 2030 Agenda. A President’s Summary will be prepared capturing the key messages from the day’s discussions. A more extensive summary of the event’s deliberations will be prepared which will serve as a basis for ECOSOC’s contribution to HLPF and the high-level segment of the Council.

First Partnership Webinar (2 March 2016)
Following presentations by ​Felix Dodds and Marianne Beisheim made at a retreat on 5-6 February organized by the UN DESA, participants discussed ways in which major groups and others stakeholders may participate in the ECOSOC Partnership Forum on 31 March that will feed into the HLPF in July 2016.

  • 2016 ECOSOC Partnership Forum Concept Note
  • “Multi-stakeholder partnerships: Making them work for the Post-2015 Development Agenda” by Mr. Felix Dodds, Global Research Institute, UNC at Chapel Hill
  • “Multi-stakeholder partnerships: The way forward” by Dr. Marianne Beisheim, Global Issues Division, SWP
  • Power Point: A history of the UNs involvement in stakeholder partnership.pptx (Felix Dodds)
  • Power Point: Beisheim_partnerships_webinar_20160302.pptx (Marianne Beisheim)
Second Partnership Webinar (17 March 2016)
Felix Dodds guided a conversation where participants discussed questions posed in the two dialogue papers prepared for the ECOSOC Partnership Forum.


Jeffery Huffines

​NGO Major Group Organizing Partner​
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Twitter: @JefferyHuffines
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA
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Endorsements for open letter on indicators. (closing on Friday 9:00 GMT)

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

From: Arelys Bellorini <Arelys_Bellorini@wvi.org>
Date: Fri, Feb 12, 2016
Subject: Endorsements for open letter on indicators. (closing on Friday 9:00 GMT)
To: WorldVision UNNY <WorldVision_UNNY@wvi.org>

Dear All:

In the context of the upcoming Statistical Commission meeting early March, the CSOs Indicators Task Force has drafted a letter to the Chairs of the Commission and the IAEG regarding civil society participation and engagement as well as our contributions in this process.

We have been calling for endorsement over the last few days. Some partner organisations have requested extension of the deadline. This email is to advise that the deadline was extended for today Friday at COB GMT time. The letter will be delivered on Monday.

Please see details below to read the letter and to endorse it.

Best,

Arelys

Arelys Bellorini  |  United Nations Representative | Child Rights & Sustainable Development | New York Office  |  World Vision International | www.wvi.org  |  www.wvi.org
Phone: Office: 212-355-0069 | Mobile: 718-839-0823   |  Fax: 212-355-3018   |  E-mail: arelys_bellorini@wvi.org | Skype: arelysbg | Twitter: ArelysBG
[ Mailing: 919 Second Ave. 2nd Floor (between 49th & 48th St.), New York, N.Y., 10017, USA ]

This transmission is intended for the sole use of the individual and entity to whom it is addressed, and may contain information that is confidential and may not be disclosed under applicable law. You are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or duplication of this transmission by someone other than the intended addressee or its designated agent is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by return email and delete the original message. Thank you. This disclaimer may not be removed for any purpose.

by Arelys Bellorini/NYLO/WorldVision on 02/12/2016 08:59 AM

From:        Savio Carvalho <savio.carvalho@amnesty.org>
To:        “indicators-tf@googlegroups.com” <indicators-tf@googlegroups.com>
Date:        02/08/2016
Subject:        [Indicators TF] Endorsements for open letter on indicators.  (closing on Thursday 9:00 GMT)
Sent by:        indicators-tf@googlegroups.com

Dear all,

Please find the final open letter to UN Stats and IEAG. Thank you to all our contributors.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GlS1lEKqlkb8bMToWpM86Wq3rTre5grIsb5a-lE21dk/edit?usp=sharing

Kindly use the link below to endorse this letter latest by Thursday 11th February (9:00 GMT). Kindly circulate the same to your networks for endorsements, as it would be good to get a wide range of national and regional endorsements.

http://goo.gl/forms/AvlYuobeFQ

On Friday, I will circulate a PDF version with all the names of organisations who have endorsed the letter. We will also let you know if more than two individuals have volunteered to distribute the letter to officials (like the NSO) at capitals.

Kind regards,

Savio Carvalho
On behalf of the indicators working group

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Dr. Mostafa Tolba Passed Away

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

One of UNEP‘s ‘greats’, Dr. Mostafa Tolba, has died. Profound+lasting legacy as scientist, env diplomat & ED of @UNEP Several leaders within the UN SD Education Caucus worked alongside him on Environmental Education and policy-making. We are grateful to this early support post-Stockholm. May he rest in peace, our condolences to his family and close friends.

Dr. Mostafa Tolba, UNEP’s Executive DirectorDr. Mostafa Tolba, UNEP’s Executive Director from 1975 – 1992 passed away this morning, 28th March 2016

All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell: +1-(734) 352•7429
Landline: +1-(734) 994•3612

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Update: UN Reflection Series 2016 on Middle Income Countries — Broken Link Fixed

Dear everyone,We have received emails showing interest in the upcoming UN Reflection Series 2016 on 14 to 16 April in Berlin. Thank you to those who pointed out that a link in the previous email is broken.Kindly allow me to share with you the event website: http://unreflection.unssc.org/You can also see here the programme, list of speakers, workshops, and documents. Everyone should be able to access all the information and materials on the website.

You may also follow our Twitter account @UNSSCBonn and #UNRS2016 during the event to see key messages and also to engage with our speakers and panelists. You may also send us questions to the speakers.

For inquiries, please email me or sustainable-development@unssc.org or call us at +49 (0) 228 815 2657.
I am posting the previous email below. Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at the event in Berlin.
Previous email:
Dear everyone,
 
This is the year we start implementing Agenda 2030. To ensure that coherence, coordination and integration are always present in our approaches to advance Agenda 2030, we need on-going conversations and strong collaboration among all relevant stakeholders.
 
The UN System Staff College Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the Hertie School of Governance and UN DOCO, will provide a learning space to do so. From 14 to 16 of April, UN staff and development partners will convene at the UN Reflection Series in Berlin to engage in in-depth discussions and share knowledge on one of the most important target groups for Agenda 2030: Middle Income Countries.
 
Middle Income Countries are home to five of world’s seven billion people and 72% of the world’s poorest population. If we are not fully attentive to their development needs, we risk failing to ensure sustainable development by 2030.
 
How can we reconcile Middle Income Countries’ impressive growth rates with challenging inequality gaps? What are the best approaches to embrace traditional and emerging cooperation modalities and partnerships?
 
If you are involved in the development sector, would like to share your expertise as well as learn from others’ experiences, the UN Reflection Series 2016: Development Cooperation, Policy Advice and Middle Income Countries is an event you would not want to miss.
 
To grasp a better understanding of who is involved in this event and which specific themes will be covered, we invite you to visit our website at http://unreflection.unssc.org/   
 
The UN Reflection Series provides an ideal environment for you to discuss with other practitioners and leaders in the development field on the best ways to advance sustainable development in Middle Income Countries. Take advantage of this opportunity and register now at http://www.unssc.org/home/activities/un-reflection-series-2016
 
 
PAULYN DUMAN
Junior Knowledge Management Associate
UN Sust Staf Knowledge

UNSSC KNOWLEDGE CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Haus Carstanjen
Martin-Luther-King-Straße 8, Bonn 53175, Germany
Office:    +49 (0)228 815 2661
Cell:       +49 1515 940 9999
Skype:    paulyn.duman
Email:    p.duman@unssc.org

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RIP Maurice Strong father of climate change and sustainable development, “Only One Earth”

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My dear friends

With deep sadness i share with you the news about the death of Maurice Strong. As Secretary General of Rio 1992 he shepherded the creation of the UNFCCC and one of the last messages he gave was on what he hoped for the Paris talks to achieve http://blog.felixdodds.net/2015/11/rip-maurice-strong-father-of.html With sadness felix

Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  1-734-352-7429

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RIP Maurice Strong

In memory of Maurice Strong from internationally renown Environmental Educator,  Julia Marton-Lefevre:    I write with sadness to remember Maurice Strong who passed away yesterday in Canada. In addition to his key international roles setting the agenda for the environment and sustainable development movements, Maurice was a great friend and mentor to so many of us. I have been working with him ever since I was director of the International Council for Science (ICSU) when he asked us to be the principal science advisor to the 92 Rio Conference, then at the LEAD programme, where he was a Board member, and then succeeding him as Rector of the University for Peace. While I was DG of IUCN he continued his decades-long support, as a member of our Patrons of Nature, and as an important advisor. I was so glad to have organised a meeting and a celebration of Maurice’s 80th birthday at IUCN in July 2009, attended by friends from all corners of the world . This is the brief report of the meeting before the celebration https://cmsdata.iucn.org/…/report_of_maurice_strong_environ… followed by pictures from a beautiful Swiss summer evening.
Maurice will remain in our hearts and minds as we continue to seek sustainable solutions to our environment and development challenges.
Julia Marton-Lefèvre

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Influence tonight’s debate

Helene H. Oord,After walking 1,000 miles in 46 days, we’re finally standing at the steps of the Capitol. We’re here to talk to lawmakers, and to show them that our lives, our votes, our jobs, and our schools matter.Today, we need your help putting voting rights in the spotlight. There is a Republican presidential debate taking place tonight. We need to ensure these candidates don’t leave the stage without explaining their positions on voting rights to the American people.Tweet the moderator of the debate, Jake Tapper, and panelists Hugh Hewitt and Dana Bash. Urge them to ask the Republican candidates about strengthening the VRA..@JakeTapper @HughHewitt @DanaBashCNN ask the GOP candidates tonight: “As President, how will you strengthen a weakened VRA?” #JusticeSummer“Whoever wins the election in 2016 will make decisions that could radically impact the laws governing our access to the polls, and with that, our ability to effect change on the issues we care about. We must push these candidates to provide Americans with their stance on voting rights. We can’t let them ignore an issue so vital to our democracy.Reach out to the moderator and panelists of tonight’s debate via social media now. There are only a few hours left before the debate, and they need to know you are paying attention: http://action.naacp.org/tweet/Debate In solidarity, Cornell William Brooks President and CEO NAACP

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E-book: CORPORATE CAPTURE of the International Development Agenda and why the SDGs cannot stop it

Dear all, Below is the newest CPG publication, Corporate Capture of the International Development Agenda and why the SDGs cannot stop it.“  It can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/1FZL33H Feel free to circulate this in your networks and friends. And for those of you in New York, please join us on Sept. 28 for Days of Action for Justice Sept. 24, 5 pm: Speak out for Climate Justice Gather in front of Mid-Manhattan Public Library on 5th Avenue and 40th Street for a participatory action for climate justice and system change the evening Pope Francis arrives. Sept. 26, 5pm: March Against Forced Migration and Displacement.  Gather at Washington Square Park (by water fountain) as we march from NYU to St. Francis Church where there will be a forum on desaparecidos on the evening of Sept. 26. Sept. 27, 5:30pm: People’s General Assembly at NYU Law School (40 Washington Square South) Sept. 28, 10am-6pm: Dialogues for Justice, the Public Interest and the Common Good: A Public forum-workshop the day after the UN Development Summit where we will be mobilizing social justice/ envi justice groups to reflect on the outcomes of the UN Development Summit and the impacts of US government policies internationally and domestically.

