Milet Mendoza, ADRRN Executive Committee member was invited to speak at the United Nations General Assembly Civil Society hearings. She spoke on the theme of sustainable development and withstanding crisis.

My views come from my limited 24 years experience both in government peace policy work and NGO humanitarian work in both natural and human-induced disasters, and as a peace and development worker and human security advocate in marginalized, chronic-conflict areas in the Southern Philippines. It is from this perspective that I raise issues from the ground or at the micro-level as you may wish to refer, which are, at the end of the day, life and death situations confronting the poor and the marginalized. The complementation with the work at the macro-level of many NGOs present here is critical and duly recognized. Whatever learnings I gained from my experience were frightfully deepened by a recent episode in my life during which I was held captive for 61 days less than two years ago by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group on the island of Basilan in the Southern Philippines. I survived that experience with a grim realization of the complexities that confront us as humanitarians, human rights advocates and peace workers.

I modestly believe all went well although I was in a bit rush in the delivery in consideration of the time. While most spoke about issues on the macro-level, very few gave presentations on ground situations.  I hope that I was able to give justice to our partner communities in the
Philippines and our ADRRN partners in the region, particularly dedicated NGOs on the ground working with the poor and marginalized people.  I was happy to get positive feedback from the UN staff as well as the civil society participants.

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