UNANIMA International: Actions to Fight Inequality and Promote Dignity

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In its last newsletter of the year 2022, UNANIMA International (UI) highlighted the many actions carried out during the Fall, including its participation in the COP27. In her editorial, Jean Quinn, Executive Director, called attention to the role of Religious Congregations in the fight against climate change. During meetings held with environment ministers and political analysts, the non-governmental organization (NGO) made them aware of the stories of women, children and girls living with the consequences of various climate disasters around the world.

During COP27, UNANIMA International collaborated in the organization of a side event and participated in several meetings, including one with the Holy See and others with youth and activists. As part of this large international gathering, the co-organizing NGOs planned the presentation of a video composed of footage of community voices and experiences; and excerpts from the film The Letter: A Message for Our Earth. Several links to the video and to various documents are embedded in the texts, including one for a declaration that can be read and signed.

The newsletter also mentions several other events and actions such as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and the 61st Commission for Social Development. The latter will be held from February 6 to 15 with the main theme: Full and Productive Employment and Decent Work for All: Overcoming Inequality to Accelerate Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Full Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNANIMA International will actively participate in the preparations for this meeting and will submit a written statement to address a just transition and the dignity of people to be recognized in employment and decent work policies.

Also included in the newsletter are updates on the NGO Committee on Social Development, the Girls’ Working Group, International Day Against Homelessness and the partnership with the International Union of General Superiors (IUGS); as well as a community testimonial and resource list. The UNANIMA International newsletter is available in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.