Please register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dialogues-for-justice-the-public-interest-and-the-common-good-from-the-margins-and-the-frontlines-tickets-18208628498

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Dear all,

As news of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” just launched by the UN Member States cascades down to country level, we encourage you all to write opinion articles and letters to the editors in your own country, drawing from the attached CPG statement (which is a shorter version of the full statement we released last week). We really need to deflate the undeserved hype being manufactured around this agenda and draw attention to what’s really happening in the ground. Regards,

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Private Sector Engagement – Partners — Beneficial?

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 
Many colleagues have raised serious questions about engaging the private sector in supporting the work of the UN such as the SDGs.
“Why, you might ask, should the private sector — with shareholder returns to worry about — get involved in lofty U.N. initiatives? First, the private sector contributes 60 percent of global GDP and 90 percent of the jobs, and may be better positioned to accomplish many of the goals because of better reach and resources. Second, if achieving some of the goals also helps achieve shareholder interests, the U.N. summit could result in a fresh burst of innovation and creative finance.
This article “The UN’s new goals could trigger a burst of innovation in sustainable development” from the Washington Post, reports on research conducted at Tufts’ University Fletcher School to understand why companies would even consider investing in sustainable development.  
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell: +1-(734) 352•7429
Landline: +1-(734) 994•3612

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MARTA IMPORTANT PLS SEE YES TO SDGs– “no” to GLOBAL GOALS: [GeoTeam] trivialization and over-simplification of SDGs

Sascha Gabizon [mailto:sascha.gabizon@wecf.eu] Inviato: mercoledì 23 settembre 2015

Oggetto: WMG letter of concern about trivialisation of the SDGs Dear colleagues of the Major Groups and other stakeholders, Please find enclosed letter signed by members of the Women’s Major Group with concern about trivialisation of the SDGs, which we sent to Amina Mohammed and Thomas Gass today. With my best regards, for the signatories of the WMG Sascha

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Letters to the editors

Dear all,

As news of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” just launched by the UN Member States cascades down to country level, we encourage you all to write opinion articles and letters to the editors in your own country, drawing from the attached CPG statement (which is a shorter version of the full statement we released last week). We really need to deflate the undeserved hype being manufactured around this agenda and draw attention to what’s really happening in the ground. Regards,

Paul Quintos
IBON International
3rd Flr., IBON Center
114 Timog Avenue,
Quezon City 1103
Philippines
Telefax: +63 2 9276981

Skype ID: paul.quintos
Websites: iboninternational.org
peoplesgoals.org

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Diplomat M-Zine invitation Sept 3rd CROWNE.PLAZA.DM.AFTER.SUMMER.PARTY.2015

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Devex News – To help Nepal

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REGISTER NOW – Annual Leadership Symposium

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BOOK YOUR SEAT NOW

The sum of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
This year marks five years of Africa 2.0 – we have achieved a lot, and we have an exciting journey ahead of us. When we gather in Maputo, Mozambique (2 – 4 December) for the 2015 Annual Leadership Symposium we will leverage the strength and collaboration of our community around our existing impact initiatives, campaigns for influence and to crack unsolved challenges – together we are stronger.Here is why you should join us:
  • Be among the community of change makers, business and civil society leaders, young entrepreneurs, thought leaders and experts that are driving change on the continent
  • Share knowledge, information and approaches, find opportunities to collaborate for increased impact and build connections necessary for success
  • Accelerate your projects by aligning with a like-minded community and be part of initiatives and campaigns that are shaping a new Africa
  • Capitalise on A2.0’s global footprint with 35 Chapters in Africa and the Diaspora, accessing a pool of potential customers, employees and partners
  • Interact with International and African media and gain visibility for your work and organisation in Africa and globally
  • Find the expertise and resources about Africa and African markets that you need to accelerate your contribution to the development of the continent
  • Make lasting connections with emerging and established leaders with a common vision and anchoring values, as well as opportunities for networking, building business, accessing financing
  • Get a first-hand look at the most innovative solutions, created by Africans, solving real African problems and use your collective intelligence to unlock solutions to global challenges
  • Take advantage of mentoring, leadership development programmes and business tools
  • Gain a deep understanding of Africa 2.0, its vision and what your role is – and experience the Africa 2.0 initiatives and success-stories
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Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.        Luke 6: 35

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+6%3A35&version=NIV

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Hélène H. Oord, Israel helps the people of Nepal – read more news…‏

 

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 Shalom Hélène H. Oord,

 “Blessed is everyone who blesses you.”  (Numbers 24:9) 

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 Congress Approves Aid for Tunnel Detection to Israel

On Wednesday, in the face of reports of ongoing tunnel digging in the Gaza Strip, the United States Congress has unanimously approved an amendment to defense legislation authorizing Iron Dome-style research and development for tunnel detection in Israel. The R&D program for the development and testing of technologies will work to defeat this deadly threat to Israeli security. “This bill, which authorizes research, development, and test activities between the United States and Israel in order to better detect and destroy these tunnels, will help both the United States and Israel defend against future threats emanating from tunnels,” the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said in a statement.  (JP) Israeli soldier enters a Hamas tunnelAn Israeli soldier enters a Hamas tunnel to disable its capacity to be used in acts of terrorism against Israel. Hamas attacked Israel before and during Operation Protective Edge using bombs and tunnels.  At that time, Israel discovered 32 tunnels, half of which entered into Israel. Hamas has already spent some $100 million in the reconstruction of tunnels, some of which are used to smuggle arms, food, and supplies in the Strip. One of the amendment’s sponsors, Congresswoman Gwen Graham said, “Every day, our closest ally in the Middle East—Israel—lives under the constant threat of terrorist attacks launched from underground tunnels.” Calling the amendment the US-Israel Anti-Tunnel Defense Cooperation Act, Graham compared the initiative to the Iron Dome anti-missile project. “Iron Dome has saved countless civilian lives, and I believe an anti-tunneling defense shield will save countless more,” she said. Such a technology will also help allay the fears of residents along the northern border with Lebanon where it is believed Hezbollah may be preparing similar attack tunnels into Israeli villages.  (Times of Israel)

Israeli-engineered Iron Dome PicsThe Israeli-engineered Iron Dome, which was first deployed in March 2011, is a purely defensive system.  It was built to intercept and destroy rockets and artillery shells midair that are fired at Israel’s civilian areas.  Each missile the Iron Dome fires is reported to cost Israel $50,000

The other sponsor of the amendment, Congressman Douglas Lamborn,  said that tunnels can be a threat to US embassies and that the new technology will also help the US. The amendment, which was bipartisan, was passed by a unanimous vote during a marathon session of the House Armed Services Committee. The amendment was added to the National Defense Authorization Act that already includes $474 million for the missile defense systems Iron Dome and David’s Sling (also called Magic Wand, designed to intercept medium-range ballistic missiles from Lebanon and Syria as well as Gaza).  (jns) Israel and the US will share the cost of the project equally as is the case with already existing programs like the Iron Dome, Arrow, and David’s Sling systems. The US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee has laid the groundwork for the joint program by approving it in an amendment to the annual defense bill.  The bill will now be sent to the House plenum where approval, including the amendment, is assured.

A vegetable stand in IsraelA vegetable stand in Israel.  (Photo by savtadotty)

Israeli Finds Way to Extend Shelf Life of Vegetables

“He [the Lord] causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the labor of man, so that he may bring forth food from the earth.”  (Psalm 104:14) The Hebrew University’s Yissum technology transfer company has found a new way to extend the shelf life of vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, celery, spinach, and parsley.  (JPost) The discovery, which was presented at the 19th Agritech Israel exhibition held in Tel Aviv last week, is especially important in an industry where as much as 50% of leafy vegetables can be lost before reaching the market due to natural wilting and deterioration (senescence). The innovative technique was created by Dr. Rivka Elbaum of Hebrew University’s faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences in Rehovot.  (JPost) The method involves a food additive that is believed to have a beneficial effect on human health.  Leafy vegetables are dipped into a solution that delays the deterioration of the vegetables. “The novel method invented by Dr. Elbaum is a simple, low-cost solution for delaying senescence in leafy greens, thereby increasing their shelf life.  The method, which has been tested on lettuce, could considerably increase the profitability of leafy greens, which comprise a large fraction of the fresh vegetable market,” Yissum CEO Yaacov Michlin said.  (JPost) The problem of quickly wilting vegetables is worldwide, especially among farmers who have no access to refrigeration.  In countries such as India and Africa, farmers are forced to sell their produce locally where they receive much lower prices.  Consequently, they have barely enough to live on.  (Times of Israel) This new method solves that problem since leafy vegetables will stay fresh for weeks without refrigeration.  This can help to break the cycle of poverty for rural farmers in the developing world by increasing profitability of leafy green production, a large part of the agricultural market. Nepalese womanA novel Israeli invention will help greens to stay fresh longer.  In the above photo, a Nepalese woman carries a basket of produce.

