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Dialogues for Justice, the Public Interest and the Common Good: From the Margins to the Frontlines
September 28, 2015
St. Francis of Assisi Church
San Damiano Hall, 135 West 31st Street, New York, NY
777 United Nations Plaza (44th St. and First Avenue), New York
Member States of the United Nations have set 2015 as the year when they chart a new course for humanity – a path toward “sustainable development” that “leaves no one behind” and protects the planet. After nearly three years of consultations and intergovernmental negotiations, the document entitled “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” was finally agreed by Member States’ consensus on 2 August. This will be formally adopted by Heads of State and Governments at the United Nations Summit for the post-2015 development agenda scheduled for September 25-27, 2015.
On September 28, the day after these leaders’ global summit on development, we will hear voices from the margins and the frontlines who are worst affected by the current unjust and unsustainable mode of development in the world. They will take stock of the declaration and pledges made by global leaders in relation to their struggles against land grabs, austerity, rapid urbanization and migration, militarization, gender-based violence, and other problems impacting marginalized groups in society, especially in the global south.
The event will also consist of dialogues among grassroots groups, faith-based groups, social and environmental justice activists and advocates from all corners of “our common home”, reflecting the local in the global and the global in the local. It will also be a space for propounding solutions to peoples’ basic problems including those that governments are currently not addressing inasmuch as they go against entrenched elite interests and the status quo.
We hope you will join us and we look forward to your participation.