Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On December 11, 2017, the UN in New York hosted a program to open the year-long campaign to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was signed in Paris on December 10, 1948. The program at the UN attracted a large crowd who heard both Mr. António Guterrres, UN Secretary-General and Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the General Assembly, remind the group of the progress we have made in the area of human rights. (more…)

Refugee Crisis Addressed

Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, addressed the Security Council on November 2, invited by the Italian presidency.  He addressed the fact that the refugee situation in our world is an deepening crisis, noting that among the more than 65 million displaced persons today we can find groups who are more recently displaced and those who fled their homes more than 40 years ago. (more…)

Women and Migration in the African Context

About 100 men and women gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, June 6-8 for a regional conference on religious and migration in the 21st century, having the specific focus of “Women and Migration in the African Context”. Organized by six New York based religious NGOs at the UN (Congregations of St. Joseph, Augustinians International, Franciscans International, Passionists International, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and VIVAT International), it gathered a rich mix of about 100 participants, (more…)