ECOSOC president holds first ever meeting with Pope to advance humanitarian agenda

The two focussed on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), adopted by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000, that seek to slash a host of social ills, including extreme poverty and hunger, diseases and lack of access to health care and universal primary education, all by 2015.Mr. Osorio noted that ECOSOC, a founding UN Charter body which focuses on the economic, social and environmental challenges facing the world, works with many UN agencies that collaborate with faith based organizations to tackle humanitarian and developments needs around the globe. He voiced the hope that the Vatican can see in the Council a useful platform to pursue its efforts towards a fair international order, noting that many of the UN’s humanitarian targets echo calls made by the Holy See to build a more humane world for all. read more

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UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Brazil

“I condemn the murder of João Miranda do Carmo,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in a statement issued on 24 August. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice so as to protect journalists’ ability to continue contributing to informed public debate,” she added. Mr. do Carmo owned and edited SAD Sem Censura, a local news website. On the evening of 24 July, he was shot at his home in the city of Santo Antônio do Descoberto in the country’s Goiás state. UNESCO’s chief regularly issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States in 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” read more

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