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The U. N. General Assembly has called for a “high level” conference on the world financial crisis from June 1 -3, 2009 at the United Nations. “High Level” means that the meeting is designated for the leaders in the highest positions in their country. It is imperative that President Obama attend this meeting and we are asked to flood the capitol with phone calls, faxes, or email messages urging him to attend and to pass this word on to everyone we can as well as in newspapers, parish bulletins, radio, whatever media attention we can get. There is concern that if President Obama does not attend this conference, that those from the European Union also won’t attend. No matter how many high level leaders from developing countries attend, it won’t be productive if the United States, Canada, Australia, and the European Union are
absent. So please go “all out” to get this word out. This is just one more way we can “be and act as one” for our dear neighbors!
Here is the phone and email to contact President Obama
Due to the present economic crisis it is estimated that 90,000,000 people worldwide will fall victim to poverty by the end of 2009. It is almost impossible now to meet the MDG goals in every area by 2015. In the developing counties maternal health has already been adversely affected and many girls have stopped attending schools. The situation is dire in the developing countries. This will have a great impact on our sisters in developing countries.
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Carol Zinn, SSJ, represents the Sisters of St. Joseph NGO (non-governmental organization) at the United Nations. Working with the Economic and Social Council, she has participated in efforts to promote human rights and sustainable development; eradicate poverty and environmental devastation; and advance peace, disarmament, education, and health care. She has worked on the United Religions Initiative and the Earth Charter and has served as the education program director for Global Education Associates. One of her tasks – along with sisters from other congregations who are NGO representatives at the UN – is find a way to network and engage 12,000 individual Sisters of St. Joseph world wide in an awareness of what’s going on at the U.N. and pass that information on to those among whom they minister as well as family and friends. In a news interview a few years ago Carol posed this question about her work: “How do you make the U.N. world real to a group of people saturated in real work. How do you find ways to influence some of the conversation at this international think tank and place of hope?”