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Israel Sends Aid to Nepal After Earthquake “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.”  (Proverbs 3:27) Israeli rescue teams continue to search for survivors among the rubble of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25th. On Saturday, the Nepalese government announced that the death toll from the previous weekend’s quake tops 7,250.  The government numbered the injured at 14,122. Nepalese Home Ministry spokesman Laxmi Prasad Dhakal did not hold much hope that more survivors would be found among the rubble. “It will be a miracle if anyone is found alive,” Dhakal said.  ”But we have not completely given up yet and are continuing to look.”

 Zaka and Ichud Hatzalah  NepalZaka and Ichud Hatzalah members of the Israeli search and rescue mission to Nepal take part in life-saving efforts in Nepal.  (Photo: Zaka Spokesperson

One such miracle did occur on Saturday when a 101-year-old-man was pulled from the rubble of his home. Efforts by the Israeli military in Nepal to save lives include pulling a 24-year-old Nepalese woman out of the rubble of a hotel on Thursday.  She was buried for five days. “It’s nothing short of a miracle,” said IsraAid’s Yotam Polizer.  “It was hard to believe that anyone could have survived for that long.” In another hotel just streets away, a 15-year-old boy was dug out from the rubble earlier in the day. “When the young woman was finally extracted and carried away to a waiting ambulance, it was to the great relief of the large crowd that had gathered, bringing hope that others may yet be alive,” IsraAid Founding Director Shachar Zahavi said.  (Times of Israel)

The village of Langtang is located in the Langtang ValleyThe village of Langtang is located in the Langtang Valley.  (Photo by Yosarian)

Sadly, no such miracle occurred for 22-year-old Israeli Or Asraf, the only Israeli to die in the earthquake.  About an hour before the earthquake, he decided to walk ahead of the group that he was with. His body was located Sunday morning in the Langtang region of Nepal, north of Kathmandu, the country’s capital.  The village of Langtang was entirely wiped out in an avalanche. Asraf is a veteran of last summer’s “Protective Edge” operation in the Gaza Strip and had been missing since the 7.8 magnitude quake hit Nepal. When Asraf’s father and two friends searched the guesthouse where Asraf was said to have stayed and found no trace of him, he called for a heightened air rescue. After two helicopters headed back on Sunday to the Langtang region carrying Or’s army friends, his body was located. A difficult, complex rescue will be carried out Monday. “We are incredibly saddened that our efforts ended in this way.  In all the days of searching for Or, we had the hope of finding him alive and bringing him back to his family,” Eli Beer, president of United Hatzalah, stated. “Despite our efforts, when we found Or he was no longer alive.  We take comfort in the fact that thanks to our volunteers’ efforts, Or will be buried in Israel.”

 An Israel Defense Forces soldier treats a Nepalese womanAn Israel Defense Forces soldier treats a Nepalese woman.

The quake was Nepal’s deadliest in at least 80 years.  It leveled much of the capital city of Kathmandu. In its ongoing relief efforts, Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced Thursday that Israel is committed to a long-term program for reconstruction in Nepal following the quake.  Israel has pledged to reconstruct an entire village.  (JSpace)  “After consulting with various departments in the Foreign Ministry, we decided to adopt a village in Nepal, to assist with its reconstruction and to do our utmost to help people who have really found themselves in a difficult situation,” Lieberman said in a government briefing. Nissim Ben-Sheetrit, the Foreign Ministry’s director general said, “We, the professional staff, will start to work after the dust has settled and it’ll be possible to talk with Nepali authorities about the location of the village and the matter of the reconstruction.” Israel was one of the first nations to dispense rescue helicopters and a field hospital along with search and rescue teams to the shaken nation.  It has the second largest rescue presence in Nepal next to India.

A baby born in the IDF field hospital in Nepal.A baby born in the IDF field hospital in Nepal.

Please click here to make a difference for YESHUA and Eternity There have been some bright moments for rescue workers. Israel’s field hospital is still in operation and as of May 3 has treated 578 patients. To date, 43 life-saving surgeries have been performed and six babies have been delivered. Meanwhile, the local Chabad (an ultra-Orthodox Jewish outreach) announced that it has prepared 2,000 meals for local citizens in Nepal.  The Chabad emissary, Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz, took to the skies himself in a Nepalese government helicopter, leading a rescue mission to find stranded Israelis. On Friday, the last of Israeli backpackers that had been stranded in inaccessible locations were airlifted to safety.

 Israel disposes of a Hamas rocket that landed in central Israel.Israel disposes of a Hamas rocket that landed in central Israel. (IDF photo)

United Nations Report Documents Hamas Exploiting UN Facilities

“Their Redeemer is strong, the LORD of hosts is His name; He will vigorously plead their case so that He may bring rest to the earth, but turmoil to the inhabitants of Babylon.”  (Jeremiah 50:34) The first United Nations Board of Inquiry (BOI) report regarding Operation Protective Edge and last summer’s fighting in the Gaza Strip found that Hamas terrorists exploited UN facilities in the Gaza Strip and used children as human shields. “The executive summary of the report clearly documents the exploitation by terrorist organizations of UN facilities in the Gaza Strip.  Israel is committed to working jointly with the UN in order to improve the security of UN facilities in the Gaza Strip, with special emphasis on preventing such exploitation by terrorists,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said. “Moreover, Israel is prepared to extend its assistance to UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency], with the aim of preventing the recurrence of circumstances under which UN facilities are used to carry out terrorist activity, in blatant violation of international law, and in a manner that gravely endangers civilians, including UN staff.”

A Palestinian student inspects the damage at a UN school at the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.  Although it was still unknown who was responsible, the UN immediately blamed Israel for the damage.  It is thought that Hamas was firing on Israel from the vicinity of the school at the time it was hit.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon admitted that at least three UN schools, which were supposedly not used as shelters at the time, were used for warfare:  “The fact that they [UN schools] were used by militants to store their weaponry and, in two cases, probably to fire from is unacceptable,” wrote Ban in the executive summary. The UN report also states that security, which the UN hired to protect its facilities, was lax. UN security staff included 237 persons. To help protect its facilities during the war, the UNRWA hired several hundred locals as additional security personnel on three-month temp contracts.  They were without adequate training in security and had no standard operating procedures for reporting security breaches.  Therefore, it is possible, the report admits, that weapons may have been hidden and then removed without even being noticed.  (BOI Report, sections 83–90)

Israel's Operation Protective EdgeIsrael’s Operation Protective Edge was launched against Gaza after a prolonged period of Hamas bombing Israel and because of the threat of Hamas terrorist tunnels leading into Israel.  This house in Israel suffered a direct hit from a Hamas rocket.  (IDF photo)

  Despite the finding by the report, international headlines predictably focused on Israel killing Palestinian students. The UN report reviewed seven Israel Defense Forces (IDF) attacks on UN facilities in which three resulted in 44 Palestinian deaths,and the others led to 277 injured. Ban Ki-moon had harsh words regarding the deaths at the hands of Israel, but made room for the IDF’s own investigations to determine illegalities.  There were no charges of war crimes in this report, which was primarily a fact-finding inquiry. In response to the UN report, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said, “Israel makes every effort to avoid harm to sensitive sites.”  Nahshon also pointed to five criminal investigations that have been opened by the IDF that include the incidences involving the UN-run schools. “All of the incidents attributed by the report to Israel have already been subject to thorough examinations and criminal investigations have been launched where relevant,” Nahshon explained.  (MFA)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon poses in December 2014 with children at the UN school in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.  (Photo: United Nations)

  Bloomberg Announces Winners of the Genesis Generation Challenge “It is too small a thing for you to be My servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.  I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. (Isaiah 49:6) Last week, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced nine recipients of the Genesis Generation Challenge, a competition supporting innovative projects guided by Jewish values to address the world’s pressing issues. Each team of young adults selected as a winner of the Genesis Generation Challenge is awarded $100,000 to help implement their sustainable and scalable solution to an important problem.  The teams are also matched with a mentor to help develop the project. Bloomberg launched the Genesis Generation Challenge using the million dollar Genesis Prize money he was awarded last year by Israel. With his winnings, he created nine $100,000 prizes for projects.  The winning projects focus on areas such as public health, education, and cross-cultural exchanges with a view to encouraging tolerance and alleviating poverty, among other issues.

 Genesis Prize recipient Michael Bloomberg (YouTube capture)Genesis Prize recipient Michael Bloomberg (YouTube capture)

The winning projects are the following: Build Israel and Palestine (BIP), whose goal is to bring together Jewish and Muslim Millennials to work on infrastructure projects in Israel and Judea and Samaria—the first being converting sewage to usable water in partnership with Arava of Israel; Building Up (Canada), which installs energy efficient technology in affordable housing complexes while providing training in practical trades for Toronto-based workers who have high barriers to employment entry; Prize4Life (Israel), which is seeking a breakthrough in ALS treatments by developing an app for tracking markers of the motor neuron disease ALS. eNable 3D (Israel), whose goal is to provide free 3D-printed prosthetics to underserved populations in Haiti; LAVAN (Israel and the US), whose goal is to create a community of angel investors and educators to support entrepreneurial projects that deliver life-changing products and services to the world’s poor, sick, and marginalized; Sanergy (Kenya), a social enterprise founded on novel sanitation projects implemented among the slums of Nairobi; Sesame (Israel), which is developing a smartphone for those without the use of their hands; Spark (Burundi), a fund providing micro-grants to design, implement, and manage social projects by and for poor communities; and Vera Solutions (United States and India), which aims to train the next generation of data specialists, driving innovations in database technology in order to streamline social organizations and allow them to make better decisions. About these projects, Bloomberg said, “Some of the projects will exceed every expectation.  Others will not—they may be dismal failures.  But every one of them deserves a shot.”

