Getting Involved, Staying Involved: UNGA 2014

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Reflecting on the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) means preparing to stay engaged for the next 15+ years. As the MDGs near their final days, ministerial heads and high ranking officials are increasingly interested in the Post-2015 development agenda including design and implementation of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and like-minded aims touching billions of people across the planet, including

• Universal Free and equal access to primary education;

• Poverty Eradication by 2030;

• Gender equity before society and the law;

• Ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030;

• Concrete action against climate change.

The United Nations increasingly serves as a platform to discuss problems affecting populations at various scales (local, regional, national, etc.); as arguably the most diverse institution in the world, these discussion bring views, experiences, and opinions as diverse as the United Nations itself. Now, as the most interconnected generation in history, it is of equal importance that you are able to join the conversation. Continue the work of the UN by joining the twitter conversations at the following hashtags featuring topics from transparency in government to climate change:

• #MPI2015+

• #UpForSchool

• #2030NOW & #SGS

• #ClimateSummit & #Climate2014

• #GovernanceNow & #Post2015

I have returned to the United Nations (after a week spent on the West Coast) to join in discussions surrounding the UN Third Committee. This year the Third Committee agenda intends to discuss important challenges, including:

• Social Development;

• Crime Prevention;

• The rights of children and women;

• The rights of indigenous peoples; &

• The elimination of racism.

This Friday I will also be sitting on a panel at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations discussing climate change and sustainability in the post-2015 UN framework. Stay engaged and stay inspired! Join the conversations online to contribute to dialogue happening right now at the UN; and follow me (@USYouthObserver) for continuous updates throughout the week on the UN Third Committee. 

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