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Gloria Landy represents the World Council of Conservative Synagogues— Masorti Olami —in the Non-Governmental Organizations to the Department of Public Information in association with the United Nations. In 2014 Gloria has been elected to the position of Secretary of World Jewish Congress – American Section.

Gloria-LandyGloria serves as a member of the steering committee for the Jewish NGOs and was a member of the steering committee for the AAJLJ Durban II Counter Conference..

Gloria has done outstanding work throughout the years keeping us well informed about the work and policy of the UN and bringing many important issues to our attention. We thank her and her committee for all their efforts and devotion..

 

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Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?

New York Times, USA
20 August 2014

By RONALD S. LAUDER AUG. 19, 2014

WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference.

The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that have lived in peace for centuries. The terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed hundreds of Christians this year — ravaging the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, two weeks ago. Half a million Christian Arabs have been driven out of Syria during the three-plus years of civil war there. Christians have been persecuted and killed in countries from Lebanon to Sudan.

Historians may look back at this period and wonder if people had lost their bearings. Few reporters have traveled to Iraq to bear witness to the Nazi-like wave of terror that is rolling across that country. The United Nations has been mostly mum. World leaders seem to be consumed with other matters in this strange summer of 2014. There are no flotillas traveling to Syria or Iraq. And the beautiful celebrities and aging rock stars — why doesn’t the slaughter of Christians seem to activate their social antennas?

President Obama should be commended for ordering airstrikes to save tens of thousands of Yazidis, who follow an ancient religion and have been stranded on a mountain in northern Iraq, besieged by Sunni Muslim militants. But sadly, airstrikes alone are not enough to stop this grotesque wave of terrorism.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is not a loose coalition of jihadist groups, but a real military force that has managed to take over much of Iraq with a successful business model that rivals its coldblooded spearhead of death. It uses money from banks and gold shops it has captured, along with control of oil resources and old-fashioned extortion, to finance its killing machine, making it perhaps the wealthiest Islamist terrorist group in the world. But where it truly excels is in its carnage, rivaling the death orgies of the Middle Ages. It has ruthlessly targeted Shiites, Kurds and Christians.

“They actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick” a Chaldean-American businessman named Mark Arabo told CNN, describing a scene in a Mosul park. “More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung.”

This week, 200,000 Aramaeans fled their ancestral homeland around Nineveh, having already escaped Mosul.

The general indifference to ISIS, with its mass executions of Christians and its deadly preoccupation with Israel, isn’t just wrong; it’s obscene.

In a speech before thousands of Christians in Budapest in June, I made a solemn promise that just as I will not be silent in the face of the growing threat of anti-Semitism in Europe and in the Middle East, I will not be indifferent to Christian suffering. Historically, it has almost always been the other way around: Jews have all too often been the persecuted minority. But Israel has been among the first countries to aid Christians in South Sudan. Christians can openly practice their religion in Israel, unlike in much of the Middle East.

This bond between Jews and Christians makes complete sense. We share much more than most religions. We read the same Bible, and share a moral and ethical core. Now, sadly, we share a kind of suffering: Christians are dying because of their beliefs, because they are defenseless and because the world is indifferent to their suffering.

Good people must join together and stop this revolting wave of violence. It’s not as if we are powerless. I write this as a citizen of the strongest military power on earth. I write this as a Jewish leader who cares about my Christian brothers and sisters.

The Jewish people understand all too well what can happen when the world is silent. This campaign of death must be stopped.

Ronald S. Lauder is the president of the World Jewish Congress.
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Conference at the United Nations in New York on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Conference Room 3, United Nations Headquarters, to raise awareness of "Global Anti Semitism: A Threat to International Peace and Security".
The Enr. Aja Eze Foundation in collaboration with the Permanent Missions to the United Nations Palau, Israel and Argentina who will
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Masorti Olami - World Council of Conservative/Masorti Synagogues
The 65th Annual United Nations
DPI/NGO Conference will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, August 27-29. Title: 2015 and Beyond - Our Action Agenda.
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Hadassah Members Visit the US Mission at the United Nations
Report submitted by Ruth Cole on behalf of the Hadassah UN Team
Ruth Cole, Renee Albert, Ruth Grossberg and Judy Padolf

On February 25, 2014, thirty Hadassah members representing the National Board, nearby regions and chapters, visited the US Mission to the UN for a briefing on critical global issues as identified by the UN and presented by the guest speaker. The attendees were addressed by Peggy Kerry, US Mission Advisor and Liaison to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and by the main speaker, Laurie Shestack Phipps, US Mission Advisor. Ms. Phipps' expertise is economic and social affairs with a special focus on women's issues, including global empowerment and the aging. She is also the US representative to the UN Third Committee which concerns itself with social development and human rights issues.

