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.

Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals”

1 August 2017     ♦     10 am – 6 pm     ♦     United Nations Headquarters, New York

#NGODialogues

 
A United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Intergenerational Dialogues event will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, 1 August, 2017. The event will be titled “Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals” and will be co-hosted by DPI and NGO/DPI Executive Committee.
Registration is now open and will close on Monday, 24 July 2017 or when capacity is reached. Register through the CSO Net using your organization’s username and password following the registration instructions below. The username and password for each NGO has been provided to the head of each organization.

Registration

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

International Day of Cooperatives 2017

The implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is well underway, and cooperative businesses remain one of the best-kept secrets in the SDG toolbox. Cooperative enterprises are based on ethics, values, and a set of seven fundamental principles that keep people, rather than profit, at the centre of their businesses. Cooperatives can be a self-help tool for people to create their own economic opportunities through the power of the collective and pull themselves out of poverty. They re-invest in the communities in which they operate, securing not only the livelihoods of their members but also increasing the wealth of the community as a whole. By being sources of decent work, spaces for democracy and peace building, and an economic force (the top 300 cooperatives alone generate 2.5 trillion USD in annual turnover, more than the GDP of France), cooperatives are truly a partner in transforming our world.

How exactly are these people-centred, values-based enterprises helping to eradicate poverty and promote prosperity? How are they reaching those most at risk for being left behind? And what can governments, civil society, and the UN system do to better support cooperatives in their mission to build a better world?

Inclusion as theme of 2017 International Day of CooperativesTo answer these questions and share cooperative solutions for inclusive development, the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC) will host the observance of the 2017 International Day of Cooperatives during the High-level Political Forum, on 14 July from 1.15 to 2.30 p.m., Conference Room 4, United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The 2017 International Day of Cooperatives will focus on ‘inclusion’ under the theme ‘Co-operatives ensure no one is left behind’, which complements the priority theme of the 2017 High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development: ‘Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world’.

The event will feature high-level speakers from COPAC’s membership, co-operatives in the field, and Permanent Representations to the UN. Participants will be invited to engage in an interactive discussion with our speakers and to enjoy the debut of COPAC’s video ‘Cooperatives ensure no one is left behind’.

COPAC is a multi-stakeholder partnership of global public and private institutions that promotes and advances people-centred, self-sustaining cooperative enterprises, guided by the principles of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental – in all aspects of its work. The Committee’s current members are the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Co-operative Alliance, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Farmers’ Organisation.

Programme of the Event


There are many ways to celebrate the International Day of Co-operatives:

  • Communicate to policymakers in your city, country, or region how co-operatives are building a better world, and ask for their support
  • Organize a celebration that showcases your co-operative’s contributions to inclusion
  • Post videos and photos on social media and online that illustrate how your co-operative ensures no one in your community is left behind


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