This weblog features the Global Integration Updates from Member Care Associates. The Updates provide materials to support colleagues in different sectors as they connect and contribute on behalf of the major issues in our world. Feel free to add comments and resources in the "Comments" section located at the end of each of the Updates.
Global Integration Update--February 2015 Sustainable Development Common Ground for the Common Good
Welcome to the Global Integration Updates!
The GI Updates support the diversity of colleagues who want to connect and contribute via global integration(GI). GI put simply is how we skillfully integrate our lives and values on behalf of the issues facing humanity. The GI Updates are also meant to support colleagues as they carefully reflect and act on what it means to be globallearners-practitioners--global integratorswho are committed to pursuing"common ground for the common good."
This current issue offers core resources/links for tacking with the sustainable development efforts. Have a look at the information and updates below and see if the GI Updates are for you. If not, feel free to opt out on future issues via the unsubscribe link at the end. Previous GI Updates are archived on our MCA website.
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
We firmly believe that global integration(GI), as an emerging set of perspectives, processes, and practices, has a key role to play in sustainable development. Through GI (defined simply as 'integrating our lives on behalf of humanity and in view of our core values') we are intentionally building "the future we want" a rallying phrase which is the title and theme of the Rio +20 outcome document on sustainable development (June 2012). And from a GI perspective, which emphasizes character and competencies, we must become “the people we want to be.”
GI practitioners at all levels of involvement can play key roles in leveraging their skills, interests, and indeed passions in order to connect more meaningfully across sectors on behalf of the wellbeing of both humans and our planet. Consider carefully the words of the UN Secretary General in his synthesis report on sustainable development(December 2014). They are as inspirational as they are challenging, and addressed to "governments and people everywhere" (paragraph 25).
"1. The year 2015 offers a unique opportunity for global leaders and people to end poverty and to transform the world to better meet human needs and the necessities of economic transformation, while protecting our environment, ensuring peace and realizing human rights. 2. We are at a historic crossroads, and the direction we take will determine whether we will succeed or fail in fulfilling our promises....4. Transformation is our watchword. At this moment in time, we are called upon to lead and act with courage. .... 11. Our globalized world is marked by extraordinary progress alongside unacceptable – and unsustainable – levels of want, fear, discrimination, exploitation, injustice and environmental folly at all levels….13. We have the know-how and the means to address these challenges, but we need urgent leadership and joint action now. 14. These are universal challenges. They demand new levels of multilateral action, based on evidence and built on shared values, principles and priorities for a common destiny. 15. Our global commitments under the [United Nations] Charter should compel us to act. Our sense of empathy and enlightened self-interest should compel us to act. Our responsibilities as stewards of the planet should equally compel us to act. None of today’s threats respect boundaries drawn by human beings, whether those boundaries are national borders or boundaries of class, ability, age, gender, geography, ethnicity or religion. ...25. The stars are aligned for the world to take historic action to transform lives and protect the planet. I urge Governments and people everywhere to fulfil their political and moral responsibilities. This is my call to dignity, and we must respond with all our vision and strength."
Some Simple Steps
Here are five suggestions for getting updated and staying updated regarding the UN's sustainable development efforts--starting right now! See the items in blue highlights for the fast track.
1. Watch some of the "Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations, 17-20 February 2015. This four-day meeting will be broadcast live from the United Nations New York on UN Web TV. It takes place from 10am--1pm and 3pm-6pm Eastern Time, all four days. Look over and save/print for reference, the two page summary "Elements Paper for Declaration Discussion" (pages 3-4).
4. Read the previous two entries on Global Integrators on the CORE MC weblog. Want more? Have a look at some of the materials on global integration that we have done (webinars, powerpoints, papers, etc.).
5. Although not without its flaws and failures (like any human institution), the UN in our view continues to be crucial for promoting and protecting human security/peace, human rights/dignity, and social progress/better standards of life (as highlighted in the Charter of the United Nations' Preamble, 1945). One way to catch a quick overview of how these aspirations are playing out is by watching the annual UN Year in Review--2014 (below).
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Global Integration Actively integrating our lives (connecting and contributing) with global realities (skillfully addressing the major issues facing humanity and promoting wellbeing) in light of our core values (ethical imperatives, commitment to humanity, God’s glory).