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Doctrine of Discovery: Dismantling the Church’s Authorization of Supremacy

In 1452, Pope Nicholas V issued Dum Diversas, a Papal Bull (reaffirmed by subsequent popes) which came to be known as the Doctrine of Discovery. This gave church authorization to the global movement of European conquest and colonization, which decimated the Native populations in the Americas. While many countries in Africa and Asia saw significant suffering, Sri Lanka’s colonial exploitation lasted 453 years, one of the longest in history.

European colonialism may have formally ended, but its supremacist mindset has captured us. How shall we dismantle it?

In our final October session, Thursdays with OMNIA will explore this critical question for our time. Please plan to join our global Zoom conversation next Thursday, October  29th at 2:00 p.m. GMT  (7:00 a.m. in California, 9:00 a.m. in Chicago, 3:00 p.m. in Nigeria, 7:30 p.m. in Sri Lanka, 8:00 p.m. in Bangladesh.) Please double check your time zone.

We invite your participation and engagement. The conversation will be initiated by two experts on the subject, who are grounded in contextual realities:

  • Dr. George “Tink” Tinkeris the Emeritus Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado. He is a member of the wazhazhe, Osage Nation. Dr. Tinker is a renowned expert on Native American history, culture and spirituality. He is the author of many books including, American Indian Liberation: A Theology of Sovereignty. (2008)
  • Dr. Darshi Thoradeniya is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She received her Ph.D. in history at the University of Warwick in the UK specializing in the History of Medicine and gender issues. She has published many articles particularly in the area of reproductive rights. The winner of many awards and grants, her research and teaching includes colonialism.

Register here!

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the Decolonization Alliance, please email President Bautista at lbautista@umcjustice.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, please visit facebook.com/NGOCoRIP.

Older People’s Experiences in Real Life and Data

HelpAge International (in partnership with DESAAARP, Ghana Statistical Services, UNDP, and WHO )

is co-organizing the session “Older People’s Experiences in Real Life and Data” on 21 October 2020 at 10:00AM (New York) at the United Nations World Data Forum.

This session will:

  • Explore information required to understand the impact of the pandemic on the wellbeing and rights of older people
  • Examine systemic barriers to better data on older women and men
  • Identify actions members of the data community can jointly take to improve availability of data on older people for inclusive response and recovery

We look forward to your joining the event! Please register at: https://attendify.co/62RQIWV

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email vice-chair Dr. Seperson at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

Interreligious Council (IRC) Development: Multi-Religious Humanitarian Support

Dear Esteemed Partners of Religions for Peace,

It is our honor to extend to you a special invitation to join in the fifth Religions for Peace Global Webinar on Interreligious Council (IRC) Development onWednesday 21 October 2020.

This forthcoming Global Webinar will focus on the theme of Multi-Religious Humanitarian Support, bringing together the World Council, Honorary Presidents, Trustees, National IRCs, Regional IRCs, Women of Faith Networks, and Interfaith Youth Networks from over 90 countries in six continents.

Register in advance for this meeting by Tuesday, 20 October 2020, with this link:  https://religionsforpeace.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrceirqz8uG9NVn9–1EFozTE_o-rOD4sL

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Any questions or comments can be sent to ejackson@rfp.org. We look forward to our collaboration in further developing, equipping and strengthening our IRCs and the Religions for Peace global movement.

Read the IRC Development Strategy Paper here.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, please visit unforb.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns, please visit csvgc-ny.org. For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com

[UN observance] International Day of Rural Women

The International Day of Rural Women is commemorated annually on October 15. To learn more, please explore un.org/en/observances/rural-women-day

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-New York, please visit ngocsw.org. NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch. For more information on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit ngocswvienna.org.

Linking Criminal Justice & the SDGs: Corruption Creates Wicked Legacies at Hazardous Sites

10th Session of the Conference of the Parties UN – Vienna official side event

Link :  us02web.zoom.us/j/81890759866

Meeting ID: 818 9075 9866

Kenncode: 599775

Programme

Welcome & Introduction: Ilona Graenitz, Chairperson Vienna NGO Committee on Sustainable Development “Prerequisites for achieving the SDGs”

Presentation: Univ. Prof. Drin. Verena Winiwarter, BOKU, Institute of Social Ecology “Eliminating and cleaning up of wicked legacies at hazardous sites by supporting transparent, public information and fighting corruption, thus providing a sound basis for achieving the SDGs”

Follow-up activities and a question/answer session to follow.

