Credit: United Nations Association- National Capital Area
Join UNA-NCA for its Fall 2015 Career Dinner Series – an evening that could launch your global career!
The International Career Dinner Series is a signature, biannual event inviting young professionals to engage with Washington’s top professionals in their chosen field. The event begins with a networking reception at the UN Foundation followed by topical dinners held in private homes throughout the DC Metro Area. Each dinner features distinguished speakers who will share their stories, answer your questions, and offer advice based on their experiences.
(Note: specific location of each dinner will be provided upon registration; all locations are accessible by metro)
1. On September 25th 2015,at the United Nations General Assembly, world leaders will commit to 17 Global Goals. The Global Goals are meant to achieve 3 objectives; ending extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice and fixing climate change in the next 15 years.
2.These goals will replace the UN’s Millennium Development Goals which were in effect from 2000-2015. cover 17 key areas of development — including poverty, hunger, health, education, and gender equality, among many others.
3. The Goals are made for everyone, everywhere in the world. We all need to work together to reach the target by 2030! Find a goal to support and take action nomatter how small. Our joint efforts will make the difference.
4. For the goals to actually work, everyone needs to know about them. “You can’t fight for your rights if you don’t know what they are.” Take action to be informed and share the information with others at home, school, work, online and any other social interactions.
5. The exciting thing about all of this is that we can be the first generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined generation in history to end injustice and inequality, and the last generation to be threatened by climate change. It is a great time to join our global voices and work to change our world.
I always get excited about finding cool and inspiring initiatives. Global Citizen is one such campaign that I am participating in. It is essentially a community of people around the world who care about issues that affect our world, and want to take action and make a difference. These issues range from health, food and water, water and sanitation to citizenship and everything in between. The team at Global Citizen partner with various organizations including the United Nations. On 25 September world leaders at the UN General Assembly will sign and announce the new Sustainable Development Goals.
The Global Citizen Festival taking place on the 26th of September 2015 in New York City, is well-timed to coincide with this historic event. The festival initially caught my attention due to its unconventional nature. I don’t know about you but sometimes the cost and logistics of festivals and concerts is a hindrance to my attendance. I took a look at the stellar line-up headlined by Beyoncé, Coldplay Ed Sheeran, Pearl Jam and automatically thought the price would be ridiculously high. But it wasn’t. Infact the festival is free for all regular attendees!
Here is the unconventional part; it is a free ticketed event. Tickets to the festival were available to anyone who was willing to take action to end extreme poverty. There were a series of actions to take in order to earn points which would enter you into the draw for free tickets. The action journey ensured you were a part of the movement and included small steps like sending out a tweet about any of the goals to emailing and phoning congress men/women about an issue you feel needs policy change. Everyone was able to join in this community. and elevate our individual voices. I earned enough points to enter the draw after a week of action steps and on the 10th of September I got the email that I had won two tickets to the festival!
Since July 2015, a total of 48,000 free tickets to the 2015 Global Citizen Festival have been given away. It is going to be a massive festival, supported by various organizations and celebrities. I am more excited that it will be a tribute to the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals. Unlike the Millenium Development Goals that came into effect when I was too young to understand and were decided on in a secret backroom (as the legend goes), I feel more connected to the new goals. To be a part of the launch and to be in New York City were the United Nations Headquarters is, also makes it even more special. i imagine it will be along the lines of the Live 8 concert in 2008, bringing together people from all walks of life in support of a global cause.
While the official action journey phase to win tickets has ended, there are still many ways to win tickets to the Festival! Their website suggests keeping an eye on the Global Citizen social media channels over the next week. Information about new opportunities to win tickets will be posted there. So if you are near or in New York City, keep a lookout. The event will also be live streamed so everybody can join in the action.