At long last the country whose woman representative at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing Conference in 1995 said the often-quoted words that "Women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights" has nominated a woman for president. AND the woman is the one who moved the world by those words: Hilary Clinton. I believe this shows that "Change is possible." Let us keep that hope alive in our hearts.
Does this catch phrase "Leave No One Behind" mean that those currently in the front will go to the back and bring them forward OR that those behind will run to catch up with others? I found these questions by one speaker reflecting some of my own thoughts. As human beings there are always those that are "behind." However, they need not be ignored. Maybe this phrase simply means we will include them in the conversation. Do you have any thoughts on this phrase "Leave No One Behind?"
As part of the experience in Salzburg, at the Global Alliance Seminar, Molloy Honors students and faculty visited the Holocaust memorial site at Dachau, Germany. It is quite difficult to ever be prepared for such an intense and emotionally moving experience. The lessons to be learned from labeling, racism, purposeful targeting of any people and culture are certainly events we can all relate to in looking around the world today. There was much reflection on the need for peace, increased tolerance, acceptance and humanitarian works both abroad and here at home as we make choices about who to shelter, support and how best to be a part of justice.
Eileen P McGann
On Tuesday there were sessions on the need to use the nexus approach as nations seek to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The second goal on food security was used as a clear example as it relates to other SDGs such as health and well-being, agriculture and fisheries, and education.
A speaker representing the World Farmers' Organization reported that most of the 800 million people sleeping without food are farmers and that a lot of the African countries are not food secure. Farmers need to know and use the available technology, need to have an opportunity to obtain low interest loans when necessary, and need to be able to break down walls so that they can engage in smart agriculture which responds to drought, pests and diseases.
The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development begins today. The theme for this year is Ensuring that No One is Left Behind. Yesterday I attended a preparatory meeting and the presence of hearing impaired and seeing impaired added new depth to "leaving no one behind." The meeting was held for major groups and other stakeholders (MGoS) since this HLPF is the most UN inclusive gathering of any organization; it includes member states, major groups and stakeholders. Major Groups include representatives from
In June 2016 Molloy College Honors students and faculty participated in the Salzburg Global Alliance seminars. “The Global Citizenship Alliance promotes education for engaged knowledge and responsible action in an interdependent world.” The overarching focus and thematic content of the seminars this year relates to the world wide refugee crisis in Europe. Faculty from around the world met with students and provided much information to learn from.
Featured below is an image of the faculty from the Salzburg Global Alliance and Molloy College Students.
PGJ would like to highlight the United Nation's work moving Towards a Sustainable Future as we continue through these warm summer days. Sr. JoAnn Mark, PGJ Executive Director, gave a riveting account of the UN's place in the world today. Take a look and leave us a comment to let us know what you think!
It has been almost a month since I last wrote on this blog so let me bring you up-to-date on some of the happenings. On June 16 I left for St. Louis, MO and our Regional Assembly after which I went to Ruma, IL for a week of retreat. I returned to Bethpage on June 27. As you can imagine, I had to adjust once again to living alone. I also had to get caught up with emails, etc.
July 1 is my congregation's feast day and the anniversary of my vows so I had to take a little time to celebrate! I made up the time on July 2 and 4. So, now I think I am on-top of all the PGJ items. However, if I have overlooked some response you are expecting, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The fireworks that I could see from the house last night were fantastic. Hope you had a chance to see some colorful explosions.
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