Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration endorsed

.........Ms Cecilie Kern, GSIJPO.........

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was endorsed by Heads of States in Morocco on 10 December 2018.

Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Office (GSIJPO) contributed to the long process of developing this Global Compact to establish a contemporary framework for Migration.  It rests on the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and human rights charters including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  

Catholic sisters, church leaders and United Nations officials are hailing the adoption of a U.N.-sponsored global compact on migration they say offers a framework for more humane treatment of migrants, though also expressing disappointment that a number of countries did not approve the agreement or attend the international conference that led to its adoption.

While acknowledging that the spirit of international cooperation the compact represents is facing serious challenges, Sr. Winifred Doherty, who represents the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd at the United Nations, told Global Sisters Report in an interview the fact that 164 countries approved the pact at a meeting Dec. 10 in Marrakech, Morocco, is reason enough to celebrate.

"It was amazing that during these days that multilateralism is under threat, that it (the compact) got done at all," she said. "We should celebrate that 164 countries approved it."

Support for the compact by congregations and others involved in advocacy for migrants come as members of the United Nations General Assembly approved another agreement on refugees, called the "Global Compact on Refugees," on Monday, Dec. 17.


Global Sisters Report

Read a comprehensive article by Chris Herlinger in:  Global Sisters Report, A Project of National Catholic Reporter 18 December 2018

Click here - Sisters, leaders applaud adoption of UN migration compact


Winifredd's Blog

Winifredd's Blog, below, will guide you to the links describing the initiative and its importance.  

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Cecilie Kern (see photo) is the GSIJPO staff member who has engaged and advocated the Good Shepherd position through the whole process together with other NGO's including the NGO Committee on Migration.




10 December 2018 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70

Launch of year long campaign International Day for Human Rights

Today we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This milestone document proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

While its promise is yet to be fully realized, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.

The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.  


  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.

  • Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day.

  • Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values.

  • Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace.

  • Whenever and wherever humanity's values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk.

  • We need to stand up for our rights and those of others.




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Some other key dates to save in your calendars

March 8 - International Women's Day (IWD)

April 22 - International Mother Earth Day

April 24 - Feastday of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

May 26 - June 24 - Ramadan (varies)

June 5 - World Environment Day

June 14 - 20 - Refugee Week

June 20 - World Refugee Day

June 24 - Good Shepherd Day (Australia)

July 22 - Good Shepherd Day (Aotearoa/New Zealand) 

July 30 - World Day against Trafficking in Persons

August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

August 19 - Feastday of St John Eudes

September 1 - World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

September 21 - International Day of Peace

October 11 - International Day of the Girl Child

October 17 - International Day for the Elimination of Poverty

November 2 - All Souls Day

November 11 - Diwali festival

November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25 - 10 Dec - 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

December 2 - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 5 - International Volunteer Day

December 10 - Human Rights Day