Forced Labor & The Role We Can Play to End It

No continent or country is free of some form of forced labor. Elimination of forced labor is a challenge to governments around the world. Labor traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to lure vulnerable people with promises of high-paying jobs to work against their will. Extreme poverty, lack of employment,

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End Poverty in all its forms by 2030: Implement Social Protection Floors

The Global Community has an ambitious agenda to transform our world by 2030 – “we are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.” (Transforming our

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UN Joins in Making Girls Count

Girls were among persons “left behind” by society in the time of St. Louise de Marillac. According to “Louise de Marillac: a Committed Woman,” [1] Louise took interest in educating poor country girls while others were unconcerned. Richelieu stated (in his last testament) that such education was useless and even

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Global Response to Large Movements of Refugees & Migrants

An astonishing number of people – 65.3 million, were displaced at the end of 2015, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. It does not take into account the constant stream of people who have been displaced from their homes due to conflicts, wars, persecution and climate related disasters

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Who will be the next Secretary General of the United Nations

Who will be the next Secretary-General of the UN?

The United Nations is now 70 years old: What kind of person would we like to see as the next Secretary-General (SG) of the United Nations? The SG’s role is to be “equal parts diplomat and advocate, civil servant and CEO. The Secretary-General is a symbol of United Nations ideals and

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The UN and You: Ensuring No One is Left Behind

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will be meeting at the United Nations in New York from July 11- 20, 2016. It is the central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted at the United Nations Sustainable

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Day 2: Deepening Charity for the Life of the World

The Federation meeting opened last night at 7:00pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 with a welcome by the Daughters of Charity and by Sister Jean Rhoads, DC, chair of the Planning Committee. After practical housekeeping items, she noted two new exhibits prepared by the Federation archivists and a new exhibit

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Day 1: Deepening Charity for the Life of the World

One hundred leaders of the Sisters of Charity Federation of North America are gathered in Emmitsburg, MD for their Annual Meeting. They represent two provinces of the Daughters of Charity and eleven congregations of Sisters of Charity in the United States and Canada. Sister Teresa Kotturan, Sister of Charity of

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Vincentian Family Participation in 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference in S. Korea

Education for Global Citizenship – Achieving Sustainable Development Goals Together Written by Sister Teresa Kotturan, Representative to the United Nations for the Sisters of Charity Federation The 66th DPI/NGO Conference, held May 30-June 1, is the first in United Nations history to be held in Asia. This is organized in

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World Leaders Only Have One Choice: Humanity

Around the world over 100 million people are facing floods, droughts, rising sea levels, earthquakes, violence and wars every day. People are left with impossible choices. We have a moral and shared responsibility to act. There is need for a heightened sense of urgency and resolve. The upcoming World Humanitarian

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