About wicked legacies at hazardous sites:

Advancing towards the Agenda 2030 goals hinges on progress with target “16.5: Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms” Corruption can lead to significant and serious environmental problems, if it jeopardizes the care, maintenance and clean-up of toxic legacy sites. These environmental problems can in particular impact women. The event makes a case for action and calls for a debate on an additional SDG Target, respectively indicators to draw attention to the dangers of toxic legacy sites worldwide; particularly in abandoned mines. The SDGs can only be achieved, if stocks as well as flows of toxic substances and pollutants are reduced and finally eliminated. Abandoned toxic sites and mines present not only challenges to the environment and people, but also a growing threat, as mines worldwide may increasingly be used for storing CO2 with possibly hazardous results due to chemical reactions. It is of utmost importance to clean up this toxic legacy and manage related risks, as this process is particularly vulnerable to corruption. A panel of experts will offer insight into the risks of toxic legacy sites; the problems of developing legal framework to minimize long-term environmental contamination and its negative impact on human health; and discuss the challenges of minimizing corruption in issues involving specialized technical knowledge. In order to underpin the rule of law and to expedite legal action respecting the “Polluter Pays” principle, the founding of an international High Court for Environment and Health under UN auspices is proposed.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-New York, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org

[UN observance] International Day of the Girl Child

To learn more about International Day of the Girl Child, commemorated annually on October 11, please explore un.org/en/observances/girl-child-day

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, please visit ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch. For more information on the NGO committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit ngocswvienna.org.

Nuclear Weapon Free World: Global civil society commemoration of the UN Day for Nuclear Abolition

September 26, 2020, will be the 7th International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Join people around the world in celebrating the vision of a nuclear weapons free world, raising awareness and calling on their leaders to advance nuclear disarmament.

Organised by #WeThePeoples2020, an initiative of over 100 participating organizations, to promote and engage in the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and key UN days and events.

The Nuclear Weapon Free World event takes place in two parts:
Part 1: Timed to suit people in Asia and the Pacific
Part 2: Timed to suit people in the Americas, Europe and Africa

Registration:

  • Click here to register for Part 1: Asia/Pacific event
  • Click here to register for Part 2: Americas/Europe/Africa event

Each part will have three sessions:

Session 1: 10-12 presentations on nuclear disarmament issues
Session 2: Practical workshops on key approaches to nuclear disarmament, including using the arts, how to move the nuclear weapons budgets/investments to better things, how to engage and empower women and youth, how to engage your legislators (mayors, parliamentarians)…
Session 3: A panel discussion followed by Q&A on how to achieve nuclear disarmament, how to move the nuclear-armed states to relinquish nuclear deterrence, the role of non-nuclear states, how to build on the connections between nuclear disarmament and other key UN issues.

PROGRAM:

Moderators:

  • Part 1: Vanda Proskova (Czech Republic), Deputy Chair of the PragueVision Institute for Sustainable Security, PNND Program Director for Women, Peace and Security;
  • Part 2: Kehkashan Basu (UAE/Canada), Youth Ambassador for the World Future Council, former United Nations Environment Programme Global Coordinator for Children & Youth, and winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize.

Opening comments:

  • Part 1: Yuriy Kryvonos (United Nations), Director of the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific;
  • Part 2: Izumi Nakamitsu (United Nations), UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

Presentations, messages and panels with:

Maria Fernanda Espinosa (Ecuador), President of the 73rd UN General Assembly (2018-2019), former Ecuador Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence and a poet; Mani Shankar Aiyar (India), Chair of the Rajiv Gandhi Action Plan Group for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free and Nonviolent World Order and former member of the Indian Parliament; Yasmeen Silva (USA), Partnerships Manager for Beyond the Bomb; Solomon Yeo (Solomon Islands), Co-founder of World Youth for Climate Justice; Prof Azza Karam (Netherlands), Secretary-General of Religions for Peace; Gareth Evans (Australia), Chair of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network or Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and Co-convenor of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament; Dr Hedy Fry MP (Canada), Special Representative on Gender Issues for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); Rev Emma Jordan-Simpson (USA), Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation USAKaripbek Kuyukov (Kazakhstan), Artist, second generation victim of nuclear tests and Honorary Ambassador of the ATOM ProjectJeremy Corbyn (UK), Vice-President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and former Leader of the UK Labour PartyKathleen Burkinshaw (USA), Daughter of a Hiroshima nuclear bomb survivor and Author of The Last Cherry Blossom;  Mikyung LEE (Republic of Korea), President of the Korea International Cooperation AgencyJohn Hallam (Australia), People for Nuclear Disarmament and the Human Survival ProjectJackie Cabasso (USA), Director of Western States Legal Foundation and North America Coordinator for Mayors for PeaceFabian Hamilton MP (UK), Shadow Minister for Peace and DisarmamentDouglas Roche (Canada), Former Senator, Member of Parliament and Canadian Disarmament Ambassador; Marzhan Nurzhan (Kazakhstan), Convenor of the Abolition 2000 Youth Network, PNND Coordinator for CIS (former Soviet) Countries; Bill Kidd (Scotland), Convener of the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nuclear DisarmamentEla Gandhi (South Africa), Founder of the Gandhi Development TrustKelly Slater (USA), 11 times world surfing championCynthia Lazaroff (USA), Founder, NuclearWakeUpCall.EarthAntony Owen (UK), Poet and Patron of the Campaign for Nuclear DisarmamentSooyoung Hwang (South Korea), Disarmament Program Manager, Peoples Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, General Bernard Norlain (France), Vice-President, Initiatives pour le Désarmement Nucléaire. Former Air Defense Commander and Air Combat Commander of the French Air Force; and more to come.

