The Family Africa – World AIDS Day 2018

We had to postpone our celebration of World AIDS Day until today as on Monday the roads were blocked with burning tyres. Even so by driving down at 5am in the morning David was able to get in and out of the township and deliver the food for our TB/HIV group just in time before the protests and the tyres were set alight.

So today everything was quiet and we held our memorial for all the relatives and friends we have lost to HIV/AIDS over the years. Rachel presented a new powerpoint covering the 20 years we have worked in Diepsloot focusing on  the development of our many HIV programmes and support for those infected and affected with HIV.

The women had made new banners and after we prayed and sang, everyone wrote the names of lost loved ones on stickers  and we made a procession to our lovely fig tree which stands right next to our memorial rose garden, where we placed their names on the branches. There beneath the leafy branches we have placed  a new bench, donated by a a friend, so that anyone who wishes to can sit and enjoy the rose garden and meditate on those they have lost.

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“Seniors and Millennials: Working Together for the Sustainable Development Goals”

On October 10, 2018, the Association of Former International Civil Servants for Development (Greycells) will celebrate its tenth anniversary by holding a dialogue at the Palais des Nations between representatives of seniors and millennials entitled: “Seniors and Millennials: Working Together for the Global Goals “ 

The views of both generations will be exchanged and compared: on the one hand, older people’s experience and advice, on the other hand, youth’s future projects and hopes. What are the views of the Millennials on the legacy and responsibilities of the older generation regarding the SDGs? How do the Millennials view their own later years, and what are their expectations? How do seniors view the opinions they had when they were young as compared to the Millennials’ views? How can both young and old generations learn and benefit from each other in achieving the SDGs? 

During the days preceding the Dialogue, thanks to state-of-the-art technology, the views, questions and comments of the young generation on the role of seniors will be gathered through a world-wide social media campaign, organized in cooperation with the UN Secretariat. 

Greycells, in consultation with all partners contributing to the commemorative event, will prepare substantive inputs on the role of seniors and millennials in achieving each SDG, with a view to launching and stimulating the campaign. Selected questions and comments will serve as a basis for the dialogue. The results of both the campaign and the Dialogue will be disseminated all over the world through the above-mentioned social media, as well as by specialized journalists. 

The Dialogue will be introduced by the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Mr. Michael Møller, and by Ms. Esther Alder, President of the Department of Social Cohesion and Solidarity of the City of Geneva. It will focus on poverty, inequality and migration; employment, retirement and professional projects; environment; gender: equal rights and opportunities. The moderator, Mr. Jeremy Seydoux, will facilitate the interactive discussion with the public. 

The campaign and the dialogue have the benefit of participation by: The Seniors’ City of the City of Geneva, the Platform of associations of senior people in Geneva, Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN), Young-UN, the Parliament of Young people in Geneva and Rotaract Geneva International. 

The Dialogue will be conducted in French with interpretation into English, it will last two hours and will be followed by a reception hosted by Greycells and its partners, with the kind participation of the United Nations Jazz Ensemble. 

The Family Africa – Mandela Day 2018

And what a day it was!  100 years celebration of Mandela’s birth and it started at 8am and carried on until 5.30pm. There were support groups together for the day, TB and HIV groups, Grandmothers caring for orphans and of our the children from our Free Day Centre. In the morning all the clients received blankets, toiletries and clothes.

There was a ceremony for the 43 people who have just completed the Health Champion Course, The children also received blankets and knitted hats. It also ran the normal feeding scheme of bags of food for our support group members to take home. All 200 of us ate a chicken and rice meal together and continued dancing and singing throughout the day. During the day we had different volunteer pop in with gifts and seedlings for the garden and in the afternoon we had a team of lawyers who delivered 150 food parcels full of goodies like cooking oil, sugar tea, mealie and tinned goods.

In the afternoon we had our teen club and orphan support group running where they played games, ate hot dogs and also received blankets and lots of treats. As all the support groups were still there from the morning along with all the extra children – well you can imagine how packed our centre was- full of happiness and thankfulness for Mandela’s life.

More pics here

World Family Summit 2017 – Geneva Declaration

Geneva Declaration – “No Family Left Behind: Families and Local – Authorities working together to transform cities and human settlements into inclusive, safe, resilient, sustainable with strong communities.

Click in the links below to download the final text of the Geneva Declaration, accepted by the United Nations and translated into English, French and Spanish. The Declaration was presented and circulated during the High Level Political Forum 2018 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

 English | French | Spanish

UNAOC Fellowship 2018 – Call for applications

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) has launched the Call for Applications  for the 2018 edition of its Fellowship Programme. The Call is open to young civil society leaders between 25 to 35 years old, from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America, with a strong interest in intercultural exchanges. The theme of the Fellowship 2018  being “Fostering youth resilience to prevent violent extremism and build sustainable peace”, candidates must also be able to present professional achievements in these fields.

The Call will lead to the selection of a group of twelve participants from Europe, North-America (EUNA) on one end, and a group of twelve participants from the Middle East and North-Africa (MENA) on the other end. Participants from each geographic area will travel to their counterparts’ region for two weeks.

