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Mercy Enews
No. 546 | 11 December 2013

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


MIA at the UN Makes an Intervention on Energy at the 5th Session of the OWG on Sustainable Development Goals

Speaking on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy International Association at the UN and the Mining Working Group, Aine O’Connor rsm (pictured right), described at the November 27, 2013 Fifth Session of the Open Working Group (OWG) how our members and partners worldwide are impacted by unsustainable energy generation – especially coal mining, biofuels, hydroelectric power, and now fracking for shale or coal-seam gas. Based on the experience of members, she admonished that promoting these energy options is favoring short-sighted economic and profit motives over environmental sustainability and peoples’ rights.

To achieve a truly transformative sustainable energy agenda, she then outlined three key steps going forward.

Those steps are contained in the Report linked to this item.

Messages to: Áine O’Connor rsm - MGA Co-ordinator at the UN


Further Resources

Worth Listening to:
Marilynne Robinson (author of Gilead)
Marilynne Robinson delivered the sixth Theos Annual Lecture on 28th November 2013 at One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, on Religion in Contemporary America. You can listen to the lecture, until 2nd January 2014. Listen here (1:31:21)

Worth Watching:
Human Trafficking

The campaign to end human trafficking is comparable to that of the campaign for the emancipation of women and like that campaign, it will not succeed until people pressure their governments to take action, said Anne Gallagher, a former UN adviser on human trafficking, in an interview following her keynote address on the first day of the Trust Women conference (3-4 December) in London.Watch the videos from that conference here which address the themes of moderrn-day slavery and human trafficking.

Worth Reading:
Human Trafficking
-The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond
This report, released in Brussels, 4 December 2013, by Prof. Mirjam van Reisen, Meron Estefanos and Prof. Conny Rijken, focuses on the trafficking of refugees from the Horn of Africa who are targeted by criminal networks for extortion and exploitation. The report looks at the experiences of the refugees who have fled their countries looking for safety and security.  Download the Report here. Length 238 pages PDF For an outline of the Report, read the article in Social Watch

-Thousands of women and children in the Philippines risk falling prey to human traffickers in the aftermath of last month's catastrophic typhoon, lawmakers and the chief US aid agency warned Tuesday. Read the article here

Worth Referring to:
Fracking: How is it done? And when is it used?
ABC Online (Australia) has produced an article addressing these questions which includes a useful diagram showing fracking as a mining technique for extracting gas from coal seams and shale deposits

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