This week has been extremely busy at the United Nations. Here are some of the events that have been taking place: Funding for Development; High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs; The Africa We Want in 2030, 2063 and Beyond; Meetings Against Drugs; and the Signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. In addition there were at least two meetings of NGO committees: NGO Committee on Social Development and NGO Committee on the Status of Women. The halls were the busiest that I ever remember seeing and the area outside was blocked off from both auto and pedestrian traffic so it made attendance a little tricky but not impossible. Some of these gatherings are available via archived video at UN Web Casts.
I was delighted last week when the Canadian Ambassador, Marc-Andre' Blanchard, came to speak to the Canadian students and faculty. It was only his third day in the office so he did not have much time to spend with us, but he is certainly articulate and personable. I think Canada has chosen well.
Later that day the group visited the Canadian Mission and spent a full hour asking question of Mr. Greg Dempsey, Second Secretary (Human Rights and Social Affairs). That was another experience that was full of insights and information.
PGJ would be honored to host a day or a three day orientation for other groups.
This Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, PGJ will be hosting 50 students and faculty from Canada for an orientation to the United Nations, Exploring the UN. In addition to sessions on the UN structure, the SDGs, Social Commission, art exchange between US youth and Syrian refugee children in Turkey, trafficking, the homeless and global spirituality, the group will tour the UN and visit the Canadian Mission. This program was developed in conjunction with the Canadian coordinator of the group. PGJ is willing to work with other groups to host an orientation that meets their needs. Why not give us a call at 212-682-6481 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org?
The Commission on Population and Development is meeting from April 11-15. I had planned to have a side event during this Commission but have not been successful in obtaining a state sponsor. Will keep working to have side events at commissions so if you have an idea for such an event, please let me know.
Funding for Development is meeting April 18-20. Although PGJ has not been active in this group, it is very important as development requires resources.
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