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Newsletter of the Claretian Ministry at the United Nations

Vol. 1, Issue 1 June 2013

The Claretian
Ministry at the
United Nations in
New York City
attends open
Welcome to the new
cmf@un newsletter
meetings of sub-
jects of particu-
lar interest to the

Claretian congre-
gation his newsletter is a commu-
attends NGO nications tool for the Clar-
meetings on etian advocacy work through
these subjects and at the United Nations. It
and takes part in
discussions that is meant to reach out to the
lead to the for- worldwide community of the
mation of policies Claretian Congregation and
our mission partners and col-
To be published quarterly,
the newsletter will dissemi-
nate information about the
work of the UN and of the
Claretians at the UN, with a
particular focus on issues that
may impact the peoples, areas,
Norbert Nagel
and ministries our missionar-
ies are working inin a word,
our Claretian missions. We
United Nations hope that our missionaries will ics treated in this newsletter and its
Upcoming Events: be able to relate, link, and interact future editions.
World Conference with the global collective efforts to Your comments and feedback
on Youth, Colombo,
Sri Lanka 2014
respond to the challenges of todays will help improve the work of the
world. CMF@UN team as this ministry
We welcome your contributions, continues to evolve. So please send
especially those reflecting your pas- us your emails at: jpiccmf@outlook.
toral experiences related to the top- com.
U.N. passes treaty to curb
conventional arms trade
T he open global arms trade in conven-
tional weaponseverything from ships
and planes to pistols and knivesis estimated
surprisingly, Iran, Syria, and North Korea.
Twenty-three abstained from the voting, most
notably Russia and China, who are big play-
to be $40 to $60 billion a year. There is also ers in the arms trade with pariah nations.
a clandestine black market no one knows The two countries argued that judging other
how big. Power- nations was subjective and influenced by the
ful nations are interests of the United States and Western
among the most democracies. Other nations share some of
active purveyors that skepticism, even if they approved the
of these kinds of treaty. Another sharp difference existed as
weapons, which well over arms to non-state bodies, like the
often are used on rebels in Syria. Most nations recognize that
peopleby gov- there is a time people have a right to rebel,
ernments, terror- and so those groups are not excluded.
Flickr photo cc/Al_HikesAZ

