7th Plenary of the 51st Session of the United Nations Commission on Population & Development, April 9-13, 2018

Dr. Patricia Sayers, DNP, RN
CICIAMS UN Delegate

CICIAMS Statement Concerning Sustainable Cities, Human Mobility and International Migration, April 12, 2018 (1:27:25)

On Thursday, April 12, 2017, Dr. Patricia Sayers, DNP, RN testified on behalf of the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medical Social Assistants (CICIAMS) before the United Nations Commission on Population and Development on the theme: Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration. Thank you Pat and the committee who prepared the presentation (M. Arvonio, M.Nowak and P. Sayers), NACN-USA members for representing CICIAMS and Catholic Nursing so eloquently. Full UN Testimony – CICIAMS at 1hr-27minutes; 25 second

SUSTAINABLE CITIES: DISASTER, POVERTY, VIOLENCE – The World Bank Group (2018) cautions that 90% of current urban centers are hurricane, flood, earthquake, and/or other natural disaster prone. Compounding disaster vulnerability is the plight of impoverished urban poor. City slums home nearly 1 billion persons (Habitat for Humanity, 2017). Civil war and urban terrorism are spreading violence. This year saw an increase in crimes by migrants against women. Police warned women to not leave homes alone or at particular times in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Rape is a physical, mental and emotional assault under any circumstance…
HUMAN MOBILITY & VULNERABLE POPULATIONS … Nurses respond to these events, yet often feel underprepared or lack authority or resources.
Disaster-focused instruction and employer policies to engage staff in disaster drills are indicated…
INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION: RECEIVER & SENDER COUNTRIES/CULTURES …“…70% of the population … limited access to hospitals and clinics… relies on alternative medicine.” The National Institutes of Health (USA, 2018) reports that, traditional energy therapies lack curative evidence. Some traditional methods transgress Catholic beliefs (i.e. Reiki). Culturally competent scientific care must remain standard.”
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…In closing, Pope Francis reminds us that
“Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children,
women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons,
who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more.”
-Pope Francis, World Day of Migrants and Refugees.”
(2014)

Thank you and may efforts of this 51st Commission foster health and strengthen faith, hope, and love among people and nations.


After several NGOs used this platform to advocate for unfettered access to abortion under the guise of “reproductive health,” the C-FAM spokesperson prefaced their prepared remarks on migration with the following: 1:31:41 – “Thank you Mr. Chair, distinguished ladies and gentlemen. Before I give my prepared remarks, I just wanted to remark how chilling and worrying it is to hear colleagues speak about abortion in such a casual way. I would like to remind everyone that every one of us began our lives as an embryo and throughout this period before birth we had possessed inherent dignity and worth as the Conventions on the Rights of the Child recognizes…These are my prepared remarks…”

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Centenary of Fatima — 2017

Our Lady of Fatima statue & relics of the Fatima children was brought to the United Nations by a Registered Nurse during Nurses’ Week
May 12, 2017, 11am – 1pm

Several nurses and members of NACN-USA began the celebration of the centenary of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s appearance at Fatima to the three shepherd children, Lucia (10), Francisco (9) and Jacinta (7) at the United Nations.
On May 12 from 11am to 1pm, the Portuguese delegation to the United Nations and the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations hosted a conference entitled, “The Centenary of Fatima and the Enduring Relevance of Its Message of Peace.” [Read More]

The custodian of the UN Fatima Statue is Judy Studer, a registered nurse. Her devotion to Our Lady of Fatima began when she was diagnosed many years ago with terminal cancer. “The doctors told me I had six months to live. My mom phoned me up one day and said, ‘The U.N. statue of Our Lady of Fatima is coming to the cathedral. We have to go and pray that Mary will have Jesus heal you.’ I said, ‘Mom, the doctors told me six months.’ She said, ‘You can say no to me, but you can’t say no to our Blessed Mother.'”
So Judy got her mother, went to the cathedral, and prayed. “I said, ‘If I’m healed, I promise I will spread devotion to you and your Rosary for the rest of my life.’ I went to my doctor for tests a couple of weeks later. He called me up and said, ‘You have to have your tests taken all over again.’ Then he called me to his office and said, ‘I can’t explain it. All your tests have come up totally clean. You’re cancer free.’ I was so excited! I said, ‘Our Lady did it!’ I’ve been cancer free since.”
Judy became a member of the Rhode Island Division of the World Apostolate of Fatima (formerly known as the Blue Army), the keepers of the U.N. statue of Our Lady of Fatima. [Read More]

