NGO Mining Working Group Raises the Issue of Land- and Water-Grabbing

9 March 2017

As always, there were a number of stellar side-events sponsored by the NGO community at this year’s Commission on Social Development (CSocD). As a member of the NGO Mining Working Group, UNANIMA was connected to one such side-event, which framed protection of land and water as a strategy for poverty eradication. Much of the discussion […]

CSocD 2017: A Veteran’s Overview

9 March 2017

By Renaude Grégoire, Social Justice Office – Sisters of Saint Anne   Every year in February, since 2011, I have participated in the Commission for Social Development (CSocD). The Commission brings together State members, UN agencies, and civil society organizations to strengthen the social pillar of sustainable development. The Commission is preceded by the Civil […]

My First Visit to the UN

9 March 2017

By Regina O’Connor, Social Concerns Office – Sisters of St. Anne, St. Marie Province   I am new to my position as Coordinator for Social Concerns for the St. Marie Province of the Sisters of St. Anne.  I have had to learn about many new areas in this position or at least to look at […]

From Grassroots Mission to UN Headquarters

9 March 2017

By Marita Nolasco Capili, SP   My name is Marita Nolasco Capili, SP, and I am a member of Congregation of the Sisters of Providence. I have been on mission in El Salvador for the last two years and serving as the President and Administrator of the Providence Beca (Scholarship) Program in the Bajo Lempa […]

After Brief Success for Water Defenders, Dakota Access Pipeline Proceeds

9 March 2017

A prime example of the land- and water-grabbing discussed in the Mining Working Group’s event at CSocD55 (article above), is currently playing out in the United States. For nearly a year, indigenous water defenders and their allies had maintained a campsite that served as a physical obstruction of construction of a natural gas pipeline through […]

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