Elie WieselElie Wiesel exhorts and encourages the audience at the Genesis Generation Challenge award ceremony.  (YouTube capture)

During the event, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel called on Jews to “do something about their Jewishness.” “We believe that to be Jewish is not simply a matter of birth.  We must do something with it, with ourselves,” said Wiesel at the Bloomberg Philanthropies townhouse office on New York’s Upper East Side. “It doesn’t mean that the Jew is better than anyone else,” said Wiesel.  “It simply means, because I am a Jew, I have to do something with my Jewishness.  It is the Jew in me who works for human rights … the Jew in me who believes that racism is stupid.  Not only evil, but stupid.”  (Algemeiner)

 Michael DouglasMichael Douglas speaks at the Genesis Generation Challenge award ceremony.  (YouTube capture)

Actor Michael Douglas, who attended the ceremony, will be the recipient of Israel’s 2015 Genesis prize in June. Bloomberg described Douglas as “an outspoken voice against nuclear disarmament and for the protection of children.” Douglas, who is the product of an interfaith marriage between his Jewish father, actor Kirk Douglas, and his non-Jewish mother, actress Diana Love Dill, said he will put his million-dollar prize to work on “interfaith marriage and other tolerance issues.” Last year, his teenage son endured an anti-Semitic verbal attack, which Douglas wrote about in the Los Angeles Times. “For me this is just a wonderful surprise in my 70th year,” Douglas told JTA.  “I am continuously discovering just the breadth and the depth of the interfaith issue, and I’m looking forward to addressing it.”

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Worldview Mission, Condoleances to Nepal “earthquake”

Dear,  All On behalf of the board of directors, “Worldview Mission”,we want to extend our condoleances and send our deepest sympathy. We will remind you and keep you in our prayers. Please accept our sympathy and good wishes.    With Deepest Sympathy by Worldview Mission RR’s, CR’s with his Board of Directors, Love you much. Ps: Please find info’s below to remember those in need: Pradeep, Deepak http://worldviewmission.nl/?attachment_id=4858 http://worldviewmission.nl/?attachment_id=3683 http://wmnepal.webs.com/ http://worldviewmission.nl/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/WM-NEPAL-Report-Banner-PRADEEP.pdf   Mrs Goma Dhakal Rainbow Children Home- Nepal http://worldviewmission.nl/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/WM-Nepal-PDF-Newsletter_December_20122.pdf   http://worldviewmission.nl/?page_id=6928 www.orphancarenepal.org 00977 9856027599 (M), 00977-61-462089,(O) Post Box No. 210, Pokhara-6 Dihiko Patan, Lakeside Kaski, Nepal Email: orphancarenepal@gmail.com   News made by: -       The CNN  http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/25/world/nepal-earthquake-how-to-help/index.html -       Article:  How to help victims of the Nepal earthquake http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/25/world/nepal-earthquake-how-to-help/index.html ———————– LONG TERM HELP Complete Details to Obtain Funding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV8tM36x4AY See Groundbreaking Video that funded 850 Outstanding Causes! ~ It’s that easy. Burton Danet, Ph.D. Watch Video / Submit GRANT form for funding approval. We’ve made a difference for 850 others. Help us do the same for you. — Yours trully, Worldview Mission (WM) with his  member & team International Chair & Founder Ms. HÉLÈNE H. OORD PR-Media - Int’l Relations Liaison to the United Nations Mob: +31 (0) 636108563    /  Phn/Fax  +31 (0) 107857863   NPO LOGO http://www.npo.nl/ohm-magazine/03-05-2009/POW_00222455

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  Request for endorsement – letter on investment to UNCTAD & UNCTAD members

 Letter endorsement – UNCTAD Investment Oct 9

We hope you can add your organization to this short letter to bring our critique of extreme investor rights in TPP and other trade and investment agreements to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) at a critical moment. To sign on, please send your organization’s endorsement to jboehner@citizen.org by October 14.  UNCTAD is the main international agency that provides guidance and support for developing countries in deciding and negotiating their investment policy.  There is currently an important internal debate on investment issues happening at UNCTAD, and thus we have a major opportunity to influence that debate in a positive direction toward our goals on investment policy.  UNCTAD’s  Globalization and Development Strategies (GDS) division publishes the flagship report of UNCTAD each year, the Trade and Development Report (TDR). This year, it focused on investment issues, and included conclusions very similar to civil society critique. This is important because the Investment division of UNCTAD is still in transition in terms of the investment policies it recommends.  UNCTAD will hold its World Investment Forum October 13-16 in Geneva.   Thus we are asking for your endorsement to the attached letter to UNCTAD members and the Secretary General Kituyi, including our critique of ISDS policies in particular, and supporting the direction of the GDS division and the TDR, and encouraging more “cohesion” in the investment policy towards the GDS critiques. It is not a letter that includes all of our viewpoints on investment policies or ISDS, nor includes the ample suggestions for alternative policies that are being circulated in another, much more comprehensive statement. It is specifically short and pointed on engaging with UNCTAD towards the right policy framework.   Please send organizational endorsements with country as soon as possible to jboehner@citizen.org (NOT to me!) as soon as possible, but by the morning of October 14th at the very latest.   Thank you,  Deborah James Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS) network  Director of International Programs Center for Economic and Policy Research 1611 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400, Washington DC 20009 +1.202.293.5380 x111  /  djames@cepr.net   /   www.cepr.net 

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: INVITATION: Briefing on the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Monday 27 October, ECOSOC Chamber    27 Oct Briefing in New York Invitation 17.10.14   INVITATION: Briefing on the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Monday 27 October at 1:15-2:45 pm, ECOSOC Chamber Dear All, Please find attached an invitation to a briefing to be held at the UN HQ in New York on Monday, 27 October, from 1:15-2:45 p.m., in the ECOSOC Chamber, on the preparations for the third International World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. All are invited to attend. Kind regards, Lotta Lotta Tahtinen Major Groups Programme Coordinator Office of the Director Division for Sustainable Development/DESA United Nations, S-2619  /  E-mail: tahtinen@un.org   /  Tel: +1 (917) 367-2212  

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Tomorrow Tuesday Oct. 7th Deadline for Registration – Invitation for Shared

Societies Perspective in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

October 8th 1.15 pm to 2.30pm 

Dear Colleagues,  The Permanent Mission of Italy and the Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the United Nations, the Club de Madrid and the Society for International Development, are pleased to share the invitation and the concept note for a policy dialogue on “Shared Societies Perspective in the Post-2015 Development Agenda”, which will be held at the United Nations, Conference Room 8 (GA building) on October 8th, 2014, starting from 1.15pm – 2.30pm. During this Event, It will be presented Development 57.1 on ‘Shared Societies’, a special issue of SID’s quarterly journal, which has been produced in partnership with the Club de Madrid.  Please note, UN SECURITY informs that to access to conference room n. 8, (in the General Assembly Building) ALL PARTICIPANTS that do not hold a UN Ground pass must have a Special Entry Ticket (SET).   Also NGOs and Civil Society that do not hold an annual UN pass need a SET in order to access the event. SET tickets will be distributed on Wednesday October 8th, from 12.15 pm until 1.15 pm, at the entrance located on 46th street and First Avenue.   Please RSVP by Tuesday October 7th 2014 to the Permanent Mission of Italy to sec.italyun@esteri.it.  Thank you and best regards, Angela Zarro Programme Manager Society for International Development Invitation: http://www.sidint.net/docs/invitation.pdf

Concept note: http://www.sidint.net/docs/CdMeventFlyer.pdf

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Please sign on – Letter to UNCTAD on investment Request for endorsement – letter on investment to UNCTAD & UNCTAD members  We hope you can add your organization to this short letter to bring our critique of extreme investor rights in TPP and other trade and investment agreements to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) at a critical moment. To sign on, please send your organization’s endorsement to jboehner@citizen.org by October 14.  UNCTAD is the main international agency that provides guidance and support for developing countries in deciding and negotiating their investment policy.  There is currently an important internal debate on investment issues happening at UNCTAD, and thus we have a major opportunity to influence that debate in a positive direction toward our goals on investment policy.  UNCTAD’s  Globalization and Development Strategies (GDS) division publishes the flagship report of UNCTAD each year, the Trade and Development Report (TDR). This year, it focused on investment issues, and included conclusions very similar to civil society critique. This is important because the Investment division of UNCTAD is still in transition in terms of the investment policies it recommends.  UNCTAD will hold its World Investment Forum October 13-16 in Geneva.   Thus we are asking for your endorsement to the attached letter to UNCTAD members and the Secretary General Kituyi, including our critique of ISDS policies in particular, and supporting the direction of the GDS division and the TDR, and encouraging more “cohesion” in the investment policy towards the GDS critiques. It is not a letter that includes all of our viewpoints on investment policies or ISDS, nor includes the ample suggestions for alternative policies that are being circulated in another, much more comprehensive statement. It is specifically short and pointed on engaging with UNCTAD towards the right policy framework.   Please send organizational endorsements with country as soon as possible to jboehner@citizen.org (NOT to me!) as soon as possible, but by the morning of October 14th at the very latest.   Thank you,  Deborah James Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS) network  Director of International Programs Center for Economic and Policy Research 1611 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400, Washington DC 20009 +1.202.293.5380 x111    /  djames@cepr.net    /  www.cepr.net 

