Friday, 5 June 2015

Global Integration Update--June 2015

Pursuing common ground for the common good.
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Global Integration 
June 2015 Update

The GI Updates are designed to help you connect and contribute relevantly with our globalizing world--global integration (GI). GI essentially is how we skillfully integrate our lives and values on behalf of the issues facing humanity. The  Updates are thus helping to shape and support the emerging diversity of global integrators who as learners-practitioners  are committed to pursuing "common ground for the common good." 
Warm greetings from Geneva,
Kelly and Michèle O'Donnell

Here are several current and crucial resources for GI,
including several "coming soon" items. 

1. World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). Scheduled for 2016 in Istanbul, this first of a kind, major summit is organized by the United Nations et al. Currently there are online discussions/consultations en route to this major event of which you can be part. Follow the progress and opportunities on the WHS website. In addition, check out the new WHS blog with the initial entries from: a) Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council and former UN Emergency Relief Coordinator: A crisis of access and protection; and b) Ambassador Hesham Youssef, Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Six propositions for a paradigm shift to change the humanitarian system
Coming soon (well, yesterday, 4 June 2015): One of the many crucial issues related to humanitarian action is the role of religion and faith for “persons and communities of concern,” organizations, staff, governments, and donors. Yesterday there was a superb online learning session and consultation (webinar), Faith and Religion in Humanitarian Action: Improving Cooperation and Effectiveness.It is part of a series of webinars en route to the 2016 WHS that is organized by Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP). If you missed the event, you can still listen to the powerpoint and presentations (click on the previous link and scroll down the opening page to the "event recording" section).  The next webinar is in mid-June and will be on human trafficking. Contact PHAP for more information.

2. Clinical Management of Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Conditions in Humanitarian Emergencies: mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide (2015), World Health Organization and UNHCR. “The mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide contains first-line management recommendations for mental, neurological and substance use conditions for non-specialist health-care providers in humanitarian emergencies where access to specialists and treatment options is limited. It is a simple, practical tool that aims to support general health facilities in areas affected by humanitarian emergencies in assessing and managing acute stress, grief, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis, epilepsy, intellectual disability, harmful substance use and risk of suicide. This new tool is an adaptation of WHO’s mhGAP Intervention Guide [2010], a widely-used evidence-based manual for the management of these conditions in non-specialized health settings.”
Coming soon:  Low-Intensity Psychological Interventions for People in Communities Affected by Adversity, World Health Organization. Read some advanced information on this topic and listen to a short podcast by psychologist Dr. Ken Karswell here, on the Mental Health Innovation Network website.

3. Transforming the World by 2030: A New Agenda for Global Action. This is the zero draft (just released 2 June 2015) for the inter-governmental negotiations of the outcome document for the Post-2015 Development Agenda (UN General Assembly, September 2015). The short preamble sets the tone for the opening visionary-sobering paragraphs that lead into the proposed 17 sustainable development goals and their 169 targets:

“This agenda is a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity that also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom.  All countries acting in collaborative partnership will implement the agenda....” Read more—access the link to it here!
Coming soon: Keep in touch with the documents and developments about the world community-UN’s road to sustainable development on the UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

4. Global IntegratorsHow does one become a “global integrator”? What does a global integrator do? These are the underlying questions being addressed in the current weblog series by Kelly at CORE Member Care.  Some of the 10 topics so far includepathways for preparation (image below), charting your course, prayer for the UN/world, taking the world pulse, global disintegration, and sector connectors.
 Coming soon: The next entry on CORE Member Care will be reflections on First Love—that is, your highest good/core existential belief. It is central to the “values” dimension of GI for global integrators since it influences one’s motives and actions in GI.
5. International News Bulletin by the Office of International Affairs (OIA)American Psychological Association. Beginning in April 2015, this twice monthly bulletin provides information about opportunities for involvement in international psychology. The OIA also publishes a more extensive newsletter four times per year, Psychology Internationalwhich includes short articles and updates on conferences, books, issues, etc.
 Coming soon:  Our latest overview article on Global Mental Health (Kelly and Michèle) is captured in the novel image above (source unknown). The article helps us to “track (stay updated) and trek (collaborate together) as we venture throughout the GMH domain. It is to be published in the June 2015 issue of Psychology International.
Finally: Note that there are many events and resources listed on the Peace and Collaborative Development Network website (PCDN).  As a member (free) you can also sign up to receive the daily updates by email with PCDN puts on its website (the updates are sent to the PCDN from its members). A quick skim will help you identify the items that are the most relevant for you.

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 (e.g., ethical imperatives, commitment to humanity, faith-based).
Member Care Associates

Member Care Associates Inc. (MCA) is a non-profit organisation working internationally from the USA and Geneva. MCA's work in Global Integration includes personnel development for mission/aid workers, humanitarian psychology, and global mental health, all  with a view towards supporting sustainable development for all people and the planet. Our services include consultation, training, research, developing resources, and publications. MCA is a member of the Movement for Global Mental Health and the NGO Forum for Health.
Disclaimer: The inclusion of the materials in the GI Updates as well as the opinions and recommendations expressed in these materials do not necessarily reflect their endorsement. The responsibility for the interpretation and use of the materials lies with the reader.
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