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In its latest newsletter, UNANIMA International unveils its many activities as a non-governmental organization (NGO). It also highlights important upcoming events. This edition is special in that it features the first trip to Brazil since the pandemic by Executive Director Jean Quinn, FDLS.

During this trip, which took her to Maceió and Sao Paulo, she officially presented the Woman of Courage award to a Brazilian woman with an inspiring career path, who is still involved while pursuing her training in agroecology. The Executive Director of UNANIMA also met with many individuals and groups, where the situation of homeless people was discussed. There, as in many parts of the world, there is a “fear of the homeless”. The editorial and reportage highlight the major challenges facing impoverished populations in this country.

The NGO organized a side event at the Forum on Indigenous Issues last May. The event, which brought together representatives from Paraguay, Colombia and Chile, was recorded. The newsletter also presents the conclusions of the Forum on International Migration.

UNANIMA International representatives will also participate in upcoming UN events, including the World Family Summit (June 28-29) and the High Level Political Forum. The latter takes place from July 5-15. The first part is dedicated to national reviews as representatives from 44 countries present a portrait of their achievements and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Discussions with experts will constitute the second part of this meeting in order to share on the means to achieve the SDGs.

There is also information on the preparations for the 61st Social Development Commission, the work of the NGO-Migration Committee which focused on the role of local governments in the integration of migrants, the 25th anniversary celebrations of Sophia Housing dedicated to homelessness in Ireland, community testimonies and some other details. The newsletter concludes with a reminder of important resources and dates. A very relevant publication to discover on the web or in PDF format.