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  UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainabl​e Development, 10-12 November 2014, Aichi-Nagoya, Japan/Conférence mondiale de l’UNESCO sur l’éducatio​n au développem​ent durable, 10 au 12 novembre 2014 Aichi-Nago​ya, Japan    Dear Community of Educators,  Unesco’s World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development taking place in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan 10-12 November 2014, has extended an invitation to members of the UN SD Education Caucus to attend, see attached invitation.   Some of our members have been helping with the planning and organizing, if you are interested in participating in the Conference as our designated representative, read over the appended materials and let us know so we may submit your name/title/organization, visit  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/ Each participant is responsible for their financial support and travel arrangements. All the best, Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs Co-Coordinators Climate Change  Dr. P. J. Puntenney Environmental & Human Systems Management 1989 West Liberty  / Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA E-mail: pjpunt@umich.edu  / Cell:  (734) 352 7429 / Landline: (734) 994-3612  Dear Ms Puntenney,  Please find attached a letter addressed by the Assistant Director-General for Education, inviting your organization to participate in the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which will take place in Aichi-Nagoya (Japan) from 10 to 12 November 2014 http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/  We would highly appreciate and would be most grateful if you could confirm your participation at the soonest possible time. In your reply, please include the full contact details, in particular, the individual e-mail of the nominated participant. This will allow us to provide the participant access to the online registration system. We look forward to receiving your positive reply. Yours sincerely, DESD Secretariat – ESD section Division for Teaching, Learning and Content Education Sector UNESCO 7, Place de Fontenoy  75352 Paris 07 SP  France  Mrs, P J Puntenney_CommSustainable Dev USA 9oct2014 14

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MARTA [Civil Society FfD List] Eurodad International Conference May 2015 – save the date! Financing for Development focus  HOLA, I THINK THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT – ESPECIALLY IN THE CONTEXT FOR THOSE OF US WHO WORK ON FFD, AND SINCE THIS IS ABOUT 2 MONTHS BEFORE THE FFD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND BEFORE THE UN  SEPT 2015 GA- CULMINATION OF NEGOTIATIONS ON SUSTAINABILITY GOALS.. IT IS ABOUT NEW WORLD ORDER..REAL PEACE AND REAL SECURITY.. ERADICATION OF POVERTY AND CC. BEST..MARTA Subject: [Civil Society FfD List] Eurodad International Conference May 2015 – save the date! Financing for Development focus Hi all,  Really excited already about next year’s international conference, which we’re co-organising with our Danish member, IBIS.  The focus will be on Financing for Development, so we’ve brought it forward to May so that it’s a key strategic point in advance of the July Addis FfD conference. Put it in your diary!  COncept note attached, and short summary below.  Eurodad – IBIS International Conference:  Financing for Development Where:        Copenhagen, Denmark When:         5-7 May 2015 [ + Eurodad General Assembly on 8 May for members only] Theme:       Financing for Development The Eurodad biennial conference is a leading forum for discussion, idea-sharing and collective strategising for civil society groups advocating for reform of development finance. Held at least every two years for over a decade, the conference allows Eurodad members, allies and partners to broaden understanding of key issues, identify and move forward on collective struggles, forge new alliances and meet inspiring people. The Eurodad-IBIS international conference is  timed at a critical moment, when CSOs and allies will need to jointly strategise for the ‘big push’ needed to overcome resistance and make sure critical commitments are in the FfD outcome document.  It will also be critically important to strategise for beyond the conference, including how it links to the post-2015 summit later in the year.  Hope you can make it! Jesse Griffiths, Director Eurodad, European Network on Debt and Development Tel: +32 2 894 46 40 Mobile: +32 4 91 42 96 97 Skype: eurodad-jesse Rue d’Edimbourg 18-26, Brussels 1050 ck our work at web sites..***web del MUSEO AJA LINK: http://www.museoaja.org The wikipedia page for SIGLO XXIII is up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siglo_XXIII, The museo aha is already on Wikipedia as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Museo_Aja, in spanish:http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museo_Aja. marta benavides– SIGLO XXIII   EL SALVADOR — TEL 503-7904-9886   Eurodad LOGO

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Post 2015 Report: Sign-on Letter to UN Secretary General on Access to Information, Free Expressions, Free Media, Protecting Civil Society Dear Community of Educators,  This request for organizations to add their name to the signon letter to the Secretary General  regarding access to information is an action of special interest to the UN SD Education Caucus.  Bremley and I have endorsed the support from the Ed. Caucus and encourage your organization add their name to the letter. If you would like to sign this, please send your organisation’s signature to Charlotte Gill <charlotte@article19.org> by Thursday, 25 September.  All the best, Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs  Dr. P. J. Puntenney Environmental & Human Systems Management 1989 West Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA  /  E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu Cell:  (734) 330-0238  /  Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612 Subject: Signon letter to UNSG on access to info, media, civic space To: Sustainable Development Announcement List <sdg@lists.iisd.ca> Cc: Charlotte Gill <charlotte@article19.org>   Hi everyone,  We are continuing our campaign on promoting access to information, free expression, free media and protecting civil society in the Post 2015 agenda, with a letter to be sent to the UNSG on Right to Know Day (28 September) asking him to ensure they are included in his upcoming stocktaking report.  If you would like to sign this, please send your organisation’s signature to Charlotte Gill <charlotte@article19.org> by Thursday, 25 September. Thanks, Dave Begin forwarded message: 

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SIGN ON ~ INTERNATIONAL: Right to Know Day – Urge UN to enshrine the importance of free expression in the Post-2015 Agenda

INTERNAL APPEAL – INTERNATIONAL 19 September 2014 SOURCE: ARTICLE 19 Dear IFEX members, To acknowledge Right to Know Day on 28 September, ARTICLE 19 is asking you to sign a joint statement urging the Secretary General of the United Nations to highlight the importance of the right to information, free media, and the protection of civil society organisations’ ability to organise and engage. At the end of this year, the UN Secretary General will publish a synthesis report of three global processes that have contributed to the establishment of the Post-2015 framework. In the last months, IFEX members have actively advocated for the inclusion of access to information and independent media in the Agenda for the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, yet there is still work still to be done to ensure that this wording is included in the Agenda. As mentioned in a blog post by Charlotte Gill from ARTICLE 19, Right to Know Day coincides with the start of a year-long negotiation process to determine the Post-2015 agenda. States will be discussing the framework that will be the foundation for international policy commitments for the next fifteen years and more. They will decide on goals that will galvanise efforts to improve the daily lives of vulnerable and marginalised people, and set out targets that will focus the attention of donors striving for sustainable development. Please note that the letter is totally embargoed until Right to Know Day, 28 September. Best wishes, Amy Jonhson and Marie-Hélène Ratel IFEX Campaigns and Advocacy The text of the joint statement ARTICLE 19 is asking you to sign follows: 28 September 2014 His Excellency Ban Ki-moon Secretary General of the United Nations United Nations Headquarters New York, NY 10017 CC: Amina J. Mohammed, Assistant Secretary General

Dear Mr. Secretary General, We write to you as a coalition of civil society organisations committed to sustainable development, to urge you to highlight the importance of the right to information, free media, and the protection of civil society organisations’ ability to organise and engage in your upcoming stocktaking report on the Sustainable Development Goals to the General Assembly. We welcome your recent announcement on the creation of an Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. However, as experts and practitioners in the field, we feel strongly that the data revolution cannot succeed without substantial improvement in the openness of governments to their people and an improved and enabling environment for civic space that allow individuals, civil society and communities to know, speak, engage and operate freely. To achieve this, the rights to freedom of information, free media, freedom of association, and freedom of peaceful assembly must be fully recognised and enabled. The importance of these rights has been recognised in the Millennium Declaration, the Rio+ 20 declaration and numerous UN papers. These rights are also highlighted in the report of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons and in the recommendations of the Open Working Group, both of which recommended that access to information and the

protection of fundamental freedoms be included as targets. However, even with the crucial role these rights play in development, they are largely unincorporated in currently agreed development mechanisms and were conspicuous by their absence in the Millennium Development Goals. As you acknowledged in your “Freedom Lecture” speech last year at the University of Leiden, civil society is under increasing pressure: journalists and human rights defenders are imprisoned; internet and media outlets are shut down; and peaceful protests are banned. These issues need to be addressed as part of the SDGs or they will continue to hinder development progress and the data revolution will be restricted to the status quo of limited and unreliable information by the few, for the few, instead of access to information by everyone, for everyone, and the ability to act upon it. Mr. Secretary General, today is globally recognised as “Right to Know Day”. Governments and civil society organisations around the world will celebrate the progress made so far to ensure everyone is empowered to have greater control over their lives by better knowing how governments operate. Please take the time today to ensure these rights are not forgotten in the SDGs. Thank you for your consideration. If your office wishes to discuss this further, please contact us at…. Signed, ARTICLE 19 [more signatures to follow] For more information, contact: ARTICLE 19+44 20 7324 2500 F +44 20 7490 0566 Email: info@article19.org  Free Word Centre 60 Farringdon Rd London EC1R 3GA
 https://www.article19.org/ Charlotte Gill, Campaigner, ARTICLE 19 (charlotte@article19.org) The information contained in this internal appeal is the sole responsibility of ARTICLE 19. This material is not for broadcast or publication

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Emergency in Sierra Leone    DONATE NOW 

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DONATE NOW                                                                                           DONATE NOW  THE SIERRA LEONE CRISIS Dear Ms. Helene Oord, Worldview Mission Dear Friends, Dear All, I have just returned from Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, where I spent 2 weeks working closely with our team and meeting community members and national leaders to understand the Ebola outbreak. More than anything, I have seen first-hand the fear and uncertainty people are living in as the threat of Ebola spreads across the country. As I’m sure you’ve heard in the news, Ebola is a brutal virus which appears suddenly and is highly contagious.  The current outbreak in West Africa is the first time the disease has ever appeared in that part of the continent.  Governments therefore had no containment plan in place, which coupled with traditional practices of burying bodies and of course, caring for relatives while they are sick, has led many people to put themselves at risk and for the disease to keep spreading. Sierra Leone is in crisis. Not a crisis like the civil war, which ended just 12 years ago, and from which Sierra Leone is making great strides to overcome. Not a crisis like an earthquake or flood, devastating and ruthless but over in seconds. This is a worsening crisis which Sierra Leone is struggling to contain. This crisis comes from a lack of something so simple – information. Information that must to go to the very heart of how people live, in order for them to protect themselves against this terrible disease. Restless Development is in Sierra Leone.  We have been working with young Sierra Leoneans for years, on projects crucial to the long term, sustainable development of their country.  But Sierra Leone needs more right now.  It needs people trusted by local communities, to demonstrate how to keep safe.  It needs clear, trusted, simple information on how to stay alive. Our young volunteers are ready to mobilise, to travel to at-risk districts and educate those communities in how to fight Ebola safely. We believe just 200 of our volunteers can reach 360,000 people. That’s 360,000 people whose lives will potentially be saved due to the crucial information our volunteers can give them. But we need your help. Funding for our standard projects in Sierra Leone is being frozen. Our staff and volunteers are ready, but we need over £87,000 to train, deploy, and support our volunteers to carry out this vital work. Can you help us? Can you make a donation today to get our volunteers moving and lifesaving information spreading across Sierra Leone? Anything you are able to give will make a difference at this critical time. Thank you so much for your support. Perry Maddox             WM restles dev logo donation 4 sierra leone Chief Operating Officer Restless Development P.S. In the few days since I returned from Freetown, the Ebola crisis has been called ‘out of control’ by the World Health Organisation. There are less than 200 doctors in the public health system in Sierra Leone, a country of over 6million people. They need our help. Please, help our volunteers give them that support. Restless Development                                                Join us on Forward to a friend www.restlessdevelopment.org 7 Wootton Street / London  /  SE1 8TG /  UK

