Working with Ecosoc

April 25, 2012

VIVAT International is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and is in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations. ECOSOC is the principal organ to coordinate the economic and social work of the [read…]

Turning a Page at VIVAT International

February 10, 2012

It is with this conviction that I pass on the presidency of VIVAT International to Sr. Ma. Theresia Hörnemann. And as I do so, I would like to thank the out-going officials and members of the Board for their selfless service – Sr. Judith Vallimont, SSpS (outgoing Board member), Fr. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD (outgoing Board secretary), Sr. Zelia Cordeiro dos Santos, SSpS (outgoing ET Chairperson). My thanks also go to the many confreres and sisters in the field who have collaborated and continue to do so with the Executive Team in New York, our representative in Geneva, and the Board of Directors in Rome. [read…]

UN Releases Rio+20 Zero Document

February 8, 2012

VIVAT International is working with other NGOs to lobby Members States in New York to ensure certain issues are included in the final document. The Members States are continuing to negotiate the content and structure of the document which will be finalised during the conference in June 2012. [read…]

VIVAT International Workshop- India 2011

January 16, 2012

All the Provinces reported on their JPIC activities. Included in their reports were the following topics: HIV /AIDS treatment, prevention and rehabilitation; Street Children; Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Land alienation and tribal lands; Children; Women; Domestic/Migrant Workers; People affected by leprosy; the Physically and mentally challenged individuals; and Rag Pickers. Additional reports were given on initiatives for income generation, vocational training and the conflicts in the Middle East (Palestinian Rights), Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The reports stressed the importance of networking both with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the governments for the rights of the people. [read…]

Declaration of VIVAT International – D.R. Congo 2011

December 31, 2011

We, members of VIVAT INTERNATIONAL, a Non-Governmental Organization of missionary Congregations, network for the respect of human life and the safekeeping of the environment through lobbying, sharing of information and advocating with the instances where decisions are made, nationally as well as internationally. [read…]

Human Rights Day 2011

December 9, 2011

Human Rights Day 2011 This year thousands of people decided the time had come to claim their rights. They took to the streets and demanded change. Many found their voices using the internet and instant [read…]

VIVAT – Let the People Live

October 6, 2011

VIVAT was established as an NGO in the year 2000 by the Divine Word Missionaries and the Missionary Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit. In his letter to the SVD and SSpS, Antonio Pernia,SVD said “We anticipate that this will give us the opportunity to witness at what Pope John Paul II has called ‘the new Areopagus’. … [read…]

Miner Mario Sepulveda: the miracle survival that marks the time for change

April 28, 2011

VIVAT International had the opportunity, alongside the Working Group on Mining, to meet with Mario Sepulveda.  He was one of the Chilean miners who endured the 69-day ordeal of being trapped underground.  Beyond his joking nature, Mario surfaced from the mine as one of the leaders of the group who helped carry the 33 miners to survival through his humor and strong spirituality. 
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