Saved by the Bell

Don Bosco Network is committed to defend human rights of children and young people in need and to advocate for their empowerment.

Our main task is to facilitate communication between all the Salesian organizations and to contribute to common strategy in Human Rights and Advocacy fields.

Speaking with one voice Salesian Family present in more than 130 countries is working to support young people and children and give them the possibility to fulfil their potential and participate actively in the society.


Keep It Clean – World Cleanup Day 2019 – Don Bosco Green Alliance
DATE: September 20, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

While cleaning up waste, and beautification of the environment are important and essential practices, unless there is a systemic change that leads to the reduction of waste generation, these efforts will be futile. Cleanup activities have to be supported by concrete steps that lead to a drastic reduction in the quantum of waste generated, and we need to ultimately change public mindsets to ensure that the need for cleaning becomes a thing of the past.

With the above background, we can focus on a campaign to reduce the waste generation within the member organizations, with a 45-day long rollout, focusing on waste reduction. We will focus on reducing the quantum of waste generated by the organisation during August and September, with the 3rd week of September named as the ‘Zero Waste Week

World Cleanup Day

World Cleanup Day is celebrated on the 21st of September. The first world clean up day was celebrated on 15th September 2018, wherein 18 million people from over 158 countries took part. Over 88500 tonnes of waste was collected. Members of the Don Bosco Green Alliance also participated in this event last year.

This year, the World Clean Up Day coincides with world peace day. As per their mission statement, the movement is not solely about cleaning up trash, but about raising global awareness and implementing lasting changes to end the global waste epidemic.

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Salesian Participation at UN HLPF 2019
DATE: July 17, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

From Tuesday, July 9, to Thursday, July 18, the annual High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) took place at United Nations headquarters in New York City. The program attracted more than 2,000 participants, including some 100 government ministers. Over 40 countries have presented their Voluntary National Reviews.

The HLPF is the main U.N. platform for follow-up and review of the progress made toward the 2030 Agenda, consisting of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were set out in 2015.

The theme of this year’s meeting was “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.” Included on the program were an in-depth review of SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action), and SDG 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions). In addition SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) is reviewed every year.Read more »

Don Bosco events at HLPF at UN in New York
DATE: July 3, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

Don Bosco organizations together with Misean Cara and other partners are holding 2 side events during the Volontary National Reviews at High Level Political Forum at United Nations headquaters in New York

The events information:
1. Addressing Inclusion, Inequality and Institutions: Grassroots views on SDGs 4, 8, 10, 16 and 17 – and the links between them
Date: 10th July 2019
Time: 2.00 to 3.45pm
Venue: 10th Floor, Church Centre for UN, 777 UN Plaza / 44th street.2. Youth Aspirations & Climate Urgency “A conversation on the hopes and demands of grassroots activists in a world threatened by climate crisis”
11 July 2019
2.00 to 3.30pm
Commonwealth Joint Office
685 Third Avenue, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10017

Links to invitation flyers and detailed information below:

190710_VNR event Salesians & Misean Cara (2)


Don Bosco Network Newsletter June 2019
DATE: June 28, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

Dear brothers and sisters in Don Bosco!

The In the last newsletter I had the pleasure to underline the importance of synergies and effective cooperation between Salesian Family organisations and networks. Since the start of this year we continue on this path of cooperation and sharing of good practices. In February in the Advocacy Working Group at UPS we had the opportunity to learn more about Don Bosco Green Alliance, rooted in Laudato Si. I really am convinced that we should take more attention to this ecological initiative. “Everything is connected with everything” says the Pope. Social and ecological crises are not two different crises, but just two sides of the same coin. If we want to fight for the marginalized youth and thus fight poverty, we have to take care of our “mother earth”. During last General Assembly of the DBN we approved the changes of the DBN Bylaws in order to be in closer link to the Salesian Congregation, including the FMA sisters. “Why not invite them next time?” as Br Jean-Paul Müller suggested it. The presence and participation of Don Bosco Tech Africa is another good example of better integration through this project of the Congregation within our DBN network. Yes, we want to continue to support regional networks with our DBN network, we want continue to work on being a real Salesian Congregation network. In this perspective I am convinced that we can contribute to the theme of next General Chapter in 2020: “What kind of salesians for the youth of today?”.

With Kind Regards,

Peter Annegarn, DBN President

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European Development Days EDD 18-19.06.2019
DATE: June 19, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

On the 18th and 19th of June 2019 on behalf of Don Bosco International and Don Bosco Network, Wojciech Mroczek DBN Coordinator attended European Development Days EDD organized by European Commission in Brussels. The main theme of the event was: Addressing inequalities: Building a world which leaves no one behind. 67000 participants from all over the world representing implementing and funding development programs organizations, governments and EU representatives. You can find the full program of events and discussions on the EDD official website: DBN Coordinator actively participated in the following thematic discussions:

  • Getting it right for children: Meaningful participation and equal opportunities
  • What is religion got to do with it?
  • Launching SDG Watch Europe report on SDG 10
  • The role of young people in the peace processes
  • Flexible skills development for vulnerable young people
  • Climate change: Finding the path towards an inclusive and green transition leaving no one behind
  • Migrants contribution to development in the Global North (organized by Caritas Europe)


Very meaningful and inspiring discussions related to the Don Bosco Mission worldwide.