Human Rights


Voices from the Field

On Friday February 5, 2016, the Society of the Sacred Heart held its first side event during an ECOSOC Commission session entitled Social Transformation through Popular Education: Voices from the Field. It was a mixture of workshop and panel discussion, and an exciting step on our new journey of contributing to the United Nations from our lived experience in the provinces, in areas of our expertise: education.

Bringing Popular Education to the United Nations

Deciding upon the topic of our first written intervention to the Commission for Social Development at the United Nations was not a difficult one. Knowing that the theme of the session in February 2016 will be “Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world,” the popular education process, which is characterized by equity, respect, solidarity and the common good, seemed a good starting point...

Human Rights Day 2015

"Amid large-scale atrocities and widespread abuses across the world, Human Rights Day should rally more concerted global action to promote the timeless principles that we have collectively pledged to uphold. In a year that marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we can draw inspiration from the history of the modern human rights movement, which emerged from the Second World War..."

Literacy for Social Inclusion

As an integral component of and essential building block for education, literacy has been part of the global development agenda for a long time. Starting with the World Conference on Education for All held in Jomkien, Thailand, in 1990, the need for increased literacy among peoples was subsequently included in the Education for All goals, formulated at the end of the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000.

Remembering Rwanda

The Charter of the United Nations, the UN’s foundational document which created the UN in 1945, begins as follows: “We The Peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, …”

World AIDS Day 2014

"On this World AIDS Day, I welcome the tremendous progress the world is making in responding to the AIDS epidemic. This year, world leaders made a commitment to end AIDS by 2030. The Fast Track approach launched last week will enable us to reach this goal. Almost 14 million people worldwide are now accessing HIV treatment. We have reduced new HIV infections by 38 per cent since 2001. We have prevented ..."

Nelson Mandela International Day

On July 18 Nelson Mandela will turn 95. To honor his extraordinary contribution to peace and freedom, the UN has designated July 18 of each year as Nelson Mandela International Day. This year the UN has joined a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and invites people around the world to devote 67 minutes of their time to service of helping others, as a way to honor Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of service ...

Prayer for the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

This year, the Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the USG/UISG Secretariat in Rome has prepared a prayer service for March 24, the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims.
Photo by Marigela Orvañanos

Indigenous Forum 2012

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a relatively new UN entity, which discusses issues of indigenous peoples around the world. The mandate of the Forum deals with indigenous issues such as culture, education, health, human rights, and social and economic development.


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