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BRIEFING  - December 19, 2012

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Read the summer edition of the newsletter “Dominicans at the UN” (PDF)

Past Briefings:

December 5, 2012
Climate change is our responsibility, here and now

November 16, 2012
Human trafficking: ‘We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers’

October 17, 2012
Observing World Food Day, every day

September 26, 2012
Setting goals to foster sustainable human development

September 12, 2012
Ameliorating food insecurity by attenuating climate change

August 29, 2012
Nuclear weapons are roadblock to global peace and security

July 11, 2012
Reflection on my time at the UN

May 30, 2012
World Environment Day is June 5

May 16, 2012
‘35 days to the future we want’: RIO+20 is June 20–22

April 18, 2012
Happiness and wellbeing: Defining a new economic paradigm

April 4, 2012
Dominican NGO news from a visiting correspondent

March 7, 2012
Group works to raise awareness of plight of rural women

February 22, 2012
Commission focuses on empowerment of rural women

February 8, 2012
Making poverty eradication a global priority

January 25, 2012
Social Protection Floor would meet basic human needs

January 11, 2012
Advocating for global common good is moral imperative

Recommit to the pursuit of peace and justice

This past September, I had the opportunity to travel to Ghana, where I was a guest speaker at the assembly of the Theresians International—an organization of Catholic women, dedicated to the spirit of Vatican II. While there, I had a chance to see a good bit of the country, and was taken with both the poverty all around, and the beauty of the people.

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, I offer you these few photographs. These children of Ghana in some way symbolize the importance of the work we try to do here at the United Nations, as we advocate on behalf of human rights, and respect for the integrity of Earth.

These children also represent children throughout the world who yearn for love, for safety, for a world without violence, and for a future in which to realize their hopes and dreams.

In the wake of the tragedy that has taken place in Newtown, Connecticut, and in anticipation of Christ’s rebirth within us and among us, perhaps we can take the time to recommit ourselves to the pursuit of peace and justice right where we are, knowing that the good we do reaches out in some mysterious way to touch all of God’s good people.

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas, and a New Year of great blessings.

Margaret Mayce, OP
Kati Garrison, DVUSA

Margaret Mayce

Margaret Mayce, OP (DLC/Amityville)
NGO in Special Consultative Status at the United Nations
Dominican Leadership Conference
211 East 43 St. Rm 704
New York, NY 10017
email: Margaret Mayce, OP

Dominican Leadership Conference

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