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Week of February 6, 2017


This week, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations gave one intervention at the United Nations.


Strategies for Eradicating Poverty to Achieve
Sustainable Development for All
Commission for Social Development

On February 6, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN gave an intervention during the 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development on Agenda Item 3 (a), dedicated to “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all.”   

In its statement, the Holy See said that poverty eradication is the greatest global challenge and cannot be reduced to economics. Poverty, rather, must be addressed in its personal, social and environmental dimensions as well. Economic development must be combined with civil progress to result in peace. In too many places, this civil progress is lacking, as we see in the global insecurities driving or flowing from the migration crisis. Poverty eradication requires providing the young with education, jobs and personal growth opportunities. It must include the social wealth contributions of our elderly. And it must incorporate the contributions of people on the move.

The statement can be found here.


The UN highlights the role of Holy See Diplomacy

On February 7, UN News Service featured the work of the Holy See on the international stage in general and at the United Nations in particular. In the article, Archbishop Auza was asked about the priorities of the Holy See for this year, which include peace and security, nuclear disarmament, migration, religious freedom, and the protection of human dignity grounded in the right to life. In a video interview, Archbishop Auza speaks about the Holy See's interest in the prohibition of nuclear weapons in light of an upcoming UN Conference in March.

Read the article and watch the videos in their entirety here.


These are the events for which we are presently taking sign-ups. More information regarding each event will be provided shortly. Please contact event@holyseemission.org with any questions.


March 2: Pope Francis’ Summons to Non-Violence as a Style of Politics for Peace

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 5

RSVP  at holyseemission.org/rsvpMarch2


March 22: Economically Empowering Trafficking Victims to Stay Permanently Off the Streets

3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 11

RSVP  at holyseemission.org/rsvpMarch22/Trafficking


March 23: Fertility Awareness and Women's Economic Empowerment

10 a.m. - 11:15

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 11

RSVP  at holyseemission.org/rsvpMarch23/FertilityAwareness


March 23: The Distinctiveness of Woman's Work and Her Empowerment

3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 11

RSVP  at holyseemission.org/rsvpMarch23/WomenWork


March 28: The Perspective of the Holy See on the UN Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, leading toward their total Elimination

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 12

RSVP  at holyseemission.org/rsvpMarch28


May 10: An Evening with Raphael: Raphael's Art and Human Dignity

6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 4

RSVP  at holyseemission.org/rsvpMay10


May 12: The Centenary of Fatima and the Enduring Relevance of Its Message of Peace

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 2

RSVP  at holyseemission.org/rsvpMay1