Letter’s, Invitations & Upddates

http://worldviewmission.nl/?page_id=2696

http://worldviewmission.nl/?page_id=8429

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Mandela & Bill Clinton Climate Awareness Fund

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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 at 1:15-2:45 pm, ECOSOC Chamber

 

 27 Oct Briefing in New York Invitation 17.10.14 

Subject: Fw: 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 

 Letter – UNCTAD Investment Oct 9

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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
 

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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

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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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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.

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Subject: 62nd Dies Natalis of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

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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

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 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

 

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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: 

 
Address in The Netherlands: Lange Herenvest 122 2011 BX Haarlem, The Netherlands Cell: 0031 61 434 74 49

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INVITATION: The Morning After : A Civil Society Reportback 

 

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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
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Child Labour Champion
Focal Point,Follow-up to the  Brasilia Declaration
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UN Information on Post-2015<http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/beyond2015.shtml>
Read the MyWorld Blog <http://blog.myworld2015.org/

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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.

Mailing list Coalitions@whiteband.org https://mailman-mail5.webfaction.com/listinfo/coalitions

July 28 – AJM letter to Major Groups and Other Stakeholders

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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
———-
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) 994-3612
 
   
Delen
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

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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

 

On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 3:41 PM, Lucita Jasmin <Lucita.Jasmin@unep.org> wrote:

Re: WED2014

To:        Lucita Jasmin <lucita.jasmin@unep.org>
Date:        28/05/2014 12:38 PM
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 3401
http://www.unep.org

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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.
2 bijlagen
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

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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

 

 

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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!

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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

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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

 

Worldview Mission, Condolence book signing of Nelson Mandela, House of the South African Embassy Netherland’s

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“I Have a Dream”     by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  delivered August 28, 1963

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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.

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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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Donateur: WORLD VISION

Beste mevrouw Helene Oord,

We willen u heel hartelijk bedanken voor uw betrokkenheid bij ons werk en uw financiële steun in 2013! Mede dankzij uw bijdrage van in totaal 45 Euro komen duizenden kinderen en hun families tot bloei in onze sponsorprogramma’s en kunnen wij helpen in acute noodsituaties.

Klik hier voor onze verkorte financiële verantwoording, waarin wij ook enkele hoogtepunten uit 2013 benoemen. Maar er gebeurde uiteraard veel meer in het afgelopen jaar. Met uw steun hebben we op veel plaatsen in de wereld het verschil gemaakt. Zo hebben bijvoorbeeld in Isanga (Tanzania) meer dan drieduizend mensen toegang tot schoon drinkwater gekregen, gaat in Bandarban (Bangladesh) nu 96% van de kinderen naar de basisschool en hebben we duizenden Syrische vluchtelingen geholpen. Dit en nog veel neer resultaten zijn terug te lezen in ons jaarverslag dat in maart gepubliceerd zal worden op onze website.

Nogmaals hartelijk dank voor uw betrokkenheid en wij hopen dat we ook in 2014 op uw steun mogen rekenen!

Met hartelijke groet,

Ruud van Eijle, directeur

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