"At our Congregational Chapter, we shared dreams, diverse experiences, prayer, reflection and dialogue. These impelled us to recognize our interconnectedness with the whole of creation, and to respond with ever greater urgency to the cry of people and the planet, seeing to realize the rights of all and to achieve gender equality. We committed ourselves to clear strategic plans, best ministry practices, monitoring, evaluation and accountability - Adapted from 30th Congregational Chapter Direction Statement June 2015.
"We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world unto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind." Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Participation in global consultation on Social Protection 2017
Sister Winifred Doherty was participant in the global consultation on Social Protection and Diakonia in Sweden in 2017. People from twenty countries gathered to discuss churches' and faith based actors' role and voice in the issue of social protection - and how they should relate this to the responsibility of States to fulfill everyone's right to social protection.
Social protection is an essential requirement for just society for all countries, regardless of the level of economic development. Participants recognized the primary responsibility of states to protect their citizens by promoting the common good and guaranteeing social protection floors for all.
The Statement on Theology, Tax and Social Protection
Click here to read the Statement - Diakonia in the Time of Inequality
Film: Social Protection - Churches called to act for a Just Society
Click here - https://youtu.be/EEchWzymQ9M
Film - shorter version. Click here - https://youtu.be/mcinkY3pyaQ
Report used by GSIJPO at UN High Level Political Forum 2017
Good Shepherd Report used by Sister Winifred Doherty at 2017 United Nations High Level Political Forum 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Click here - GS Report for UN HLPF 2017
1996-2016 - celebrating 20 years NGO status with the UN
On 26 April 2016 the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd celebrated 20 years of Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC of the United Nations (1996-2016).
All communities, agencies and units are invited to join the Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Office (GSIJPO) in celebrating this event throughout the year.
The purpose of this affiliation is to further our mission of reconciliation, particularly in its orientation toward girls and women. Through this means of collaboration we work to bring about change in whatever conditions condemn others to a marginalized life. Through our affiliation with the goals of the UN, we seek to extend mercy to the poor and to the oppressed, awakening our world to the dignity and value of each person.
For more information on the International Justice Peace Office, click here: http://www.buonpastoreint.org/jp-en
Click here to see the overview of the role and work of GSIJPO - 2015 Report by GSIJPO to Congregational Chapter
Click here to see the office teams http://www.buonpastoreint.org/jp-en1/team