NGO NEWS Sisters of Charity Federation
The Commission for Social Development Volume 5, Issue 1
The Sisters of Charity Federa-Â tion played a very active role at both the Civil Society Forum preceding the Commission and the Commission itself.
Sister Faith Colligan, DC, served as the co-Âchair for the Civil Society Forum whose theme was Poverty Eradica-Â tion: Human Dignity Demands It! Susan Saiyiorri from the micro-Â financing institution, Jamii Bora, in Kenya was sponsored by the Federation. She and NGO representative Sister Caroljean (Cj) Willie both spoke at an afternoon panel on microfinancing. During the Commission Sisters Basanti Besra and Leena Ku-Â mari, SCNs from India, both contributed to a morning brief-Â ing on social protection in In-Â dia. The Federation co-Âsponsored two side events: one with
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The Federation had more than 20 representatives at either the forum or Commission. Partici-Â pants included a group of stu-Â dents and two faculty members from St. Elizabeth College. Since this was not a policy year IRUWKH&RPPLVVLRQD&KDLUÂˇV Summary was the final outcome document, not resolutions.
Meet Leena Kumari, SCN Sister Leena Kumari has served in our NGO Office as an intern for the past six weeks. She comes from Bihar, India where she has been working in a rural community with a literacy rate of less than 30%. Her primary work is with women and youth in the devel-Â
opment of small scale pro-Â grams and trying to secure government aid to finance the programs. Without meaningful opportunities many of the youth turn to anti-Âsocial activi-Â ties. Leena attended both the Com-Â
mission for Social Develop-Â ment (see above) and the Commission on the Status of Women. Leena felt that her experiences enabled her to see how the UN functions and the different roles of dele-Â gates, ambassadors and 1*2VFRQWÂˇGS
Inside this issue: Social Protection Floor
Did You Know?
Pictures from Commissions
Year of the Forest
Mission and Vision
What Is the Social Protection Floor? One of the main issues that continues to arise at the United Nations is the need for a Social Protection Floor (SPF). The SPF cor-Â responds to a set of basic social rights, services and facilities that the global citi-Â zen should enjoy. It can be seen as a core obligation of ensuring the realization of minimum essential levels of rights embod-Â ied in human rights treaties. The two main elements that would help to realize these human rights are: 1) Ensuring the availabil-Â ity, continuity, and geographical and finan-Â cial access to essential services, such as water and sanitation, food and adequate nutrition, health, education, housing and other social services such as life and asset
saving information; and 2) Realizing access by ensuring a basic set of essential social transfers, in cash and in kind, to provide a minimum income and livelihood security for poor and vulnerable populations and to facilitate access to essential services. It includes social transfers (but also informa-Â tion, entitlements and policies) to children, people in active age groups with insuffi-Â cient income and older persons. The SPF promotes a holistic and coherent vision of national protection systems as a key component of national development strategies. It seeks to support countries in indentifying and closing crucial protection
gaps through coherent and efficient meas-Â ures that maximize the effects of scarce resources on the reduction of poverty and LQVHFXULW\WRHQVXUHÂ´JXDUDQWHHGDFFHVVÂľ to essential services and social transfers. The SPF will continue to be on the agenda as an essential tool in the eradication of poverty. Next year is the policy year on the theme of the eradication of poverty for the Commission for Social Development and the SPF will figure prominently in the rec-Â ommendations of NGOs and, hopefully, in the resolutions passed by governments. For more information see www.socialprotectionfloor.org
Did You Know? x
Global Â military Â spending Â for Â one Â year Â totals Â more Â than Â 1.5 Â trillion Â dollars. Â The Â cost Â of Â meeting Â all Â of Â the Â Millen-Â nium Â Development Â Goals Â is Â $329 Â billion. Â The Â cost Â of Â military Â spending Â for Â one Â year Â could Â keep Â the Â UN Â funded Â for Â more Â than Â 700 Â years! Â The Â World Â Social Â Forum Â met Â in Â Da-Â kar, Â Senegal Â (West Â Africa) Â from Â 6-Â11 Â
February Â 2011. Â Leaders Â of Â both Â PHQÂśVDQGZRPHQÂśVUHOLJLRXVFRP munities Â are Â part Â of Â a Â coalition Â of Â faith-Âbased Â groups Â supporting Â this Â global Â initiative. Â Â Forum Â participants Â include Â members Â of Â civil Â society Â committed Â to Â human Â and Â labor Â rights, Â gender Â equality Â and Â environmental Â responsibility. Â The Â World Â Social Â Fo-Â
rum Â offers Â an Â alternative Â to Â the Â an-Â nual Â World Â Economic Â Forum Â in Â Davos, Â Switzerland Â which Â draws Â major Â business Â and Â political Â leaders. Â x
Women Â aged Â 15-Â44 Â are Â more Â at Â risk Â from Â rape Â and Â domestic Â violence Â than Â from Â cancer, Â car Â accidents, Â war Â and Â malaria, Â according Â to Â World Â Bank Â data. Â
What Is Advocacy? Advocacy Â is Â a Â primary Â role Â of Â the Â NGOs Â working Â at Â the Â United Â Nations. Â Â
provide Â alternative Â perspectives Â in Â an Â effort Â to Â effect Â changes Â in Â policy. Â Â