Event outline and program: Click here for the event flyer and program outline with session times. Click here for the full program. Click here for guidance on taking specific action.

For further information contact vanda@pnnd.org or  info@unfoldzero.org.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com.

 

[High-Level Meeting] Margins of the General Debate of the Assembly for Beijing+25 Celebration

High-level meeting on the margins of the General Debate of the Assembly at its 75th session to celebrate the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Details to be announced by organizers,

This event is listed among the UN’s 2020 stakeholder opportunities supported by NGLs.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, please visit ngocsw-geneva.ch. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, please visit ngocsw.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit ngocswvienna.org.

{Virtual} UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 3)

UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 3)

September 18th – Community-Driven Sessions – 9:00am – 1:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 9:00am – 10:20am

Reaching the Summit: Promoting the Potential of the UN75 Declaration – Baha’i International Community, UN2020, and Together First

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81158216396

Speakers: Karin Eneström, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations and UN75 Declaration Co-Facilitator; Alya Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations and UN75 Declaration Co-Facilitator; Daniel Perell, Representative to the UN for the Baha’i International Community; Jeffery Huffines, Senior Advisor, UN2020 & Together First; Enyseh Teimory, Communications Officer, Together First, United Nations Association – UK; Cristina Petcu, Research Associate, The Stimson Center; Joshua Lincoln, Senior Fellow, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Community Peace as a Foundation of Security – Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89501354102

Speakers: Oshita Oshita, Director-General of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Member of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria Ademola Lawal, Head of Defence and Strategic Studies, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy & Development

One Earth System, One Heritage, One Pact: Stockholm+50, an Opportunity to Restore a Well-functioning Earth System/Stable Climate – Common Home of Humanity

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88335338518

Speakers: Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly; Izabella Teixiera, former Minister of the Environment of Brazil, Co-chair of the International Resource Panel; Paulo Magalhães, Founder and President of Common Home of Humanity; Earl James, Board Member, Common Homes of Humanity; Magnus Jiborn, Senior Researcher, Global Challenges Foundation

Empowering Traditional Conflict Resolution Mechanism in Peacebuilding – Sophia University in Tokyo

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82604317117

Speakers: Lual Deng, President of Eboni Center in South Sudan Eisei Kurimoto, Professor at Osaka University in Japan; Daisaku Higashi, Professor at Sophia University in Tokyo

Concurrent Sessions 10:30am – 11:50am

Policy Review of a UN Parliamentary Assembly – Democracy Without Borders

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81387087548

Speakers: Andreas Bummel, Co-founder and Executive Director of Democracy Without Borders; Nomsa Tarabella Marchesi, Member of Parliament of the National Assembly of South Africa; Domenec Devesa, Member of the European Parliament of Spain; Alhagie Mbow, Member of the Pan African Parliament of Gambia; Lilita Puig, Member of the Parliament of PARLASUR; Darren Bergman, Member of the Parliament of South Africa

Reinventing the Role of International and Regional Organizations in Promoting Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Institutions in Times of Crisis: What has Been Done and What is Next? – International IDEA

Webex Webinar Link: https://idea.webex.com/idea/onstage/g.php?MTID=e 7ce6ca4a5f0d9e0ddd91d931b34c4d48

Speakers: Patricia Galdamez, Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General, Community of Democracies; Francisco Guerrero, Secretary, Strengthening of Democracy, Organization of American States; Khabele Matlosa, Director for Political Affairs, African Union Commission Max Gilbert, Focal Point for the SDGs and Senior Advisor for External Relations, Council of Europe Massimo Tomassoli, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, International IDEA