7th Meeting of the 50th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population & Development, April 3-7, 2017

Dr. Marian Nowak, DNP, MPH, RN, CSN, FCN
CICIAMS UN Nurse Delegate

CICIAMS Statement Concerning Changing Population Age Structures and Sustainable Development, April 6, 2017 (1:42)

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, Dr. Marian (Mimi) Nowak, DNP, MPH, RN, CSN, FCN testified on behalf of the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medical Social Assistants (CICIAMS) before the United Nations Commission on Population and Development on the theme: Changing population age structures and sustainable development. Thank you Mimi and the committee of four NACN-USA members for representing CICIAMS and Catholic Nursing so eloquently. Full UN Testimony – CICAMS at 1hr; 42 minutes

The suppression of births over the last 50 years has resulted in cascading births and dangerous problems for millions of people. Age and family structures have been altered and too high a regard placed on the work force and economics rather than on the world’s greatest renewable resource- our children. The top age structure, is the over 65 group, which is increasing and offers benefits as well as challenges. On the bottom, is the birth decline, a reversible factor. In keeping with today’s theme, we offer the following statements regarding: (1) fertility (2) aging population and (3) replacement migration… READ THE FULL STATEMENT delivered by Dr. Marian (Mimi) Nowak, DNP, MPH, RN, CSN, FCN»

…In conclusion, we leave you with a quote from St Mother Teresa’s address to the United Nations at Cairo : “Let us bring the child back…The child is God’s gift to the family. Each child is created in the special image and likeness of God for greater things – to love and to be loved…This is the only way that our world can survive because our children are the only hope for the future. As older people are called to God, only their children can take their places.” (Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta. September 5-13, 1994)

United Nations CICIAMS Nurse Delegates
Dr. Patricia Sayers, DNP, RN; Dr. Mimi Nowak, DNP, MPH, RN, CSN, FCN; Patricia Staley, RN; Maria Arvonio, BSN, MA (HCE), RN

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C-Fam on UN & Determinations for Reproductive Health Services


Interview by Patricia Staley, RN of the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants (CICIAMS) and Rebecca Oas, PhD Associate Director of Research for the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM). This interview exam the United Nations processes for determination for Reproductive Health Services.

Maria Arvonio, RN, BSN, MA (NE Region Director NACN-USA), Dr. Pat Sayers, DNP, RN (Corresponding Secretary) & Dr. Mimi Nowak, PhD, RN (Newsletter Editor, NACN-USA), CICIAMS Representatives at the United Nations (not pictured - Patricia Staley)

Maria Arvonio, RN, BSN, MA (NE Region Director NACN-USA), Dr. Pat Sayers, DNP, RN (Past NACN-USA Corresponding Secretary) & Dr. Mimi Nowak, PhD, RN (Past NACN-USA Newsletter Editor), CICIAMS Representatives at the United Nations (Pictured above – Patricia Staley)

CICIAMS Statement to the UN Commission on Population & Development

April 11-15, 2016 – Concerns of CICIAMS on Collection & Distribution of Demographic Data

Maria Arvonio, RN, BSN, MA
NACN-USA NE Regional Director
CICIAMS UN Nurse Delegate

Documentation of birth demographics as well as end of life death pronouncements are within the scope of nursing practice and are generated by nurses. Basic human rights of privacy and confidentiality can be threatened by methods utilized to obtain and distribute personal data. Although the goal behind retrieval of personal information is to avoid “leaving anyone behind” we must do so with great caution. In an effort to strengthen the retrieval and distribution of demographic data acknowledging basic human rights, the International Catholic Nurses’ Organization offers the following recommendations: (1) maintain and store personal data per independent national laws, (2) avoid global, involuntary use and storage of personal data, (3) equip nurses with modern methods of data recording and (4) expand nursing educational opportunities.
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April 17, 2015 – Concerns of CICIAMS on Population Reduction Methods

Dr. Patricia Sayers, RN, DNP
CICIAMS UN Nurse Delegate

During the 48th Session of the Commission on Population and Development Dr. Patricia Sayers, MSN, DNP, RN presented a statement of the concerns of CICIAMS on the population reduction methods used currently and the ethical and moral consequences of the present programs to limit births around the globe. Other considerations such as subsidiarity in all programs, required informed consent for all planned methods of fertility control, the factual medical information for contraception and abortion, and the testimony of the nurses that these methods are alarmingly harming women.

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