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Global Integration Update -- April 2016 Common Ground for the Common Good Global Strides Special Events for Improving Our World
Overview This Update presents special events related to GI that are happening in April-May 2016. Together these events represent some of the "global strides" being taken by the world community on behalf of the wellbeing for all people and the planet. Our featured item, due to its potential global impact, is the World Humanitarian Summit (Istanbul, 24-26 May). There are of course many more GI-related events that could be listed. We encourage you to further identify and track with the items that are the most useful for you. For some ideas, see the December 2015 GI Update,Staying Current—Navigating the News.We finish with one of our favorite quotes from MLK.
23-24 May 2016, Istanbul Turkey World Humanitarian Summit, United Nations Several main sessions will be live streamed. https://www.worldhumanitariansummit.org/ “We are currently facing humanitarian needs on a massive scale. In our rapidly changing world, we must continually seek better ways to meet the needs of millions of people affected by conflicts and disasters. An initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, managed by UN OCHA, the first World Humanitarian Summit…will bring together governments, humanitarian organizations, people affected by humanitarian crises and new partners including the private sector to propose solutions to our most pressing challenges and set an agenda to keep humanitarian action fit for the future….The Summit has three main goals: Reaffirm our commitment to humanity and humanitarian principles; Initiate actions and commitments which enable countries and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and be more resilient to shocks; Share best practices which help save lives around the world, placing affected people at the centre of humanitarian action and alleviating suffering.” (description from website)
Five Core Responsibilities (One World: Shared Responsibility) 1. Political leadership to prevent and end conflict 2. Uphold the norms that safeguard humanity 3. Leave no one behind 4. Change people’s lives—from delivering aid to ending need 5. Invest in humanity
ClickHERE to watch the overview presentation of One Humanity (13 slides, one minute).
More Events Global Strides for Learning-Networking-Impacting
13-14 April 2016, Washington DC Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority World Bank Group and World Health Organization http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2016/03/09/out-of-the-shadows-making-mental-health-a-global-priority “Mental health issues impose an enormous disease burden on societies across the world. Depression alone affects 350 million people globally and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Despite its enormous social burden, mental disorders continue to be driven into the shadows by stigma, prejudice and fear. The issue is becoming ever more urgent in light of the forced migration and sustained conflict we are seeing in many countries of the world. A two-day series of events, co-hosted by the World Bank and the World Health Organization during the World Bank-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings, aims to move mental health from the margins to the mainstream of the global development agenda. The events [will]…engage finance ministers, multilateral and bilateral organizations, the business community, technology innovators, and civil society…[They] will emphasize the urgent investments needed in mental health services, and the expected returns in terms of health, social and economic benefits.” (description from website)15 April 2016, Washington DC Solving the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health: Maintaining Momentum on the Road to Scale Up National Institute of Mental Health USA (NIMH) and Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-priorities/scientific-meetings/2016/grand-challenges/solving-the-grand-challenges-in-global-mental-health-maintaining-momentum-on-the-road-to-scale-up.shtml “This year’s NIMH-GCC workshop will take place in coordination with The World Bank and World Health Organization meeting, Out of the Shadows…Together, the two meetings will bring together more than 200 global mental health innovators, investigators, policymakers, and other key stakeholders to discuss exciting new research findings and strategies for maintaining a worldwide spotlight on the six priority areas identified in the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health initiative [i.e. Identify root causes, risk and protective factors; Advance prevention and implementation of early interventions; Improve treatments and expand access to care; Raise awareness of the global burden; Build human resource capacity; Transform health system and policy responses].” (description from website)
19-21 April 2016, Geneva Global Health: Sustainable and Affordable Innovations in Healthcare Geneva Health Forum (GHF), hosted by the World Health Summit http://ghf2016.g2hp.net/ “Since its first edition, 10 years ago, the GHF has become a space for dialogue and major exchanges between field practitioners, the university hospitals, the public and private sectors, the international organisations and the non-governmental organisations. The GHF, faithful to its spirit, will offer in April 2016 the opportunity to have an open and constructive debate on innovation in healthcare, that is accessible to all and environment-friendly. The GHF 2016 will seek to be an influential voice on these issues, through the greatest experts in this field.” (description from website)
30 May-1 June 2016, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together United Nations Department of Public Information/NGOs http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/conference-2016/ “The 66th…Conference will take place in the first year of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by United Nations (UN) Member States in September 2015 to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure human rights and prosperous and fulfilling lives for all, as part of a new sustainable development agenda to be achieved by 2030...By focusing on education for global citizenship, the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference aims to build on the centrality of education and global citizenship as the bedrock of sustainable development and climate action…According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), global citizenship education “aims to empower learners to assume active roles to face and resolve global challenges and to become proactive contributors to a more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive and secure world.”…The purpose of this Conference, rooted in Sustainable Development Goal number 4, is to harness strategies, expertise and resources across the widest spectrum of civil society to unleash a range of education initiatives that ensure inclusive, safe and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Three pillars of i) formal education, ii) informal education and training, and iii) advocacy and public information will be examined as means to correct gender, ability, social, economic and other inequalities that create or perpetuate marginalization and disenfranchisement, and thus, hinder achievement of Goal 4, and each of the additional sixteen Sustainable Development Goals.” (description form the Concept Note)http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/files/2016/02/CN2016.pdf)
More Global Strides Some Films and Courses
26 April 2016, New York King’s Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution (film) Columbia University, Global Mental Health Program http://www.cugmhp.org/gmh-events/all-events/ “[This film] offers an intimate look at public mental health care in America by focusing on the story of a single abandoned institution, Kings Park State Hospital, on Long Island, New York. The journey back begins with director Lucy Winer's efforts to come to terms with her commitment to the state hospital as a teenager in the late 1960's. Although Lucy's goals are purely personal when the film begins, her desire to understand and resolve the issues of her past soon evolves into a driving need to learn about the institutional world which once held her captive. To this end Lucy seeks out other former patients, their families, and hospital staff who share firsthand accounts of life at Kings Park from dramatically different perspectives. Lucy Winer will be present for discussion after the film!” (description form website) 27 April 2016, Geneva Burden of Peace (film screening and discussion) The Graduate Institute Geneva and Human Rights Watch http://graduateinstitute.ch/events/_/events/corporate/2016/burden-of-peace “Burden of Peace tells the story of Claudia Paz y Paz, Guatemala’s first female Public Prosecutor, revealing how her battle against corruption, drug gangs and impunity in one of the most violent countries in the world culminated in the arrest of former dictator Efraín Rios Montt, the first ever conviction of a former head of state for genocide in a national court. (description from the website) 31 May-17 June 2016, online courses Summer Institute in Mental Health Research Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health http://www.jhsph.edu/departments/mental-health/summer-institute/courses.html --Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in International Humanitarian Settings --Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs of Refugees After Resettlement in High Income Countries Also in June (from the Mental Health Innovation Network website): --Mental Health Leadership Course (for early career African psychiatrists) Addis Ababa, June 2016 --Global Health and Health Diplomacy Lisbon, June 2016 --Global mHealth Research Training Institute Bethesda, USA; June 2016
Final Thought--Global Strides A Faith-Based Perspective
March 1965--March to Selma--Global Strides for Humanity
We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of [people] willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail, 16 April 1963
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