+ Monday 22nd June – United Nations and Good News
Dear friends –
Happy final full week of June! Can you believe the year is just about half done? And what an unexpected year it’s been. Hearts and prayers for places and nations for whom COVID is on the exponential rise! I bumped into someone yesterday who told me she’d felt impatient with a couple of her friends who are not among the unemployed or the grieving, but have been complaining about the inconvenience of continuing restrictions. I felt what she was saying when last night I then saw the latest figures of infection and death in some other countries. My goodness, doesn’t it make your heart break for so many people right now! How incredibly fortunate many of us are, here in Australia.
THAT ENCOUNTER PROMPTED TODAY’S POST
That brief encounter with that lady prompted me with the idea for today’s Parish Blog post, to share something that might positively help our connection with the world. In September 2000, there was a historical signing by 189 countries concerning a core list of the ‘United Nations Millennium Development Goals’ for the world, with targets set for 2015. You can easily look up the outcomes and if you’re not familiar with them, it will give you incredible hope for the world when you see the amazing progress that occurred in those 15 years! By many of those measures, the world is actually in a much better state than it was 30 or 40 years ago.
THEN CAME THE NEXT STEP
From 2015, this progress developed into the SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS. The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals. Progress is happening well in many places but is overall slower than needed. A group of world leaders took action about the schedule in late 2019.
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If you’d like to learn a little about these major initiatives in our world, the following is a really valuable site. Check out the 17 sustainable goals. Use the ‘drop downs’ on the site to enjoy exploring ideas and stories. There is so much in deep harmony between these initiatives and our own Catholic Social Teaching. We can rightly recognise so much of this work of the United Nations as reflections of the kingdom of God being built here ‘on earth as it is in heaven‘. I hope you can find this website informative and enjoyable. And I hope it can be a helpful way to continue your own learning about our world, its needs, and the many valuable actions that are happening.
Maybe this can also enthuse our own involvements in great causes and initiatives, as disciples of Jesus Christ seeking to be co-creators of the unity and belonging that is Jesus’ dream and call for us.
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See you in the next Parish Blog post and
with friendship in God’s mission,