This year, 2010, we are invited to remember the human rights defenders who act to end discrimination in all its forms. Some of these people, like Gandhi and Nelson Mandela are famous. Others are not [read…]
Sponsored an event “Integrating Religious Values and Greater Stakeholder Participation into Environmental Governance” on the occasion of COP10, Nagoya.
A new United Nations report showing significant progress in improving access to HIV/AIDS services in 37 developing countries offers realistic hope for the achievement of universal access, a UN official responsible for battling the pandemic [read…]
VIVAT New York is an active member of many NGO Committees, Task Forces, and Working Groups. One such group in which VIVAT is a participant is the NGO Comminttee on UNICEF Working Group on Girls [read…]
A First Hand Perspective Through VIVAT International I had the privilege of taking part in the Ninth Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Previously I had no experience of the UN, nor of [read…]
As one of the last of the annual commissions held during the spring at United Nations headquarters in New York, the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was just as much of a success as the [read…]
On April 15-17, nine congregations gathered together for a Vivat North America workshop in Washington, DC. These congregations included: Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, Divine Word Missionaries, Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Adorers of the Blood of [read…]
Co-sponsored an event “Land Yes! Dams No!: Building cycles of mobilization”
Co-sponsored an event “Mining in Peru, Indonesia, Philippines and Bolivia: Calling for Free, Prior and Informed Consent”
VIVAT addresses Gender in Relation to Mining at the Commission on the Status of Women.
The Working Group on Mining hopes to bring to light the egregious negative impacts of mining in relation to women, indigenous peoples, and the environment to the international arena. With these hopes, VIVAT and the Working Group plans on holding two more parallel events during the remaining Commissions and Forums later this year on indigenous peoples’ rights and on sustainable development. [read…]