Cutting costs of remittance flows – wrapping up the unfinished business from Agenda 2030 – International Organization for Migration and RTpay

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89075262758

Speakers: Marina Manke, Head of Labour Mobility and Human Development Division, Department of Migration Management, International Organization for Migration; Chris Williams, Chairman of RTpay; Amit Sharma, CEO, FinClusive; Ralph Chami, Assistant Director, International Monetary Fund; Francis Mugisha, Member of Leadership Team, TransferLink

Concurrent Sessions 12:00pm – 1:20pm

How the Beijing Women’s Conference speaks to us today – Feminist and Women’s Movement Action Plan

Zoom Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_isML-WsLTjiIB ziCqVacXg

Speakers: Soon-Young Yoon, Representative to the UN for International Alliance of Women, co-driver of the fwMAP; Charlotte Bunch, founder and Senior Scholar, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University; Zonibel Woods, Gender consultant, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Asian Development Bank; Uzma Gul, human rights advocate and youth leader; Rahima Sajid, American Pakistan Fellow and youth representative to the UN

“Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21 st Century” book presentation – Global Governance Forum Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87346359062 Speakers: Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary Mark Wolf, Senior United States District Judge, Chair, Integrity Initiatives International Maja Groff, Visiting Professor from Leiden University Arthur L. Dahl, President of International Environment Forum August Lopez-Claros, Chair of Global Governance Forum Robert Rotberg, Professor from Harvard University, Kennedy School Joseph Baratta, Historian, Author of The Politics of World Federation Maria Ivanova, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Governance and Sustainability

Joining Capacities to respond to regional crises: Calling on Latin American and the Caribbean’s regional organizations? – Plataforma CIPÓ and Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

*closed-door session

Speakers: Yadira Pinilla Soto, Advisor to the Director of the Department of the Sustainable Democracy and Special Missions at the Organization of American States ;Luis Consuegra, Strategic Partnerships Advisor at International IDEA; Marina Kumskova, UN Liaison for Global Partnership of Armed Conflict (GPPAC); Adriana Abdenur, Co-founder of Plataforma CIPÓ

A fourth pillar for the United Nations? Protecting the United Nations by reforming counter-terrorism – SaferWorld

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83511237817

Speakers: Jordan Street, Policy and Advocacy Adviser at SaferWorld; Marc Batac, Regional Officer at Initiatives for International Dialogue; Ali Altiok, Program Officer for Interpeace USA; Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Special Rapporteur on Protecting Human Rights while Countering Terrorism; Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head of Special Projects at the Institute for Security Studies Ali Altiok, Author and Youth Expert; Lorraine Degruson, Network Coordinator at UNOY

Conserving the Amazon: Financing and Sustainability – Global Governance Philanthropy Network

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83123759934

Speakers: Daniel Nepstad, Executive Director, Founder, and President of Earth Innovation Institute; Renata Piazzon, Executive Manager of Climate Change at Arapyau Institute; Jonah Wittkamper, Founder of Global Governance Philanthropy Network Walter Vergara, Secretariat at Initiative 20×20; Felipe Cruz Tuxa, Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil

{Virtual Town Hall} COVID-19 and Older People: What It Takes to be an Advocate

Greetings,
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, global leaders in civil society have come together to address the devastating and ongoing impacts to the lives and functioning of older people. Going beyond the immediate emergency response and informing effective long-term policy frameworks will require sustained efforts and a unified voice to respond to the needs of older people. As the Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing in Geneva, Ms. Silvia Perel-Levin shares in this IFA Virtual Town Hall good practices in advocating for the recognition of the rights of older people on the global scale.
Date and Time:
Friday 4th September 2020
7:00-8:00 am (Eastern Daylight Time)
Opening Remarks:
Ms. Silvia Perel-Levin
Chair
NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva
For any questions or concerns please contact astancu@ifa.ngo.
Kind regards,
Andra Stancu
Project Officer
International Federation on Ageing

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CoNGO Notes: CoNGO and its substantive committees are actively working on issues related to ageing, older persons and intergenerational solidarity. For more information: NGO Committee on Ageing – Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org.  NGO Committee on Ageing – New York, please visit www.ngocoa-ny.org.  NGO Committee on Ageing – Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.orgNGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, email the Chair, Rosa Perla Resnick at  rositaresnick@yahoo.com or the Vice Chair, Susanne Seperson at susanneseperson@gmail.com.

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