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Subject: 62nd Dies Natalis of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) WM LOGO ISS ERASMUS DEN HAAG   The Rector Magnificus of the Erasmus University Rotterdam has the pleasure of inviting you to the academic ceremony to be held in celebration of the 62nd Dies Natalis of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) on Thursday 9 October 2014, starting promptly at  16.00 hrs in the Auditorium of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague On this occasion Emeritus Professor Kees Schuyt will deliver a lecture entitled: Teaching Research Ethics or Learning in Practice: Preventing Fraud in Science If you wish to attend this event, please register online at www.iss.nl/9oct Professors are invited to join the academic procession. Please bring your own gown and confirm by sending an email to Femke van der Vliet: vandervliet@smc.eur.nl ————————————————————————————————-    Certification of Event Access MORNING AFTER UPDATE: The Morning After: A civil society report back & security access Dear all, We’ve received a number of queries regarding access to the Church Center.  Kindly print out BOTH the event flyer as well as the Certification of Event Access (here attached). It is also advisable to bring a government-issued ID with you. See you all! tetet Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron Peoples’ Movement on Climate Change IBON International 3F IBON Center, 114 Timog Avenue, Quezon City Philippines Tel. No. +632 9277060-62  / Skype: tetet.lauron  /  www.iboninternational.org   ———————————————————————————————————

Simon@36 Project! Sierra Leone

Dear Friend,

In a few days I turn 36! Exciting times and gives me the opportunity to look back, count my blessings, mend fences (Lord knows I have a few to mend); reconnect; reach out and perhaps more important to share the honour on living on earth with you.
This year, as was last year, I want to use the opportunity to do something for young people on one of my favourite places in the world! SIERRA LEONE!
Last year, I supported a few children via my organisation. It begun by saving money that should go towards barbering my hair. Some of you supported me and promised to keep supporting.
This year, I hope to pay for up to 15 children, build a 10 seater toilet and up rails up on one side of the school.
I estimate that it will cost up to $5,000 to under take this project and I can not do it alone.
By this email, I come back to you to ask for your support. All funds raised to go 100% to ACIPP and to the project mentioned.
I thank you for supporting ACIPP and my endeavours. Please feel free to share with and within your networks.
Sincerely,

Simon Eyram Tsike-Sossah

Executive Director Stichting ACIPP Programme: Ghana|Sierra Leone |Liberia Website:

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/acippw.africaACIPP Offers Training, Facilitation, and General Consulting.

Check our Consulting website: 

 
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INVITATION: The Morning After : A Civil Society Reportback    WM The Morning After  Flyer copy Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron Peoples’ Movement on Climate Change IBON International 3F IBON Center, 114 Timog Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines Tel. No. +632 9277060-62  /  Skype: tetet.lauron  / www.iboninternational.org                         

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Letter on Post 2015 Agenda from Co-Chairs OWG SDGs 21 February 2014

Focus areas document OWG SDGs 21 February 2014

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Join Us – “Call For Participat​ion”  Climate Change Summit 2014: Catalyzing Action  22-28 September NY

Dear Community of Educators,

“Climate Change affects us all.  So what’s stopping us from joining forces to act on it?”  
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 this 23 September to galvanize and catalyze climate action.  He has asked these leaders to bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015. Climate Summit 2014 provides a unique opportunity for leaders to champion an ambitious vision, anchored in action that will enable a meaningful global agreement in 2015.  
While participation in the Summit events taking place at UN Headquarters will be by invitation only, during Climate Week there will be many events, live web cast, and more.  To learn about registration and participation go to:
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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[MGCY] Ministers Reference Book : Commonweal​th 2014

From: Ravi Karkara <ravkarkara@gmail.com Subject: [MGCY] Ministers Reference Book : Commonwealth 2014 Dear Colleague, It is my privilege to share with you the 2014 Ministers Reference Book of Commonwealth which is Designed to help commonwealth member countries work ever-more closely with each other to build a peaceful and prosperous community. The report features over 40 articles from leading commentators, including H.E.s David Cameron , Goodluck Jonathan, Executive Heads of UNCTAD, ITC, IMF, UNESCO, FAO and others.  It also has a feature on Hon. Hon. Nelson Mandela’s legacy and his impact on the Commonwealth. I am very honored to inform that the book features my article on Youth Led Development (Page 152-155) among all these other luminaries. I hope you will find this useful. Warm regards Ravi Please web-version http://issuu.com/henleymedia/docs/ministers_reference_book_2014_low_r/1 Please find a PDF of the Report – *You can copy and paste the following link in your browser to retrieve your file. The link will expire on August* 07, 2014 03:31 PDT. https://rcpt.hightail.com/2596430952/1d8dcaab17fcae91a2d26a70313eb192 Mailing list of the UN Major Group Children and Youth: The Children and Youth space in sustainable development negotiations at the United Nations. Website: www.childrenyouth.org, Facebook: www.facebook.com/UNMGCY, Twitter: @UNMGCY — Ntiokam Divine Child Labour Champion Focal Point,Follow-up to the  Brasilia Declaration Global Youth Digital Advocate Post -2015 skype: ntiokam.divine “Engaging and mobilizing youth for Agriculture Development” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9rxEVm9Nl8 Read My Blog<http://acsstudents.weebly.com/1/post/2011/12/divine-interjection.html> Share Your Vision for the World We Want 2015<http://www.worldwewant2015.org> UN Information on Post-2015<http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/beyond2015.shtml> Read the MyWorld Blog <http://blog.myworld2015.org/ ——————————————————————————————————

Letter from Ms. Amina Mohammed to Major Groups and other Stakeholde​rs

Subject: [GCAP Globalcouncil] [Coalitions] Letter from Ms. Amina Mohammed to Major Groups and other Stakeholders To: coalitions@whiteband.org

Dear All,
Please see the attached letter of Amina Mohammed on the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals addressed to civil society organisations.
Amina Mohammed is the Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning
Best wishes,
Ingo Ritz Director of Programmes Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)
Rue de la Linière 11
1060 Brussels
Phone: +3226094455  Mobile: +49 177 6026904 Skype: ingo.ritz ingo.ritz@whiteband.org www.whiteband.org GCAP works to challenge the institutions and processes that perpetuate poverty and inequality across the world to defend and promote human rights, gender justice, social justice and security needed for survival and peace.

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Introducti​on and Update Bremley Lyngdoh

Dear SD Ed. Caucus Members,

We are continuing to evolve and grow but I realized that not everyone has had the opportunity to meet our other Co-Chair, Dr. Bremley Lyngdoh [India[.  First, the spontaneous, light side of Brem.
Those good old Titanic days from the turn of the millennium back in the Summer of ’99 after the crossing the Atlantic and making across the pond to enjoy rowing in Central Park right in the heart of New York City – I am glad I did not sink  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_RlFhdifmA&feature=youtu.be
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Entrepreneur 
Co-Founder of the Global Youth Action Network in the 90s with Ben Quito [Fiji] –  by 2003 they had over 5 million young people making their communities a better place.  GYAN is now a part of the global youth organization Taking IT Global [TIG]
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Founder and CEO
See TEDxTalks:  ”Creating a sustainable business for a sustainable future – Worldview Impact story” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veVbySCha18
AND  ”Ideas worth spreading – Making an impact at the grassroots to create positive change.”
Mitigating climate change, those rubber trees (highly efficient in binding Green House Gases (GHG) – carbon sequestration) and creating sustainable livelihoods for the poor, Brem has spent the last five months in NE India planting trees with the communities and will spend the rest of the year managing the first harvest in the Fall into the new year.
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The UN SD Education Caucus was founded in 1992 at the “Earth Summit” [UNCED] as a multi-stakeholder, intergenerational platform.  We purposely have representation from a developed and a developing country, male/female, elder/youth — inclusive, participatory engagement, members representing the diversity of knowledge systems – policy & practice.  If you are interested in bringing your leadership to this work, joining our co-coordinators, let us know.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3
Rowing my boat in Central Park and singing Teenage Idol

Voorbeeld van YouTube-video TEDxPerm – Bremley Lyngdoh – 9/11/09 weergeven

TEDxPerm – Bremley Lyngdoh – 9/11/09
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Dear Bremley,
Great to meet you.
Best wishes,
Pasang
Pasang Dolma Sherpa* National Coordinator NEFIN Global Climate Change-REDD Partnership Program Mahangkal VDC-5, Golphutar Post Box 7803, KTM Nepal Tel: 977-1-4379726 Email:  pdsherpa@nefinclimatechange.org/ pdsherpa2008@gmail.com Web: www.nefinclimatechange.org  * Representative of Indigenous Peoples from Asia and Pacific: UN-REDD Policy Board (2012 to 2014), * Representative of Indigenous Peoples from Asia and Pacific: FCPF WB, PC, since 2013, * Member of IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic & Social Policy (CEESP), World Conservation of Protected Area (WCPA) since 2007, * Member of Theme on Indigenous and Local Communities, Equity and Protected Area (TILCEPA) since 2007, * Member of Accra Caucus, since 2012, * Board Member: Imagine Nepal since 2006, Advisor at Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Research and Development (CIPRD), * Promoter of Mahila Sahayatra Micro Bank

