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PRESS RELEASE A Delegation of the Vincentian Family Participated in the 58th Session of the Commission for Sociation Development at the United Nations

Last week, a delegation of the Vincentian Family participated in the 58th Session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development (New York). There was much satisfaction with this event that began in 2017 at the time of the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Vincentian charism. It was during that celebration that a decision was made to join together in the worldwide struggle against homelessness.

Following in the footsteps their founder, Saint Vincent de Paul, the Vincentian Family has identified homelessness as a very serious social “scourge”. Thus, there is am urgent pressing need to provide people not only with a roof and a floor, but to provide people with a home, a place where they can raise a family in a safe and secure environment, a place of peace and a place of belonging.

With this objective, the Vincentian Family has committed itself to become part of a working group on homeless and joined together with forty-one other organizations to bring this matter to the attention of the United Nations.

Throughout its long history of 75 years, rarely has there been any mention of “Homelessness”. The lack of a clear definition of the problem has led the member states and international organizations to ignore one the fundamental rights of humanity, the right to housing. Therefore, the working group to end homelessness has advocated in a tireless manner to include this theme on the agenda of the UN. The result of this process is seen in the fact that the 58th Session of this Commission has now placed homelessness on the agenda of the UN.

This is a revolutionary achievement that, without a doubt, should be viewed as a milestone in this journey that still needs much work and commitment. The fundamental aspect is that each country must analyze this problem, define it and quantify it so that an appropriate policy can be created to address the issue of homelessness within a country. In the last two years, the Working Group has developed a draft resolution for the Member States and has also established partnerships with the missions of the Member States at the United Nations. These two combined efforts resulted in a resolution of the United Nations that gave the following theme to this current year: “accessible housing systems and social protection systems for all, to address homelessness.”

The publication of a document shared by all and signed by all is certainly not the immediate solution to the problem of homelessness, but it is at least one way to start addressing this issue in a global manner.

It should be noted that during this session of the Commission more than sixty parallel events were organized, closely followed by NGOs from around the world. All of this allowed the participants to dialogue, deepen their understanding of the issues, get to know each other and, above all, understand that the path that has been initiated, is now a path shared by many and that this Commission for Social Development has initiated a worldwide movement.

Elena Grazini

Press Office

For the Vincentian Family

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PRESS RELEASE The message about Syria from the Vincentian International Network for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (VIN-JPIC)

Five years ago, the leaders of the United Nations’ humanitarian organizations made an urgent appeal to all those who could put an end to the conflict in Syria and asked them to enact all possible efforts to save the Syrian people. “Enough is enough,” they said, of so much suffering and bloodshed. That was five years ago. Today, the bloodshed continues. And the suffering is further aggravated by the possible international escalation of armed conflict.

From its office at the United Nations, the Vincentian International Network for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (VIN-JPIC) joins in deep solidarity with the call that Pope Francis sent out today: “While I continue to pray unceasingly for peace, and invite all people of good will to do the same, I renew my appeal to all those with political responsibilities to ensure that justice and peace prevail … nothing can justify the instruments of extermination against the population … I ask that policy makers and the military choose the other path, that of negotiation, the only one that can lead to peace and not to death and destruction.”


PRESS RELEASE – The Vincentians at the UN on the 29th and the 31st of January 2018

In the framework of the fifty-sixth session of the Commission for Social Development, entitled “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”, which will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 29 January to 7 February 2018, the Vincentians will have a word to say:

On Monday, 29 January 2018 (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm), Mr. Mark McGreevy OBE, Group Chief Executive of DePaul International and the founder of the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH), will participate in a High‐level panel discussion on the priority theme “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”.

The Keynote speaker will be H.E. Mr. Juan Somavia, Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Chile, and former Special Adviser to the Secretary‐General on Interregional Policy Cooperation, former President of ECOSOC, and former Director‐General of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

On Wednesday, 31 January 2018 (1:15 pm – 2:30 pm), as a side event, the Vincentian Family at the United Nations, in Collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN, will present a panel entitled “A Systemic Approach to Eliminating Homelessness

The keynote Speaker will be Mark McGreevy, CEO FamVin Homelessness Alliance.

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