world enviornmentday


By Cheryl Wittenauer

Two months after leaving Newman University and Wichita, Sr. JoAnn Mark, ASC is settling into her new digs in Bethpage, N.Y., a Long Island suburb that is about an hour’s commute from the United Nations in upper Manhattan.

As the new executive director of the Partnership for Global Justice, Sr. JoAnn is rebuilding the NGO’s membership, finances and partner networks. She treks to the U.N. at least once a week for meetings.

joAnnMarkThe Partnership educates the public and consults to the U.N. on global matters such as the 2015 Global Action Plan, which picks up where the Millennium Goals of 2000 left off.

She recently connected with Molloy College, a Catholic institution in the Dominican tradition on Long Island, where students and faculty will be offered internships, attendance at Commission meetings, and interaction with country missions.

Molloy personnel and the Partnership are planning a conference on the June 18 release of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the environment, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Agenda.

Molloy also will have a youth delegate to the UN with all the privileges that are part of being a member of an NGO that consults to the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council. That group, also known as ECOSOC, reflects on, debates and thinks innovatively about sustainable development.

Molloy’s president, Drew Bogner, is a graduate of Newman University.

Today, Friday, June 5, marks World Environment Day. Celebrate this special place.