ists, and criminal The United Statesat least the Obama

syndicates administrationwelcomes the treaty. The
The General president will probably sign it and promise to
Assembly of the abide by it. But hes not likely to get it ratified
Non-Violence (also United Nations by the U.S. Senate. The National Rifle Asso-
known as The Knotted on Easter Monday overwhelmingly approved ciation, the domestic gun lobby, sees the small
Gun) by Carl Fredrik
the historic Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Afri- arms provisions as a threat to the Second
Reuterswrd at the United
Nations, New York. can countries, awash with AK-17s and child Amendment (the constitutional right to keep
soldiers, were especially active, together with and bear arms) of U.S. citizens. The country
human rights organizations, in promoting it has abided by U.N. treaties before, even when
over seven years of negotiations. Although it they were not ratified by the Senate.
is something less than was originally hoped That leads to the question: Why be excited
for, advocates still accept it as a good start. about a treaty that will have so many holes?
It takes effect once it is signed by 50 coun- Human rights advocates are nonetheless
tries, which is likely soon. Some experts excited, not just hopeful, because the self-
noting the half-hearted fidelity to other inter- reporting will not be meaningless. Nations
national agreementsare somewhat skeptical will have to go on record that they are not
On April 1, 2013, the about the ATTs implementation. giving guns to terrorists, tyrants, or criminals
United Nations General The treaty binds nations to establish in international forums.
Assembly passed the guidelines for the trade in conventional That kind of reporting has had some posi-
Arms Trade Treaty. While weapons, so as to prevent them from going to tive impact, however mixed, in the area of
it is no panacea, human
rights advocates wel-
nations that will use them against their own human rights. While offending nations can
come the treaty as an people or pass them on to terrorist or crimi- and do continue to ignore the rules, reports
important good start. nal organizations. Arms shipments are not to still impact a nations reputation in the court
be detrimental to women and children. Each of world opinion.
year a nation must make a report to show that Now, with the passing of the ATT, exces-
the weapons are not going to the bad guys. sive and unjustifiable arms trading, together
Three nations prevented the treaty from with torture, kidnapping, execution, will
being approved by consensus or unanimously determine how the world judges a nation on
in the Assembly. They were, perhaps not human rights.
New focus for U.N.s youth work
D uring its 51st session, February 615, the
Commission for Social Development
(CSocD) reviewed the policies and programs
would build, among other things, on the
Global Jobs Pact and the call for action of the
International Labor Organization.
involving youth. The commission welcomed The commission encourages member
the initiative of the government of Sri Lanka states to collect accurate data and pay atten-
to host a world conference on youth in tion to the Millennium Development Goals.
Colombo in 2014. The focus of the conference Youth and youth organizations themselves
will be on the participation and involvement should be involved in crafting the emerging
of youth in achieving internationally agreed- post-2015 development agenda, and youth
upon devel-opment goals, including the Mil- representatives should be included at all rel-
lennium Development Goals. evant discussions in the General Assembly,
The commission wants to make the in the Economic and Social Council (and
youth-related work of the United Nations its functional commissions), and at United
more effective. It encourages member states Nations conferences.
to develop comprehensive policies and action Such youth representatives should come
plans that focus on the best interests of youth, from various cultural, religious, ethnic, and
particularly the poor and marginalized, and socioeconomic backgrounds. To promote
address all aspects of youth development. It gender equality, women should be empow-
also encourages the international community ered in all aspects of youth development. The
and the United Nations system to support commision calls upon donorsincluding
national youth programs and further develop member states and intergovernmental and Claretians involved in min-
istry with youth may want
and improve the existing international frame- non-governmental organizationsto con-
to work with their youth
work on youthincluding the 15 priorities tribute to the United Nations Youth Fund to organizations to develop
of the United Nations World Programme of facilitate the participation of youth represen- strategic plans to submit
Action for Youth. tatives from developing countries. to their governments that
CSocD reaffirmed that the strengthening With this information in mind, our Clar- can help to make these
goals a reality. They could
of international cooperation regarding youth, etian Missionaries throughout the world who also make suggestions and
capacity-building, the enhancement of dia- are involved in ministry with youth may want proposals for the meeting
logue, mutual understanding, and the active to work with their youth organizations to in Sri Lanka in 2014.
participation of young people are crucial develop strategic plans in their own regions
elements in helping to eradicate poverty and to submit to their governments or other orga-
bring about full employment and social inte- nizations that can help to make these goals
gration. The commision also promotes access a reality. They could also put together sug-
to nationally owned social protection and gestions and proposals for the meeting in Sri
social services as important for empowering Lanka in 2014. Claretian youth encounter
young people. in Chascoms, Argentina.
To address the global challenge
of youth unemployment, CSocD
urges the development and imple-
mentation of strategies that give
Flickr photo/Claretianos del Sur

young people everywhere a real

chance to find decent and produc-
tive work. Included in that should
be the development of a global
strategy on youth employment that
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Our mission at the U.N.

T he ministry of Claretians at the
United Nations was established
by the General Government at the
request of the General Chapter. (From right:)
Concern for human rights in In April 2012
Brother Robert
Latin America, Africa, and Asia Omondi, JPIC
initiated the move. Human rights, Coordinator;
and Father
then, is the first priority issue of the Miguel ngel
CMF@UN team. Velasco, Gen-
eral Prefect
Because they are often tied to of the Aposto-
human rights violations and are of late, met with
Fathers Heherson Balabbo,
grave concern to many of our The team will also respond to Eddie De Len, and Tom
missionaries, the team also pri- current issues that advance peace, Joyce, and Brother Arnel
Alcober (not pictured) of the
oritizes the rights of indigenous justice, and the integrity of creation. USA Province to discuss set-
ting up the CMF@UN team.
peoples and the progress on the This first issue of our newsletter
so-called Millennial Goals for sus- reflects this in articles on arms con-
tainable development of poorer trol and youth unemployment and
countries. development.

Meet the cmf@un team

Arnel Alcober, C.M.F. Eddie DeLeon, C.M.F. Heherson Balabbo, C.M.F. Tom Joyce, C.M.F. Richard Suttle, C.M.F.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Yale University Our Lady of Fatima Claret House Buenos Aires
White Plains, New York New Haven, Connecticut Perth Amboy, New Jersey Chicago, Illinois Argentina