The goal of the Fellowship is to provide participants with first hand exposure to cultural diversity, while interacting with a wide range of local stakeholders. In every country they visit, participants will acquire crucial comprehension tools to help them understand the plurality of their host country’s culture, politics, society, religion, and media.

Candidates have until Sunday April 8th 2018 11:59pm EST to apply.

For more information please visit https://fellowship.unaoc.org/apply/

US & THEM Dialog, tolerance and collaboration for good coexistence in a multicultural world!

Us&Them is a two year Erasmus+ project aiming to train educators who are working with adults to promote tolerance and understanding of the ‘others’ in a multicultural world, having ANJAF, a longtime WFO Member as one of its main partners.

The Project will improve the multicultural skills of the educators from the field of Adult Education (AE) and will offer high quality learning opportunities for learners living in mixed communities. To create a multicultural and mixed group, the project is made up of 8 participating countries encompassing various traditions, cultures, religions, this way valorising experiences that belong to representative cultures: Christian, Muslims, Jewish, Hindu.

Us&Them project will strengthen education and training paths of AE educators and will help them develop a set of new skills and competences (especially soft skills in socio-cultural conflict management, multicultural skills development to adapt the learning environment to various cultures and backgrounds, skills on implementing positive attitudes toward language, race, cultural & ethnic diversity, skills on managing learners’ group diversity), needed to enable them to better manage and deal with their groups of adult learners in the field of living, working and getting integrated within nowadays multicultural societies/communities. The newly acquired competences will be used by AE educators to promote (among their learners) tolerance and understanding of “the other” in such communities.

Click below for the Project Newsletter

Newsletter no. 1 – EN

Newsletter no. 1 – ES

Newsletter no. 1 – GR

Newsletter no. 1 – IT

Newsletter no. 1 – PT

Newsletter no. 1 – RO

Newsletter no. 1 – TR

World Family Summit 2017 – Participant’s registration now open

The World Family Organization, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research – UNITAR and the CIFAL Global Network, in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development, the UN ECOSOC Office for Support and Coordination and the United Nations NGO Branch will hold the World Family Summit 2017 in Geneva on December 14 and 15  working on the theme:

“No Family Left Behind: Families and Local Authorities working together to transform cities and human settlements into inclusive, safe, resilient, sustainable with strong communities”

The registration for participants is now open (click here to download the registration form), the deadline is November 20th, 2017.

The Provisional Program is already available.

Últimas plazas del XVI Curso de Formación en Mediación Familiar – UNAF

Ofrecemos una formación especializada en un ámbito concreto de la mediación: la gestión de conflictos en situaciones de separación, divorcio o cese de la convivencia.

Accede a una formación completa que incluye tanto los contenidos teóricos de las distintas disciplinas que capacitan al mediador/a familiar, como las prácticas con familias, imprescindibles para poder ejercer la profesión.

Fórmate en una profesión con futuro con los mejores profesionales de la mediación, con una experiencia de más de 25 años.

La XVI Edición del Curso de Mediación comienza el próximo 17 de noviembre hasta el 30 de junio de 2018, se desarrollará en módulos presenciales los viernes por la tarde y sábado completo. Nuestro curso incluye el estudio de casos reales y training en las técnicas y procesos de intervención, además de la realización de prácticas en co-mediación con las familias usuarias del servicio de mediación familiar de UNAF.

 

56th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56)

Submission of written statements for the 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56) is now open:
Only NGOs in General and Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC can submit written statements to the CSocD56 to be held from 29 January to 7 February 2018 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The priority theme is: “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”.
Please find the link to the online submission and general instructions for preparing the statements: http://bit.ly/un-csocd56-written
The deadline for submission is 19 November 2017. Please note that Statements sent by email cannot be accepted.
You will be notified only if your statement has been accepted by 22 December 2017.
For more information on the CSocD56, please visit: http://bit.ly/un-csocd56

United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017

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On the occasion of the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations — the UN’s most high-profile week of the year — the United Nations Private Sector Forum will be held on 18 September from 12:30-15:00 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Hosted annually by the UN Secretary-General, the UN Private Sector Forum brings the voice of business to the UN when government leaders gather in New York for the opening session of the UN General Assembly. This unique luncheon event brings together leading CEOs and investors, Heads of State and Government, senior UN leadership and select civil society representatives for an interactive discussion and high-level networking opportunity designed to help participants identify new opportunities to work together to achieve shared objectives.

This year’s Forum theme is Financing the 2030 Agenda: Unlocking Prosperity. With just thirteen years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global community needs to accelerate progress. Unlocking innovative forms of financing at an unprecedented scale, redirecting existing financial flows to be consistent with sustainable development, and catalyzing responsible business growth are critical. Recognizing that building sustainable financial markets comes with diverse challenges, including overcoming market tendencies toward short-termism, the Forum will focus on identifying solutions all sectors must take to drive capital towards achieving the SDGs.

Following a series of messages from leaders representing both government and the private sector, the UN Private Sector Forum will be an important opportunity to contribute to shaping the global agenda on financing for the SDGs. Guests will participate in solutions-focused roundtable discussions which will explore key actions each stakeholder must take to drive capital toward realizing the 2030 Agenda.