Planning Ahead

1 May 2010

The annual UN Department of Public Information Conference for NGOs will be held for three days at the end of August and the beginning of September 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. The theme is Global Health and the Millennium Development Goals. Louise Cleary has already told us that the Brigidines can offer hospitality to any who wish to attend. More later as we receive information about the registration

Trafficking Workshop in Kenya

1 May 2010

Catherine will be in Nairobi, Kenya, from 15 -21 May. She will be visiting grassroots projects there and also present a workshop on human trafficking and STOP THE DEMAND for Trafficking in Women and Children using the Phase 1 materials. During her visit there, Catherine will also present UNANIMA’s 2010 Woman of Courage Award.


1 May 2010

18th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development
3-14 May 2010

UNANIMA International is actively preparing its participation in this commission which focuses on the issues of mining, chemicals, transport, waste management and sustainable patterns of consumption and production.

On May 4, from 6:15-7:45 pm we will present an educational event “Land Yes! Dams No! – Building Cycles of Mobilisation”. The event focuses on two cases of efforts to build dams to benefit mining industries. One took place in Guatemala and resulted in a massacre of an indigenous community. Mary Corbett, CND, will share the story and also explain how accompaniment of the remnant from the community enabled their story to have an impact in the fight for human rights of indigenous peoples throughout the world. The second case is taking place in the countryside outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil and the community there is still successfully resisting the building of a dam which will destroy their livelihoods for the benefit of an aluminium mine. The third element of the cycle will be presented by an environmental lawyer who will explain how international laws, treaties and conventions can be used as instruments to defend the rights of those whose lands and livelihoods are being threatened.

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Collaboration for Human Rights Review of United States

1 May 2010

Although the actual review will not take place until November in Geneva.  UNANIMA worked with Franciscans International and the International Presentation Association to present concerns about human rights in the United States in the areas of Homelessness and the right to adequate housing; migrant workers and the situation of mandatory detention and administration of justice; human trafficking; mining and its impact on the right of indigenous people to the highest attainable standard of health and to clean water; and the right to food in relation to the US policies regarding genetic engineering (GE) technology. Access the full report.

Looking for Good Projects

1 May 2010

Please contact Catherine if you know of good examples of projects anywhere in the world where people living in poverty are adapting to climate change.  In collaboration with other NGOs we will be preparing an advocacy tool for the next meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in Mexico in November 2010. Email Catherine.