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UN Closed for Renovation?

1 July 2013

But not really closed! If you were planning to come see the UN General Assembly Hall any time soon, you are too late. Visitors arriving for tours at the UN come in a side gate, and tour a very limited part of the Secretariat Building and the Security Council room (if the SC is not […]

Still Feeling that African Energy

1 July 2013

The rest of the story about the UNANIMA International Youth Workshop against human trafficking held in Ghana last April—may take years to unfold. But a seed has been planted and should continue bearing fruit.  One of the young men stood up and testified that “This has been a turning point in my life. I am […]

Water Project in Haiti

1 July 2013

Sr. Patricia Dillon RJM describes a water project in Gros Morne, Haiti that helps provide safe drinking water for many families.  It is called Gadyen Dio –Haitian creole for “water guardian”– and is set up at the parish rectory.  A network of families have been through training to learn how to treat their water using […]

Prostitution as “Just Sex Work”?

1 July 2013

UI is joining with other groups to protest the inclination of some UN agencies to decriminalize the buying of sex, “in order to cut back on HIV/AIDS.” These agencies (UNDP, UNFPA, and UNAIDS) try to separate prostitution from the issue of trafficking. But “for the most part, prostitution as actually practiced in the world usually […]

UN International Year of–What?

1 July 2013

Quinoa. The supergrain of the Andes was so revered by the Incas, they called it chisaya mama, or “mother grain.” A nearly perfect nutrition source, this edible seed is related to spinach and beets. It has been cultivated for over 4,000 years. The Indigenous Peoples of the Andes felt that ignoring it was a rejection […]