To address all aspects of poverty, including hunger, malnutrition, limited access to basic services, and social exclusion, a social perspective on development is urgently needed. The World Social Summit identified poverty eradication as an ethical, social, political, and economic imperative of mankind. UNANIMA participates in several NGO committees and working groups focused on social development through international policy at the United Nations, including the NGO Committee on Social Development and the NGO Subcommittee on Poverty Eradication. Each year, we conduct grassroots surveys, prepare written statements for the Commission on Social Development, and lobby government delegations to promote our issues.
With the help of facilitators Rosalie McDermott and Mary Anne O’Hara (pictured on the next page), the UNANIMA board discussed these and other points at its spring meeting in March:
“Following the proceedings of the sessions, hopping from one side event to another, and coming together and sharing views, ideas, learning and insights was indeed an undertaking! This year’s theme, “Promoting Empowerment of People to Achieve the Goals of Social Development” is at the heart of the Salvatorian Sisters’ mission, and I thought of all of them.
Growing up in the Philippines, I quickly learned that there is nothing natural or pre-ordained about poverty, be it material or non-material poverty…
Intern Celia Martin NDS presented an oral intervention on February 12 at the UN Commission for Social Development. The theme of the commission was “Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration, full employment and decent work for all.” You can see a video of her presentation here.
(To activate this link, press “Control” at the same time that you do a left click on the blue print). The video starts at the beginning of the UN session, but Celia’s talk starts at 1.57.07 of the video. “Hover” your pointer at the bottom of the webcast picture that appears, and you will see a grey bar under the picture; move it to the right until you get to the 1.57.07 position. We look forward to having an improved website soon, on which we can post the full transcript of her talk.…
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