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Notes from the UN

June 2016 - Pope Francis Speaks on Hunger

On June 13, Pope Francis addressed the international community at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The Pope emphasized that while communication technologies bring us face to face with so many tragic situations, this information overload is gradually leading to the "naturalization" of extreme poverty and hunger.  "In other words," he says, "little by little we are growing immune to other people's tragedies, seeing them as something 'natural'.... We cannot 'naturalize' that so many people are starving."

May 2016 - Migration, Environment and Climate Change

On May 9, the UN held a meeting on “Migration, Environment and Climate Change,” organized by the missions of Bangladesh and France. Presentations were given by five different nation state or organizational partners. Given some of our Congregation’s recent events, the meeting held a lot of interest for us.

April 2016 - UN Orientation

New NGO representatives were given an orientation at the United Nations on March 3-4 at the UN Building at 42th street in New York City. I was joined by another 50, or so, relatively new NGO representatives to learn about our work and how it fit into the work of the UN.

October 2015 - An Extraordinary September

Many people have asked me whether I was at the UN the day in September that Pope Francis addressed the General Assembly. No, like most others, I watched the activities on a TV screen. Very few NGOs were in the General Assembly. We were told, when we asked for tickets, that there was very little room because "all the ambassadors are bringing their whole family."

July 2015 - Generation H at The UN

They wore Kelly green with a bright yellow logo: "Generation H - Light to the World". One hundred and fifteen high school seniors and juniors, student leaders from Christian Brother schools throughout eastern North America, were at the UN, learning how to be global citizens.

 

"The Spirit sounds herself in so many voices: sometimes Her whisper is persuasive and easy to follow; sometimes Her cry is fiery and threatening. But She must be listened to."

Dorothy Vidulich, CSJP