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The real tragedy in Pakistan (which the United Nations affirms to be more destructive than the Tsunami) that has been wearing out the hope and despair of nearly 14 million poor farmers and pastoralists for over a month regards the North West of the country: Peshawar. This region, particularly the Swat Valley, already plagued by a long 3-year war against the Taliban has been literally washed out by the most violent torrential rains ever seen in the last hundred years: roads, bridges and other infrastructures, which still stood by the destruction of war are now ruins.
DBN and the Salesians of Don Bosco work to strengthen the participation of the young and those living in poverty in the discussions and in formulating policies and decisions that affect their lives. We have a preferential option for marginalized, vulnerable, and/or excluded youth. We partner with the young to strengthen and support their human and spiritual development, responding to their perceived needs and accompanying them as they become agents for change in their individual lives and in society.
United Nations High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG Summit) (20-22 September 2010, New York)
This briefing paper is intended to provide information and background on the upcoming United Nations High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals – or MDG summit - which will take place from 20-22 September at UN Headquarters in New York. For information on the format of the Summit, click here
A new DBN shared office has been inaugurated in Haiti on 24 June 2010. The office, shared by the Italian and Spanish DBN NGOs (respectively VIS and Jovenes y Desarrollo) is located within the Rinaldi Foundation, which is the Haitian development office of the Salesians of Don Bosco
A new shared "DBN" focal point office will be inaugurated on 24 June inside the premises of our local partner which is the Rinaldi Foundation. It will be the common space where the expatriates of VIS and Jovenes y Desarrollo, with the local staff, will work together.
For the first time in history, the Soccer World Cup will take place on the African continent in South Africa in 2010! The enthusiasm for soccer connects people all over the World. "Soccer is the language understood by all people", says the Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano. For six development organizations from Europe and their partners in South Africa, this is a good reason to look outside the stadiums to see what is happening in South Africa.
“Champions for South Africa“ is an interactive adventure game produced by the collaboration of fuor DBN members and of other 3 NGOs. It accompanies you to the country at the Cape of Good Hope. Join us on this trip to South Africa and get a first-hand experience of how people in the townships manage their everyday life – far away from glamorous stadiums and fuss about soccer. Get into the spirit!
Go and play the game in virtual South Africa!
7-9 June: Conference jointly organized by the Government of Chad and UNICEF to obtain further commitment from countries to end recruitment of child soldiers and engage in social reinsertion programmes contributing to stability and peace in Central Africa. The main participating countries at the conference are: Chad, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Sudan, Nigeria and Niger. There will also be testimonies from former child soldiers from Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The conference will conclude with the N’Djamena Declaration. The Declaration will seek to bind governments to stop recruitment of children in armed forces and groups and will ensure commitment to create better opportunities for former child soldiers in their education and employment.
The Haiti Emergency Relief and Reconstruction Database has been published at https://salesianmissions.communityos.org/cms/ . It is the voice of Salesian recovery in Haiti and includes primary descriptions of Salesian sites, projects, and accountability procedures. The platform is administered by The Rinaldi Foundation in Haiti, with support from the US-based NGO Salesian Missions.
This week UNICEF launched a special edition of its flagship publication The State of the World's Children.
"A historic decision was made on 20 November 1989, when world leaders adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the UN General Assembly. Since its inception 20 years ago, the Convention has become the most-ratified human rights treaty in history.
This is testament to the common understanding among countries and communities that children have the right to survive and develop; to be protected from violence, abuse and exploitation; and for their views to be respected and actions concerning them to be taken in their best interests. Meeting children’s rights is not only fundamental for their development and well-being, it is also pivotal to creating the world envisioned by the Millennium Declaration – a world of peace, equity, security, respect for the environment and shared responsibility in short, a world fit for children.
NEW YORK, 23 April 2010 – In a week where education advocates are calling for increased funding for education, a UNICEF expert today stated that effective support for quality education and to enable vulnerable children in poor countries to attend school are important investments that protect children’s rights and promote countries’ prosperity.