Sunday, October 11, 2015

The World is Abuzz

The world is talking about the United Nations' Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Do you have your ticket for our UN70 Celebration in OKC on October 24th?
Help us to launch the Global Goals! 

Online Ticket Sales for "UN70" Have Now Closed. 

In newspapers, on the internet, and over the airwaves, people are talking about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

And why shouldn't they be? The Global Goals are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years.

The 17 Global Goals aim to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change.

Through the Global Goals, we intend to transform the world by the year 2030.

We are not alone.

Here's a short list of people who have spoken up for the Global Goals:

Pope Francis, Serena Williams, 193 world leaders, Matt Damon, Malala Yousafzai, Stephen Hawking, Melinda Gates, Robert Redford, Beyonce ... the list goes on.

In Oklahoma City, we will help to launch the Global Goals at our UN70 Celebration on Saturday, October 24th. Do you have your ticket yet?

UCO President Don Betz is talking
about the Global Goals.
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Our UN70 luncheon is for members and friends of the United Nations Association. Everyone is invited! Our special guest speaker will be Mr. Mike Beard of the UN Foundation and the Better World Campaign. Our special guest of honor will be Dr. Don Betz, President of the University of Central Oklahoma.

Our celebration will take place at the CHK | Central Boathouse on the Oklahoma River. It's the home of the University of Central Oklahoma's women's rowing team.

Here are 3 reasons why you should join us on October 24th: 

Pope Francis is talking
about the Global Goals. 
(1) Join the global conversation about the Global Goals. You will be better prepared to chat with the Pope the next time he drops in for a visit.

(2) Enjoy good food and excellent company. You won't find a better group of folks in all of Oklahoma. They're your kind of people -- bright, friendly, and committed to the values of the United Nations Charter.

(3) You'll help to sustain the educational and advocacy missions of your OKC chapter of the United Nations Association. Proceeds from the luncheon will go toward our efforts to support special speaking appearances, panel discussions, Model UN simulations, etc. We inform, inspire, and mobilize our neighbors to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations.

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Shakira is talking about the Global Goals.
If our efforts to transform the world are going to be successful, it is essential that everyone learns about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

As Professor Stephen Hawking says, "The more people who know about them, the more likely our leaders are to stick to them.... People cannot fight for their rights if they do not know what they are."

Shakira -- our favorite Colombian singer and UN goodwill ambassador -- says this:

"It is up to us to be the first society to eradicate poverty and bring justice and equality to the most disenfranchised people on earth. Our children have the right to equal opportunities; to thrive, to be happy, healthy, and safe.”

We agree completely.

We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 24th, at the CHK | Central Boathouse on the Oklahoma River.

You'll need to purchase your tickets in advance .. Buy Tickets Now. 

Regular Tickets, $35 ...

Student Tickets, $10 (what a bargain!) ...

Here's What People are Saying about the Global Goals

“At its essence, sustainability means ensuring prosperity and environmental protection without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainable world is one where people can escape poverty and enjoy decent work without harming the earth’s essential ecosystems and resources; where people can stay healthy and get the food and water they need; where everyone can access clean energy that doesn’t contribute to climate change; where women and girls are afforded equal rights and equal opportunities.”
-- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

"The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the World Summit, which opens today, is an important sign of hope....
"Our world demands of all government leaders a will which is effective, practical and constant, concrete steps and immediate measures for preserving and improving the natural environment and thus putting an end as quickly as possible to the phenomenon of social and economic exclusion, with its baneful consequences...."
-- Pope Francis
Speech to the United Nations, 9/25/2015

“Today we are 193 young people representing billions more. Each lantern we hold represents the hope we have for our future because of the commitment you have made to the Global Goals....
“Education is not a privilege, education is a right. Education is peace....
“The world needs a change; it cannot change itself. It’s me, it’s you, it’s all of us, who have to bring that change.”
-- Malala Yousafzai
Speaking to the United Nations, 9/25/2015

"2015 is a year world leaders sign up to the global goals. They are an ambitious list to eradicate poverty, save the environment, and make the world a fairer place for everyone -- where every woman and every man has a chance to live a healthy, secure life full of opportunity and love. 
"The more people who know about them, the more likely our leaders are to stick to them. So this is our attempt to let every person in the world know what is at stake. People cannot fight for their rights if they do not know what they are."

-- Professor Stephen Hawking
"Global Citizen" video

"We the People" For the Global Goals

See a 3-minute video featuring Ashton Kutcher, Cate Blanchett, UN Messenger of Peace Charlize Theron, Colin Firth, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Kate Winslet, Kid President, UNDP Champion Michelle Yeoh, Malala Yousafzai, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Natalia Vodianova, One Direction, Pink, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, and Many More.

How many of these global figures do you recognize?

See the video on YouTube, here:

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