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Back At the United Nations... What I Am Noticing

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The official appointment as your CND NGO Representative began on July 1. My remote preparation however started  in May with the 7th Annual Conference of the United Nations
Permanent Forum of Indigenous Peoples.  The forum celebrated the 5th anniversary of the
"Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples".  That document provides a holistic overview and a truth-telling analysis of the crises before the world community. The Declaration also models a reconciling and rights based process for finding our way through to a future we can all want.
Now that I am officially in place I notice a congruence of ideas and questions echoing in the halls of the United Nations, the courageous conversations of the CND,  the vestibules and living rooms of the church, and in the hearts and minds of  people awakening to a consciousness that:

  • the earth and all her creatures are in jeopardy
  • the need to learn to "live well" (simply),  so others can simply LIVE.
  • the urgency of listening  to voices too  long excluded from forums of decision  and planning:  the poor, women, the world's indigenous peoples and the earth itself
  • the almost instinctual sense that the human species has a shrinking window to answer three crucial questions
             
Who Are We? Why Are We Here? What Must We Do?


CONVERGING VOICES    
The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the
way to destroying the world & we've actually been on the way for quite a while.
It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a
whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.  Joanna Macy

The chapter body heard this call to live a greater simplicity for the mission as a response to
a deep awareness of the abundance of God's love. Simplicity, we noted, is about recognizing that God's love is enough. It is about loving more and not about losing. CND General Chapter Summer 2011

Obedience to the voice of the earth, of being, is more important for our future happiness than the voices of the moment, the desires of the moment. Being itself, our earth, speaks to us and we must listen if we want to survive and to decipher this message of the earth. Pope Benedict XVI           
No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew." Albert Einstein

CONTINUING THE CND MINISTRY AT THE UN
There is long line of CND's living the mission in the UN community. It is  blessed privilege to be back and I count on their prayers and yours for guidance and support. I wish to thank Mary Corbet for her gracious welcome, briefings, and encouragement. Mary is very respected in the NGO community personally and for her work and expertise in the areas of Ecojustice, particularly around mining, water; Climate Change and its impact on the poor.

 

MISSION MANDATE:
REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CONGREGATION OF NOTRE DAME AT THE
UNITED NATIONS AND AS A REPRESENTATIVE WITH UNANIMA INTERNATIONAL


JOB TITLECND REPRESENTATIVE FOR NGO RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE UNITED NATIONS*
DESCRIPTION: COLLABORATE WITH THE NGO COMMUNITY AT THE UN IN PROMOTING AND ADVOCATING     for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation.  Provide leadership in implementing the Mission and Directions of the Congregation.

*CND NGO Relationships at the United Nations:
      An NGO affiliated with Department of Public Information  (DPI)
      Member of the NGO: UNANIMA INTERNATIONAL, a coalition of Religious congregations,
    with which has status with the Economic and Social Commission (ECOSOC)

 

PLANS FOR THIS YEAR   
LISTENING,   LEARNING ,  BUILDING ON WORK IN PROGRESS
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AREAS OF ATTENTION:  Climate Change and its impact on the poor; Land and Water Protection and  rights of use, Mining, Nuclear Disarmament/ Nuclear  Contamination. I will pursue these being mindful  to stand in solidarity with The Indigenous Peoples, Women, the desperate poor and the earth our home.

I begin with great hope in the Love of God, so manifest in Jesus, and On Visitation with my spirit guides Mary, Marguerite, Eileen Fitzmaurice, and Julia Ryan. Counting on your prayers, 
More soon.

 

 

 

 

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