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Climate change & indigenous women and girls

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a high-level advisory body to the Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC). The 22nd session of this forum took place at UN HQ, New York, from 17-28 April 2023. The IPA hosted an event (April 27) at this forum focusing on the gender impact of climate change on indigenous women and relevant structured inequalities and discrimination they encounter.

For further info. see link to IPA Justice Updates  HERE

Challenge 2 Change @HLPF2022

The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nations, is the central United Nations platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level.

The theme for the 2022 HLPF is “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ”.

As the world is struggling to recover from COVID-19 amidst continuing crises, the HLPF will reflect on how recovery policies can reverse the negative impacts of the pandemic on the SDGs and move countries on to a path to realise the vision of the 2030 Agenda.

The International Presentation Association (IPA) has been a presence at High Level Political Fora for a number of year’s now, actively engaged in the valuable discussion and information exchange   platforms offered by the various side-shows that run parallel to the main event.

Showcasing good practice

On July 12th, the IPA was involved in the co—organisation (with JCoR and REDES) of just such a side event to the main Forum, bringing   together the voices of faith-based organisations from the Catholic tradition, which have a presence across many global regions, to share good practices and recommendations with respect to the achievement of SDG 4’s Target 7 on the theme: “Delivering SDG 4.7: Catholic Religious Organisations and the Lifelong Formation of Global Citizens”.

Brian O’Toole, our IPA Justice Contact in Ireland-England (and Director of the Presentation Sisters Interprovincial Justice Desk for Ireland and England) shared with the attendees the “Challenge to Change (C2C)” Project by highlighting how students explore and learn ways of understanding our common home as a contribution to the achievement of SDG 4.7 (Education for Global Citizenship).

Challenge to Change is a Presentation Initiative that is grounded in the SDGs, and open to primary and post primary students.  Such has been the impact of this initiative that we were honoured to be able to present at the UN High Level Political Forum 2022. and you can watch our presentation here:  

The link below to the 10-minute recording of this presentation ‘showcasing good practice’ does justice to the many students and teachers past and present formed as ‘Global Citizens’ ready to act and advocate for change on the very real issues faced by those ‘made poor’ in our world today.


See also Education | Challenge to Change Project

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