Âł$GYRFDF\LVDSODQQHGGHOLEHUDWHVXV tained Â effort Â to Â raise Â awareness Â of Â an Â is-Â VXH,WÂśVDQRQJRLQJSURFHVVLQZKLFKVXS port Â and Â understanding Â are Â built Â incre-Â mentally Â over Â an Â extended Â period Â of Â WLPHÂŤÂ´,WLQYROYHVLGHQWLI\LQJHPEUDF ing Â and Â promoting Â a Â cause. Â The Â goal Â is Â to Â
An Â advocate Â is Â one Â who Â speaks Â up Â for Â others;Íž Â it Â may Â be Â an Â individual Â or Â an Â or-Â ganization. Â At Â the Â UN, Â the Â Sisters Â of Â Charity Â Federation Â advocates Â on Â behalf Â of Â those Â living Â in Â poverty Â by Â collaborating Â with Â other Â NGOs Â in Â visiting Â missions, Â writing Â position Â papers, Â writing Â civil Â soci-Â
ety Â declarations, Â Â submitting Â written Â and/ or Â oral Â interventions Â to Â the Â various Â Com-Â missions, Â and Â by Â sponsoring Â side Â events Â and Â briefings Â to Â inform Â about Â best Â prac-Â tices Â in Â the Â field Â of Â poverty Â eradication. Â Â Â Networking Â is Â a Â key Â to Â successful Â advo-Â cacy. Â The Â more Â voices Â that Â speak Â up Â about Â an Â issue Â the Â more Â likely Â it Â is Â to Â be Â noted Â Â and Â acted Â on Â by Â decision-Âmakers. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Volume 5, Issue 1
Commissions for Social Development (CSocD) and the Status of Women (CSW)
Susan presenting at Civil Society Forum Susan, the Kenyan Ambassador, and Sr. Cj
Sr. Leena presenting at side event
Susan and Sr. Cj on microfinancing panel Sr. Kati Hamm and Sr. Catherine Joseph Federation members at CSocD
Participants with Leena at CSW Sr. Faith and Sally Dunn, co-chairs Sr. Basanti listens to a presentation
International Year of Forests 2011 The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2011 as the International Year of Forests. Everyone from Governments and the UN System, to major groups and other forest-related organizations are in- vited to come together to raise awareness on strengthening the sustainable manage- ment, conservation and sustainable devel- opment of all types of forests for the bene- fit of current and future generations. All organizations, from governments to
schools, are encouraged to hold activities in celebration of the Year. Forest Facts: Forests cover 31% of total global land area. Forests store more than 1 trillion tons of carbon. 2YHUELOOLRQSHRSOH·VOLYHOLKRRGVGH pend on forests. Forests are home to 300 million people.
Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions that con- tribute to global warming.
Sisters of Charity Federation Mission Â Statement Â
NGO Office 211 E. 43rd Street, Suite 504 Caroljean Willie, SC, Ph.D.Âł NGO Representative
Impelled Â by Â Christ's Â love Â and Â joined Â together Â in Â the Â mission Â of Â Charity, Â we, Â the Â Sisters Â of Â Charity Â Federation, Â respond Â to Â the Â cries Â of Â those Â who Â are Â poor Â and Â marginalized. Â
E-Âmail: email@example.com NGO website: www.sisters-Âof-Âcharity-Âfederation.org Vincentian Family website: www.famvin.org
Vision Â Statement Â
Resources Â Â Holman, Â Peggy. Â Engaging Â Emergence: Â Turning Â Upheaval Â into Â Opportunity. Â Berrett-ÂKoehler Â Pub-Â lishers, Â 2010. Â Ms. Â Holman Â offer Â principles, Â prac-Â tices Â and Â real Â world Â stories Â to Â help Â deal Â with Â the Â constant Â changes Â in Â our Â world Â and Â in Â our Â lives Â with Â creativity, Â compassion Â and Â wisdom. Â Â Scharmer, Â C. Â Otto. Â Theory Â U: Â Leading Â from Â the Â Future Â as Â It Â Emerges. Â Berrett-ÂKoehler Â Publishers, Â 2010. Â An Â excellent Â tool Â for Â all Â those Â who Â are Â inter-Â ested Â in Â leadership Â in Â both Â theory Â and Â practice. Â Â An Â invitation Â to Â see Â the Â world Â in Â new Â ways. Â
Impelled Â by Â the Â Gospel Â charism Â of Â Charity, Â we Â commit Â ourselves Â to Â be Â in Â solidarity Â with Â our Â sisters Â and Â brothers Â who Â are Â poor Â and Â marginalized. Â We Â will Â use Â the Â energy Â of Â our Â love, Â the Â gifts Â and Â talents Â of Â the Â members Â of Â our Â communities, Â and Â our Â material Â and Â spiritual Â resources Â to Â collaborate Â in Â the Â creation Â of Â systemic Â change Â locally Â and Â globally Â for Â the Â common Â good Â of Â all. Â Â Â Â
/HHQDFRQWÂˇG She found the CSW exciting and informa-Â tive. She found that many people are work-Â ing on the multiple issues facing women, but patriarchal societies make it very diffi-Â cult to achieve significant gains. However, she felt very hopeful listening to Michelle Bachelet, the new under-Âsecretary general of UN Women, who talked about the reality of the status of women at the grassroots level. She also talked about the many forms of violence against women in society today.
Leena, were a great help in understanding what was going on and in helping to make choices as to which side events and com-Â mission activities to attend each day. There
were 275 side events during CSW. The official launch of the new branch of the United Nations, UN Women, was held dur-Â ing the CSW.
Leena was encouraged to hear Ms. Bach-Â elet speak about the need for women at the grassroots level to have a platform to ex-Â press themselves and to participate in de-Â cision-ÂPDNLQJÂ´:KHQZHHPSRZHU women we empower the family, commu-Â QLW\DQGVRFLHW\ÂľVDLG0V%DFKHOHW The morning briefings, according to
Sr. Â Celine, Â MMS, Â Under-ÂSecretary Â General Â Bachelet Â and Â Sr. Â Leena Â Kumari, Â SCN Â