Social Good and UNGA Wrap-Up

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Padmini Murthy is a 2014 UNA-USA Social Good Summit Blogger Fellow. View this post on her blog

Day two of the Social Good Summit began with an interesting and inspiring breakfast meeting, hosted by UNA-USA  for the blogger fellows and the Shot@Life Fellows of the UN Foundation. The talk by Kristen Gagnaire, Executive Director of MAMA- the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action- was inspiring and innovative. The number of mobile phone users in the world today is over 5 billion. Mobile technology is  a phenomenal tool to educate and empower women and communities, and to improve health of communities. 
MAMA has demonstrated this very effectively by reaching moms in their Bangladesh Project, called 'Aponjon,' which is a great example of private-public sector partnership. Since its launch in 2012, it has reached 866,835 subscribers and has been able to provide free and vital health education to pregnant women and mothers. 


The Interview of Melinda Gates by Robin Roberts was one of the highlights of the summit. Melinda's passion and commitment to improving the lives of women and girls globally is truly inspiring. She is a celebrity who is truly committed to her mission, and her remarks on the importance of providing contraceptive services to those with unmet needs was right on target. I can relate to the challenges faced as a health care professional when working on issues of providing contraceptive options to women, especially in lower socio-economic communities. 

"I can relate to the challenges faced as a health care professional when working on issues of providing contraceptive options to women, especially in lower socio-economic communities."


Some of the other panels included the panel "Beyond Right and Wrong," moderated by  Aaron Sherenian, Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs at UNF. I would highly recommend watching  this short documentary, "Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness," produced by Lekha Singh.


I had the opportunity of meeting Kweku Mandela, the grandson of the late Nelson Mandela, and I think this young man is one of the future leaders of shaping the world as we move on to 2030. His remarks at the  panel "#2030NOW: Who will lead the Way?" resonated very well with the live audience and I am sure the cyber audience as well. 


Last but now least I would like to mention that the remarks made by Dr Jim Young Kim, President of the World Bank in his talk "2030: Our Goal to End Poverty." He showcased the efforts being made by his team and himself at the grassroots, working in partnership with other stakeholders to make make poverty history.


I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of UNF, and her fabulous team members Monika, Amy, Chris, and others who have made the summit a stupendous success!!! I had a blast being a blogger for this summit and hope to do so for the next one.

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