In addition, she is also US Mission Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Millennium Development Goals were established in the year 2000 and will be evaluated by a special UN Committee in the year 2015 to determine the progress made toward achieving them. Ms. Phipps explained the MDGs as follows: "Eradicating Poverty and Hunger, Primary Education Improvement, Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality, Decreasing Child Mortality, Improvement of Maternal Health, Combating HIV/AIDS, Environmental Quality, and Partnerships for Economic Development." Ms. Phipps also stated that the benchmarks toward progress in reaching these goals and indicating global improvement, also point out where improvement is still needed. She stated that improvement in maternal health, particularly in underdeveloped countries, and in women's economic development and advancement are the least likely to be progressing well. Post-2015, she explained, new goals will be added including the prevention of non-communicable diseases and the reduction in the number of cases of cancer, heart and lung diseases. Emphasis on the elimination of smoking, alcohol consumption to excess, and improper diet will be increased. Other new target goals post-2015 will include increased focus on concerns for people with disabilities, the aging, and environmental awareness. She added that the UN itself has also been adapted to increase accessibility for the disabled.

In another area of concern, Ms. Phipps stated that the UN has been focusing attention on the Autism Spectrum, and she indicated that a number of countries are working on strategies dealing with issues of autism. She mentioned that Israel, for example, recently sponsored a UN program, film and special event on autism and relevant strategies to meet its challenges. She said that Bangladesh and Qatar have been interested in working on issues dealing with autism as well. In addition, she stated that public health care issues are another focus of concern, and that community health care workers and nurses in developing countries are currently being trained to deal with public health care, due to the disparity in this area between cities and marginal communities. In marginal areas she said, there is little funding for primary health care check-ups and examinations and/or treatment. In these situations she stated, nurses are in the forefront of knowledge and care.

Other issues presented by Ms. Phipps included:
1. Aging - The issue of human rights must be expanded to include the concerns of older persons who frequently suffer from poverty and exclusion from daily life activities. A UN plan for meeting the needs of older persons is in progress, and governments of member nations will need to comply to meet the goals for the support of their aging populations.

2. Education - Primary Education programs are currently being made more available in most regions of the world, although with more accessibility in urban areas than in rural ones. In terms of Secondary Education, more opportunities must be provided for girls in underdeveloped countries, as they often drop-out in adolescence. This dropping out of school leads to early marriages and early childbearing. Babies born of teen mothers have lower survival rates, and the teen mothers have higher mortality rates. 90% of children born in underdeveloped countries are born to teen mothers. However, there have been some gains in the improvement of child health and maternal mortality rates since the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals. In addition, US AID provides assistance in funding toward these goals, particularly in health and environmental education.

3. Violence against Women and Gender Equality have also been emphasized through the Millennium Development Goals in the US and other countries as well. The US is now a member of the Human Rights Council of the UN which is building interest in these social issues.

In conclusion, Ms. Phipps stated that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) benchmarks for assessing progress toward achieving them are data-driven, so that improvement in the areas of concern is quantifiable - country by country - to assess change and to enable new strategies and target goals to be constructed toward eventual achievement. A question and answer period followed the presentation, and much was learned about UN global challenges, progress and future activities.
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To Rabbi Tzvi Graetz from the Jewish NGO meeting June 2014

Dear Rabbi Tzvi,
We hope all is well with you. We are fine and we are keeping very busy.I have just returned from Israel and Gloria embarks for Israel on Thursday.We are sending you a picture that was taken last Wednesday June 11, 2014  at our monthly Jewish NGO Meeting. Read letter with photo here

Holocaust Memorial Commemorations at the UN

Gloria Landy braved the snow in New York City to participate in a full week of memorial and commemoration events at the United Nations. Read her full report here.

A Story of Grace and Disgrace at the UN

Judy Horowitz recently visited the UN to hear Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech. Click here for Judy’s reflection on the Prime Minister’s speech.

Cyber Hate – Danger in Cyberspace

Gloria Landy & Judy Horowitz, recently attended an all-day session United Nations Unlearning Intolerance Seminar on cyber-hate and cyber-bullying. Read their full report to see why they believe that this seminar was a real opportunity to discuss how intolerance can be “unlearned” through education, inclusion and positive example.

For further information, please contact Gloria Landy: ewl33@aol.com
To find out more about the work of the Department of Public Information of the UN, go to: http://www.un.org/dpi/ngosection/index.asp

Below are documents for further reading about the DPI NGOs work, including a letter of thanks from the Durban II Counter Conference organizers.

Education for Global Citizenship

“Education is vital for fostering global citizenship and building peaceful societies. We need you to help build an enduring culture of peace, have passion – and compassion, put yourselves in the shoes of others, help those in need, value human diversity and the natural world that sustains us, stand resolute for human rights, and work together to give the world the best chance for peace.”
–Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Read Full Report