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South Bulletin: G77 celebrates 50th anniversar​y

Published by the South Centre

 http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=fa9cf38799136b5660f367ba6&id=b2545f4bda&e=1e33eb2f1a ———————————————————————————————————– Dear All, I am glad to share this beautiful Letter of Appreciation received from Mr. Al Gore, Chairman Climate Reality, addressed to me recognising and rewarding my work as outstanding from over 6000 Climate Leaders working across in 100 countries. Indeed motivating to get this attention, I feel so honoured. This is for all the members of SynergY and organisations that support me Thank YOU, Pics Simran

Ms. Simran Vedvyas
Climate Reality Ambassador and Leader UAE
Winner John Muir Youth Environmental Conservation Award

Subject:        WED2014  Dear Simran – thanks for your mail and your support to World Environment Day.  You can download and use the WED logo and banner from the WED website for the promotion of your activities. However, please make sure you only use the WED logo and that you use it as a whole. In the files you attached, the only one that may pose a concern is the Gisele flyer as it only has the UNEP logo. If you replace this with the WED logo then it is fine. Please also make sure you register your activity on the WED website and that your campaign includes a call for pledges to be made on the WED Challenge in support of Gisele’s team. If you need any more information, please let us know. Thanks again and kind regards, Lucy Jasmin Ms. Lucy Jasmin Head, Special Events Division of Communications and Public Information (DCPI) United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) P.O. Box 30552 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254-20 762 3401http://www.unep.org Letter to Simran   ———————————————————————————————————-

G77 countries plus China support stand-alon​e goal on equality for the new SDGs  !

Dear Colleagues,


I have some wonderful news, and a request.
First the good news: the G77 (a group of 77 countries that formed an alliance within the UN to counteract the powerful G8 countries), plus China, have made strong statements in favor of a stand-alone goal on equality for the new SDGs!
This is very important for the world’s dialogue on the relationship between inequality, poverty, and sustainable development. You can see the G77 statements made at UN headquarters in New York this past week at these links:
IfE also proposed a stand-alone goal on equality at meetings of the Open Working Group (OWG) in November of 2013, and again in a formal written proposal developed through our network in January of 2014. You can see the IfE proposal here: https://www.initiativeforequality.org/images/InitiativeforEquality_GoalonEquality_ThematicPositionPaper%20_Jan2014.pdf
Now for the request: can you contact your own country’s national delegation to the UN, to support the stand-alone goal on equality? First check to see if your country is a member of the G77: http://www.g77.org/doc/members.html. If it is, please offer them your thanks and support, and encourage them to stand strong.  If your country is not part of the G77, please contact your national delegation to urge them to support the stand-alone goal and targets as well. You can find names, addresses, email and telephone numbers for all the national delegations here:  http://www.un.int/protocol/bluebook/bb304.pdf
Warning: other countries may be working behind-the-scenes to kill the stand-alone goal on equality. Despite the public statements made in favor of it, and despite the fact that the co-chairs of the OWG have voiced support, it was dropped from the list of proposed goals. This means that there are powerful forces trying to block it.
We must speak up now to tell the UN: addressing inequalities is necessary to ending poverty and conflict, and creating equitable and sustainable societies!
With thanks and warm regards,
Anthony Akpan
President
Pan African Vision for the Environment (PAVE)
2nd Floor, Rear Flat,
59, Palm Avenue, Mushin
P.O.BOX 494 , Ijanikin, Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: 08033510419, 08035423750

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Letter on modalities and NGO Major Group Statement

OWG 11

1) Letter presented Thursday morning to the Co-Chairs of Denmark and Papua New Guinea from Major Groups, Beyond 2015 and GCAP on modalities for the Post-2015 Summit and associated preparatory processes. This letter was addressed to Denmark & PNG, current &  next PGA, and distributed to SG, OWG co-chairs and all Permanent Missions.

2) NGO Major Group statement presented at morning hearing on Monday, 5 May.
–  Jeffery Huffines NGO Major Group Organizing Partner CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060 Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org Skype: jefferyvhuffines CIVICUS: World Alliance for
Citizen Participation PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa www.civicus.org
Follow threats and take action to protect civil society – join Civil Society Watch at www.cswatch.orgP Please don’t print this e-mail unless you really need to. Thank you.
Stakeholder Letter – modalities for Post-2015 Summit_Final.pdf
OWG 11 – NGO Statement – FINAL.pdf

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Earth Summit +5  The Black Box Interventi​on

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Many of you have heard me tell the story of “The Black Box”.  Our Co-Chair Bremley Lyngdoh [India], is seen in the photo below, front row 2nd from the left. 22 years old just starting up the Global Youth Action Network with his colleague and friend Ben Quito [Fiji].
The context, the international press was hitting hard on “nothing was achieved, everything is just a black box with no answers.”   By Wednesday of the first week of the Earth Summit +5, Everyone was depressed, the atmosphere was heavy with why try.  The CSD Youth Caucus came up with a strategy to hold a press conference with all of the international press.  They found black gift boxes around New York, consulted and discussed with each other each of the major impossible questions with no answers and came up with answers.  Each answer was placed in a black box.  They stayed up all night and the next day the 1st international press conference was with Secretary-General Kofi Annan.  The largest box was presented to the SG and someone read the impossible question and read the answer.  With the whole of the press, it was repeated with smaller boxes again each representing one of the major press statements, the box opened and the solution read.  It was brilliant,  The energy within the whole of the CSD was turned around, the excitement, positive energy it created turned the atmosphere from hopeless – helpless to “Yes, we can.” hope and opportunity.
All the best,
Pam
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612
The special meeting of the CSD Youth Caucus with Secretary General Kofi Annan delivering him the Black Box of the Planet with all our demands inside for him to take action during the UN Special Session of the General Assembly at Earth Summit+5 back in Spring of 1997.

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 Pics Nelson MANDELA

Welcome to NAYD! Thanks for registering and holding our hands to add your voice to the many thousands of others in support of youth-led sustainable development in Africa. You will shortly be sent an invite to join our YAHOO and INSPIRE groups as well as added to our members page and NAYD maps (if you an organisation) but before you do anything else can I ask you to help bring symbols of peace and unity across Africa by signing our petition. It will only take a few seconds of your time. Kindly pass the link on to your friends for them to sign. We aim to get to 500 signatures before we send it on to the Chair of the AUC. NAYD is a non political, non religious online platform that pools all the efforts of African youth  into one force and gives them a greater voice. NAYD was established in 2006 and it is, simply put, a home to all young people who are primarily passionate about Africa and secondly work towards its sustainable development. It includes young people who are working in different community projects in their countries in youth – led start ups, community based organizations and non-governmental organizations. It is led by a group of passionate volunteers who run all its activities online and offline and who have overseen the rise in group membership in the last few years. NAYD aims to promote and encourage the work of young Africans involved in activities that impact positive change in the continent by:- > creating a platform where the youth can exchange ideas and information; > to create a dynamic network formed by and for young Africans for the development of Africa as a whole; > to promote recognition of, mobilize and enhance the capacity of young Africans internationally; > to provide them with leadership skills to take action against poverty. NAYD ultimately aims to move Africa from being labeled ‘3rd world’ and ‘developing’ to a continent that can sustain itself and its people across generations. It does this by collaborating with other organizations, groups, associations and individuals in educating, informing and inspiring others thus creating an unstoppable ripple effect. This is carried out in five major ways. Current Information It collects current verified information on everything about development in Africa and makes it available to all the members. If you want to know what is going on in Tunisia, Niger or in Tanzania look no further than the NAYD webpage and social media. It pools together information regarding, but not limited to, opportunities, projects, research and education. In a span of a very short time that very information reaches thousands of young people across the world, who in turn share it with their networks, who in turn share it and the process goes on. Whilst we can’t prove that information alone triggers change we are sure that it does reach them and if the surge in request for membership is anything to go by we are positive that there is action taking place in the community as a result of this shared information. Blogs NAYD has a group of bloggers who are experienced in their fields, well informed and also well versed with the blogging world. These bloggers write on a number of topics that are relevant and vital to the process of development in Africa. It has three major blogs; HIV/AIDS, CLIMATE CHANGE and INSPIRE. Through these blogs, issues are analyzed and put down in a language that any young person can understand and relate to. Besides that they also include write-ups on people and groups that are working in these fields in the community. By doing this, not only does NAYD give young people information but also helps put a perspective to this information in relation to sustainable development in Africa. INSPIRE Newsletter Every few weeks NAYD collects stories that have shaped the development discourse across Africa and puts them in a newsletter that is circulated to its members and also to other organizations that work in the development sector internationally. This newsletter also highlights and recognizes one NGO every month that is youth-led and working in Africa for development. By celebrating the work done by these NGOs NAYD encourages the young people who work at the grass root and also inspires other young people into action. It also puts the particular NGO in the limelight so that people who might be looking to connect with such a group can get the relevant information and potentially proceed to a fruitful partnership. It is also a small way of telling these people ‘Good job, keep doing it’. Live Debates In the information age we do not have to meet and debate issues physically. Through live debates, NAYD gives a voice to people working in the community who rarely get heard on other platforms. Last year NAYD introduced live debates that had some young Africans deliberating on a topic and moderated by an African youth. The first was on the question of ‘aid verses development’ and whether or not Africa really needed more aid. Though marred by a few technical glitches it elicited deep emotions from both those opposing and those proposing. The debates will continue this year with more topics under scrutiny by the young. It is hoped these debates will incentivize the listeners and participants to turn the emotions displayed during the debates into positive action. The next one will be on Google Hangout at 10am GMT Sat 29th March on the topic of youth and agriculture. Topical discussions Besides the live debates NAYD also holds and encourages the youth into having discussions on social media about everyday occurrences that affect Africa and its prospects in sustainable development. These are open discussions that include members who are online at a particular time though they are moderated by one of the volunteers. Topics range from the education system in Africa, the place of women in development to why youth consider agriculture a dirty occupation. Giving a platform for the youth to discuss their own issues without having a feeling that the big brother is watching them means that they openly share their opinion and learn from each other in the process. All these activities are aimed at seeing that the process of development in Africa is open, owned by the youth and spearheaded by the youth. NAYD envisions a future where every African has access to quality education, food, health care and housing regardless of gender, status, tribe or geographical location. An Africa whose search in online search engines does not return emaciated kids holding an big empty bowl looking into an empty world in empty anticipation. We don’t have any money to offer but do have thousands of talented youths all willing to give of their time and talents to make Africa the great continent it deserves to be. Please get involved and become an active member, not just an armchair voice as actions speak louder than words…..and as Nelson Mandela would say, “It always seems impossible until it is done”. many thanks

