HLP release June 013

In July 2012, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the 27 members of a High-level Panel to advise on the global development framework beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Panel is part of the Secretary-General’s post-2015 initiative mandated by the 2010 MDG Summit. UN Member States have called for open, inclusive consultations involving civil society, the private sector, academia, and research institutions from all regions, in addition to the UN system, to advance the development framework beyond 2015. This past week the discussion from the aforementioned groups was held to discuss the HLP report. (http://www.un.org/sg/management/pdf/HLP_P2015_Report.pdf)

Communication across generations

"Communicating Across Generations: Defining the Challenge of New Language, New Media, New Reach"

I will be addressing the issue of empowering youth to be on an equally relevant platform in order for collaboration to be meaningul. Pax Romana is in a unique position because we have been working towards this ideal for years. Our NGO was founded in 1921 as a youth organization for University students who stood together for a message of peace and justice. As those young people eventually became older professionals, a new branch of Pax Romana was born in 1947. And so today, our organization is made up of a student movement (The International Movement of Catholic Students) and a professional movement (The International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs), each with their own international teams and unique national movements. The team that I work with here represents both movements, as Pax Romana’s effort to present a united front as one organization with two complementary branches.

Achieving Poverty Eradication

Theme: Promoting Empowerment of People in Achieving Poverty Eradication, Social Integration and Full Employment and Decent Work for All


            The global economic and financial crisis continues to make an impact on the lives of people around the world.  It has been a major setback to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the World Programme of Action for Youth.  The crisis has caused more people than ever to be living in poverty.  The crisis has also proven that youth are a very vulnerable group.  Now, as the global population reaches 7 billion, the world is in need of a strong coordination of efforts, the empowerment of civil society organizations, and true global solidarity.  With special regard to youth and the eradication of poverty, Pax Romana finds that today’s pressing issues are education, employment, and political participation. 

Status of women (UN57)

Statement for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women (2013)


As states struggle with violence, poverty, and unemployment, education is being recognized as a successful and sustainable solution to many social ills.  Nevertheless, the global economic and financial crisis has had a devastating effect on governments everywhere.  Most importantly, this crisis has demonstrated that women are a particularly vulnerable group.  More than ever, governments are being challenged to prove their commitment to the development of women and girls through their support for education.  Throughout the world, women and girls fall victim to violence and are often unable to liberate themselves from dangerous situations.  Education can help free battered women and girls from the grip of abusive relationships.  With regard to the implementation of internationally agreed upon goals and commitments regarding the education of women and girls, Pax Romana believes that governments must carry out the important task of ensuring that these goals actually influence domestic policy.