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Mercy Enews
No. 382 | 13 September 2010

Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, used her inheritance in service of the needs of her time. Today, Sisters of Mercy, through Mercy International Association, use their resources to respond to issues of global poverty demonstrated in the massive displacement of persons worldwide...This vision keeps alive the founding spirit of Catherine among peoples of the world most in need of God's compassion and mercy.
from the MIA Visioning Statement 2007


MIllennium Development Goals Report 2010 (MGC)

It is clear that improvements in the lives of the poor have been unacceptably slow, and some hard-won gains are being eroded by the climate, food and economic crises," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in the foreword to the Millennium Development Goals Report 2010, issued on 23 June. But the report also cites big gains in cutting the rate of extreme poverty, getting children into primary schools, addressing AIDS, malaria and child health, and a good chance to reach the target for access to clean drinking water.

At a commission meeting for financing for development which I attended on Wednesday September 8, 2010, and as we prepare for the coming summit on the Millennium Development Goals, there are 2 sets of main issues emerging:

1. Governments are saying that because of the economic situation that there is no new money for Millenium Development Goals. I asked what about the money promised - this is not new money and gave the example of the UK which has ring -fenced development monies.
2. The G77 and China are pushing the need for cooperation in technological development.

We also wondered what do governments and NGOs understand by mutual responsibility?

Action: Each of us has a responsibility to see where the money promised in September 2000 is and if any other governments like the UK have ring-fenced their development aid.

Messages to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Editor: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2010 is attached to this item. The UN Summit website is this week's featured site due to Mercy commitment to the MDGs


Preparing for Mercy Day

The materials in the Spirituality section of the Mercyworld.org website provide a number of video, text and audio options  that could be considered for use for Mercy Day. Further details about how to access these files were published in the 30 August edition of Mercy E-News as the 'Technical Tip'. Access the edition (no 380) in the News Centre

A reminder that the videos can be projected full screen simply by clicking on the symbol in the shape of a white square at the far right end of the control bar ( just past the volume control).

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