 The NAYD team 

  [WorldYout​h] Special INSPIRE for Nelson Mandela [1 Attachment​,  Nelson Mandela Flyer WORLD ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH Visit our website at http://www.way.org.my Secretariat Address: World Assembly of Youth, World Youth Complex, Jalan Lebuh Raya, 75450 Melaka, Malaysia. Telephones:    +6062321871     or      +6062322711      Fax: +6062327271 Email: info@way.org.my   ——————————————————————————————————- michaelboampong.com http://www.michaelboampong.com/remembering-nelson-mandela-a-true-youth-and-development-advocate/   Remembering Nelson Mandela: A True Youth and Development Advocate From the 3-year-old who salutes Nelson Mandela (Madiba) in Soweto to the school children who grip portraits of the icon during a ceremony in India, it is evident that people across the globe feel the loss of Madiba’s passing. As President Barack Obama noted last week, “We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again.” But, perhaps, if young people and adults can draw lessons from Mandela’s legacy – one based on human rights foundations – such as freedom, justice, tolerance and respect – we can witness the rise of a new generation that follows in Madiba’s footsteps. As we remember the inspirational life of Mandela, we should recognize that the anti-apartheid leader was once an ambitious young man who only trusted in his convictions without probably knowing that his actions at the local and national level will transcend boarders and inspire the minds and actions of humanity worldwide. We should not relent in juxtaposing his core “change” values with the strategies and principles that guide our work and life. Here are some five facts and lessons drawn from Madiba:

  1. He believed in youth-led social      structures: While living in Johannesburg, he immersed himself      in anti-apartheid politics by joining the African National Congress (ANC).      Dissatisfied with the ANC’s inability to mobilize youth, Mandela helped      form the ANC Youth League in 1944.
  2. He was determined: He failed to obtain a law degree from the University of      Witwatersrand; as its only black student. But he never gave up on his      failure. Mandela studied while imprisoned and graduated from the      University of South Africa in 1988. With his knowledge in law, he offered      low-cost services for individuals seeking justices in an unjust society.
  3. He employed non-violence as a      means of change: Like Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr.,      he practiced a “surrender-without-a-fight strategy” to promote peace and      unity in his racially divided country. The Truth and Reconciliation      Commission (TRC), established as part of South Africa’s democratic      transition, showcased incredible examples of forgiveness. Mandela received      the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize for his promotion of peaceful rehabilitation in      South Africa.
  4. He was a strong anti-poverty      campaigner: Mandela taught my generation that “Overcoming      poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice.” He viewed      education as a way of eradicating poverty when he noted that “Education is      the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Perhaps      to honor his vision we need to prioritize investment in quality and      equitable education for young people, thereby contributing to efforts      aimed at meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
  5. He was results-oriented: In      principle and pragmatism, Mandela sought results. According to an anecdote      used in the PBS documentary, The Long      Walk of Nelson Mandela, after defeating the “enemy      morally, internationally, politically,” he recognized his actions were not      translating into results. So, he adjusted by employing a plethora of      tactics (i.e. to scold, flatter, demand and cajole, when needed). Perhaps      these tactics could inspire young leaders – especially those involved in      various social change movements – to learn about how and when to      practically demand accountability and results from key stakeholders. For      the development practitioners, Mandela’s values should encourage us to      strive for human-rights sensitive effectiveness, efficiency, impact and      technical skills in our development interventions.

To the youth of today, Mandela once said, “I also have a wish to make: Be the script writers of your destiny and feature yourselves as stars that showed the way towards a brighter future.” He believed in the ability of young people to be catalysts for inclusive growth and development. Together, let’s continue to achieve what Madiba envisioned. Long live Madiba’s spirit, and may it never die in our hearts and minds! What do you admire most about Mandela and how has it influenced you? Tell us how you intend to honor his values. ** This post was originally made on Youthink! ———————————————————————————————————   Dr Michael Atchia:   LETTERS  NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA   WORLDVIEW MISSION Letter  of  Condelence  To  Family   Nelson Mandela

2013/12/9 Jojozi, A; Ms : The_Hague Counsellor Bilateral DIRCO

————————————————————————————————— Dear  Ms  Helene Oord, Thank you for your message.  It is greatly appreciated. The Embassy has opened a book of condolence for signing. You can visit the Embassy between 10h00 and 15h00 to sign the book. If you are unable to, there is a link on our website (www.southafrica.nl) where electronic condolences can be sent.  These messages will be bound afterwards and sent through to the Mandela Family together with the other official Books of Condolences that are being signed at the Embassy. The Embassy is organizing a wreath laying ceremony at the Nelson Mandela Statue (next to the Bel Air Hotel)which will take place at 16h15 on Friday, 13 December 2013. Information on this will be published in the Embassy Website. Kind Regards, Mrs. Anna-Maria Jojozi Counsellor: Bilateral Wassenaarseweg 40,  2596CJ South African Embassy,  The Hague Tel: +31 70-392 4501/750 7649 / Cell: +31 68 565 0444  / Fax: +31 70-346 0669

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BREAKING NEWS Thursday, December 5, 2013 4:52 PM ES  Nelson Mandela, South African Icon of Peaceful Resistance, Is Dead Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an enduring icon of the struggle against racial oppression, died on Thursday the government announced, leaving the nation without its moral center at a time of growing dissatisfaction with the country’s leaders. Mr. Mandela spent 27 years in prison after being convicted of treason by the white minority government, only to forge a peaceful end to white rule by negotiating with his captors after his release in 1990. He led the African National Congress, long a banned liberation movement, to a resounding electoral victory in 1994, the first fully democratic election in the country’s history. Mr. Mandela served just one term as South Africa’s president and had not made a public appearance since 2010, when the nation hosted the World Cup. But his decades in prison and his insistence on forgiveness over vengeance made him a potent symbol of the struggle to end his country’s brutally codified system of racial domination, and of the power of peaceful resolution in even the most intractable conflicts. Years after he retreated from public life, his name still resonated as an emblem of his effort to transcend decades of racial division and create what South Africans called a Rainbow Nation. READ MORE » http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/06/world/africa/nelson-mandela.html?emc=edit_na_20131205
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Dear Education Caucus Friends and Colleagues,

We join the South African Community and all those around the world in mourning the passing of this great leader.
Nelson Mandela has touched our lives in so many ways and inspired us to envision a better world within our lifetime.  Now it is up to us.
In Peace,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612
                                            MADIBA Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela , born on the of 18 July 1918, would turn 95 this July 2013. He was an anti-apartheid revolutionary and was the first black South African, elected in a fully representative, multiracial election, to become President of the Republic of South Africa, in 1994. He held the post till 1999. Prior to that, Mandela spent 27 years in prison, mainly on Robben Island in Cape Town. Major national and an international campaigns lobbied for his release and these succeeded  in 1990 when he was released by  President F.W. de Klerk, with whom he successfully negociated to abolish apartheid and establish a multi-racial South-Africa. He was elected President in 1994 and formed a Government of national unity. Amongst his most remarkable contribution to his country’s welfare-and to world history- was the formation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (T&RC), to investigate crimes committed under apartheid by both the government and the ANC, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu as its chair. To prevent the creation of martyrs, the Commission granted individual amnesties in exchange for testimony of crimes committed during the apartheid era. The example of the South African T&RC inspired many to similar efforts towards reconciliation, flowing trauma like civil war or slavery. Our own Truth and Justice Commission of Mauritius is a good example. Using the South African example, Mandela encouraged nations to resolve conflicts throughdiplomacy and reconciliation and called for an African Renaissance on the continent. Much well les known was his Land Restitution Act of 1994 which enabled people who had lost their property as a result of the apartheid era’s Natives Land Act of 1913 to claim back their land. Thousands of such land claims were successfully settled, leading to some measure of equity as far as land ownership is concerned. Nelson Mandela is affectionately called Madiba by his people, rather like we refer to SSR as cha cha or the Indian population-and now the world- refers to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi as the Mahatma. Across the planet, Mandela came to be seen as a moral authority, with a great ”concern for truth”. He has attained an emeritus status comparable to that of a Dalai Lama or a Mustafa Kemal Atatürk , a Abraham Lincoln or a JFK, a Mahatma Gandhi or a  Jawaharlal Nehru, a Winston Churchill or a Charles de Gaulle, a Marx+Lenin or a Mikhail  Gorbachev, a William Wilberforce or a Martin Luther King Jr. He has been the subject of a huge number of  articles, research papers, books and films. My personal best is the film Invictus (2009) where black American actor Morgan Freeman accurately portrays Mandela. Late in 1994, Mandela’s main autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, was published. Just like the Nehru jacket- a tailored coat with a mandarin collar worn by Pandit Nehru when PM of India between 1947 to 1964, we have an item of dress which Mandela liked wearing- a batik silk shirt with bright and colourful prints- and which has become known as a Madiba shirt. As we know, he was deservedly co-awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1993 and will long be fondly remembered, at home in South Africa, in Mauritius and around the world. Dr Michael Atchia mklatchia@intnet.mu 25 June 2013
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Beste mevrouw Helene Oord,

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