A blog of the Greater Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA
The name of this blog is taken from the preamble of the Charter of the United Nations (1945):
"We the Peoples of the United Nations, Determined...
to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small...."
You’ll be asked to give your name and contact
information. You’ll also be asked to identify the break-out group(s) you want to
The consultation will take place on Saturday, November
15th, 9am to 1pm, at the University of Central Oklahoma:
Nigh University Center
3rd Floor -- Ballrooms A and B
100 North University Drive Edmond, OK73034
The session will begin with a general overview of the
UN’s development goals. Then, participants will be invited to engage in a
discussion of 5 key topics:
·End hunger, achieve food security and improved
nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
·Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and
promote life-long learning opportunities.
·Achieve gender equality and empower all women and
·Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable,
and modern energy for all.
·Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe,
resilient and sustainable.
Each of these goals will be discussed in a separate break-out
group. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in as many groups as time
“Study Snacks” will be served.
At the end of the Community Consultation, all of the
public comments we receive will be summarized and forwarded to our national
office of the United Nations Association of the USA. An input report will be
prepared – like this one from a group of similar Consultations that took place
For the past 15 years, the global development agenda
has been driven and measured by the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Early on, the MDGs were criticized for being too aspirational and critics
warned that setting lofty goals would result in disappointing outcomes. But
since the adoption of the MDGs, the world has seen unprecedented progress in
eliminating poverty, hunger and disease, promoting gender equality and
education, and fostering international cooperation. Due to this success, a
collaborative and global process is now taking place at the UN to form a new
set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will continue the work of the
MDGs beyond 2015.
direction of the Office of the Secretary General, the UN designed an open and
inclusive strategy for setting the Post-2015 Development Agenda that encouraged
the participation of stakeholders at all levels.UNA-USA became one of those contributors last
year when it led the effort to organize over 30 Chapter consultations in the
United States and reported the results of these conversations to the UN. With
one year left until the Post-2015 Development Agenda is set, UNA-USA has an important
role to play in shaping the policy debates at the UN and is uniquely positioned
to energize communities to take action and promote the importance of the SDGs
at the local and national level.
As part of
UNA-USA’s effort to participate in the setting of the SDGs and advocate for
their successful adoption, 33 Chapters have been selected to hold Post-2015
events in their communities. These events are taking place across the country
and together will lead a campaign to inform the U.S. population of this
important moment at the UN and build a coalition of grassroots supporters for
collaborative and universal global development.