THIRD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
August 25-27, 2009
| AUGUST 26
| AUGUST 27
Harry Adji, Joseph Chalmers, William Harry, Arie Kuil, Annah Theresa
Nyadombo, Helen Ojario, Miceal O’Neill, Jane Remson and Jerry Sabado.
Norbert Fokisan and Annamaria Reverend.
AUGUST 25, 2009
agenda, members gave reports from their respective areas. Written
copies of their reports were given to each member. The day ended
with a prayer led by Arie Kuil.
AUGUST 26, 2009
reported on her first year in New York. During her first year she
focused on: 1) familiarizing herself with the multiple sections of
the UN, 2) the time consuming and difficult task of learning the
acronyms and functions of the different sections and programs of the
UN, 3) representing the Carmelite NGO at meetings and briefings on
issues of climate change and human trafficking, and 4) moving into
the Carmelite NGOs physical office located at 211 East 43rd
St., New York, NY 10017 just one and a half block from the UN.
Jane Remson gave
the administrative report that included the by-laws, financial
report and ECOSOC passes.
after reviewing the by-laws two recommendations were made.
Section 1: add that represents the Carmelite Family
after Carmelite NGO.
Section 5: clarify term of office for president and vice-president.
Jane will present
these by-laws and recommendations to the Congregation’s Executive
Council at their October meeting.
report – financial report was presented and received. A donation
of $100,000 was obtained to pay rent on the New York office. This
donation is restricted for rent payment. The rent for the New York
office is $880/month and is a fixed amount for the next five years.
– Our accreditation with ECOSOC allows us four passes to UN
buildings, conferences and programs. These passes need to be renewed
annually. The passes are given to Helen representing the NGO at UN
headquarters in New York, Arie representing the NGO in the E.U. (UN
offices in Geneva, Vienna, Paris, Rome), Harry Adji representing the
NGO in Asia Pacific (UN offices Bangkok, Manila) and Jane as the
The day ended
with a prayer led by Annah Theresa.
AUGUST 27, 2009
Jane Remson and Blaise Fernando will represent the Carmelite NGO at
the International Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen. The
Carmelite NGO will partner with organic farmers from the small
Caribbean island of Dominica who are sponsored by The Florida
Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA). Copenhagen
provides the Carmelite NGO the opportunity to participate in an
international event of major significance. The Carmelite NGO will
hold a side-event that will consist of a prayer service focusing on
our stewardship of creation. The Carmelite NGO will have a prayerful
petition addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in support of
the industrialized nations assisting developing nations in their
efforts to meet the demands of climate change. FAVACA will provide
educational material and their own experience in organic farming on
a small mountainous island that has limited open field space for
farming. Team members from the E.U. interested in attending are
encouraged. Invitations to our side-event will be sent to all UN
The remainder of
the day was spent setting strategies for 2009-2010. The
decision was made not to add another major issue, but to continue
our focus on climate change and human trafficking.
Viewed the film
1. We will broaden our focus on human
trafficking to include all forms of trafficking. These
include prostitution, labor, child beggars and child soldiers.
2. Sponsor two Days of Prayer
Human Right Day – Miceal and Joe are responsible for the prayer.
The theme will be human trafficking. Perhaps the material sent by
Carlos Mesters can be used. Permission needs to be obtained for the
NGO to publish the material.
June 5, World
Environment Day – Annah Theresa and Jane are responsible for the
prayer. The theme will be water.
Preamble and Position Statement presented by Miceal and reviewed by
the team, Miceal will write the introductory page for the Carmelite
At the September
meeting of provincials make sure the Carmelite NGO is represented.
By October to
have a first draft of the Carmelite NGO booklet.
By December to
have a space for a blog on our website.
publication CarmeNGO will feature the following topics:
quarter – Continuation of Trafficking Theme
quarter – Copenhagen results and Carmelite NGO participation
quarter – Mt. Carmel schools in Louisiana and California working
on climate change
quarter – Child soldiers
4. New York office will:
of meetings and briefing to team members.
contacts for team members.
date/place of UN meetings and conference on climate change and
human trafficking to team members.
Herwanta and Boby Sebastian on meetings and conferences on climate
change and human trafficking so JPIC is included.
5. List of all Carmelites located in Africa.
6. Continue climate change survey developed by E.U. and circulate on
7. All will continue to focus on climate change and human
trafficking in their respective areas.