Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, Chairman of Human Rights Commission, and Dr. Charles Malik, Chairman of the General Assembly's Third Committee (second from right), during press conference after the completion of the Declaration of Human Rights.

70th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By: Kristen Whitney Daniels

On 10 December, the United Nations celebrated the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This monumental document, which has been translated into over 500 languages, was the first document of its kind to lay out fundamental human rights that should be guaranteed and protected across the globe. Containing a preamble and 30 articles, the document touches on everything from slavery to discrimination, from torture to migration, from social security to education, and much more in-between. (more…)

The Congregations of St. Joseph NGO Launches #SistersForSocialFloors

By: Kristen Whitney Daniels

Every year the Commission on Social Development (CSocD) meets at the United Nations in New York and acts as the “advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development,” according to their website. The 2019 meeting — which will take place from February 11-21 — has as priority theme to “address inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage, and social protection policies.” (more…)

Participants at the "Migrant Workers: An Asia-Pacific Experience,"

Conference Focuses on Migrant Workers in Asia

By: Sr. Justine Gitanjali Senapati

Participants gathered from September 9-11, 2018 at the Don Bosco Provincial House in New Delhi, India to discuss the joys, hopes, and aspirations, along with the sorrow and anguish, of the world’s 250 million migrants — 19 million of whom are internally displaced (IDP) in Asia alone. (more…)