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1 March 2012

The work of the UN Commission on Social Development captures the essence of many of our community ministries, dealing as it does with social issues such as education, health, marginalized people, and poverty. Nobody (not even the bureaucrats) could possibly be opposed to this year’s theme, The Eradication of Poverty, right? But ah, “the devil is in the details,” as they say! It was interesting to watch the G-77 (a large group of smaller and/or developing nations plus China) oppose wording about human rights, and the USA oppose any reference to climate change. Can we guess what is going on behind the scenes there?

A “T.I.P.” About Trafficking

1 March 2012

Speaking of trafficking, that issue has assumed greater prominence at the UN, and among NGOs, with the creation of an NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons. The “trafficking” NGO interest group was formerly joined with the “migration” interest group. Its new separate status has attracted a greater diversity of other NGO groups, resulting in its growth from about 8 persons to over 40. It has several subgroups under its umbrella, with UNANIMA International represented on the “Demand” task force. To be even more effective in shaping policy, the committee intends to work with the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, an independent “special investigator” appointed by the UN.

Rio+20

1 March 2012

We are watching our countries’ submissions for the Rio document, and we note that some of them read like a business plan, with no mention of climate change or the effects of some policies on the most vulnerable of the world. It is at the level of the state that these policies and directions are determined. What is the position of your government on the Rio issues of Sustainable Development and its three pillars of Social, Environmental, and Economic realities?

Kenya Update

1 March 2012

This project developed as an outcome of the UNANIMA International Youth Workshop to stop the demand for trafficking in women and children. It continues as a program designed to raise awareness in young people, under the able leadership of Radek Malinowski. Here’s a picture of one of the study groups, and a poem (“Broken Trust”) written by a young girl trying to imagine what it feel like to be a trafficked person: