Report from the recent meeting at the UN
H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajcak, President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, met with various NGOs on Oct. 7th at the UN. He answered questions from the attendees and spoke about his priorities for the UN. They are the SDGs, which he hopes to promote by making them "commercially attractive." One cannot always ask for donations; one must engage business in the UN goals.
Another priority is migration, for which there is no legal framework, as there is for refugees. Of course, the top priority is peace - stopping wars, as well as preventing them while respecting human rights.
Mr. Lajcak cited the emphases made by all the member delegations at the September UN session. These were the SDGs, climate, migration, terrorism and nuclear weapons. He also mentioned the forthcoming study of Water, as a natural and political force. That study will start on March 3, 2018.
The NGOs asked about their lack of access to UN meetings, especially in light of Mr. Lajcak's statement that they are the eyes and contacts on the ground for UN programs. There was no immediate answer to this inquiry.
Submitted by Dr. Ruth A. Nielsen
DKG UN rep and CTAUN officer
Just to let you know that CTAUN's next conference will be on Friday, April 6th, 2018 at the UN Hdqtrs. in NYC. The topic will be "Stepping Up to Protect the World's Children." Fees will remain the same - $65 for adults, $30 for students with special reduced group rates. (Next year the conference will not be in Jan.)
There will be a Poster Competition, an Excellence in Education Award and a Global Citizenship Award. There is more information at www.teachun.org.
We are also working on Guidelines for CTAUN conferences held outside of the UN, e.g. in Oklahoma, Georgia, etc. Often DKG members in these other states attend those conferences.
(I am continuing as CTAUN Treas. and InfoFair, chair)
Note: Angela Belmont is our new UN Liaison
Here is the latest copy of the Presidents' Page from international Find all sorts of useful information:
Attached is our summer edition of The Curriculum of Hope for a Peaceful World Newsletter
(Attachment) As you are aware, there are many controversies facing us today. While we are individually taking stands on these, Delta Kappa Gamma, as a nonprofit, must remain neutral. Therefore, the attached document explains in more detail this neutral position. Please read and pass along to chapters and anyone else in DKG who may need this information.
2016 - 2018 International Communications & Publicity Committee